There was a time when the Clippers' second unit overwhelmed teams with its play.

But then injuries began to hit some of the Clippers starters, forcing some reserves to become starters.

And because of that, it seemed to knock the bench off kilter a little, and now the reserves are trying to get their groove all the way back.

It all started when backup point guard Eric Bledsoe had to start after Chris Paul went down for 12 games with a bruised right kneecap.

With no backup for Bledsoe, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro was forced to use backup shooting guard Jamal Crawford as the next point guard in line.

"Because of the health, you get out of a rhythm," Del Negro said. "Eric was starting while Chris was out. ... The second unit changes because Jamal had to play some point because Eric was starting.

"We have to try to get back to the rotation of understanding the roles and the minutes and everything. We've got to work through that a little bit."