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Clipper update: Tight game vs. Bucks

March 17, 2010 |  8:40 pm

OK, it could be a lot worse out here. There could be a computer virus -- like the one hitting my LAT colleague this week - taking apart every existing Clippers file in this laptop.

Which is a long way of saying that our blogging system, combined with the wireless, is awfully slow tonight at Staples Center.

And thus, so is any pregame report, which was highlighted by the usual chat with Clippers interim Coach Kim Hughes.

Hughes spoke about Chris Kaman's remarks from Tuesday. Kaman, in an interview with The Times, expressed discontent and unease about his playing time, of late. To be fair, he was just as critical about his own recent performance.

“I don’t know if Chris is tired," Hughes said before the Clippers-Bucks game. "But I know when I’ve played him shorter minutes he’s said that I’m ruining his rhythm because I’m taking him out because he’s tired. I said, ‘I’m taking you out you’re playing like you’re tired.’

"...He doesn’t concur with that. And that’s OK. I’m not asking him to agree . But he’s certainly not going to change my mind."

And lastly ...

"Chris coming out of the game is not predicated on missing shots," Hughes said, referring to Kaman's struggles against New Orleans on Monday. "It’s predicated he played 30 minutes and had three rebounds

      Kaman, so far, has bounced back nicely. He had 10 points in the first quarter against the Bucks, and the Clippers are leading 52-43 at the half.

-Lisa Dillman