According to Eyen, the Clippers recorded 42 deflections during
Tuesday night's 94-85 victory over the Utah Jazz -- the most in the
two seasons that Dunleavy and his staff have been running the club.
"We set a team record for deflections, which we keep -- and that
cranked up our offense because it disrupts the other team's
offense," Eyen said.
Dunleavy was in New York on an indefinite leave of absence due
to a medical emergency involving his seriously ill father, who is
facing surgery. But he left the team in good hands. Eyen, in his
second stint as assistant coach with the Clippers, has also been
Dunleavy's assistant with the Lakers, Milwaukee and Portland.
"It was like playing for the same guy -- with a little less
yelling," Elton Brand said with a grin. "They have the same
coaching schemes, the same offense and the same defense."
Brand had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who beat
Utah for only the fifth time in the last 27 meetings and salvaged a
split of the four-game season series.
Marko Jaric added 20 points to help fuel the team's 26th home
victory, the most since they moved into Staples Center six years
ago after 15 seasons at the Sports Arena.
"Tonight the goal was to play hard because we know every Jerry
Sloan team plays hard. And tonight was no different," Eyen said.
"We got after them defensively, and it created so many offensive
opportunities that everybody got into the flow of the game."
Forward Bobby Simmons, back in the lineup after missing seven
games because of a bruised left shin, was 4-for-17 from the field
and finished with nine points. But Shaun Livingston had 15 points
and 10 assists, the first double-double in 26 NBA games for the
Clippers' injury-plagued rookie point guard.
"That's a pretty good line -- 10 assists and no turnovers,"
Eyen said. "When he has the ball in his hands, he just runs the
"His teammates know that if they keep running, he'll get them
the ball in an operating position -- in spots that you can catch the
ball and be successful. He just has a terrific feel for the game.
His game stewardship was evident tonight."
Clippers leading scorer Corey Maggette, who had 24 points in
Saturday' double-overtime loss to San Antonio, did not dress and
will sit out the team's four remaining games because of a torn
ligament in his left wrist.
Maggette's final 22.2 scoring average is a career high,
bettering last season's average by 1.5 points. He is the first
Clipper to average 20 points in consecutive seasons since Danny
Manning in 1993-94.
Matt Harpring had 18 points for the Jazz, who are missing the
playoffs for the second straight year. They have lost 16 of their
last 20 and are 24-53 in finishing up their first losing season
"We just couldn't stop them tonight," Sloan said. "They came
out and knocked us around a little bit and got after us early. We
got four or five possessions where we did not know what we were
doing, and it kind of became a mess."
The Jazz, using their 33rd starting lineup this season, did not
have backup center Curtis Borchardt for the second half because of
tendinitis in his right knee. He played less than 4 minutes before
leaving the court with 8:53 left in the second quarter.
The Clippers broke the game open with a 19-6 run, extending a
10-point lead to 68-45 with 2:37 left in the third quarter. The
Jazz narrowed the gap to 74-61 on a 19-footer by Gordan Giricek, a
three-point play by Randy Livingston and a short jumper by Kris
Humphries with 9:35 to play.
But the Clippers responded with seven straight points in a 1:42
span, including a 3-pointer and a layup by Jaric that restored the
20-point lead with 7:35 left. The Jazz got no closer than eight
The Clippers, who share Staples Center with the Los Angeles
Avengers of the Arena Football League, observed a moment of silence
for Al Lucas who died of injuries sustained in Sunday's home game.
... Jazz rookie Kirk Snyder, who got into a fight with Dallas
forward Jerry Stackhouse in the loading dock of the Mavericks'
arena following Utah's 88-81 loss Saturday night, served a one-game
league suspension that will cost him $15,800 in salary. ... The
Jazz haven't lost a season series to the Clippers since 1985-86,
Karl Malone's rookie season. ... Malone, who retired on Feb. 13 as
the NBA's second all-time scorer, was among the crowd of 18,697 and
joined the Jazz's TV-radio simulcast during the first quarter.