Clippers have no answer for Pistons

first_imgDunleavy did not single out anyone, nor did any of the players. But in a game in which Detroit big man Rasheed Wallace was suspended for excessive technical fouls, the Clippers’ big men didn’t take advantage and lost a ninth consecutive game to the Pistons. Tim Thomas’ statistical line read: 16 points, one rebound. Chris Kaman’s line read: Six points, seven rebounds, five turnovers. Neither Thomas nor Kaman had an offensive rebound, and other than Elton Brand and Corey Maggette, no Clipper grabbed an offensive rebound. Detroit 98, Clippers 80Tuesday: at San Antonio, 5 p.m. Ch. 5, KSPN/710 “As players, we see and know what’s going on out there,” Thomas said. “And (Dunleavy) has a different view, as far as being a coach. He sees exactly everything that’s going on. We’re just not getting it done right now. It’s a combination of a lot of things.” Detroit’s big men were like bumblebees, and Elton Brand was their honey. They stuck to him in a ridiculously tight manner and held him to 11 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. The fact that got six assists was practically miraculous because his teammates frequently did not move when their were two, or three defenders, around him. “We’re struggling,” Brand said. “I don’t mind passing out of the post and being unselfish. But we have to find a way to win – whatever that is.” While these three losses may not be as bad as their six and five-game losing streaks earlier this season, this streak comes with only 20 games to play. Joe Stevens can be reached at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Then, after spending most of the second half in his office, Dunleavy lashed into his players, basically calling them heartless. “I’m really disappointed in our toughness now, mental and physical,” Dunleavy said. “We have a situation where we were careless with our passes, our turnovers, our rotations and our rebounding. Guys have got to go battle. You can have all the schemes you want, all the great ideas you want on coverages. But it comes down to physical toughness.” center_img LOS ANGELES – The Clippers have had a few free falls this season, and here they are, stuck in another one. But this one could be their worst. They lost a third consecutive game with a 98-80 defeat to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Staples Center with coach Mike Dunleavy collecting his first ejection of the season. last_img read more