Doc Rivers saddened by death of former Knicks teammate Anthony Mason

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Anthony Mason throws down a dunk during the 1994 NBA Finals for the New York Knicks/Photo by Associated Press


Anthony Mason, a power forward who toiled for 13 seasons in the NBA, died Saturday from a heart ailment. He was just 48.

Mason played five seasons with the New York Knicks. Clippers coach Doc Rivers was Mason’s teammate for two-plus of those seasons.

“The passing of Anthony Mason is so sad,” Rivers said in a statement. “He was a true warrior and a great teammate. He embodied what it meant to be a Knick. I loved him and my prayers go out to his family.”


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Five things to take from Clippers’ big 97-79 victory over Grizzlies in Memphis

Glen “Big Baby” Davis reacts during the Clippers’ 97-79 victory at Memphis on Friday/Photo by Brandon Dill, Associated Press


- The importance of this victory should not be minimized. The Clippers (38-21) were coming off consecutive losses for the first time since losing Blake Griffin to an elbow injury. Four days after not playing well down the stretch and losing by three points at home to Memphis, the Clippers dominated the Grizzlies on their home court. Without Griffin. They did it with terrific defense, too, holding Memphis to just 37.9 percent shooting.

- Speaking of Griffin, he has now missed the past eight games because of the staph infection that was surgically removed from his right elbow. Four of those victories were against Dallas (5th, Western Conference), Houston (3rd, West), San Antonio (7th, West) and now Memphis (2nd, West). How many people would have thought the Clippers would have that many quality victories without Griffin? Not many.

- Safe to say, Chris Paul wasn’t tripping off his turnover at the end of Monday’s loss to Memphis that was responsible for the Clippers not getting off a shot that could have won the game. All Paul did in this one was score 19 points with 13 assists, four rebounds, two steals and just one turnover in 40 minutes.

- Man, DeAndre Jordan is not messing around out there, is he? He scored 15 points. But that’s just the start of it. He also grabbed a whopping 22 rebounds with three assists, two steals and three blocks. Other than that, he didn’t do a thing. Jordan is averaging 17.1 points and 18.5 rebounds in the eight games Griffin has missed. He’s averaging 16.0 points and 17.2 rebounds in 11 games in February. In four games, he had at least 20 rebounds with a high of 27 in a Feb. 9 win at Dallas. He entered play Friday averaging 11.2 points and 14.0 rebounds.

- The shooting guard tandem of J.J. Redick and sixth-man Jamal Crawford continues to be one of the best around. Redick scored 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting – 2 of 5 from 3-point range – and Crawford scored 19 points on 8 of 16 shooting, also 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. Crawford has averaged 21.2 points in the eight games missed by Griffin, Redick has averaged 15.0. Teams either have to worry about being out-dazzlied by Crawford or out-worked by runaround Redick.

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VIDEO: Check out this pretty assist from DeAndre Jordan in Clippers’ huge 97-79 victory over Memphis at FedEx Forum

The Clippers ventured to Memphis on Friday to take on a Grizzlies team that was in second place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 41-15, 23-5 at home. Thanks in part to yet another terrific effort by DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers (38-21) walloped Memphis 97-79 at FedEx Forum in Memphis. Jordan had 15 points, 22 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals. Other than that, he didn’t do a thing. Here is one of his assists, and it’s very pretty:

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Jamal Crawford just loves taking shots that others might not even attempt

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


One thing about sixth-man Jamal Crawford, not only does he have the ability to get scalding hot and carry a team with a grip of points in rapid fashion, some of the shots he takes and makes are extremely difficult. He sinks 28-foot 3-pointers with defenders in his face, he makes them falling down and out of bounds, and so on.

Crawford tries to explain.

“I have just always, ever since I was young, made those shots that (to) other people are difficult,” he said. “I’m not trying to brag about it, but they’re really not that difficult for me, honestly.

“Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t, but I’m really comfortable taking them.”

Crawford scored a game-high 24 points in Wednesday’s 110-105 loss at Houston.

The Clippers (37-21) on Friday night at 5 will play at Memphis (41-15). The Clippers are sixth in the Western Conference standings, the Grizzlies are second.

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Chris Paul bemoans all the points Rockets earned from 3-point, FT lines

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


The Clippers had beaten the Houston Rockets twice before losing to them 110-105 on Wednesday at Houston. The difference, according to Chris Paul, was the success Houston had from both the 3-point line as well as the free-throw line on Wednesday.

Houston was 10 of 37 (27 percent) from 3-point range and made 11 of 15 (73.3 percent) from the free-throw line in a 102-85 loss to the Clippers on Nov. 28 at Houston. The Rockets made just 9 of 45 from (20 percent) from 3-point range, but made 18 of 22 (81.8 percent) from the free-throw line in a 110-95 loss to the Clippers on Feb. 11 at Staples Center.

On Wednesday, Houston made 17 of 44 (38.6 percent) from 3-point range and 21 of 30 (70 percent) from the free-throw line.

That means the Rockets scored 41 points combined from 3-point range and the free-throw line on Nov. 28 and 45 points on Feb. 11. On Wednesday, that number rose dramatically to 72 points  combined.

“They got way too many 3s,” Paul said post-game. “Threes and free throws is what they do. That’s why we’ve been so successful on them, by not letting them get both. And tonight they got everything.”

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 110-105 loss Wednesday at Houston

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan had another big game for the Clippers on Wednesday at Houston/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


- The Clippers received another fine overall effort from DeAndre Jordan, who came through with 22 points and a whopping 19 rebounds. Jordan is averaging 17.4 points and 18.0 rebounds in the past seven games, all missed by the injured Blake Griffin. Jordan’s season scoring average is up to 11.2 and his league-leading rebounding average is up to 14.0.

- OK, so the Clippers have now lost two in a row since winning four of their first five without Griffin. But there is no shame in losing to Memphis by three points and by just five on the road at Houston. The Grizzlies and Rockets are second and third in the Western Conference standings, respectively. The problem is, every one of these games is so vital at this point. The Clippers (37-21) are sixth in the West and would love to be in the top four entering the playoffs for homecourt advantage in the first round. As tough as the West is, playing a Game 7 at home could be the difference between advancing and going home.

- Jamal Crawford has been on a roll. He scored 24 points in this one on 10 of 17 shooting and is averaging 21.3 points over his past eight games. His season scoring average is up to 16.5, the same average he held in 2012-13 in his first season with the Clippers. Crawford averaged 18.6 points in ’13-’14. Crawford made three 3-pointers Wednesday and now has 1,808 for his career. He is eighth all-time and is now only 22 behind Chauncey Billups (1,830).

- It’s tough to win close games against good teams – especially on the road – when you have 15 turnovers and 18 assists. By contrast, Houston had 27 assists and just nine turnovers.

- The Rockets also blocked nine shots – five by Terrence Jones. The Clippers – even with the shot-blocking machine Jordan – had only four blocks. Jordan had two of them.

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VIDEO: Chris Paul and James Harden have heated exchange in Rockets’ win

The Rockets defeated the Clippers 110-105 on Wednesday night at Toyota Center in Houston. Near the end, things got a bit heated between the Clippers’ Chris Paul and the Rockets’ James Harden when Paul doled out a rather hard foul on Harden. Check it out:

Harden led the Rockets (39-18) with 21 points, but he shot just 4 of 13 from the field. Jamal Crawford scored 24 points for the Clippers (37-21) and DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul scored 22 apiece with Jordan grabbing 19 rebounds.

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VIDEO: Check out this sweet pass from Chris Paul to DeAndre Jordan at Houston

The Clippers are once again doing well without Blake Griffin as they trail by just two points (62-60) tonight (Wednesday) at Houston. Jamal Crawford has 18 points at hafltime and DeAndre Jordan has 13 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul has doled out nine assists and this was one of them to Jordan:


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Chris Paul, Clippers will have their hands full with James Harden at Houston

James Harden goes up with the ball during Houston’s 113-102 victory over Minnesota on Monday/Photo by Pat Sullivan, Associated Press


The Clippers will be tipping off with the Houston Rockets at Houston at 5 p.m. tonight (Wednesday). When they do, they figure to have their hands full with Artesia High School product James Harden.

The 6-foot-5, sixth-year shooting guard is averaging a league-high 27.3 points as well as 6.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds. On Monday he had his second triple-double of the season when he came through with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Houston’s 113-102 victory over Minnesota. He threw in a steal and four blocks for good measure.

Clippers guard Chris Paul was asked about Harden after the Clippers’ 90-87 loss to Memphis on Monday. Paul gave Harden the ultimate compliment.

“Team defense,” said Paul, when asked what could slow down Harden. “James is one of the few guys in the league that you cannot guard with one person. James is the leading scorer in the league right now. He is like one of those guys, like (Russell Westbrook), LeBron (James) and Kevin Durant.

“He can score in so many different ways, so you have to defend him with the entire team.”
Harden, who averaged 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists his senior season at Artesia, played his college ball at Arizona State before being drafted third overall in 2009 by the Oklahoma City Thunder, for whom he played three seasons.

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