Chris Paul says his Clippers ‘are a lot better than we are showing’

Doc Rivers is perturbed about a call made during Sunday’s 91-80 loss to the Toronto Raptors/Staff photo by Steve McCrank


The Clippers are going nowhere fast. They know it, They at times look like a terrific team. At other times, they play poorly – plain and simple. It’s head-scratching to Chris Paul, who scored 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting during Sunday’s 91-80 loss to the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. The Raptors led by 29 points (63-34) at halftime before the Clippers cut their deficit to six (73-67) with 7:30 to play, eventually running out of gas.

“It is tough because I know we are a lot better than we are showing,” said Paul, whose team is now 6-7 and has lost three in a row and 7 of 9 after starting the season 4-0. “We have to get more consistent. We put together these great 10 minute stretches, 16-, 18-minute stretches and we have not been able to put together a full game – 48 minutes. In order to be a good team in this league, you have to be able to do that.”

Paul doled out 11 assists in the loss.

Disturbing Numbers Dept.: The Clippers had 19 turnovers, with Blake Griffin making six of them in 29 minutes.

The Clippers next play Tuesday at Denver.

Clippers again fall apart down the stretch, fall 102-91 at Portland

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points in Friday’s loss at Portland/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Perhaps still hurting from Thursday’s  collapse against the Golden State Warriors, the Clippers on Friday again fell apart down the stretch, this time at Portland.

Down by just a point with 4:13 to play, the Trail Blazers outscored the Clippers 16-6 to emerge with a 102-91 victory at Portland.

The Clippers are now 6-6 after starting 4-0.

The Trail Blazers led 86-85 after a basket by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin. Portland embarked on a 14-2 run for a 100-87 lead with 1:46 to go.

The Clippers had turnovers by J.J. Redick and Griffin during that stretch. It was Redick’s first game after missing the previous three with back spasms. Redick scored seven points on 3 of 12 shooting.

Paul Pierce was rested and did not play. That gave the start to Lance Stephenson, who rode the pine against Golden State and the game before that played less than two minutes against the Detroit Pistons. Stephenson scored two points in 18 minutes.

Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points and Jamal Crawford scored 20 off the bench. DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Chris Paul had 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting, and eight assists.

Also off the bench, Josh Smith had eight rebounds and two blocks and Austin Rivers scored 10.

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 27 points, 11 in the fourth quarter – nine of those on 3-pointers.

Portland (5-9) entered having lost seven consecutive games.


Blake Griffin: Warriors showed they are the more together team

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers must have been wondering why there were so many cheers for the Golden State Warriors when they were overtaking the Clippers and defeating them 124-117 on Thursday night at Staples Center.

After all, the Clippers were the home team. Well, Warriors fans have shown in the past they travel well. And, who knows? Perhaps some of the Clippers fans couldn’t help but appreciate what they were seeing – a team that stays united down the stretch.

“They made a statement of just being more together,” Blake Griffin said of the Warriors. “All we can do now is watch the film, correct some mistakes, move on and win a game tomorrow night.

“They were more together down the stretch, in the same sense of how we were early on. But in the end, they trusted their game plan, saw it all the way through and executed.”

The Clippers led by 23 points twice in the second quarter and by 10 points with 5:54 to play before being outscored 25-8 at the finish.

Griffin scored 27 points, only nine in the second half.

The Clippers (6-5) play Friday night at Portland (4-9).

Paul Pierce: ‘We have got to do a better job at playing 48 minutes’

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers have earned their reputation of giving up leads and not being able to close out games in killer-instinct fashion.

On Thursday, the Clippers hosted the undefeated and defending-champion Golden State Warriors. The Clippers twice led by 23 points in the second quarter and led by 10 with 5:54 to play, only to be outscored 25-8 down the stretch as the Warriors came away with a 124-117 victory.

There is no shame in losing to the Warriors, who are now 13-0. It’s the way the Clippers (6-5) lost, totally void of any execution during winning time.

Paul Pierce, who played for coach Doc Rivers in Boston – the two won a title there in 2008 – intimated this has to stop.

“We have to do a better job at playing 48 minutes,” said Pierce, who scored six points in nearly 32 minutes. “That’s two games in a row versus these guys where we have had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. We gave up our lead, so we have to do a better job on defense.”

The Warrioirs shot 52.1 percent overall, 56.7 percent (17 of 30) from 3-point range. They shot 8 of 9 (88.9 percent) from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter. But it was more than that, Pierce said.

“We have to do a better job on offense and trusting one another,” he said. “You can’t give up 40 points in the fourth quarter versus the best team in basketball. Simple and plain, we have to do a better job at finishing.”

The Warriors outscored the Clippers 39-26 in the fourth.

Two and a half weeks ago, on Nov. 4 in Oakland, the Clippers led the Warriors by 10 in the fourth quarter and lost by four (112-108).


Five things to take from Clippers’ 124-117 loss to the Warriors

Josh Smith of the Clippers fouls the Warriors’ Festus Ezeli during Thursday’s game/Staff photo by Hans Gutknecht


– It’s true the Clippers were playing a great team in the Warriors, so the problem wasn’t so much losing a 23-point second-quarter lead. Rather, it was being outscored 25-8 over the final 5:54. The Clippers were up 109-99 at that point and scored just eight more points. That can’t happen.

– In the amazing statistic department, the Warriors shot 56.7 from 3-point range, making 17 of 30. Moreover, they made 8 of 9 in the decisive fourth quarter. That’s 88.9 percent. Seriously?

– Except for shooting for a better free-throw percentage than usual – he was 5 of 8 – DeAndre Jordan was almost a non-factor in this one. He scored just nine points on four field-goal attempts, pulled down 10 rebounds and had zero blocks. He’s averaging 12.6 rebounds – down from 15.0 a season ago – and 2.7 blocks.

– When you shoot 50 percent from the field overall and 44.8 (13 of 29) like the Clippers did, you expect to win. The Clippers lost, and by now they might be wondering how the heck they are ever going to beat the Warriors. The Clippers led them by 10 in the fourth quarter at their place Nov. 4 and lost by four. The Clippers led them twice by 23 points in the second quarter of this one and, again, by 10 midway through the fourth – and lost both times.

– If we don’t take the time to tip our cap to Golden State’s Steph Curry, we wouldn’t be doing our job. Curry scored 40 points after scoring just three in the first quarter because he took two early fouls. He scored 13 of his points in the fourth. He also had three steals. To top it off, the 6-foot-3 guard led everyone with 11 rebounds. Yes, he had seven turnovers. So he’s not perfect.

Austin Rivers tells it like it is after Clippers’ loss to Warriors

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


One thing about the Clippers, they lack a killer instinct.

They proved that again Thursday when they twice led by 23 points in the second quarter, and by 10 with just under six minutes to play in the game before falling 124-117 to the Warriors, who are now 13-0, at Staples Center.

Austin Rivers, who scored 10 points and made two steals in 26 minutes off the bench, afterward scolded his own team while praising the defending-champion Warriors.

“I think in these games, we need to take something away,” said Rivers, whose team was outscored 25-8 over the final 5:54. “We keep saying, ‘We almost had them.’ I think we need to trust each other better on offense toward the end of the game. We have to execute better. This was one of the most frustrating losses I’ve had besides the Houston series last year.

:”We wanted this game badly and we out-played them the whole game. There’s a reason why they’re champions. They are better than us right now.”