Del Negro bristles at 'rotation' questions
With another wave of injuries hitting the Clippers, and probably a little stung by losses in three of the previous four games, Coach Vinny Del Negro was a little testy prior to Wednesday's game against Philadelphia. His point? The Clippers can't worry about lineup rotations. They have games to win. "It's funny," Del Negro said, not smiling. "I hear a lot of talk out there about rotations, 'I've got to get a rotation.' One, we can't do it because we've had so many injuries. Two, it's hard for us to do because guys are in and out of the lineup and three, guys have minute restrictions. "So people talk about rotations, of course we'd like to get a rotation but it doesn't work like that. So everybody out there talking about it needs to do a little research and understand it doesn't work like that. " You want to talk about certain things that we're struggling with that have some merit behind them, yeah, talk about them, that's great, that's your job. . . . Every team's got to work through injuries. There's no excuses and we have enough guys in there to win basketball games and I expect us, hopefully, to continually understand that, play with a higher level of urgency and intensity. That's what it's going to take. Guys have to understand the level they need to play at." The Clippers played without Chauncey Billups, Eric Bledsoe and Ronny Turiaf available. Jamal Crawford is still working through his ankle injury. Maalik Wayns, on his second 10-day contract with the Clippers, started the second quarter at point guard. "We're capable, we've proven that, we just haven't done it for long periods and that's what we've got to get to," Del Negro said. "It's a mental toughness, a discipline to do it and at times we have and it's really helped us. And when we haven't, it's really bothered us."
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