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Vinny Del Negro rips Clippers’ effort after loss to Rockets

Mar 31, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Vinny Del Negro AP

Most who saw the Clippers lose a heart-breaker in San Antonio on Friday would have expected a lackluster effort in Houston on Saturday.

Vinny Del Negro did not expect it, and was anything but pleased with his team afterward.

L.A. not only lost to a Rockets team playing without James Harden, who sat out with a foot injury, but lost big. The Clippers were blown out 98-81, and the effort did not at all sit well with the team’s head coach.

From Dan Woike of the Orange County Register:

For 3 minutes, 25 seconds, Del Negro verbally destroyed his team for its performance, citing lack of effort, toughness, execution and concentration for the unexpected loss.

“They played harder than we did,” Del Negro said. “We were terrible. Our effort was terrible. Our attitude was terrible. Our urgency was terrible. I’m very disappointed. I didn’t see the fight in us tonight. We need guys to step up.

“We were soft. We were sloppy. Our urgency was poor. Our defense was poor. Our transition defense was poor. Our post defense was poor. Our pick-and-roll defense was poor. I could go on and on.”

Just the night before, the Clippers were engaged in a battle on the road against the team with the best record in the Western Conference, and it was an emotionally draining one at that, given that the game wasn’t decided until the final seconds.

With Harden sitting this one out, and given the intensity level the Clippers played at just 24 hours prior to this one, the drop off in effort is somewhat understandable.

Del Negro, however, can’t afford to agree, considering that his prospects of continued employment with the franchise beyond this season are directly related to how far the Clippers can advance into the postseason.

And obviously, they won’t go very far by putting forth unfocused efforts like this.

  1. dysraw1 - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    now is not the time for softness pick it up a notch or two boys

  2. lakerluver - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Maybe CP3 won’t re-sign with the Clips after all. He seems to love Los Angeles but I bet he’d prefer playing for the PURPLE AND GOLD. The Clips are the Clips for a reason and will always be the Clips. It’s difficult to shake a tradition of losing basketball. Especially when the same owner still owns the team.

    • tommyshih - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      …said the delusional fan of a team that has done THIS over it’s last 6 games:
      Lost to Pho 76-99.
      Lost to Was 100-103.
      Lost to GS 103-109.
      Handed a 120-117 “win” by incompetent refereeing in the Min game.
      Lost to Mil 103-113.
      Given a 103-98 “win” by the refs AND DeMarcus Cousins in the Kings game.

    • dannymac17 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Hey how are the 9th place Lakers doing? Oh thats right, they are in 9th place :(

  3. howmanyringsyourteamgot - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    For the past month and a half the Clippers have had losses where they looked completely lackadasical and and soft. Memphis bullied them, Denver ran them off the floor as well. As much depth as they have on the roster I always questioned the decision to not re-sign Kenyon Martin. He brought a toughness they now seem to often lack in many of their recent losses. As much as I was against the Garnett trade because of the names rumored to be in the deal there’s no question his prescence would help right now. Not the way you want a team to play with the postseason approaching, time to get it together Clips.

  4. losanginsight - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    same ole clips. Can’t paint stripes on a donkey and call it a zebra. If CP3 is truely about winning a Ring he will sign with the 16x Champs.

  5. addict2sport - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    When a coach is this desperate to get his team’s attention thru the media, things can’t be going well in the locker room. Maybe all the talk of the Clipps finally hanging a banner was a bit premature. That’s too bad. It was cute hearing all the bandwagon Clipper fans talking about how they run LA. Even at a time when the Lakers are as bad as they are, all of us know who’s still really running things.

  6. thekingdave - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    They were absolutely thrown around in the post by a team starting Omer Asik and Greg Smith against DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. This shouldn’t happen. I thought we would lose even with Harden. Seems reports of us being locked into the 7 seed may be premature.

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Not sure about that – while the Rockets are only 1.5 games back of the Warriors, the Warriors have shaped up recently (going 7-3 their last 10 games) and there’s only 9 games left.

      A Rockets-Nuggets first round series would be really fun to watch, though.

      • thekingdave - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Key word: may.

  7. ultichiva - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Vinny is Done!
    VanGundy gonna get this gig….he will get them to play D.
    It’s the only way cP3 will come back…

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      @ultichiva
      you nailed it, Vinny lost this team a bout a month ago when Blake threw him under the bus. Van Gundy seems like a logical pick.

  8. tibbs7 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    After yesterdays game, cP3 may want to play with Dirk in Dallas yet.

  9. cj1403 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Lakers can’t sing him with the new CBA un less it’s a sing and trade. Still CP3 won’t leave the Clips, he’ll just demand a new coach. Vinny is done!

  10. nomorsacbball - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    incase you lakers fans didn’t notice cp3 isn’t past his prime like Nash is. I can’t see any way that he would want to play with the biggest ball hog in league history. do you really think Kobe would let Paul do his thing? no, like with Nash he would tell him to wait on the perimeter while he tries to get his career high in assists. delusional

  11. fearthehoody - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    I said it two years ago! I said it last year! I said it before and after 18 game streak! Fire VDN!!!

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