It says something about the Los Angeles Clippers, or about the Minnesota Timberwolves, or about both teams, that the Clippers could play such a disinterested game and still win so easily. The Clippers led from wire-to-wire and finished with a 16 point win, 111-95, but they couldn't seem to sustain their focus. Instead, they just turned it on periodically, which was more than enough against the Wolves.
L.A. opened the game with an 8-0 run and closed the first half with a 7-0 run. That was good enough for a 12 point halftime lead -- never mind that they lost the 21 minutes in between by three points against a 29 win team. In a strange third quarter, the Clippers turned the ball over eight times, including four offensive foul calls that went against them, but still managed to extend the lead by four points to 16.
It was all good enough against the Wolves -- but it won't be good enough to finish out the season strong, nor will it be good enough for the postseason.
Fortunately for the Clippers, they did have Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both at the top of their offensive games. They were each working on triple-doubles through three quarters (Griffin had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Paul 19/7/11) but neither played a minute in the fourth quarter.
I'll be back later with more on the recap.