After beginning the season with soaring expectations, the Clippers have skidded to a dismal low.
They have lost three games in a row for the first time this season after falling to New Orleans, 97-90, on Thursday. And since the All-Star break, during which they were at the top of the Pacific Division for the first time in franchise history, they have lost 11 of their last 16. They are now in second place in their division, three games behind the Lakers, and could be in danger of missing the playoffs if they don't turn things around.
The team's sudden collapse has led people to question whether Coach Vinny Del Negro should remain at the helm.
Chris Broussard of ESPN is reporting that sources have said that "Vinny has lost the team." He added that a majority of the Clippers want a coaching change, according to his sources.
However, after the Clippers' embarrassing loss on Thursday, the players publicly defended their coach.
"We're still behind him," Blake Griffin said. "It's not that. It's us. It's on me.
"I've got to find a way and we've got to find a way to put the fun back in it, the fun we had the first how many games and we were just going out and playing."