There were several uncertain moments in the second half Thursday night when the Clippers started to regress. They were lackadaisical on defense, gave up too many uncontested shots and seemed on the verge of letting their big lead slip away.
It would not have been surprising if they had. The Clippers were playing on the second night of back-to-back games, they were on the road at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., and they have already suffered occasional lapses in the first two weeks of the season.
But there's also this: When their intensity level is up, they can be resilient. They have enough productive players, both in the starting lineup and on the bench, to withstand opponents' rushes.
That's what they did in a 103-90 victory over the Trail Blazers, getting decisive contributions from center DeAndre Jordan, backup guard Jamal Crawford and several others one night after they defeated the San Antonio Spurs.
The Clippers led by 25 in the first half and by 20 at half...