After the Timberwolves bench buried the L.A. Clippers to the tune of 72 points, thanks mostly to 27 each from Michael Beasley and Derek Williams; Vinny Del Negro did not sound too pleased with the Clippers effort level.
“Disappointed all around. I thought, I didn’t like our intensity from the get-go of the game. They did what I thought they would. They tried to keep it close. Like they’ve been doing a lot. They have a lot of scorers and a couple of them got hot. Derrick and Beasley got hot, and we couldn’t contain them. We tried to change to change up some things against them, they hit some tough shots, and they controlled the fourth quarter.”
It’s not the best moment for the Clippers to be slumping with a brutal February road schedule coming.
“Now we got a tough road try coming up. We’re gonna have to stay together, and work on a lot of things. Just try to play much better then we did tonight, and we’re gonna have to play at a higher level especially on the road now, but maybe that will help us come together a little bit more. Play a little tougher. Play a little bit angry; I don’t think we played very tough tonight, so I was disappointed.”
Randy Foye seemed to have some of that anger in his voice after the game. Clearly somewhat seething after an embarrassing 4th quarter effort by the Clippers, Randy Foye spoke with a sort of disbelieving tone, and acknowledged how hot the Twolves got:
“Their guys caught fire. It wasn’t normal. They made, I think they missed 2 shots in the fourth quarter. Somehow that has to go down into the record books, because that usually doesn’t happen. But we got to tighten in up on defense,” Randy Foye said. “There’s no reason we should of lost that team . We should of beat them. They beat us on a buzzer-beater. But we had that game in control. But the biggest thing for us is getting stops on defense, and once we do that, I think everything else will take care of itself.”
Foye is clearly dedicated to making the defense better, and the rest of the team better be too.The Clippers clearly need to bring up the intensity in the fourth quarter if they intend to have any sort of success in the Western Conference Playoffs. Blake Griffin dominated the first quarter of the game, scoring 18 points, and getting several Wolves in foul trouble early, but in the 4th quarter he only had 1 point in less than 8 minutes of playing time. Not a great finish by the former slam dunk Champ, and it won’t be enough in the playoffs.