MMPG: Team of the Weak
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers may not win many games this season, but they are destined to be on some nice-looking posters after losing four games -- all by double digits -- last week, with two players getting embarrassed with in-your-face jams. The week started with Portland's Brandon Roy climbing reserve center Chiekh Samb for a full-facial slam dunk that sent Samb dropping feebly to the hardwood in a 113-88 loss on Monday. The week ended with Washington's Caron Butler staring down starting forward Brian Skinner and jack-hammering a vicious one-handed dunk on Skinner's head in a 106-94 loss on Saturday.
If you are wondering why players like Samb and Skinner are even playing or starting, you have to realize that the Clippers have been dealing with injuries to center Chris Kaman and forward Zach Randolph for several weeks and have limited options. After the Clippers lost to Portland, they were supposed to get a boost with the returns of both Baron Davis and Marcus Camby against the Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls drilled them by 20 points.
The Clippers then started a seven-game road trip with a 112-95 loss in Cleveland and helped the Wizards end a five-game losing streak. The Clippers have lost five in a row overall by an average of 17.8 points. It isn't all bad in Clipper Land. Eric Gordon and Al Thornton were both named to the Rookie Challenge game on all-star weekend, for whatever that's worth.
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