Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: The Del Negro watch is on
The Los Angeles Clippers... the sudden contenders upon acquiring Chris Paul... are now one game from being out of the playoffs. The 8th seeded Houston Rockets are tied with the Clippers in the win column, and have just one more loss.
The situation for the Clippers is dire, and the loss last night to the Hornets sure as hell didn't help. And when things fall apart this bad, this quickly, it's on the coach to get it back together. Vinny Del Negro, however, isn't. It's not entirely his fault, but he's getting most of the blame.
The Clippers are still missing pieces on the floor... the glue guys... to will do dirty work, take (and make) the un-glorious mid-range shots, and get gritty on the defensive end. Del Negro, meanwhile, hasn't done a damn thing to make the current talent work better together. There's no wrinkle ...