The Clippers' play on defense has slipped since the All-Star break in mid-February. And that bothers Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro to no end. "I don't think our defensive intensity is where it needs to be right now," Del Negro said. In their three losses since the All-Star break, the Clippers have given up 116 points to San Antonio, 108 to Oklahoma City and 107 to Denver. "You see some of our defensive numbers dropping a little bit," Del Negro said, "and I don't like that." For the season, the Clippers have given up 94.3 points per game, the fifth-best defense in the NBA. So Del Negro knows his team can play defense when his players are committed to it. Del Negro listed several things he wants to see his team do better on defense: denying passes, being more physical, executing the defensive game plan better, communicating on defense, sprinting back in transition defense, keeping an eye on where the basketball is, running three-point shooters off the three-point line and boxing out for defensive rebounds. "Just all the fundamentals," Del Negro said. "There's no sidestepping stuff. You earn everything. You earn everything in practice with your preparation. It's the communication.… "We have to do the ordinary things much better. All the things I just talked about, we have to do much better and consistently. And we're capable of doing that because I've seen us do it."
Vinny Del Negro isn't happy with where Clippers are on defense
Los Angeles Times | Mar 11