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When the unsuspecting fans came back with their beverages, they had to temporarily move until the seats were pulled and replaced.

Following a poor showing in a loss to Detroit on Wednesday, a “mad as hell” Scott blasted his players for their overall lack of energy amid a streak taking on a life of its own. He was amazed that they wouldn’t be ready to play and challenged their pride.

They finally showed some.

“It’s great,” he said. “We finally got the monkey off our back. But I expect our guys to play this hard every single night. If we do that, we’ll be OK.”

Notes: The Clippers will travel 6,510 miles on their eight-game, 14-day trip. … Like any NBA fan, Scott loves Griffin’s game. “The guy is unbelievable,” Scott said. “I’ve watched the Clippers play, and I would never watch the Clippers play. But I watch them and 99 percent of that is because of Blake Griffin. He’s what you call a true power forward. No doubt about that.” … Williams was sad to see Utah coach Jerry Sloan resign following a reported clash with star guard Deron Williams. “Jerry should get all the credit he deserves for all the things he’s done, all the players who came through, including myself,” said the Cavs guard, who was drafted by Utah. “I have nothing but great memories of that organization, especially Jerry Sloan. I wish him the best.”