Lasting image of a Clippers season: Chris Kaman limping off the court with a sprained left ankle in New Orleans.
Kaman's house of pain quickly expanded to a world of hurt for the Clippers, who dropped that game against the Hornets last Tuesday and went on to lose the next night at San Antonio and at home Friday against Detroit.
Unfortunately, for Kaman, there is no fast-track healing process for an ankle.
"Not really much else I can do — can't heal it overnight," Kaman said before Monday night's game against the New Jersey Nets.
"Wish there was a miracle pill, but there isn't."
Kaman paused for effect and joked, saying: "There is, but it's not legal."
He offered a qualified progress report.
"It takes time to build the strength back… It's pretty good," Kaman said. "Some days are a little more sore than others, depending on what I do the day before. It's definitely getting better. It's just a matter of time."