Spencer Hawes stoked about playing alongside Jamal Crawford

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Spencer Hawes

Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Even though newly acquired backup post Spencer Hawes and sixth-man Jamal Crawford are eight years apart – Hawes is 26, Crawford 34 – they are both from Seattle, so they know each other well.

Hawes believes that is helping him get acclimated to his new team.

“I’m becoming more comfortable with the first unit, more comfortable with the second unit,” Hawes said. “It’s fun playing with Jamal. We’ve been playing every summer for the last decade, and now I’m finally on his actual team. So it’s fun developing that chemistry and actually getting to put it to use in real games.

“It makes you more comfortable all-around coming to a new situation, on the court, off the court. (Jamal) is a guy that’s been one of my mentors and looked out for me since I was in high school. So it definitely makes things easier.”

Hawes is averaging 12 points and 5.6 rebounds off the bench in five exhibition games He has a high point total of 24 and a high in rebounds of eight.

 

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Clippers laying groundwork for winning over Sin City fans

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Doc Rivers/Photo courtesy of Associated Press

 

It seemed like the Clippers this past season gained more fans nationally because of the unfortunate Donald Sterling saga. Now, the Clippers are more than likely becoming somewhat popular in Sin City.

First, the Clippers held their five-day training camp there for the first time. Then they took on – and lost to – the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at one of Las Vegas’ most popular hotels – Mandalay Bay.

“It’s good for us,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We build a base here in Vegas. We held camp here, so it kind of ties it together.”

 

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Injury report featuring Douglas-Roberts, Farmar and ‘Big Baby’

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Chris Douglas-Roberts

Chris Douglas-Roberts/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Chris Douglas-Roberts sat out Saturday’s 104-93 loss to Denver at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with an ankle sprain, according to a report on Clippers.com. Douglas-Roberts is vying for the starting spot at small forward.

Also, backup guard Jordan Farmar had some back issues during the game and played only seven minutes.

And, backup post Glen “Big Baby” Davis missed his second consecutive game with a right groin strain. Coach Doc Rivers isn’t sure of the timetable for his return. He said Friday that Davis may be OK by the beginning of the regular season Oct. 30, but that he may not be in playing shape.

The Clippers, now 1-4, play their next exhibition game Tuesday at Golden State.(4-1).

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 104-93 loss to Denver Nuggets

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Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes is 2 of 24 from the field/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

- Jamal Crawford started in place of J.J. Redick, who was given the night off by coach Doc Rivers. Crawford has been a real bright spot on the offense thus far, and he was again with 23 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He made 4 of 7 from 3-point range as well as all seven of his free throws in 36 minutes. Crawford has played in four of the five exhibition games (the Clippers are 1-4). He has scored 14, 23, 25 and 23 points while making 27 of 48 (56.2 percent) from the field.

- Rivers started Australian Joe Ingles at small forward like he said he would. With Rivers still trying to confirm the starter there, Ingles did nothing eye-popping. He played 19 minutes, missed both of his field goal attempts and made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line for three points. He also had three rebounds, an assist and four personal fouls.

- What in the heck is going on with Matt Barnes? He missed all nine of his field-goal attempts, and was 0-for-6 from three-point range in 28 minutes off the bench. In playing four of the five games, Barnes is 2-for-24 from the field. Seriously. That is 8.3 percent.

- As a unit, Los Angeles shot just 37 percent (27 of 73), 24 percent (6 of 25) from 3-point range. Much of that damage was done by Barnes. Blake Griffin shot 9 of 19 and had 27 points, Chris Paul shot 5 of 13 for 13 points. Spencer Hawes, who has been real good, had an off night. He made just 1 of 4 from the field for six points. DeAndre Jordan was 4 of 4 from the field, but he missed both of his free-throw attempts.

- The Clippers had their highest free-throw percentage of the exhibition season. They made 33 of 45 for 73.3 percent. Their other percentages were 71, 59.1, 72.7 and 59.3. Besides Crawford’s 7-for-7 night, Griffin made 9 of 13. Ingles, Chris Paul and Hawes all made 3 of 4 and Jared Cunningham 7 of 9 in just eight minutes of action.

 

 

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Probable starting lineups for Clippers and Nuggets in Las Vegas

Here are the probable starting lineups for tonight’s (Saturday) game between the Clippers (1-3) and Denver Nuggets (1-4) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Clippers: PG Chris Paul, SG J.J. Redick, SF Matt Barnes, PF Blake Griffin, C DeAndre Jordan.

Nuggets: PG Ty Lawson, SG Arron Afflalo, SF Danilo Gallinari, PF Kenneth Faried, C Timofey Mozgov.

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Clippers get their first exhibition win, 101-97 over Utah Jazz

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Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

A 3-pointer by Jamal Crawford with 18.5 seconds to play broke a 95-95 tie and the Clippers went on to their first exhibition victory, 101-97 over the visiting Utah Jazz on Friday at Staples Center.

The Clippers are 1-3, the J azz 4-1.

Crawford led Los Angeles with 25 points off the bench and backup post Spencer Hawes scored 24. Blake Griffin had 17 points for the Clippers, Chris Paul 11 and Chris Douglas-Roberts 10. DeAndre Jordan scored nine points and pulled down 17 rebounds.

Gordon Hayward led Utah with 22 points.

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A 9-0 Clippers run gives them 75-74 lead entering fourth quarter

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Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers went on a 9-0 run to finish the third quarter and overcome an eight-point deficit to take a 75-74 lead into the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Staples Center. The Clippers (0-3) are looking for their first exhibition season victory.

Blake Griffin has 17 points for Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford 16.

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Utah Jazz lead Clippers 47-46 at halftime

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Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Utah Jazz led the Clippers 47-46 at halftime Friday at Staples Center.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 11 points in the half and Jamal Crawford and Spencer Hawes had 10 apiece.

Gordon Hayward had 13 points for the Jazz.

Chris Douglas-Roberts made a 3-pointer for the Clippers with three seconds left in the half.

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DeAndre Jordan gives his two cents regarding team’s rebounding woes

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DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Coach Doc Rivers on Wednesday at practice told reporters that often times as soon as a shot goes up, only post DeAndre Jordan remains in the area for the rebound. Since the Clippers have been outrebounded 148-104 collectively in losses to Golden State, Portland and Utah, rebounding has become a hot topic here in the exhibition season.

Jordan led the league in 2013-14 with a 13.6 rebounding average. He touched on the subject Thursday before practice.

“It’s not like a one-person job, it’s everybody’s,” Jordan said. “It’s all the bigs, it’s the forwards, it’s the guards. Rebounding is a team effort, especially on the defensive end. Offensive rebounds, you can kind of pick and choose when you go. I like to go a lot to the offensive glass, just try to keep it alive; tip-backs and things like that. But defensively, we should definitely be one of the top teams, if not the top defensive rebounding team in this league just with the size and athleticism that we do have.”

The Clippers on Friday will try for their first exhibition victory when they play host to Utan at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center (on Prime Ticket).

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