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Bad feelings linger for Clippers' Chris Paul over late turnover

Paul is still feeling the pain at practice after his errant pass allowed San Antonio to tie the game and then win in overtime. Coach Vinny Del Negro says it's 'good' such things upset his players.

February 19, 2012|By Broderick Turner
  • Clippers point guard Chris Paul was still steaming a day after making a critical turnover late in the game Saturday that allowed San Antonio to force overtime and win.
Clippers point guard Chris Paul was still steaming a day after making a critical… (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images )

The last sight of Chris Paul was of him shaking his head leaving the Clippers locker room and walking down the hallway inside Staples Center with his brother C.J. Paul after Saturday's tough overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Less than 24 hours later, when the Clippers arrived at practice Sunday, Paul still was feeling the pain of his mishaps that played a role in his team losing a game the 6-0 All-Star and his teammates thought was wrapped up.

Instead, Paul's turnover — a pass that went to San Antonio's Gary Neal with the Clippers leading by three points — allowed Neal to make a three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to tie the score of a game L.A. lost in overtime.

Paul had helped the Clippers come back from a 15-point deficit, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter.

But Paul still was upset at his turnover during practice.

"It's good," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Guys should have a sick feeling in their stomach when you lose a game like that. But there are no pity parties. You've got to regroup. We've won some games in the fourth quarter. We weren't able to capitalize at the end. That's something that we should be able to do.

"You've got to handle the adversity. No one is going to feel sorry for you. You've got to watch film, get on the court and work. The more times we get in those situations, because there are going to be a lot of them, we've got to handle them better. Some we've handled very well this year. Yesterday wasn't the case."

One issue for the Clippers to try to solve is digging holes and then having to climb out of them.

They got down 18 points in the third quarter at Portland and came back to win that game.

The Clippers got down 15 points in the third quarter to the Spurs and took a lead before losing in overtime.

"You can't do that," Del Negro said. "We were fortunate in Portland, obviously. The good teams like the Spurs aren't going to beat themselves."

Doing road work

The Clippers have found a measure of success on the road this season.

They are 8-6 away from home. Last season, the Clippers were 9-32 on the road.

They opened the 2011-12 regular season with a victory on Christmas Day at Golden State, the team the Clippers visit Monday night.

They just went 4-2 on the road and even won their last road game in one of the toughest venues to play, the Rose Garden in Portland.

"There's no perfect pill or medicine," Del Negro said. "It's just a mentality. I'm pleased with the way that we've played on the road, but we still have to clean a lot of things up."

Etc.

Blake Griffin had his first 20-20 game of his 111-game career.

Griffin had 22 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against the Spurs on Saturday.

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