The new loss ... same as the old loss

Updated: February 7, 2010, 5:07 PM ET
By Kevin Arnovitz | ESPNLosAngeles.com

In mature democracies, regime change generally proceeds without a hitch. In professional basketball, the process can be considerably bumpier. On Saturday night at Staples Center, the Clippers ushered in the Kim Hughes era with a decisive 98-81 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

"It wasn't a whole lot of fun," Hughes said.

Before the game, Hughes laid down the team's primary offensive imperative, a significant departure from Mike Dunleavy's structured offense.

"I hope we run like ...

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