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CLIPPERS FYI

Clippers stand pat at trade deadline

Team does not make a move and will finish the season with the same players.

February 20, 2009|Lisa Dillman

Meet the new team, the same as the old team.

And that's a good thing for the Clippers?

Of course not.

Not with a mere 13 wins and the third-worst record in the NBA.

But the NBA trade deadline passed Thursday at noon with the Clippers sitting out what turned out to be a limited dance among a handful of teams.

They will play the final 27 games -- for better or worse, which has mostly been worse -- with the same cast of characters, and maybe adding center Chris Kaman and his suspect foot one of these days.

The Clippers never came close to unloading either wildly disappointing/simmering point guard Baron Davis or the injured Kaman. And the words "disappointing" and "injured" would have something to do with it.

There's almost always something intriguing and/or weird going on with the Clippers, and one of the more attention-grabbing rumors this week had to do with the Rockets and the potential of trading problem for problem.

But Davis for the injured, surgery-needing Tracy McGrady was never close to happening, the Clippers said.

Davis didn't do himself any favors with a desultory showing in Phoenix (nine points, and going four for 10 from the field) on Tuesday or going through the motions in the first half Wednesday against the Suns at Staples Center. He had no points in the first half before responding with 14 in the second on Wednesday.

Clippers Coach/GM Mike Dunleavy and Davis are the reverse of one of those warring couples that can't get divorced or separate because of harsh economic circumstances. These two simply make too much money to be sent elsewhere or fired.

The Clippers keep saying they want to see this team they put together in Dunleavy's laboratory last summer actually on the floor together for a sustained stretch. That has yet to happen.

And will it?

Maybe, finally, that will be answered in the last 27 games.

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lisa.dillman@latimes.com

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