Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 2/29/12
LOS ANGELES While most of the Clippers returned from four days of rest and relaxation, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul returned from the three-day carnival known as All-Star weekend with a cross-country flight from Orlando and a sigh. Just what they needed: a working vacation. If that wasn't grueling enough, the Clippers' All-Stars arrived home to do some more heavy lifting. But what became apparent in a 109-97 loss Tuesday night to Minnesota is that as they head into a grueling month of March, Griffin and Paul can't carry the Clippers themselves. Griffin racked up 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Paul added 27 points and six assists. Yet that did little to prevent the Clippers from looking like the team that wheezed into the All-Star break with several bad habits: a lack of intensity, an absence of scoring help, a poor finishing touch and another loss their third in four games. "It was a disappointing effort all around," said coach Vinny Del Negro, whose Clippers...
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