When asked what was disappointing about coming so close to making a comeback and falling short, Chris Paul responded, “that’s the disappointing part of it. The bad of part of it was how we started out. We dug ourselves our own hole. We got to come out and be better. That team tomorrow night, not gonna care what happened tonight, They’re gonna try to bring it to us. “
Paul also stressed defense and wouldn’t chalk up the loss to the other team making big shots: “That was part of it too. Part of it was we was giving them a lot of wide open shots. At some point you can’t hope they miss, you got to make them miss. “
Paul also showed a great team-attitude about Eric Bledsoe’s extended 4th quarter minutes.
“He brings energy and excitement. And I think he excites our bench. Our team really gets happy when he gets in the game. He brings energy and he changed the whole game. Usually I’m back in the 4th quarter early, and I didn’t get back until 3 minutes left? And I was happy about that. “
Vinny Del Negro agreed with Paul’s sentiments about the first quarter.
“Our starters have to do a better job with their intensity to start the game off. You saw our difference in our energy in the second half compared to the first half. We get off and run, and get some easy baskets, but they just had their way with us in the first quarter. Moving the basketball set the tone for the game. But then in the second half we were just much more aggressive in terms of our defense and scrambling. The crowd got into the game, we gave the crowd something to get excited about. “
The crowd was definitely not excited about the Clippers giving up their hold on the Pacific division for the first team since the Clippers were 1-2, but they hope to bounce back tough against the Celtics tomorrow night.