Postgame Report: Clippers vs. Bobcats

vs. Monday, February 26, 2007 | Los Angeles, CA
Bobcats (22-35) 25 17 28 23 93
Clippers (27-29) 30 25 19 26 100

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Corey Maggette scored a season-high 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-93 on Monday night after losing point guard Shaun Livingston in the first quarter with a dislocated left knee cap.

Livingston, the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft out of high school, was injured while driving to the basket on a fast break. He missed a layup, then crumpled to the floor in obvious pain while play continued for another 18 seconds.

The Staples Center crowd of 18,442 grew hushed while Livingston was wheeled off the floor with 8:10 left in the quarter. He had X-rays taken, which were negative, then was driven to Centinella Freeman Regional Medical Center in Marina del Rey for further evaluation.

Livingston's stunned teammates regroup against a Charlotte squad beginning a six-game road trip without the services of leading rebounder and shot-blocker Emeka Okafor, out with a strained left calf. Six Clippers scored in double figures, including Elton Brand, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Gerald Wallace, who left Saturday's 93-76 home loss to Toronto in the third quarter because of a groin strain, led the Bobcats with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Matt Carroll, starting in Okafor's place, had 19 points and nine boards.

The Clippers squandered a 15-point second-quarter lead against the Bobcats. Tim Thomas' short jumper gave Los Angeles a 45-30 cushion with 7 minutes left in the second quarter, but the Bobcats pulled ahead for the first time at 65-64 with an 18-7 run capped by Carroll's 3-pointer with 3:40 left in the third quarter.

The Clippers regained the lead for good with 2:38 left in the third on a hook shot off the glass by center Chris Kaman, who returned to the lineup in a reserve role after missing two games with flu-like symptoms. Cuttino Mobley helped keep Charlotte at bay with a short bank shot and a 3-pointer from the right corner, then Maggette helped secure the victory by making with seven of eight free throws in the final 64 seconds.

The star-crossed Livingston, who had a career-high 14 assists in Saturday's 103-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors, has yet to play a full season in the NBA. He missed 39 games during his rookie campaign because of a dislocated right knee, and another 12 that season because of torn cartilage in his right shoulder. Last season he sat out the first 21 games with a stress reaction in his lower back. He also missed two games in January with a sprained right ankle.

The Bobcats, a third-year expansion team, are 0-5 against Los Angeles.


On tonight's game….
“Obviously we’re pleased about our win, but it came at a big price for us. Shaun dislocated his knee in the first quarter, but we’ll see what the real damage is when he gets an MRI.”

On Shaun Livingston’s injury...
“It’s obviously a big loss for us. He was playing very well in practice, and when he started off the game he was playing very well again. It took a tole on us at first, but we were able to finish the game with a win.”

On Shaun Livingston’s injury...
“He just landed funny. I haven’t seen replays or anything but when he landed, I thought it was his ankle. But when he landed on the floor, you could see that his knee was dislocated. You could see that he was in tremendous pain. It was just a really, really tough night. “

On continuing the game after Livingston’s injury...
“It’s hard but you have to continue the game. We did a good job of bouncing back. It was very clear to our guys what the situation was and what the consequences would be. At half time, we found out a bit more. It definitely hurts, but we have to regroup and try to continue to play good basketball.”

Dr. Steven Shimoyama

On the immediate care of Shaun Livingston...
“I had to put traction on his knee and pull his shin bone forward. Then I simultaneously put pressure on the inner side of his knee to get it back in the correct position. In other words, I needed to pop it in to place.”

On the pain of injury to Shaun Livingston...
“It popped into place on the first try. It alleviated nearly all of his pain. When it was dislocated, he was in a lot of pain.”

On follow up care for Shaun Livingston...
“Initially, he’s going to have an arteriogram which is an injection of dye into the arteries in his leg, because knee dislocations are famous for causing damage to circulation. In our preliminary inspection, it does not appear that he had damage, but you need to do an arteriogram to be sure. There after, he’ll probably get an MRI. We also got preliminary x-rays after we reduced his knee in place and the x-ray’s showed that his knee cap and knee joint were in the proper position.”

On his prognosis for Shaun Livingston...
“The prognosis is still uncertain because we don’t yet know the exact extent of his injury.”


On the injury to Shaun Livingston...
“I love that kid and it is a tough thing to happen to happen to him, not only for the team but also for our fans. He is really special, unfortunately that is just the way the ball bounces sometimes.”


On the amount of free throws attempted by the Clippers...
“We were really aggressive tonight. Corey Maggette shot 20 free throws, but that is because he was driving the lane. That is what it came down to today. We wanted to pull it out even though it was a downer with Shaun [Livingston] going down the way he did. After he got injured on that play it was on the back of everyone’s mind. We have just got to move forward and hopefully people step up.”

On the Clippers overcoming injury to Shaun Livingston...
“I wouldn’t call it a good thing. He [Shaun Livingston] was playing well. He [Shaun Livingston] just had one of the best games of the season when he got 14 points and 14 assists against Golden State [Warriors]. It was an important game with playoff implications so it is really disappointing to see him go down tonight.”

On defending the Bobcats...
“They have shooters that could score from all over the floor, so they are definitely hard to cover.”


On tonight’s game...
“You cannot defend 45 free throws. That is ridiculous. What we asked our guys to do was to go to the basket and that’s what they were doing, going to the basket. When you shoot 20 free throws in the first half and 25 the second half, you cannot defend that. I just think our guys deserve much better than that. To have the fortitude to fight back like that, I just think they deserve better than what they got.”

On the play of the Clippers...
“It had nothing to do with x’s and o’s. They won the game on the free throw line. They are a great free throw shooting team. I do not have anything against them [Clippers] because they play well, they have a good basketball team, but the situation is flipped. They deserve the game, they played well, but I am disappointed because my guys played their kiesters off, fought back in the game and they deserve better than they got.”


On the play of the Bobcats in the fourth quarter...
“We turned up our energy. I thought we played better defense, we were coming down and hitting some shots. Unfortunately, at the end of the game, they just got to the foul line too much. We couldn’t stop [Corey] Maggette from getting to the foul line.”

On his play...
“I did feel better out there. I thought I did well through out the whole game, kind of played a solid game all around. I am just trying to get in there and scrap a lot. I am trying to get in there and help my team get some rebounds, especially with Emeka [Okafor] out of the line-up.”

On playing without Emeka Okafor...
“It has to be a team effort because Emeka’s [Okafor] such a big piece of our team. Without him in the game underneath blocking shots and getting almost 20 rebounds a game, all of us have to step up and start rebounding the ball.”

Maggette (25) Brand (12) Mobley (5) Mobley (3) Brand (2)
Wallace (20) Wallace (12) Feflton (7) Anderson (1)
Prezec (2)


Clippers guard Shaun Livingston scored 2 points on 1-2 shooting and dished out 1 assist in 3:50 on the court before suffering a dislocated left knee. Livingston is out indefinitely.