Chris Paul is named Western Conference Player of the Week by the NBA

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

 

Chris Paul on Monday was named Western Conference Player of the Week by the NBA. He averaged 26 points, 11.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals in victories over Charlotte, Sacramento, Washington and New Orleans. Coach Doc Rivers liked hearing it because he believes Paul is taken for granted.

“Yeah, I’m actually surprised anyone noticed,” he said. “He’s been doing this for about a month now and it’s really gone unnoticed, that I know of. I mean, I don’t know, maybe people have been talking about it. It’s good for him. I don’t care how good you are, it’s still good to be recognized.”

Paul was moved, but not much.

“Cool,” he said. “I think it’s happened before, so I’m honored.”

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Former Clippers guard Eric Gordon lost a tooth Sunday against former team

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Eric Gordon/Photo courtesy of New Orleans Pelicans, NBA.com

 

It was not the best of days for former Clippers guard Eric Gordon on Sunday. He did not start against the Clippers because he violated team rules. He came off the bench to score 23 points, but his New Orleans Pelicans lost 107-100 and he lost a tooth in the third quarter after apparently being tripped by the Clippers’ Matt Barnes at the 7:17 mark.

“I got tripped up,” Gordon said. “I don’t know exactly what happened. I thought I got fouled, but I just got tripped up, lost control and it was just weird to hit my face on the floor. It was painful, I had a bit of a headache. But I was still going to play, especially in a tough game like this.”

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DeAndre Jordan doesn’t look at rebounding numbers, just victories

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DeAndre Jordan now has 19 consecutive games with at least 14 rebounds. During that streak he has had as many as 27 and six times he’s had 20 or more.

After Jordan grabbed 16 rebounds in the Clippers’ 107-100 victory over New Orleans on Sunday, he was asked to talk about this run and if he goes into a game thinking about his lofty numbers and what he could get on a particular night. His response was reflective of a team player.

“I would be disappointed if I got however many and we lost,” Jordan said. “But that’s my job. My job is to defend as best I can and control the glass. I just try to go (rebound) every game. Defensively, I just want to limit them to one shot if they miss. I try not to give up offensive rebounds.”

Jordan then made everyone in Sunday’s postgame news conference laugh.

“There’s not a number that I go into a game saying I want to get,” he said. “My mom says that. But I just want to get all of them.”

Jordan leads the league in rebounding with a 14.8 average. The No. 2 guy – Andre Drummond of Detroit – isn’t even close as he’s averaging 13.3.

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 107-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans

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Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- Blake Griffin called this “a big win for us.” He’s right in as much as every victory is big this time of season because the Clippers are trying to get as high in the standings as they can for playoff-seeding purposes. The Clippers improved, in a way, with this win because record-wise, they now have the fourth-best in the Western Conference at 46-25. But Portland, which has the fifth-best record of 44-24, is still technically in fourth because it leads the Northwest Division. Check the conference standings right here and you’ll see that their better record notwithstanding, the Clippers are still listed in the No. 5 spot. That said, I was told today that if the Clippers played the Trail Blazers as the No. 5 seed to Portland’s No. 4 – and the Clippers had the better record – they would still get homecourt advantage. Confused?

- Griffin scored 23 points on 10 of 21 shooting. Those were the most shots he’s taken in five games since returning after missing 15 games with a staph infection in his right elbow. He has taken more shots in each game along the way, going from 10 to 12 to 16 to 19 to 21.

- What a terrific all-around game by Chris Paul. He scored 23 points on 8 of 19 shooting with 11 assists, seven rebounds and four steals. He had just two turnovers in 37 1/2 minutes and made 7 of 8 from the free-throw line. His only real blemish was his 0-for-4 shooting performance from 3-point range. Can’t have everything.

- J.J. Redick scored 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting – 3 of 6 from 3-point range. That was Redick’s fourth consecutive game of scoring 20 points or more. He has scored at least 20 points in seven of the 12 games this month, during which he’s averaging 21.2 points.

- It would be unfair if we didn’t mention that New Orleans was missing several key players in this game. Yes, the Clippers were without sixth-man Jamal Crawford and his 16.4 scoring average for the 10th consecutive game. But the Pelicans were minus guards Tyreke Evans (16.5 points per game) and Jrue Holiday (15.2), forward Ryan Anderson (14.6) and center Omer Asik (10.0 rebounds per game). All were injured.

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DeAndre Jordan says Clippers won a game Sunday they wouldn’t have two years ago

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The Clippers got off to a slow start Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans and trailed 13-2 early. Leading 50-43 late in the second quarter, they watched as the Pelicans finished the half on a 10-0 to lead 53-50 at intermission.

The Clippers ended up with a 107-100 victory. DeAndre Jordan noted that it was a good victory for one big reason.

“When we come out and play the way that we should play, we can beat anybody,” said Jordan, who had 12 points and 16 rebounds. “Tonight we came out flat. A couple of years ago, we wouldn’t have won this game. We kept fighting and then we turned it on. We were able to stay in the game mentally and gut out a game.”

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Doc Rivers appreciates what small forward Matt Barnes brings to the team

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Doc Rivers on Friday night did not hesitate when he was asked about the importance of starting small forward Matt Barnes. Barnes recently missed a total of four games because of a sore hamstring and though the Clippers went 3-1 in them, Rivers apparently would not want to be without him for very long.

“Matt is huge for us,” Rivers said following his team’s 113-99 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday at Staples Center. “He’s just an important player for us. The stats don’t say it. He had eight points, but he made some huge plays for us. Even early, (Washington’s) Paul Pierce makes a 3, I think it was the second shot of the game, and then Matt comes down and makes a 3 on top of him. Those little plays are big plays and that‟s what Matt has been doing for us all year.”

Barnes shot just 3 of 10 Friday. He also had two blocks and four rebounds.

Barnes, who turned 35 on March 9, is averaging 10.0 points and 3.9 rebounds and is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range (112 of 295).

 

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J.J. Redick breaks Jamal Crawford’s franchise record for made 3-pointers

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J.J. Redick scored 26 points Friday in the Clippers’ 113-99 victory over the Washington Wizards at Staples Center. He made 4 of 7 from 3-point range and now holds the Clippers’ single-season record for made 3-pointers with 164. He broke the record of teammate Jamal Crawford, who made 161 in 2013-14.

“I knew I was getting close,” Redick said. “I didn’t know I was that close, that I was one away (before Friday). Jamal had mentioned something to me two or three weeks ago, when I was at 130-something. It’s cool to break Jamal’s record – a good friend and a guy I love playing with. Hopefully, I will have many more seasons with the Clippers and challenge this record.”

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Matt Barnes could return to the lineup Friday against Washington Wizards

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Matt Barnes on Friday morning told reporters that there is a good chance he will play later in the evening when the Clippers host the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.

Barnes, the Clippers’ starting small forward, has missed the past two games with a sore hamstring and has missed four games since March 2 because of the injury.

Barnes was shooting and running at the morning shootaround.

“It’ll be a game-time decision; it looks good,” Barnes said.

 

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Kings coach George Karl bemoans being beaten so badly by Clippers from 3-point line Wednesday in Sacramento

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J.J. Redick had seven of the Clippers’ 17 3-point baskets in Wednesday’s victory at Sacramento/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl perhaps said it best late Wednesday night when he assessed his team’s 116-105 loss at the hands of the visiting Clippers at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

In talking about the disparity in points made from 3-point range, Karl said, “There’s no question, when you lose by 42 points at the 3-point line, well, it’s tough to make those up.”

Indeed, the Clippers made 17 of 37 from the 3-point line (45.9 percent). That’s 51 points from beyond the arc. The Kings made just 3 of 17 (17.6 percent) from 3-point range for nine points.

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 116-105 victory over Sacramento Kings

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Chris Paul led the Clippers with 30 points in Wednesday’s 116-105 victory at Sacramento/:Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- The Clippers received very little from their bench in this victory. Austin Rivers, Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Spencer Hawes all shot 1 of 4 from the field, meaning they were a combined 3 of 12. Nate Robinson was 2 of 3 for four points, but he played only 9 1/2 minutes. Well, when four of your starters each score at least 19 points – Blake Griffin and Hedo Turkoglu had 19 apiece, J.J. Redick scored 27 and Chris Paul 30 – the bench doesn’t need to score much.

- Speaking of Turkoglu, his 19 points were a season-high. He shot very well, making 7 of 12 shots overall, 5 of 10 from 3-point range. He made his second consecutive start in place of Matt Barnes (hamstring). He also played solid defense on Kings forward Rudy Gay, who made just 6 of 19 from the field to get his 23 points. “Tonight he looked like the defender that he was before,” Kings coach George Karl said. “When he was in his prime, his defense was pretty first class. I thought that he did a nice job on Rudy Gay tonight.”

- There is one thing that seems to have gone unnoticed regarding the return of Griffin. Remember how he had taken his game to the outside more than ever this season, thus resulting in his rebounding numbers being down? Well, he had 10 rebounds in this one, meaning he has had 11, 11 and 10 in his three games back. He’s averaging a career-low 7.7 for the season.

- What can we say about Redick? He had himself another fine outing with his 27 points. He shot 9 of 16, 7 of 12 from beyond the arc. Redick is now averaging 15.6 points while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 42.4 percent (160 of 377) from 3-point range. All of those numbers represent career-highs. Redick is averaging 20.7 points in 10 games this month.

- So, had a few tweets and whatnot about why it was so difficult for the Clippers to put away a lowly team like the Kings, who are now just 22-45. The Clippers led just 87-86 with 8:07 to play. Yes, the Clippers were again without Barnes and Jamal Crawford (calf). But the Kings
were without All-Star post DeMarcus Cousins (calf) and have been without guard Darren Collison (hip) since early February. That said, keep in mind that the Clippers all season have had trouble maintaining focus throughout a given game. That’s still happening. Yet, they are 44-25 and tied for fifth-place in the Western Conference standings. The point being, if the Clippers can figure out their in-game lapses – and we realize that is “if” – they could be tough to deal with in the post-season.

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