LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers are settling into life without Chris Paul. It's not going to be easy, but they proved Monday night that good defense and teamwork go a long way.
In their second game without their point guard and floor leader, the Clippers began their readjustment period. It was everything they could have hoped for.
But a 101-81 win over the Orlando Magic at Staples Center was just one game. They don't expect every night to be this easy. Paul's absence will be felt, perhaps more often than they would like.
Still, this was a start, an indication that if players step forward, the Clippers should be able to endure this period without too many bruises.
"We've got to survive this," coach Doc Rivers said. "This is a long stretch without Chris. Like I said when it happened, someone's going to find his way, and when Chris comes back, we're going to be better for it. I don't know who that is, but someone will, and it will make us a better team."
Collectively, the Clippers can stil...