Doc Rivers, left, was upset about his team being whistled for seven technical fouls Friday at Denver/Staff photo by David Crane
Coach Doc Rivers was not thrilled about his team being called for a total of seven technical fouls – five personal and two team – during it’s 109-106 loss Friday at Denver.
Five of the technicals came during the fourth quarter.
“I’ll let you guys say it,” Rivers said post-game. “I just keep saying coaches and players get technicals for losing their composure. I don’t think we lost our composure today. I am pretty sure we didn’t.”
The Clippers (18-8) on Saturday night play host to the Milwaukee Bucks (14-13), who have won three of four and defeated the Clippers 111-106 on Dec. 13 at Milwaukee.
The Clippers have lost three of five.
Blake Griffin scored 32 points Friday night at Denver/Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers had three chances to tie the game with the final seconds winding down Friday night at Denver, but missed 3-point basket attempts by Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Chris Paul resulted in the Clippers losing 109-106 to the Nuggets at Pepsi Center.
The Clippers (18-8) overcame a 16-point halftime deficit of 59-43 to lead 74-71 after three quarters.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 32 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He also grabbed 12 rebounds. Chris Paul scored 17 points with 15 assists, Crawford scored 20 off the bench, Matt Barnes had 16 points and DeAndre Jordan scored 11 and had 14 rebounds with two blocked shots.
The Clippers shot 45.9 percent from the field, but just 16.7 percent (3 of 18) from 3-point range.
Denver (11-15) received 20 points off the bench from Nate Robinson, 16 from Wilson Chandler and 14 points and seven rebounds from Kenneth Faried. Ty Lawson doled out 14 assists to go with his 10 points.
Jordan Farmar/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers on Dec. 29 will host a “Dedicated Awareness Night” when they take on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. It’s part of the Clippers and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ effort to raise funds for Children’s Hospital’s Helping Hands Fund, which uses the proceeds to support lifesaving care for every child treated, even if the child’s family can’t afford to pay the bill.
Clippers Jordan Farmar, Spencer Hawes and Chris Douglas-Roberts and broadcaster Ralph Lawler on Dec. 5 spent some time visiting patients at Children’s Hospital.
“For us to be able to come to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and spend some time with these kids, play some games, share some stories, exchange some laughs – especially around the holiday season – it makes it really special,” Farmar said.
Donations can be made by visiting www.chla.org/clippers or by participating in the team’s online auction at www.clippers.com.
Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Chris Paul on Jan. 8 will host his sixth annual CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Charity Bowling Tournament at AMF Bowl-O-Drome in Torrance. The proceeds will benefit Paul’s CP3 Foundation.
Paul, an avid bowler and owner of a team in the Professional Bowlers Association League, is expected to compete. As are former NFL star Terrell Owens and Pete Weber, a member of the PBA Hall of Fame, to name a few.
Tickets for the event may be purchased online at www.pba.com/tickets.
DeAndre Jordan had 23 rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday’s 102-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers/Photo by Associated Press
- The Clippers out-rebounded the Pacers 51-43. It’s interesting to note that DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin combined for 39 of those 51 rebounds. Jordan had 23 and Griffin 16. What’s really key here is that Griffin went into the game averaging only 7.3 rebounds this season, well below his career average of 9.9. He needs to get more rebounds. The 16 is a good start. He had just two rebounds in 37 minutes of a loss last week at Washington. Two measly rebounds. That should never happen. His average is now up to 7.7 after Wednesday.
- Jordan is having another poor season at the free-throw line. Before Wednesday, he was shooting 44.2 percent. He held true to that by making 7 of 15 from the line in this one. But it should also be pointed out that Jordan made two very clutch free throws with 3:34 to play that gave the Clippers a 1-point lead (93-93) after they had fallen behind 89-83 with 7 1/2 minutes to play. Oh, by the way, Jordan’s average is now 44.5.
- Coach Doc Rivers said post-game that the team is missing not having the services of backup post Spencer Hawes, who sat out his third consecutive game with a bruised left knee sustained Dec. 12 at Washington. Hawes’ knee is apparently progressing, Rivers said, but there is no timetable for his return.
- It’s a bit worrisome that the Clippers at times have difficulty putting away inferior teams. We’ve talked about them having a sort of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality. At times they look great, at times they don’t. But the Pacers are playing hard for coach Frank Vogel and this is the NBA, where anything can happen on a given night. Vogel talked before the game about how his players are staying engaged and believing in one another. Afterward, Rivers complimented the Pacers on how hard they played.
- The Clippers did not have a good night at the free-throw line, and Jordan was largely responsible. They shot just 62.2 percent (28 of 45), and that is not something they are going to be able to get away with very often. However, it fairness, the Clippers are actually shooting better from the line this season than they did a season ago. In 2013-14 they were 26th in the league with a percentage of 73.1. This season they are shooting 76.0 percent, 14th in the NBA.
Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis had a nice game Monday in a victory over Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Coach Doc Rivers had high praise for the effort of Glen “Big Baby” Davis in Monday night’s 113-91 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons.
Davis scored eight points on 4 of 5 shooting. He also had four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 19 minutes off the bench.
“Glen was great,” Rivers said. “We told him to play as hard as he could and when you get tired, give us a signal. He did it twice, which was great. I love when a player plays hard enough to come out of the game. That is always a good sign.”
Chris Paul had just one turnover in Monday night’s victory over Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- The Clippers are still having head-scratching lapses of focus. There they were, coming off two consecutive road losses and they were down by nine points to the lowly Pistons in the first quarter. Then they get tuned in and eveutally lead by as many as 27 points early in the fourth quarter. Kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team at times.
- Jamal Crawford was 0 of 6 from the field. But ever the consummate professional, Crawford made all five of his free throws, doled out seven assists and made a steal while committing just one tunover in nearly 28 minutes of action.
- Although Chris Paul did not have a terrific game from a scoring standpoing – he scored 11 points, well under his 17.4 average – he had only one turnover in 24 minutes. That was on the heels of him having six turnovers in each of his two previous games – losses at Washington and Milwaukee.
- Jordan Farmar picked a terrific time to have his best game as a member of the Clippers. He made his first five shots and scored 15 points with five assists in 23 minutes off the bench. This was key because backup post Spencer Hawes and his offense was out for the second consecutive game because of a bruised left knee, and because Crawford did not provide his usual offensive punch off the bench.
- The Clippers also got nice bench play from the likes of Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Hedo Turkoglu. They scored a combined 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Davis was 4 of 5 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Chris Paul and actor/comedian Kevin Hart on Tuesday will spread some holiday cheer when they host an event at the Toys “R” Us in Torrance, where 100 Los Angeles-area children will be treated to a shopping spree, courtesy of Paul’s CP3 Foundation.
Each child in the mix will receive a $100 gift card to shop at Toys “R” Us beginning at 4 p.m.
Doc Rivers, left, and owner Steve Ballmer/Staff photo by David Crane
NBA TV’s “The Association: Los Angeles Clippers” will debut on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
The documentary – through practices, games and off-the-court – will provide an in-depth look at the Clippers as they try to contend with a tough Western Conference.
Coach Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan – among others – will appear in the episode, which is the second installment of this series that will study a variety of NBA teams.
Blake Griffin scored just 10 points on 4 of 12 shooting in the Clippers’ 111-106 loss Saturday at Milwaukee/Photo by Associated Press
It was Saturday night in Milwaukee. The Clippers had just been defeated for the second night in a row, this time by the Bucks 111-106 at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
It was the Clippers’ third road game in four nights, and a reporter wanted to know if that might have contributed to a Clippers defense that allowed Milwaukee to shoot 56.6 percent from the field, a whopping 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from 3-point range.
Sixth-man Jamal Crawford wasn’t having any of that.
“I don’t want to make excuses,” Crawford said. “I tip my hat. The thing about the NBA is if you’re not ready, you can lose on any given night. You see it all around the league. For us, coach (Doc Rivers) had us prepared. But as players, we didn’t do what we were supposed to do and we have to get better.”
The Bucks are 12-12.
The Clippers began their three-game trip Wednesday with a 103-96 victory over a struggling Indiana team. The Clippers (16-7) then had their nine-game winning streak snapped when they lost 104-96 Friday at Washington.
The Detroit Pistons (5-19) are next for the Clippers. The teams will square off Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.