The Los Angeles Clippers are blaming their defense for their current struggles, and those complaints likely will continue if they can't slow down Kevin Love.
Los Angeles looks to avoid a fifth consecutive loss Wednesday night when it hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have won three straight meetings with Love in the lineup.
The Clippers (8-6) gave up an average of 86.2 points during a six-game winning streak from Nov. 7-19, but they've allowed an average of 103.0 during their current four-game skid.
They fell 105-98 on Monday to a New Orleans team that ranks near the bottom of the Western Conference offensively.
"Our defense was terrible. It's almost embarrassing," said Chris Paul, who finished with 20 points, eight assists and four steals. "Teams feel like they can come down and score on us every night. Guys can't look in our eyes and feel like they can get by us. We have to take more pride in our play."
Understandably, defense was the main focus of coach Vinny Del Negro's prac...