Clippers don’t look good in 93-73 loss to Toronto in Canada

J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


It’s only the exhibition season, so there is nothing to worry about at this time, but the Clippers on Sunday played the Toronto Raptors in Canada and came out on the short end of a 93-73 score.

The Clippers (1-1) shot just 38 percent (27 of 71) from the field with Blake Griffin (5 of 13) and Chris Paul (2 of 8) combining to shoot 7 of 21. The talented bench made just 10 of 35 shots with Josh Smith going 2-for-8 and Lance Stephenson going 0-for-4; Jamal Crawford shot 2 of 7.

J.J. Redick scored a team-high 15 points, Griffin had 14 and DeAndre Jordan had eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

Toronto out-rebounded the Clippers 48-33.

The Raptors (1-0) were  led by 26 points from Kyle Lowry. Toronto shot 36 free throws, making 29 for 80.6 percent.

Clippers have waived 7-foot post Nikoloz Tskitishvili


Nikoloz Tskitishvili, right, was waived by the Clippers on Saturday/Photo courtesy of Denver Post


The Clippers on Saturday announced they have waived forward/center Nikoloz Tskitishvili.

The 7-foot Tskitishvili was a former No. 5 pick in the 2002 NBA draft. He has appeared in 172 NBA games with Denver, Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix but has not played in the league since the 2005-06 campaign.

Tskitishvili, 32, has also played in Spain, Italy, Iran, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. He toiled for Champville of the Lebanese Basketball League this past season.


DeAndre Jordan has big first half as Clippers lead Nuggets 56-42

DeAndre Jordan

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DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots as the Clippers took a 56-42 over the Denver Nuggets into the locker room at halftime Friday at Staples Center.

It is the exhibition opener for both teams.

Chris Paul scored nine points and doled out five assists for the Clippers and Josh Smith and Blake Griffin scored six points apiece.

Wilson Chandler led Denver with 11 points.

Clippers to hold charity golf classic on Monday in Newport Beach

Doc Rivers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this weekend for a Sunday game against the Toronto Raptors. Upon their quick return, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer will be among those participating in the annual charity golf tournament put on by the L.A. Clippers foundation.

It will take place at Pelican Hill Golf Course in Newport Beach. The day will conclude with a dinner. Proceeds will benefit the foundation as well as the United Friends of the Children.

Fans still have a chance to golf and eat with the Clippers. Those interested should go to

Doc Rivers wants second-unit players to be great as a whole

Josh Smith

Josh Smith/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


A lot has been made of the Clippers’ second unit and how lethal it could be. What that unit will actually look like once the regular season begins is not 100 percent etched in stone because coach Doc Rivers has not named a starter for the small forward spot.

What Rivers has said is that it could be that both Paul Pierce and Wesley Johnson could switch off starting there depending on matchups. However, it’s rather certain that Josh Smith, Lance Stephenson, Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford will make up four-fifths of it.

Yes, that means Smith could see some time at center when he’s playing with that unit, though he is a power forward.

That said, the second team played dynamite ball during the four-day camp at UC Irvine. It beat the first team more than once during scrimmages, including Tuesday.

Rivers was told Thursday that a member of the Clippers’ radio broadcast team said on the air that his second unit is going to terrorize those of the rest of the league. Rivers smiled, then kept it real.

“Our second unit has played very well in camp, but I still think we have a big step to cross as a group,” he said. “They’re really good and they still have to figure out a way to be good together.”

Rivers said he noticed during camp that it always seemed to be one particular player on that unit who stole the show.

“As good as they’ve been, it’s been like they’ve had these dominant individual moments to dominate games,” he said. “And maybe that’s who we become with that group. I don’t know that yet.

“The one day Josh carried us, the second day it was Austin, the third day it was Lance. And we haven’t even talked about Paul (Pierce) and Jamal (Crawford) in that, yet. I want to get them to a point where they’re all doing that at the same time. We’ll see how long that takes.”

J.J. Redick talks about the one open spot available in starting lineup

J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Sure, there are quite a few new players on this Clippers team – but most of them will be playing on the second unit. The only starting spot available is the small forward position left open with Matt Barnes’ departure.

At this point, it appears either Paul Pierce or Wesley Johnson will start there. J.J. Redick, the starting shooting guard, was asked Thursday after practice about the starting unit and its one open spot.

“We still need to find a little bit of continuity with that starting group,” Redick said. “Our ball movement has been really good. That’s one of the things that Matt was great at is just making quick decisions moving the ball. Wes is similar to Matt, capable of hitting 3s and spacing the floor. So we’re going to ask him to do a lot of the same things that Matt did. It’ll take a little bit of time.

“With Paul, I think that Paul can just kind of fit in and plug in wherever. He’s that smart and that savvy.”