Clippers lose to Pelicans without injured guards Austin Rivers, Lou Williams

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, right, of Montenegro, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Clippers onward Tobias Harris, facility, fires as New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, right, of Montenegro, safeguards during the very first fifty percent of an NBA basketball video game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, dunks as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, dunks as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell sees during the 2nd fifty percent of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, drives by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, drives by L.a Clippers onward Montrezl Harrell throughout the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, goes up for a dunk as New Orleans Pelicans forward E’Twaun Moore watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Clippers facility DeAndre Jordan, left, rises for a dunk as New Orleans Pelicans onward E’Twaun Moore enjoys during the initial fifty percent of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, right, fires as L.a Clippers ahead Tobias Harris defends throughout the initial half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward C.J. Williams, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, defends and guard Jrue Holiday watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    L.a Clippers ahead C.J. Williams, facility, fires as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, protects as well as guard Jrue Holiday enjoys throughout the initial fifty percent of an NBA basketball video game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in L.a. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New Orleans Pelicans onward Anthony Davis, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the very first fifty percent of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    L.a Clippers facility DeAndre Jordan goes up for a dunk throughout the initial half of an NBA basketball game versus the New Orleans Pelicans, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, left, fires as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends throughout the initial fifty percent of an NBA basketball video game Monday, April 9, 2018, in L.a. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, left, and forward Darius Miller defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    L.a Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, facility, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, left, as well as forward Darius Miller defend throughout the very first fifty percent of an NBA basketball video game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, top, and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, leading, and L.a Clippers center DeAndre Jordan get to for a rebound throughout the initial fifty percent of an NBA basketball video game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in L.a. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left blocks the shot of Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of Monday’s game, at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left blocks the shot of Clippers onward Tobias Harris during the initial fifty percent of Monday’s game, at Staples Facility. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, top, dunks over New Orleans Pelicans guard DeAndre Liggins, left, as forward Sam Dekker watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, leading, dunks over New Orleans Pelicans guard DeAndre Liggins, left, as onward Sam Dekker enjoys during the 2nd fifty percent of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in L.a. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller, right, fires as L.a Clippers facility Boban Marjanovic, of Serbia, protects during the second half of an NBA basketball video game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in L.a. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, left, of Serbia, playfully keeps the ball away from New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis after a whistle was blown during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    L.a Clippers facility Boban Marjanovic, left, of Serbia, playfully keeps the ball away from New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis after a whistle was blown during the second fifty percent of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in L.a. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, right, of Serbia, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, right, of Serbia, fires as New Orleans Pelicans onward Anthony Davis protects throughout the second fifty percent of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Clippers facility DeAndre Jordan, left, as well as New Orleans Pelicans onward Anthony Davis grab a rebound during the initial half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, left, and forward Anthony Davis congratulate each other as time winds down in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo, left, as well as onward Anthony Davis praise each other as time relax in the 2nd half of an NBA basketball video game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, April 9, 2018, in L.a. The Pelicans won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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L.A– The NBA playoff race returned to Staples Facility one final time. The Clippers were eliminated from opinion with Saturday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, however the New Orleans Pelicans needed a success Monday night in order to clinch an area in the postseason.

Clippers instructor Doc Rivers covered together another makeshift schedule as well as did exactly what he could to earn life tough for the Pelicans and keep the stability of the game. Guards Austin Rivers and Lou Williams couldn’t play because of nagging elbow and also ankle injuries.

The Clippers played without six hurt guards in their 113-100 loss to the Pelicans. Doc Rivers claimed he really hoped Austin Rivers and also Williams could play in the season finale Wednesday versus the Lakers. The others were shed to the team days, weeks or months back.

Tanking was not a choice for the Clippers despite their several injuries.

“Everybody’s playing with the exception of Lou and Austin,” Doc Rivers stated.

Well, everybody that was healthy and balanced sufficient to play was readily available to play.

“We’re wishing,” Doc Rivers stated when asked whether Austin Rivers and also Williams would certainly play Wednesday. “Both of them were actually struggling the last number of video games. They played therefore as soon as we were gotten rid of, we simply believed offer them a break for one game and also bring them back.”

Doc Rivers said he intended to play them Monday, too.

“I brought Lou as well as Austin in and stated, ‘Can you go?’ and also they said, ‘Yeah, but we do not believe we need to go.’ The fitness instructor didn’t either,” Doc Rivers stated. “I was intending on playing them anyhow. I simply believe there’s teams out there that are trying to enter as well as they’re hoping we play well.”

As a playoff spoiler was all the Clippers had left. Season-ending injuries to guards Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley, Jawun Evans and Milos Teodosic as well as ahead Danilo Gallinari torpedoed their chances at a 7th successive playoff appearance.

Doc Rivers wasn’t going to permit the Clippers to drop without a battle Monday.

“Much like last week, when we were enjoying games, hoping that team would certainly beat that group, and also we desired them to play well,” he stated. “I just assume you have to. It’s our job to protect our product. All of us. There are some groups that have actually done the tanking stuff.”

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