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Postgame report: From the Clippers locker room
By: Pelicans.com

Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers
Putting together back-to-back defensive games
“It’s nice. You can see them buying in to a lot of the stuff. Matt [Barnes] has been fantastic for the last week on the defensive end. The offensive end, he’s obviously good there too. Defensively, I just think some of the things he did tonight were just being in the right place which disrupts the other team.”

Play of Blake Griffin
“He’s been awesome. We get on our bigs more than anybody because honestly they have the most responsibilities on our defense, you know, showing when the pick-and-rolls and then the effort of sprinting back. I thought he was great.”

Clippers forward Blake Griffin
Team’s defensive play
“Guys were playing great defense, I mean Matt [Barnes] was all over the place, Darren Collison, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Willie Green came in and gave us great defensive minutes. Guys were just on it tonight, and that’s what it takes. It doesn’t matter who you play. It could be a marquee matchup game, it could be a game like today where it was a little bit slower, we just have to have that defensive pressure.”

Team chemistry peaking
“I think our chemistry is at a great place right now, and the great thing about that is we don’t have J.J. Redick or Jamal [Crawford] right now—you know it’s Jamal [Crawford]’s first game (out) but to have that kind of chemistry hopefully it’s a little bit contagious when we finally add Danny [Granger] and Big Baby [Glen Davis] start to play more and get more and more into rotation. Hopefully it’s just one of those things where they can step into it.”

Clippers guard Chris Paul
Post-injury play
“To tell you the truth my shoulder feels pretty good, it’s my thumb. I think tonight was about our defense. Me personally, I was honestly starting to feel a little bit better, but it’s not about me, Blake [Griffin], or DJ [DeAndre Jordan], it’s about our team.”

Tonight’s defensive play
“Yeah, it’s pretty good, I told DeAndre [Jordan] on the bench in the third quarter, I don’t know what our percentage is, I don’t know for other games throughout the season, but it just felt like this was our best defensive game. Even when they made shots, we were where we’re supposed to be.”