Down 2-0 against the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers face the tough task of needing two victories at home to keep pace with the NBA's hottest team. Making things worse are injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin that have robbed the superstars of their effectiveness.
''The mood is still pretty good,'' Griffin said Friday after practice and a video session. ''We're not completely out of this.''
Game 3 on Saturday is particularly crucial for the Clippers because no team in NBA history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
''The next game is our Game 7,'' Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. ''We got to fight, we got to claw, we got to do whatever we can.''
Paul's turnovers in the playoffs - 38 in nine games - are up significantly since he strained his right hip, while Griffin added a left hip injury in Game 2 to a sprained right knee that was already limiting his elevation to the rim.
''It's one of those nagging things,'' Griffin said about h...