LOS ANGELES -- From now until the end of the regular season, the Clippers are on a search for seeding.
No. 3 would be nice; No. 2 would be nicer. But as they look to close the season on a rush, the Clippers also need to aware of what's behind them.
There's little doubt that Western Conference teams are going to be bunched between the third and fifth seeds during the final weeks, making the Clippers' 93-80 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday at Staples Center an important step forward.
It put a depressing loss to the Memphis Grizzlies last week behind them, and it gave them a chance to find a renewed sense of energy that had been missing of late.
"Our energy was great," guard Chris Paul said. "We pushed the tempo, we picked up the pace. Our second half was a lot better than our first half. It's always good to win."
It was not, however, a full 48 minutes of intensity. The Clippers made six turnovers in the first quarter and 10 in the first half but only two in the final two pe...