Clippers After Deadline: Injuries abound
More selected quotes from the Clippers after the damaging -- in more ways than one -- loss to the Hornets on Tuesday in New Orleans.
Baron Davis wasn't expected to play, but Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro and trainer Jasen Powell kept a close eye on him shortly before the game when Davis tested his knee, playing one-on-one against Willie Warren.
"It's tough because it's not feeling the way it should," Davis said after the game. "The first five minutes, I think I had a good push. Then coming back out in the second half, just doing all I can to keep it loose and active; it's not where it should be.
"They are undefeated for a reason. The guards play with a lot of pressure and stuff. It was good for me to test it out, to see where it is. I still think I'm about 65 to 70 percent. Whatever I can give ... I'm going to give 110 percent out of that.
"It's tough, man. Chris [Kaman] going down. We're going to continue to fight. We fought back and stayed together. They just wore on us, and the turnovers didn't help. The turnovers have been our Achilles' heel. We just have to figure out a way to get better shots, get more shots and less turnovers."
Davis on his knee:
"Tomorrow is the real test. It's not feeling too great right now. That was far more intense than having a couple of practices under your belt to really test it out. Once I'm out there, I can't hold back. I see things I need to correct, going forward, to get it stronger. It's just weak. The swelling is still there."
Kaman on his sprained left ankle:
"It's frustrating for me. I've worked so hard. I tell everybody you've got to remember, it is life. Things can happen and slow you down, and this is one of those things. I've just got to continue to try to get better and help any way I can.
"I'm OK. It's an ankle injury. It's happened before. It's happened to a hundred people, a thousand times over. It's part of basketball, and you just have to deal with it."
-- Lisa Dillman in New Orleans