LOS ANGELES--More support arrived for the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in the form of Danilo Gallinari, his return from a 13-game absence while recovering from a strained left glute giving them a much-needed healthy body.
But even Gallinari's return couldn't stop the Clippers from sliding into a four-game losing streak following a 113-107 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.
Gallinari had been out four-plus weeks with his injury and it showed during his restricted playing time of 26 minutes.
His timing clearly was off, showing in two-for-13 shooting from the field and one-for-five shooting from three-point range, leaving him with seven points.
"I wanted to be better," said Gallinari, who missed all six of his shots in the second half. "I didn't expect to shoot the ball that bad. So I wanted to be better. I was expecting myself to be better already. But I wasn't. So hopefully I'll be better next game.
"I was trying to be aggressive and to put the ball in the basket, but it wasn't working. And it has to work."
The Clippers tried to put Gallinari in position to be an effective scorer.
But he didn't seem to be in the best of condition, which was to be expected because of his layoff.
"Gallo struggled," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "Like I said before the game, we didn't expect him (to be effective). You could see he got to the rim over and over again. He just couldn't convert. That's what happens when you miss that many games in a row and you go play in an NBA game."
The Clippers were forced to turn to their usual characters to help them against the Timberwolves.