Jamal Crawford: Three road games in four nights is no excuse for lousy defense against Bucks in 111-106 loss

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.

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Clippers lose second consecutive game, this time 111-106 at Milwaukee

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Chris Paul had six turnovers for the second consecutive game/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin (4 of 12) and Chris Paul (5 of 15) shot a combined 9 of 27 and it cost the Clippers, who lost 111-106 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Griffin scored just 10 points – well below his season average of 23.2. Paul also had 10 points – he came in averaging 18.0 – and committed six turnovers for the second night in a row.

The Clippers (16-7) have lost two consecutive games after winning nine in succession. They return home Monday night to host the Detroit Pistons at 7:30 at Staples Center.

Matt Barnes and J.J. Redick did have fine games for the Clippers. Barnes scored 26 points and made 6 of 8 from 3-point range and Redick scored 25 and was 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. Jamal Crawford scored 17 points, but he shot just 6 of 15, 2 of 7 from 3-point range.

The Clippers shot just 42.9 percent overall, but shot 48.3 percent (14 of 29) from 3-point range.

The Clippers led by four points at 76-72 with 10:45 left in the game. However, the Bucks (12-12) outscored them 18-5 to lead 90-79 with 6:52 to play. The Clippers went down by 12 points with 5:03 to play and then pulled within 109-106 on a running 3-pointer by Crawford with just under three seconds left. That was the best the Clippers could do.

The Bucks shot 56.6 percent from the field, a whopping 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from beyond the arc. Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 22 points and Giannis Antekokounmpo had 20.

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Matt Barnes fined $25,000; Clippers down 51-42 at halftime at Milwaukee

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Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Clippers small forward Matt Barnes on Saturday was fined $25,000 for kicking a water bottle into the stands and directing profane language toward fans with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 104-96 loss at Washington on Friday, it was announced by Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations for the NBA.

Meanwhile, the Clippers (16-6) had a rather poor first half at Milwaukee (11-12) on Saturday and were behind 51-42 at halftime.

The Clippers are without backup post Spencer Hawes, who Saturday sustained a bruised knee.

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Washington snaps Clippers’ nine-game winning streak with 104-96 victory

The Washington Wizards halted the Clippers’ nine-game winning streak by defeating Los Angeles 104-96 at Verizon Center on Friday night in Washington D.C.

The Clippers (16-6) were held to 42.7 percent shooting by the Wizards (16-6), who themselves shot 48.8 percent.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Blake Griffin scored 14, but he had just two rebounds. Jamal Crawford contributed 12 points, but he shot just 2 of 13 from the field.

Bradley Beal led everyone with 29 points. John Wall had 10 points and 11 assists.

 

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Washington Wizards hold 15-point halftime lead on the visiting Clippers

The Clippers shot just 41 percent from the field – 10 percent (1 of 10) from 3-point range – in the first half at Washington and the Wizards hold a 57-42 lead at halftime.

DeAndre Jordan has nine points and seven rebounds for the Clippers (16-5), who have won nine games in a row. Chris Paul scored eight points and doled out three assists, but he also committed four turnovers.

The Wizards (15-6) got 11 points apiece from Kris Humphries and Bradley Beal in the half and John Wall scored 10 points and had six assists.

Washington shot 51.2 percent from the field, a whopping 75 percent (6 of 8) from beyond the arc.

Clippers backup post Spencer Hawes sustained what appeared to be a left knee injury.

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Doc Rivers not concerned with Jamal Crawford’s inflamed right elbow

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Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Doc Rivers on Friday told Rowan Kavner, who writes for the Clippers’ website, that he is not concerned about sixth-man Jamal Crawford’s inflamed bursa sac in his right (shooting) elbow. Crawford apparently banged the elbow during Wednesday’s victory at Indiana.

“It’s just a bursa sac,” said Rivers, whose team plays Friday at 4 p.m. at Washington (on Prime Ticket). “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. It can get bad, those things, but I don’t think it’s an issue right now.”

Crawford is expected to play Friday.

The Clippers (16-5) are riding a nine-game winning streak. The Wizards are 15-6.

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Chris Paul says team just needs to keep foot on the gas when it has a lead

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Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Although the Clippers are getting better at holding leads, they’re still vulnerable in that department. On Wednesday, they held a 20-point lead at Indiana with 1:07 left in the third quarter. The Pacers nearly came all the way back, pulling within two points with two minutes left in the game before the Clippers emerged with a 103-96 victory for their ninth win in succession.

Part of the problem has been the inconsistent play of the second unit. But Chris Paul didn’t single out the reserves after Wednesday’s victory.

“We just need to play with more consistency and keep our foot on the gas,” Paul said. “Our core group has been together a little while and we’ve been through some stuff. Me, Blake (Griffin), D.J. (DeAndre Jordan), (we) know what it takes.”

The Clippers (16-5) next play Friday at Washington (15-6).

 

 

We just need to play with more consistency and keep our foot on the gas.  Our core group has been together a little while and we’ve been through some stuff.  Me, Blake (Griffin), DJ (DeAndre Jordan) know what it takes.”

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Clippers hold off Pacers, thanks to two big baskets by Jamal Crawford

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Jamal Crawford hit two big shots down the stretch Wednesday night at Indiana/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

It wasn’t easy, but the Clippers on Wednesday night staved off the Indiana Pacers and came away with a 103-96 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Clippers (16-5) have now won nine consecutive games and 11 of 12.

The Clippers led by 17 points at 82-65 after three quarters.

Two big baskets down the stretch by Jamal Crawford played a big hand in the victory. With the Pacers having closed within three points at 95-92, Crawford buried a 3-pointer with 2:46 left to play for a 98-92 Los Angeles lead.

Indiana (7-15) scored the next four points to cut its deficit to just 98-96 and Crawford made a 20-footer for a 100-96 cushion with 1:50 left.

Crawford led the Clippers with 18 points off the bench. Chris Paul scored 17 points and also doled out 15 assists, grabbed eight rebounds and made three steals. Blake Griffin contributed 17 points, J.J. Redick had 16 and DeAndre Jordan came through with 12 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. Matt Barnes scored 11 points.

C.J. Miles of Indiana led everyone with 30 points; he was 7 of 14 from 3-point range. The Pacers have lost six in a row.

The Clippers next play Friday at Washington.

 

 

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Clippers lead 54-49 at halftime at Indiana after leading by 15 in first quarter

J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick had 12 points in the first half at Indiana/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Wednesday night at Indiana led by as many as 15 points (28-13) with 3:36 left in the first quarter, but the Pacers rallied and the Clippers settled for a 54-49 halftime lead.

J.J. Redick led the Clippers (15-5) in scoring with 12 points. Jamal Crawford scored 11 off the bench; DeAndre Jordan had 10 points, nine rebounds and a block; and Blake Griffin had 10 points.

The Clippers have won eight  consecutive games and 10 of 11.

Indiana (7-14) was led in the first half by 16 points off the bench from C.J. Miles.

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Doc Rivers impressed with loyal Lakers fan base after attending Pelicans game

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Doc Rivers, left, is impressed with Lakers fan base/Staff photo by David Crane

 

Doc Rivers on Monday night paid the Lakers and their fans quite a compliment. Rivers on Sunday went to Staples Center as a fan to watch his son Austin toil for the New Orleans Pelicans against the Lakers. Austin Rivers is a reserve guard for New Orleans.

As Doc Rivers played host to reporters in his pre-game news conference Monday ahead of the Clippers’ game against the Phoenix Suns, he was asked how he was treated by Lakers fans.

“They were very nice last night, they were very good,” he said, smiling. Rivers then discussed what he though about the turnout of 18,997.

“I’ll say this, one of the things I was impressed with was how crowded it was,” Rivers said. “Really, when you have the record that they have, it says a lot about their fan base and their loyalty. And I thought that was impressive. I went through that in Boston and I was always amazed how crowded it was every night. Celtics fans showed up every night, whether we were winning or losing.

“And the Lakers fans are doing that, too, and there are not a lot of fan bases in our league – or in any league, for that matter – that would do that. And I think that’s something that we’d love to be able to achieve some day. I don’t want to do that part of losing to find out, but I thought that was really impressive.”

 

 

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