Doc Rivers, Clippers ‘concerned about consistency’ with 7 games left

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PLAYA VISTA >> Two days after the Clippers suffered the season’s most damning loss, DeAndre Jordan stared down at assembled cameras and microphones. Amid a wild thicket of bed-head dreads, a patch of locks sprouted from his forehead, pointing upward like a cluster of daffodils.“It’s a struggle right now,” Jordan said Tuesday morning. “My hair is a representation of the struggle we’ve had.”It was a rare moment of levity for the frustrated Clippers (44-31), who with seven games remaining in the regular season are coming face-to-face with their reality. The playoffs begin in less than three weeks, and the Clippers show few signs that they’ll be able to win a best-of-7 first-round series, let alone exorcise franchise demons and reach their first conference finals.Coach Doc Rivers, who has been steadfastly confident in his team’s ability to eventually turn things around, said “trust and humility” have been central to his team’s inconsistency. How do they reverse the trend?“Play it out,” Jordan said, “no matter how much we’re up, down, situation, who’s playing, it doesn’t matter. We’ve just got to play desperate.“I feel like that’s what a lot of other teams are doing who are even higher seeded than we are. Their spirits are different, and we’ve got to find that. It should have already been found.”The Clippers on Tuesday practiced for the first time in a month, due to a jam-packed March schedule. Monday had been an off day, part of which players and coaches spent agonizing over the fact they let the game against the Kings slip away.“If you have self-inflicted wounds,” Rivers said, “sometimes you should feel the pain.”There’s little time to wallow, however. The Clippers entered Tuesday with a better probability of slipping to sixth in the West than overtaking Utah for the No. 4 seed. On Wednesday, they play host to the Washington Wizards, who sit in third in the Eastern Conference.Once again, they will try to establish some consistency.“You hate that it’s this late in the season,” Paul said, “but we’re one of the few teams that can get it right. We’ve just got to build that trust.”Good for the soleTake note of Blake Griffin’s shoes on Wednesday. The Clippers star will wear custom Nike sneakers designed by Griffin and 11-year-old Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Patient, Justice Griffith.The game-worn shoes will be sold in an online auction at that will run through April 13. Proceeds will be donated to the Make March Matter campaign, which is dedicated to raising funds for CHLA. The Clippers will also hold their own fundraising drive on Wednesday, matching up to $25,000 in contributions made between 5:30 p.m. -11 p.m. on Wednesday. Donations can be made by visiting or by texting the word “MARCH” to 91999.center_img “I’m not worried about us when we play in the playoffs being ready and playing hard,” Rivers said. “But I still am concerned about consistency. Can you fix it in (seven) games? I don’t know. We’ll see.”Rivers’ team blew an 18-point lead in the final five minutes to lose to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.Chris Paul called it the worst regular-season loss of his career. Rivers said it was “up there” for him.For the Clippers, who are 9-10 since the All-Star break, it was their second loss in four days that could be attributed to a fourth-quarter collapse, after they bobbled and bumbled their way to a two-point loss Thursday in Dallas.The Clippers can’t finish games strong, let alone the season.last_img