Clippers after deadline: Celebrating a rare win
What losing streak?
The Clippers had not won since March 25 at Houston -- breaking that drought with a 107-104 win against Golden State on Saturday -- but center Chris Kaman had no idea about the full extent of the collapse.
"I didn't realize we were on a seven-game losing streak," said Kaman, who had 27 points and 10 rebounds against Golden State on Saturday night. "You just try to go out there and play and try not to think about it. I hadn't realized it, to be honest with you. I just know the end of the season is coming soon, and I want to finish strong and get the season over with."
One of the fourth-quarter difference-makers was second-year big man DeAndre Jordan, who had a rare start at forward because of a rash of injuries. Jordan had 10 points and 15 rebounds in 43 minutes of action, but eight of those points came in the fourth quarter.
"The thing I love about DJ is that he's got a kind heart -- I don't want to sound mushy," Kaman said. "He's got a great heart. He has a good time doing everything. What he doesn't realize is that this is his second year. He has come so far already and he has such a huge potential that he doesn't realize. He's very talented and skilled athletically as anybody for a big guy."
Said Jordan: "I was just crashing the glass and the ball was coming right to me. It found me. So I'm happy about that. And we got a win. We hadn't won in awhile."
Since the Clippers' off-season starts on Thursday, Jordan was asked about what he wants to work on.
"I want to be more of a threat at the offensive end, more like in the post and obviously my free-throw shooting," he said. "Those are the two main things I'm going to work on this summer."
-- Lisa Dillman
Photo: DeAndre Jordan. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press