Just saw some post game comments via the OC Register- apparently Maggette was really sick- here's the scoop:
Clippers forward Elton Brand scored 21 points, extending his 20-plus scoring streak to seven consecutive games. But center Chris Kaman struggled " again. After breaking his five-game stretch of scoring in single digits, with a 14-point effort Tuesday at New York, Kaman made 1 of 6 shots and managed to snag just four rebounds in 28 minutes.
“He’s got to finish inside,” Cassell said, “but we have to do a better job of getting him the ball in position so that he can finish.’’
One day after making stinging remarks about Dunleavy because of reduced playing time, Clippers swingman Corey Maggette was inactive because of flu-like conditions. He remained at the team hotel in the first half, then rode the team bus to the arena and watched the second half in the locker room. The Clippers could have used Maggette’s offensive play to counter the energy brought by the Cavaliers’ second-unit energizer Sasha Pavlovic, who scored 16 points in 25 minutes.
Following the Clippers’ 102-90 loss Tuesday night in New York, in which he played just 17 minutes, Maggette said, among other things, that he felt like a yo-yo and that Dunleavy was not listening to Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling. Because if he were, Maggette said, “I’d be playing.” Dunleavy again declined to expound on any of Maggette’s remarks Wednesday.
“My decision on whom I play is my decision,” Dunleavy said. “If there are questions about why (a player) is not playing, they’re more than welcome to come talk to me about it. My door is always open.
“I talk to players all the time about their playing time. As long as I’m the coach of the team, I’ll make my decisions, and I’m more than happy to talk with the player about them. I’m not going to be in the press explaining them.”
Despite the weak start to the trip, the Clippers have not fallen out of the playoff race. They remain packed closely with Minnesota, Golden State and Denver as they battle over the seventh and eighth playoff positions.
But there have been numerous opportunities squandered. The Clippers’ longest winning streak this season is games, back in November. They had a four-game winning streak snapped last month at home in a lackluster loss to Minnesota. A chance to extend a winning streak to four games was bungled in December, when the Clippers got sloppy in a loss at Orlando.
“Without a doubt, we have to win the games we should win in order to gain momentum,” the Clippers’ Quinton Ross said. “It seems like every time we win two or three in a row, we lose a game and take a step back. We have to find some consistency.”
Thomas was examined after the game by the Cavaliers medical staff, and his playing status is day-to-day. Thomas suffered the injury in the third quarter, when Cassell inadvertently fell against Thomas’ leg. Livingston also was involved in the pileup and the Cavaliers were left with a five-on-two fastbreak " and they couldn’t score.
full article: http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/sports/pros/clippers/article_1567 724.php