LOS ANGELES — The Clippers don’t care how many of their teammates are injured. They don’t care about trade rumors. They don’t care about chatter about their coach’s future. They don’t care about getting respect. They don’t care what anyone thinks of them.
What matters is they do care about each other and they do care about playing the game they love with energy and effort. They have bought what Coach Doc Rivers is selling and the results were on display again Saturday, when they routed the Sacramento Kings 126-105 at Staples Center.
“I always try to find the good in any situation,” Clippers power forward Blake Griffin said.
There was a lot to like about the Clippers during their fourth consecutive victory, which vaulted them back to .500 at 21-21 and moved them within a half-game of the idle New Orleans Pelicans in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Who would have believed it was possible after Griffin was sidelined by a sprained left knee and then a concussion? Or when guards Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic were sidelined by injuries? Or when small forward Danilo Gallinari and center DeAndre Jordan were hurt?
The Clippers regrouped again and again and again. They did it one more time Saturday, while playing without Beverley (season-ending knee surgery), Rivers (ankle injury), Gallinari (gluteus maximus injury) and Jordan…