Los Angeles Clippers: Rapid Reaction

Clips 110, Wolves 105: Blake return near

March, 2, 2015
Mar 2
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Los Angeles Clippers received some good news. Blake Griffin had started running full-tilt and his conditioning and cardio were actually better than they were before he underwent surgery three weeks ago to treat a staph infection.

If things continue to progress this week as they have, there's an outside chance Griffin could be back in time for Sunday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

The Clippers also got some good news in coming back from seven points down -- they were up by 18 in the first half -- to defeat the Timberwolves 110-105, their seventh win in 10 games without Griffin.

Sandwiched in between, however, the Clippers discovered they would have to deal with two more injuries when they return home.

Matt Barnes was ruled out of Monday's game with a right calf strain he suffered on Sunday and Jamal Crawford missed the second half after suffering a right calf contusion in the first half. Both players will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles on Tuesday. To make things worse, J.J. Redick, who had 18 points, was ejected in the fourth quarter for arguing with an official, forcing Doc Rivers to play Hedo Turkoglu, Austin Rivers, Dahntay Jones and Jordan Hamilton, who started in place of Barnes, at the end of the game.

Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan once again led the Clippers as Paul finished with 26 points and 14 assists and Jordan had 12 points and 18 rebounds. The play of Jordan has not only kept the Clippers afloat but has actually improved their position in the West standings with Griffin out.

"I think right now they're the best players at their respective positions with the way they've been playing," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. "Jordan has just been phenomenal with rebounding and everything he's doing and another thing he's doing is he's become probably the best screen setter in the league, whether it's getting J.J. Redick open or getting Chris Paul open. He's bought into the system. I look at Paul now and he's playing like he was when he was the MVP. Those guys are carrying them and their role players are playing extremely well off those guys."

Grizzlies 90, Clippers 87: Stolen opportunity

February, 23, 2015
Feb 23
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies haven’t played each other in the postseason in almost two years but there is always a heightened level of intensity when the two teams face each other.

The coaches and many of the players have changed since they last played in the playoffs but the emotions and dislike between the two teams can still be felt as strongly now as ever. Monday was the latest chapter in the rivalry as Mike Conley stole the ball from Chris Paul in the closing seconds as Paul attempted to get to the basket for a game-winning shot, down by one. Instead Conley would hit two free throws and the Grizzlies beat the Clippers, 90-87.

“We’ve played against each other twice in the playoffs so with the remnants of the guys who are still there that always brings extra stuff,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “It just does. It’s the same thing with us and Golden State now. When you go through a seven-game series with each other there’s never any love lost after that. There just isn’t. That’s just the way it works. It’s probably good.”

Rivers knew before the game that it could be a struggle to score against the Grizzlies as they ended up with their second lowest point total of the season.

“I don’t mind if the game is played with emotion, that’s not too bad,” Rivers said. “What we don’t want to get into is a game where you’re putting your hands on each other and it’s like mud wrestling. I think they would enjoy that and we don’t want to play that way. They say styles make fights and when we play that’s a very good example of that. It’s like Sugar Ray [Leonard] and [Roberto] Duran and I know who [we] have to be. In the second fight, not the first fight.”

The loss snapped the Clippers’ four-game winning streak without Blake Griffin, who had the stitches in his right elbow removed and was cleared to work out on Monday. He is still expected to miss another two weeks and will not be with the team as they play the Grizzlies in Memphis later this week and try to start a new winning streak without him.

“We’ve adopted this one-game attitude. That’s the only thing we can do,” Rivers said. “We can’t look ahead. We’re not deep enough to do that right now so we try to focus on the single game.”



Clips 119, Spurs 115: Hack-a-Jordan

February, 19, 2015
Feb 19
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LOS ANGELES -- Things remained the same for the Los Angeles Clippers as they returned from their week-long All-Star break, and that was a good thing for them.

Despite the absence of Blake Griffin, who is recovering from a staph infection in his right elbow, the Clippers once again defeated a team from Texas while DeAndre Jordan had a monster game (20 points and 18 rebounds).

On Thursday, the Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 119-115, winning their third straight game after dropping four straight for the first time under Doc Rivers.

The win places the Clippers fifth in the West and just one game behind the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, who are sitting in front of them in third and fourth place.

Crawford steps up: Hours after finding out that he would not be traded, Jamal Crawford stepped up and had one of his best games of the season, scoring 26 points with 10 coming in the fourth quarter. Thursday was also Crawford’s 19th game with at least 20 points off the bench, the most of any player in the NBA.

Hack-a-Jordan: While Jordan had a career-high 26 points and 18 rebounds (two boards shy of his third straight 20-20 game), he also shot a career-high 28 free throws, making just 10. The poor free-throw-shooting performance caused Rivers to take Jordan out of the game and kept the Spurs in contention while they continued to employ the tactic, causing the game to drag on for over three hours.

Austin Rivers goes down: Austin Rivers was unable to play in the game because of a sore left ankle, and his status is day-to-day.

Up next: The Clippers will go for a fourth straight win without Griffin when they take on the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

Clippers 110, Rockets 95: DeAndre 20-20

February, 11, 2015
Feb 11
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LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin returned to the Los Angeles Clippers' sideline Wednesday for the first time since Sunday, when he left to undergo surgery on his right elbow to treat a staph infection that will likely sideline him four to six weeks.

Wearing a sling on his right arm, Griffin sat at the end of the bench and watched the Clippers win their second straight game over a Western Conference playoff team ahead of them in the standings as they beat the Houston Rockets 110-95. The Clippers now go into the All-Star break on a two-game winning streak after dropping four straight for the first time in two years last week.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said it would take a total team effort without Griffin, and that was certainly the case Wednesday as six players scored in double figures.

There was a sense that Chris Paul would have to do more in Griffin's absence, as Griffin did in Paul's absence last season, but that has not necessarily been the case. Paul had 11 points, 12 assists and a surprising five turnovers on Wednesday.

"Chris does a lot," Rivers said. "He was already the ball handler. The thing that was different last year is when Chris went down, [Darren Collison] is a guard. He's more of just a good basketball player. We lost our key ball handler and our best passer. We were fortunate our second-best passer was Blake. So, we don't have that here. We still have Chris to do that, so it's different."

One player who has stepped up his production in Griffin's absence has been DeAndre Jordan, who had 24 points and 20 rebounds against the Rockets; it was his second straight 20-20 game and third in the past six games. Despite his career year, Jordan will not be making a trip to his first NBA All-Star Game. There was a chance Jordan could have gone as an alternate for the injured Anthony Davis, but that spot went to Dirk Nowitzki.

Griffin and Paul honored: Before Wednesday's game, Rivers presented Paul and Griffin with the All-Star Game jerseys. It was the first time most Clippers players and coaches had seen Griffin since he left Sunday night to have surgery on his elbow.

"He's feeling a lot better, which is good," Rivers said. "But again, that injury is -- you've just got to make sure no one touches him. It's one of those things that's very finicky."

Redick back: J.J. Redick played in his second straight game after missing three straight with back spasms, and said he felt good. Redick finished with 20 points and hit 2 of 5 3-pointers. He will fly to New York Wednesday night in preparation for NBA All-Star Saturday Night, where he will participate in the Three-Point Contest.

Remembering "The Shark": Rivers had fond memories of Jerry Tarkanian, the legendary UNLV coach who passed away Wednesday, when he was asked about him before the game.

"I've just always loved his spirit," Rivers said. "I've always been a big Tark fan. I never felt like he got his due. He had terrific teams and they played a terrific way. He didn't get his due. He did a heck of a job of coaching a team and a style. People forget when he went to UNLV, no one knew who UNLV was. He created that.

"I thought it was a shame how long they made him wait to get into the Hall of Fame. I never thought that was right or just. I had a problem with that. I actually voiced it way back. He fought the NCAA when no one else would. He could've taken his fine, and he said, 'No, I'm not, I'm going to fight you.' I just find it interesting now the things he was fighting about is basically what we've all found out was right. He was right."

Up next: The Clippers are off for a week during the NBA All-Star break and will return Feb. 19 to play the San Antonio Spurs.

Clippers 115, Mavs 98: Four-game skid ends

February, 9, 2015
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DALLAS -- Blake Griffin's jersey and warm-ups hung in the visiting locker room at the American Airlines Center on Monday night before the Los Angeles Clippers faced the Dallas Mavericks, but the All-Star forward was back in Los Angeles as his team prepared to wrap up its eight-game road trip.

He had just finished surgery to remove a staph infection from his right elbow that will sideline him for at least the next three weeks.

While Griffin prepared to begin his rehabilitation, the Clippers prepared to begin life in the immediate future without him and found a way to finish off their road trip with an impressive 115-98 win over the short-handed Mavericks, who lost Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis to injuries during the game.

The win not only snapped a four-game losing streak, preventing the Clippers' first five-game losing skid in four years, but it gave them some confidence coming home after a draining two-week road trip that saw them go from the third seed in the West to the seventh seed when they took the court on Monday.

"It's probably the biggest game of the trip," Austin Rivers said before the game. "You want that win going back home. You want to take something away from this trip. We got that big win at the end and we're on a winning streak and let's head back home and get a win before All-Star break."

Griffin update: Before the Clippers took the court they were informed Griffin had surgery to remove a staph infection from his right elbow and would be sidelined at least three weeks. "It's probably what's expected, to be honest," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "At the end of the day, we're the Clippers. You see what you see. I feel very good about our team."

Redick, Davis return: The Clippers did get some good news on the injury front as J.J. Redick, who had missed the previous three games with back spasms, and Glen Davis, who had to be helped off the court Sunday with upper-back spasms, both were cleared to return. Redick started and scored 15 points in 31 minutes. Davis came off the bench and had one point in three minutes.

Jordan makes history: DeAndre Jordan had 21 points and 27 rebounds on Monday. It was the most rebounds by a player in the NBA this season and the most in his career. Only Michael Cage, who had 30 on April 24, 1988, had more rebounds in a single game in Clippers history. It was also Jordan's second 20-20 game of the road trip.

Up next: The Clippers finally return home for the first time since Jan. 27 and will play the Houston Rockets on Wednesday before the All-Star break.

Cavs 105, Clippers 94: More East woes

February, 5, 2015
Feb 5
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CLEVELAND -- The Los Angeles Clippers have been hard to figure out this season but there are two things they have been fairly consistent this season: They will come to play against the top teams in the West, and they will lay eggs against the top teams in the East.

Against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, the Clippers lost 105-94, trailing at one point by 32, their largest deficit of the season. They have lost three of their past four game and dropped to 3-9 against the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile the Clippers are 9-4 against the top eight teams in the Western Conference and their most recent game against a West opponent was a 20-point blowout of the Spurs in San Antonio.

"They've just beaten us," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "But the way I look at it, if we're going to be good against one of the two, the West is important for us."

Redick improving: J.J. Redick missed his second game (and effectively his third) of the road trip on Thursday against Cleveland. He was pulled after four minutes against the Brooklyn Nets with back spasms, which was the reason he missed last week's game against the Utah Jazz. He initially hurt his back on Jan. 26 against the Denver Nuggets and has been dealing with it ever since.

"I'm assuming he's getting better," Rivers said before the game. "He looked way better [Wednesday]."

The NBA also announced Thursday that Redick will be participating in the 3-point contest on Feb. 14 during All-Star Weekend. "I'm really excited to participate in the three-point contest," Redick said. "It is an outstanding field of shooters and I look forward to representing the Clippers."

Early white flag: Rivers pulled the Clippers' entire starting lineup when down 27 points with 4:43 left in the third quarter. The Clippers were down 32 in the quarter, their largest deficit since trailing by 30 against the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 5. The Clippers actually pulled to within 12 in the final minute with the reserves but the game was already decided by that point.

Key stat: There were plenty of reasons why the Clippers lost on Monday but the free-throw disparity certainly didn't help matters as the Cavaliers shot 35-of-44 from the free-throw line while the Clippers were just 13-of-20.

Players of the night: There weren't many highlights for the Clippers on Thursday but Blake Griffin finished with 16 points and eight rebounds and DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 14 rebounds.

Up next: The Clippers get on a plane right after the game and face the Raptors in Toronto on Friday before closing out their eight-game road trip with a back-to-back against Oklahoma City and Dallas on Sunday and Monday.

Nets 102, Clippers 100: Late meltdown

February, 2, 2015
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NEW YORK -- Doc Rivers doesn't mind road trips.

Sometimes a nice, three- or four-game road trip to get away from the distractions at home can bring a team together. But Rivers isn't a fan of the Clippers' current, eight-game "Grammy trip." He doesn't believe there's anything healthy about being on the road for 15 days, but it's the card the Clippers were dealt, and the results have been mixed so far.

After losing to the Brooklyn Nets 102-100 on Monday, the Clippers are now 2-2 halfway through their road trip, and the way they faded late against Brooklyn can't be a good sign. The Clippers led 96-87 with 1:35 left before the Nets went on a 13-2 run to take the lead and steal a game the Clippers had in hand.

"You know, you can look at [road trips] in a lot of ways," Rivers said before the game. "I do like one long trip — not this long — a year. I think it helps the team, especially early in the year, kind of bond and get together. But other than that, everyone's having them this year because of the All-Star thing. They're tough."

They're infinitely tougher when you can't hit free throws -- the Clippers shot 32 percent from the charity-stripe on Monday -- and Blake Griffin fouls out late.

Injury of the night: J.J. Redick, who missed last week's game against Utah with back spasms, left Monday's game just four minutes in due to back spasms, and he did not return. He missed his only shot of the game. He is officially listed as day-to-day, with the Clippers' next game Thursday in Cleveland.

Signing of the night: With Dahntay Jones' second 10-day contract due to expire after Monday's game against Brooklyn, Doc Rivers announced the Clippers would be signing Jones for the remainder of the season. The Clippers will still have two roster spots available to sign free agents who become available after the "buyout season."

"He's good every day," Rivers said. "He's a pro. You can't have enough pros, and so he's been really good. He's been through playoffs."

Stat of the night: DeAndre Jordan missed his first eight free throws, which set the tone for a dreadful performance from the line by the Clippers. They finished 8-for-25 from the free throw line (32 percent).

Players of the night: Jordan had 22 points and 20 rebounds. Chris Paul had 20 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.

Next: The Clippers will now spend Tuesday in New York before flying to Cleveland on Wednesday. They will close their road trip with four games in five nights against playoff teams Cleveland, Toronto, Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Clippers 105, Spurs 85: Second pace

January, 31, 2015
Jan 31
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videoSAN ANTONIO – Doc Rivers couldn’t explain it.

For a team that often complains about lack of rest, lack of practices and a grueling schedule (they’re currently on an eight-game road trip), the Clippers are now 9-3 on the second night of back-to-backs after beating the San Antonio Spurs 105-85 on Saturday.

“There are days when we’re going into a back-to-back, and you look at the guys in the locker room, and I’m thinking, ‘Well, this is going to be a long night,’” Rivers said. “I wish I knew the answer. Mental toughness has to be one of the reasons for you to be able to do that. Even some of the games we lost, we played great.”

One day after losing to the New Orleans Pelicans and trailing by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter, the Clippers dominated the Spurs and led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter. It was the Clippers’ first win over San Antonio this season after they dropped the first two games against the Spurs. The win gives the Clippers seven wins in their past eight games.

Hawes getting comfortable: Heading into Saturday’s game against the Spurs, Spencer Hawes went back-to-back games without scoring for the first time since his rookie season. He only attempted three shots in those two games and looked out of sorts on both sides of the ball.

“I don’t mind his minutes -- I just need him to play better,” Rivers said. “We need to put him in better spots too ... I’m hoping he plays more, but he has to play better to play more. Minutes are earned; they’re not just given out like cookies. He’s going to get it. I have total faith that he’ll turn it around.”

Hawes did just that against the Spurs. He scored 11 points off the bench on 4-of-8 shooting and 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Hawes has been a starter his whole career and admits he now has to adjust to be a consistent contributor off the bench for the Clippers.

“I talked to Jamal [Crawford], and I’ll look to maybe talk to guys on other teams who have had success,” Hawes said. “That’s one of the things when you’re used to starting that you take for granted. And now, it’s on me to have a different mindset, to try and play with it and figure it out.”

Rivers looks solid again: Austin Rivers had his third solid game as the Clippers’ backup point guard and looks comfortable in his role two weeks after being traded to Los Angeles. He had 11 points off the bench and has scored in double-figures in three straight games for the first time since December, when he was in New Orleans.

“His scoring’s been good,” Doc Rivers said. “We like his defense even more. His scoring will just keep coming in, just getting comfortable. Defense is what’s been the biggest thing that’s stood out for us as a coaching staff, and just his size. Even though he’s my son, you forget how tall he is.”

No decision on Jones: The Clippers will have to make a decision next week on whether they will sign Dahntay Jones for the rest of the season, after they signed him to two 10-day contracts, or let him become a free agent. Rivers said the Clippers will wait to make a decision until after Monday’s game at Brooklyn, but Rivers likes what Jones brings to the team in the locker room and on the bench, despite his playing sparingly with the Clippers. He played the final two minutes against San Antonio and missed his only shot.

“We like Dahntay,” Rivers said. “I like his presence around the team, but we’ll see when that day comes.”

Players of the game: Blake Griffin had 31 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, while Chris Paul had 20 points, six assists and four rebounds. DeAndre Jordan was once against a force for the Clippers on defense, with 19 rebounds, four blocks and eight points.

Pelicans 108, Clippers 103: Return of Austin

January, 30, 2015
Jan 30
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videoNEW ORLEANS -- Austin Rivers smiled as he sat down on the opposing bench of the Smoothie King Center for the first time in his NBA career.

Rivers was drafted by New Orleans with the 10th pick in the 2012 NBA draft and was supposed to be one-half of the franchise's future 1-2 punch with their first overall pick that year, Anthony Davis.

While Davis has developed into an All-Star, Rivers was traded twice two weeks ago, ending up in Los Angeles with the Clippers where his father, Doc Rivers, is the coach.

"I'm not really going to have any emotions," Austin Rivers said before the game. "They're not going to have a tribute video for me."

He was right. In fact, the public-address announcer didn't even mention Austin Rivers' name when he first initially came into the game and he didn't elicit much of a response from the crowd as he finished with 10 points in 14 minutes off the bench. It was his first back-to-back, double-digit scoring performances since December when he was in New Orleans.

It wouldn't be enough, however, to beat New Orleans as the Pelicans beat the Clippers 108-103. The Clippers came back from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to pull to within two in the final minutes but couldn't finish it off as their six-game winning streak was snapped.

While Rivers didn't have the kind of career in New Orleans he would have liked, he doesn't hold any grudges against the organization that refused to pick up the option on his deal before the season and traded him by midseason.

"It didn't work out in the grand scheme of things, but a lot of things came away from this," he said. "They had a group of good guys on this team and I've been fortunate to play for two teams with a good group of guys."

Although Rivers didn't live up to his expectations in New Orleans, Pelicans coach Monty Williams puts that on himself more than Rivers.

"We did everything we could to help Austin progress in his career," Williams said. "The thing that didn't happen, I take full responsibility for that, nobody else. Not the coaches or anybody else. That's on me. What he wasn't able to do, that falls on my lap and that's not something I take lightly. If there were any failures or anything that didn’t happen or progress in his career, that was my fault.”

Williams says he believes playing with Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford and for Doc Rivers may finally allow Austin Rivers, who turned 22 this summer, an opportunity to fulfill his potential.

"You go to a different team and leave everything behind you and it's a clean slate," Williams said. "Obviously Austin is with Chris every day and he's going to learn a lot from him. Jamal is a guy who can help. They have a veteran team so you can't help but get better in that situation and his dad's a championship coach. Right away he's married up leaving me. That's a benefit in itself, I'm happy for him and I heard he's happy there and he feels a lot better about his situation and that's good for him."

Return of the night: After missing the last game because of back spasms, J.J. Redick returned and had 12 points but struggled from beyond the arc, missing all five of his 3-point attempts.

Return of the night (Part II): Paul, who played his first six seasons in New Orleans, returned and had 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. He was also selected to his eighth straight All-Star Game and will be joining Blake Griffin in New York next month.

"It's great. There's nothing like it," Paul said. "Me and Blake talk about it all the time. Obviously it's all competition, but sometimes there's guys in the All-Star Game you don't really have a relationship with and you don't really care to. It's always cool to have a teammate of your own there that you can talk to and enjoy the weekend with."

Players of the night: In addition to Paul's efforts, Griffin had 19 points and 6 assists and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. Crawford had 15 points off the bench.

Clippers 94, Jazz 89: Streak rolls on

January, 28, 2015
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SALT LAKE CITY -- When Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers a little over three years ago, he wasn't completely familiar with the team's losing history. He knew it was bad, but he didn't realize how historically bad.

Before Paul's first game against the Utah Jazz as a Clipper, the team's longtime play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawer casually mentioned that the Clippers hadn't beaten the Jazz in Utah since 2003. They had lost 16 straight.

Paul was dumbfounded. He told Lawler to tell him about every losing streak the Clippers had in every building they went into that season. One by one, the losing streaks -- Denver and Orlando (nine games each), San Antonio (17) and Dallas (10) -- turned into Clippers winning streaks.

Before Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Paul once again saw Lawler and asked him if he remembered their conversation when he first came to the team. Lawler smiled. He did. And this time he had some more positive news as the Clippers had won 12 straight against the Jazz. They hadn't lost since that conversation.

That streak was extended to 13 on Wednesday as the Clippers beat the Jazz 94-89. The win also extended the Clippers' current winning streak to six games, their second longest of the season, and gives them the third-best record in the Western Conference.

Injury of the night: J.J. Redick was a late scratch due to back spasms after participating in the team's morning shootaround and dressing for the game. He is officially listed as day-to-day and questionable for the Clippers' next game on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Controversy of the night: Despite the NBA's claim that Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan and not Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver, Barnes continued to stick by his story that it was his interaction with Sarver that led to the fine.

"You can ask him what he said," said Barnes, who played in Phoenix during the 2008-09 season. "He said enough to make me respond. We don't like each other. He didn't like me when I was there, and I didn't like him when I was there, so it is what it is."

Sub of the night: With Redick's injury, reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford, who is once again leading NBA reserves in scoring, was forced to start. That put the bench scoring load on Austin Rivers' shoulders. He scored 12 points in 22 minutes and was the only Clippers reserve to score.

Players of the night: Paul had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds and Crawford added 21 points. Blake Griffin came on strong late after struggling through the first three quarters and had 17 points and seven rebounds. Barnes added 14 points and five rebounds.

Clippers 120, Suns 100: Four straight wins

January, 25, 2015
Jan 25
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PHOENIX -- It's easy to look at the Los Angeles Clippers this season and say something is missing.

They just haven't looked like the championship contenders they were advertised by many coming into this season.

But 44 games into the season, the Clippers are tied for the fourth-best record in the West, are 1.5 games back of the second-best mark and are 8-4 against the top eight teams in the Western Conference.

And after beating the Phoenix Suns 120-100 on Sunday, the Clippers have now won four straight games, giving them their second-longest winning streak of the season.

Surprise of the night: DeAndre Jordan is never going to be a good free-throw shooter. If he can be average that would be a step in the right direction but on Sunday he was 8-of-15 from the charity stripe as the Suns tried the Hack-a-Jordan strategy late in the game. It completely backfired as the Clippers' two-point lead ballooned to 20 by the end of the game.

Reunion of the night: Reggie Bullock made his debut for the Suns a little more than a week after being traded from the Clippers to Phoenix in a three-team deal for Austin Rivers. Bullock didn't score, going 0-for-1, but Doc Rivers and several Clippers came over and hugged him at center court after the game. "We never really got a chance to see the full Reggie, but he can really shoot and he hasn't done that great yet, but he will," Rivers said. "I'm almost guaranteeing that he'll end up being a heck of a shooter in this league."

Stat of the night: The much-maligned Clippers bench had 32 points with Jamal Crawford scoring 10 and Spencer Hawes adding 11 and six different Clippers reserves scoring. It was the most balanced attack the second unit, which is largely depended on Crawford, has had in a while.

Players of the night: Blake Griffin had 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Chris Paul had 23 points and 12 assists. Jordan also had 18 points and 14 rebounds. J.J. Redick added 20 points as six Clippers scored in double digits.

Clippers 123, Nets 84: Total domination

January, 22, 2015
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers have had a hard time this season maintaining leads at home. They will go up by double-digits early but squander the lead and be forced to hold on late in games that should have been over by the third quarter.

That wasn't the case Thursday as their lead grew to 13 in the first quarter, 35 in the second quarter and 46 by the time the fourth quarter rolled around as the Clippers beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-84 to win their third game in a row before embarking on a stretch that will see them play the next 10 games in 10 different cities. The Clippers are now tied for the fifth seed in the West and just 1 1/2 games out of the second-best record in the West.

Surprise of the night: Sure, the Clippers were favored to win the game but no one saw them going up by 46 points in the fourth quarter and 35 points before the half. It was a blowout from beginning to end and probably the Clippers' most dominating win of the season against a current playoff team.

Celebrities of the night: Hollywood descended on Lob City for Thursday's game as Jay-Z and Beyonce sat courtside along with Floyd Mayweather, Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper and Dez Bryant. Jay-Z and Beyonce, who chatted with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer at the half, stayed until the bitter end of the blowout, and Clippers fans started to chant "We want Pacquiao!" at a smiling Mayweather late in the game.

Stat of the night: The Clippers shot 59 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc. The Nets shot 37.5 percent from the field and 19 percent from beyond the arc. That's not going to happen often but when it does, the Clippers are always going to win handily.

Players of the night: Blake Griffin had 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Paul had 6 points, 17 assists and 5 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick had 17 points apiece.

Clippers 102, Celtics 93: L.A. holds on

January, 19, 2015
Jan 19
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LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers started the second half of the 2014-15 season the same way they ended the first half: with a win.

Los Angeles beat the Boston Celtics, 102-93, Monday, marking its second win in a row. The victory doesn't affect the Clippers' sixth-place standing in the Western Conference, but the team is only two games back of third place and six games behind the conference-leading Golden State Warriors with 40 more to play.

“There’s a lot of time left,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I still like where we are at.”

Surprise of the day: It looked as if the Clippers would run away with this one after jumping out to a 23-point lead in the third quarter. However, the home team was outscored by the Celtics 40-20 from the end of the third quarter to the middle of the fourth quarter and Boston pulled to within three points with 3:49 left to play. The Clippers ultimately pulled away, but they weren't able to keep their starters seated.

Best Rivers story of the day: The intrigue over Austin Rivers playing for his dad continues. Before the game we found out that Austin lives in a hotel at the moment and not with his father. Doc also told the story of when he and his wife, Kristen, who was at Monday’s game, were eating at a Mexican restaurant in Malibu before she gave birth to Austin. Current Clippers general manager Dave Wohl was in the car with the couple as they drove to the hospital. “Dave was laying paper down in the SUV and I said, 'Dave, we're not having a puppy,” Rivers said. “We’re going to have a baby here.’”

Stat of the day: The bench scored 33 points and all five reserves that played also scored. That's a positive sign for a team trying to develop some kind of scoring off the bench from someone not named Jamal Crawford. Now they just have to figure out a way to hold double-digit leads.

Players of the day: Blake Griffin had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists while DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Paul added 16 points and Jamal Crawford also had 16 points off the bench.

Cavs 126, Clippers 121: Following story

January, 16, 2015
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers' season has been one step forward followed by one step back since opening night. Every time they beat a team like the Dallas Mavericks or Portland Trail Blazers and feel as if they’ve turned the corner, they will follow it up with a loss to the Miami Heat or Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Clippers had a chance to follow up their biggest win of the season in Portland with another big win against the Cavaliers on Friday but lost 126-121 and showed they are still as inconsistent as they can be entertaining.

There were flashes of the Clippers team that beat Dallas and Portland. The Clippers took a nine-point lead in the third quarter and looked as if they were in control of the game until the Cavaliers took the lead in the fourth quarter while Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were on the bench and never looked back even after they returned to the court.

Problem of the night: The Clippers will look to improve their bench in the coming days after creating roster openings by trading away Reggie Bullock and Chris Douglas-Roberts, as well as waiving Jordan Farmar. For the time being, however, the Clippers’ bench is as it’s been all season which is to say it’s still horrible. On Friday, the Clippers got 22 points from the bench, with those points coming from Jamal Crawford and Spencer Hawes, the only two players capable of doing anything productive off the bench at the moment.

Family reunion of the night: Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers became the first father-son coach-player duo in NBA history on Friday after Austin was traded to the Clippers in a three-team deal on Thursday. Doc and Austin downplayed any possibility of nepotism before the game, with Austin saying his dad wouldn’t make this move or play him just because he’s his son.

“My dad is too focused on his thing for that to even be an issue;that's almost a disrespectful thing to my dad," Austin said. "My dad would never, ever play me over somebody because I'm his son. If I'm not playing well, I'm sitting on the bench. He wants to win. My dad's the type of guy when I was 5 years old, we played checkers and he would not let me win.”

Austin’s debut was a forgettable one, as he finished 0-for-4 from the field with a plus/minus of minus-18 in 12 minutes.

Stat of the night: The Clippers were 25-of-36 from the free throw line (69.4 percent) and 10-for-29 from 3-point range (34.5 percent), while Cleveland shot 77.4 percent and 43.5 percent, respectively.

Players of the night: Chris Paul almost had a triple-double with 15 points, 14 assists and 8 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 34 points and 10 rebounds, while DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Heat 104, Clippers 90: Miami cruises

January, 11, 2015
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LOS ANGELES -- One day after their most impressive win of the season and stringing together two of their more dominant performances back-to-back, the Los Angeles Clippers came out flat in a 104-90 loss to the Miami Heat.

The Clippers actually started the game strong, going up by 13 points in the first quarter before struggling and falling two steps behind everything on offense and defense. The Heat led by as many as 15 points in the second half and never trailed the rest of the way as they held on for an easy win.

Surprise of the day: DeAndre Jordan is the defensive captain of the Clippers and was one of the finalists for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award last season, but on Sunday the Heat centers had their way with Jordan and the Clippers' big men. Chris Bosh had 34 points and seven rebounds and Hassan Whiteside came off the bench for 23 points and 16 rebounds. Jordan didn't bring much to the table individually, finishing with four points and six rebounds.

Potential family reunion of the day: Doc Rivers didn't confirm or deny reports that the Clippers are in discussions with the Boston Celtics to acquire his son, Austin Rivers. "I know there have been rumors and I can't talk about that, but we're going to do what we need to do," Rivers said.

When asked if he was worried about the perception of nepotism or favoritism if his son were on the team, Rivers smiled and said, "I'd probably show favoritism toward Blake [Griffin] and Chris [Paul]. I love my son but I think I'm still going to favor Blake and Chris."

Stat of the day: The Clippers aren't a great rebounding team but they got killed on the boards against Miami. The Heat had 46 rebounds to the Clippers' 27.

Players of the day: Griffin had 26 points and six rebounds and Chris Paul had 23 points and nine assists. J.J. Redick added 14 points, but that's about the extent of the players who actually came to play on Sunday.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Blake Griffin
PTS AST STL MIN
22.5 5.1 0.9 35.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Jordan 14.4
AssistsC. Paul 10.0
StealsC. Paul 1.8
BlocksD. Jordan 2.3