Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I couldn’t stop myself,” Redick said. “As much as it was physical, it was mental. Sometimes, you just have games, moments, where there’s a little of that.”Doc Rivers and Chris Paul both bristled at the idea that energy, especially early in the game, was the issue.“It’s one game man. We lost one game. We didn’t play well. Let’s not (overanalyze) this,” Rivers said Friday, frustration with the question in his voice. “We just came off the last game and we were amazing. I don’t know how now, we’re mentally tired. “Paul was just as defiant when asked about the Pistons jumping out to 25-11 lead in the game’s first 8 minutes.“I’m going to tell you straight up because I’m in the locker room; I’m on the court with us. It wasn’t a lack of energy. You know what I mean? That’s something that’s not the case,” Paul said. “Guys were ready. Guys were energized. We might not have started out the way (we wanted). They were making shots. But, it wasn’t because of a lack of energy or a lack of focus because we respect — it’s a different team this year — we respect our opponents. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. >> J.J. Redick recounted his inner monologue, his words slowing with a slight slur like your aunt after her third glass of Merlot on Thanksgiving night.“‘I’m just going to run into him.’” Redick said to himself.The play happened with just less than 2 minutes left in the Clippers’ 108-97 loss Friday night. Redick was on the break, dribbling down the right side of the floor. His team was down seven, in desperate need of a score.Instead, Redick ran right into Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. “Things were just too easy for them tonight, especially early in the game. It ain’t focus. It ain’t none of that. They were scoring.”But a simple look at the Clippers’ schedule and their statistics align more with Redick’s version of events.The Clippers’ loss to Detroit was their 17th game this season. The team, which has had two days off between games just once (after the opener), will eventually play 22 games in only 39 days.That’s not an excuse; that’s a fact.“It’s tough,” Blake Griffin said of the schedule. “But, other teams are going through the same thing.”The other fact in play is that the Clippers’ defense, the story of the NBA in the first two weeks of the season, has been in a bit of a freefall.In the last nine games, the Clippers are allowing 107.9 points per 100 possessions, ninth worst in the NBA. Over that stretch, no team in the league is allowing its opponents to hit 3s at a better percentage.That could be simply be regression after a hot start, or considering the Clippers were a terrific defense last year, it could be a sign that fatigue is affecting the Clippers’ defensive energy.“The hope is you don’t have a lot of games like this where you come out flat like that. They happen throughout the course of the season. There’s a number of different factors that can contribute to that, but it’s not an excuse,” Redick said. “We’re trying to be better than average, better than normal. We were just very normal tonight.”Back to practiceSaturday in Indianapolis, the Clippers held just their second practice since the start of the regular season.Rivers told reporters that he made the decision to practice Saturday before the Clippers’ loss to the Pistons on Friday.“We’ve just got to review,” Rivers told reporters. “Our slippage is off the charts, defensively more than offensively. We’ve been getting away with it, really. We want to be good; we don’t want to be lucky. Our pick-and-roll D has to sure up, transition D, just our weak-side help, which I thought was our biggest step forward, we’re kind of regressing a little bit.”The Clippers will face the Pacers, who will be without Paul George, Sunday.