Caron Butler has been playing good ball for the Los Angeles Clippers, despite their recent losing streak.
Before it was snapped, Butler was asked about the losses and stressed that the team needed to play harder and smarter:
"But having the veteran guys that we have in this locker room — myself, Chauncey [Billups], Chris [Paul] — guys know that you've got to weather the storm and stay together, stay whole and not have mental lapses. A lot of people say, 'Go harder, harder, harder, harder.' But you have to put smarter in there too. Go smarter, go harder and execute and make some adjustments, and we're going to do that. We need everybody pulling for one another. Being a team that has been praised early, you are a team with a huge bulls-eye on your back now. So we've just got to be prepared night in and night out. And I think going through this adversity now helps us a lot."
He also stressed that they needed to remain unified no matter what.
The Clippers went on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, despite Caron going 1-8 and 0-3 from the three point.
Their December schedule isn't too taxing, but they do start and end the month playing Utah three times total. If they stay strong, there's no reason why the Clippers can't rack up the wins.
It's nice to see Butler stepping up into a bigger leadership role and helping keep his team on track.
Their next game is a home game against Sacramento on the first.