DeAndre Jordan has been on a tear of late, what with Blake Griffin out with an injury the past several games. You might say he was really feeling it when he threw down this monster dunk over the Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol in the first quarter Monday at Staples Center. Check it out:
Chris Paul drives toward the basket during the Clippers’ 126-99 victory over Sacramento on Saturday at Staples Center/Photo by Chris Carlson, Associated Press
Not only did Austin Rivers have his best game as a pro Saturday when he scored 28 points in the Clippers’ 126-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings, the second unit is the one that changed the complexion of the game after the starters played a big hand in the team falling behind 29-19 in the first quarter to the Kings.
Then a 16-0 run gave the Clippers a 35-29 lead and they never looked back. Of those 16 points, 13 were scored by reserves – seven by Rivers.
“In the first quarter we did not play very well,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We did not move the ball very well and they were scoring on us. Fortunately, the second unit came in and changed the game for us. Once that happened, the starters came back and finished what the second unit did.”
Austin Rivers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- First and foremost, Austin Rivers scored a career-high 28 points on 11 of 19 from the field, 5 of 9 from 3-point range. He also had two assists and three steals in his 26 1/2 minutes off the bench. If the 22-year-old Rivers – son of coach Doc Rivers – can see his comfort zone continue to rise, it will be a big deal for the Clippers down the stretch of the regular season.
- DeAndre Jordan was on his way to a monster rebounding game. But he took the bench early in the third quarter with his fourth foul and never returned because the starters – save for a brief appearance by Spencer Hawes – were not needed in the fourth quarter of this blowout. Still, Jordan finished with 15 rebounds in just 20 minutes of action. Jordan is averaging a league-high 13.9 rebounds.
- The Clippers played solid defense in this one, limiting the Darren Collison-less Kings to a 34.1 shooting percentage. All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was harassed into a 6-for-19 shooting night.
- Lost just a bit in the hoopla of the game had by Austin Rivers was the one had by J.J. Redick. All he did was score 24 points while making 4 of 6 from 3-point range. He made all eight of his free throws and also had three assists.
- Glen “Big Baby” Davis continued to get more playing time off the bench now that Blake Griffin is hurt. He played just about 19 minutes and even though he scored only five points and struggled to make 3 of 9 from the free-throw line, he pulled down eight rebounds and blocked three shots; he also had three assists.
Kendrick Perkins/Photo courtesy of Utah Jazz, NBA.com
Both YahooSports and ESPN.com are reporting that center Kendrick Perkins is likely to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers once the buyout of his contract with the Utah Jazz is complete. Both publications cited “sources.”
Rumor had it that the Clippers were interested in signing Perkins, who this week was traded from Oklahoma City to Utah. Perkins also previously played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who is also the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, when Rivers coached at Boston.
The story on YahooSports said that Perkins was going to speak with Rivers one last time Saturday (today) to give Rivers an opportunity to sway him toward the Clippers.
DeAndre Jordan, left, did not let San Antonio’s hack-a-DJ ploy stop him from helping the Clippers defeat the Spurs 119-115 on Thursday at Staples Center/Staff photo by Scott Varley
- DeAndre Jordan’s season free-throw percentage is down to 40.8 after he made just 10 of 28 in this one while the Spurs and their coach – Gregg Popovich – tried to ruin a good game with their pathetic hack-a-DJ trash. Jordan and the Clippers got the last laugh, of course, by emerging victorious. Jordan scored 26 points with 18 rebounds and three steals. Jordan has now scored 22, 24 and 26 points in the past three games – all victories.
- The Clippers (36-19) are now 3-1 without the injured Blake Griffin. The loss was to OKC, the three wins over Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. That is very impressive.
- Glen “Big Baby” Davis had himself quite a game. Not only did he score 10 points with six rebounds, a steal and a block in 16 1/2 minutes off the bench, his enthusiasm was off the charts. More than once, after making a hustle play, Davis whooped it up with the crowd in
demonstrative fashion. Doc Rivers said were it not for Davis, the Clippers would have lost this game.
- As nice of a guy as Jamal Crawford is, it wasn’t hard to tell he wasn’t all that thrilled with his name being mentioned in trade rumors ahead of Thursday’s trading deadline. What does he do? He goes out and scores 26 points while making 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Many of those points were of the clutch variety, and Crawford also had five assists, two steals and a block.
- What can you say about Chris Paul? The man just does it all. He scored 22 points, doled out 16 assists with five rebounds while – as always – showing great leadership on the floor. More than once he took aside a teammate to calmly explain something to him during the game. OK, so he had four turnovers. But he played 40 minutes and, hey, no one’s perfect.
By the time this video was taken in the fourth quarter, DeAndre Jordan had been the victim of way too much hack-a-DJ as the San Antonio Spurs spent several minutes in the second and fourth quarters fouling the poor free-throw-shooting Jordan every time he touched the ball. Jordan made just 10 of 28 free throws, but the Clippers still defeated the Spurs 119-115 at Staples Center on Thursday night. Suffice to say, Jordan took a little bit of his frustration out on San Antonio’s Aron Baynes. Check it out:
Jamal Crawford survived Thursday’s trading deadline/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The NBA trading deadline came and went Thursday and the Clippers did not make a move. For fans of sixth-man Jamal Crawford, that is good news as, for some reason, he was rumored to be on the trading block..
Other Western Conference teams did, however, make moves. For example, guard Arron Afflalo went from Denver to Portland and center Enes Kanter went from Utah to Oklahoma City in a three-team deal that also sent Thunder backup point guard Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons and Thunder backup post Kendrick Perkins to Utah, as per YahooSports.
Also, Phoenix traded away guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas to Miami and Boston in separate deals.
The Clippers can still sign players who have been bought out by March 1 and they would be eligible for the post-season.
Doc Rivers/Photo by Associated Press
With the trading deadline less than two hours away at the time of this writing, we thought it would be interesting to share what Clippers coach Doc Rivers thinks about counseling players whose names come up in trade rumors. Sometimes he speaks with them, sometimes not.
“Some guys are very sensitive, some guys are not,” he said. “But the guys who are sensitvie, even when you tell them they’re not involved or involved, you know, they’re stll going to be sensitive because for a lot of people, what they read, they believe. And I don’t get that, you know, after meeting all you guys.”
“But it’s the truth,” he said. “When you see it in print or anything, you’re worried and, so, it’s typical.”