VIDEO: Check out Chris Paul screaming at DeAndre Jordan to put the ball back up at the end of regulation Wednesday

Chris Paul is intense, to be sure. When he missed what could have been a game-winning shot Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center, DeAndre Jordan grabbed the rebound. Thinking the noise he heard was the horn sounding the end of regulation, Jordan just held the ball over his head as Paul screamed at him to shoot. You see, what Jordan heard was the 24-second-shot buzzer, and there were still 0.7 seconds left when he took the rebound. He could have put the ball back up, thus Paul’s frenzied attempt to get Jordan to do so. Eventually, the Clippers lost 98-93 in overtime after blowing a 10-point lead down the stretch in regulation. Check out Paul screaming at Jordan to put the ball back up:

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Chris Paul, now 18th, continues to move up on the all-time assists leaderboard

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

 

Point guard Chris Paul continues to move up on the all-time assists leaderboard. His 14 assists in Monday’s victory at Minnesota moved him past Kevin Johnson into 18th-place on the all-time assists leaderboard. Paul had 6,724 heading into action Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Wednesday night. Next up at No. 17 is Muggsy Bogues, who had 6,726. Among the big-name players Paul has passed this season are Jerry West (6,238)  and John Havlicek (6,114).

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Chris Paul talks about tough shot over Kevin Garnett late in win at Minnesota

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

 

There were two very big baskets by the Clippers down the stretch in their 110-105 victory Monday night at Minnesota. Spencer Hawes buried a 3-pointer for a 105-101 lead with 1:31 to play. Then, with 38 seconds left, Chris Paul made a 19-footer over the 6-foot-11 Kevin Garnett for a 108-103 lead, all but sealing the Timberwolves’ fate.

Since Paul is only 6-foot, his shot over Garnett was not easy to make.

“I tried to get the iso (isolated play),” Paul said. “They took away my step-back and I put up a tough one and it went down.”

Paul scored 26 points and had 14 assists.

 

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ big 97-79 victory over Grizzlies in Memphis

Glen “Big Baby” Davis reacts during the Clippers’ 97-79 victory at Memphis on Friday/Photo by Brandon Dill, Associated Press

 

– The importance of this victory should not be minimized. The Clippers (38-21) were coming off consecutive losses for the first time since losing Blake Griffin to an elbow injury. Four days after not playing well down the stretch and losing by three points at home to Memphis, the Clippers dominated the Grizzlies on their home court. Without Griffin. They did it with terrific defense, too, holding Memphis to just 37.9 percent shooting.

– Speaking of Griffin, he has now missed the past eight games because of the staph infection that was surgically removed from his right elbow. Four of those victories were against Dallas (5th, Western Conference), Houston (3rd, West), San Antonio (7th, West) and now Memphis (2nd, West). How many people would have thought the Clippers would have that many quality victories without Griffin? Not many.

– Safe to say, Chris Paul wasn’t tripping off his turnover at the end of Monday’s loss to Memphis that was responsible for the Clippers not getting off a shot that could have won the game. All Paul did in this one was score 19 points with 13 assists, four rebounds, two steals and just one turnover in 40 minutes.

– Man, DeAndre Jordan is not messing around out there, is he? He scored 15 points. But that’s just the start of it. He also grabbed a whopping 22 rebounds with three assists, two steals and three blocks. Other than that, he didn’t do a thing. Jordan is averaging 17.1 points and 18.5 rebounds in the eight games Griffin has missed. He’s averaging 16.0 points and 17.2 rebounds in 11 games in February. In four games, he had at least 20 rebounds with a high of 27 in a Feb. 9 win at Dallas. He entered play Friday averaging 11.2 points and 14.0 rebounds.

– The shooting guard tandem of J.J. Redick and sixth-man Jamal Crawford continues to be one of the best around. Redick scored 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting – 2 of 5 from 3-point range – and Crawford scored 19 points on 8 of 16 shooting, also 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. Crawford has averaged 21.2 points in the eight games missed by Griffin, Redick has averaged 15.0. Teams either have to worry about being out-dazzlied by Crawford or out-worked by runaround Redick.

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Chris Paul leads All-Stars in assists

Chris Paul, left, of the Los Angeles Clippers, talks to Russell Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

While Russell Westbrook took home the MVP and nearly set a scoring record for the NBA All-Star Game with 41 points on 28 shots, the Clippers’ Chris Paul led the game with 15 assists. Paul is the all-time leader in assists per All-Star game (12.5). Magic Johnson has the top two single game assist totals, with 22 in 1984 and 19 in 1988.
In case you want to see what 163-158 looks like on paper, here’s the 2015 All-Star Game box score.

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Clippers have third-highest payroll in the NBA for 2014-15 campaign

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Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin has the 13th-highest salary this season in the NBA; teammate Chris Paul is No. 8, according to HoopsHype.com/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

HoopsHype.com has posted the team payrolls for the NBA, and it’s interesting to see that the Clippers have the third-highest this season at $84,733,649.

Brooklyn is No. 1 at $93,741,207 and the New York Knicks are No. 2 at $89,672,190.

Individually, the top salary belongs to the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant at $23,500,000. Clippers guard Chris Paul is No. 8 at $20,068,563 and Clippers forward Blake Griffin is No. 13 at $17,632,688.

Incidentally, the Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire is No. 2 at $23,410,988. He’s averaging 11 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Where is Cleveland’s LeBron James? He’s at No. 6 with a salary of $20,644,400.

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Chris Paul gets a bit perturbed with reporter’s assessment after loss to Bulls

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

 

Chris Paul is typically very good with reporters, even after a loss. But he seemed to get just a big perturbed late Monday night after the Clippers stunk up Staples Center during a 105-89 loss to the visiting Chicago Bulls, who were minus Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf).

The Bulls moved and passed the ball much better than the Clippers. Chicago had 28 assists with four players having at least five and Jimmy Butler leading the way with eight. The Clippers had only 20 assists with two players with five or more – Chris Paul had seven, roughly three under his average, which now stands at 9.8.

A reporter asked Paul about moving the ball better.

“Man, we’ve gotta change sides of the court, we’ve gotta cut harder,” Paul said. “You know, I honestly think we could watch film from last year and see how some of these other teams play around the league to move the ball.”

The reporter then said to Paul, “We saw that tonight. They moved the ball flawlessly, and you guys settled for jumpers.”

To which Paul responded, “Right, right, well, you come coach us.”

Paul, who was about done anyway, shook his head slightly and got up and left the room.

The Clippers (5-4) begin a seven-game road trip today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at Orlando on Prime Ticket). The Magic are 5-7.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 105-89 loss Monday to Chicago Bulls

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DeAndre Jordan goes against Chicago’s Taj Gibson/Staff photo by Andy Holzman

– Did the Clippers drink some kind of potion before the season began? If not, why have they taken on such a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona? They were up 46-32 on the Bulls with just under four minutes to play in the second quarter. They were looking good enough. Then they were out-scored 73-43 the rest of the way. Unbelievable. Then again, the way they’ve played this season – they have been ultra-inconsistent – very believable.

– Blake Griffin at times is trying too hard to get a shot off in the paint. When it’s not there, he needs to pass it back out. He admitted afterward he is sometimes forcing things, so that’s a good sign.

– Chris Paul afterward said his team needs to take care of the ball better. As a team, the Clippers had 12 turnovers, which is not horrible. But Griffin had five of those, and that’s not good coming from your best player.

– OK, so we all know the Clippers are not a great free-throw shooting team. On the season, they are shooting 76.4 percent in that department, which is 15th in the NBA. But, seriously, 45.5 percent? That’s what they shot in this one, making just 10 of 22. That is just terrible. That shouldn’t happen even once during the season. Griffin was the worst offender, going just 5-for-10.

– On a positive note, DeAndre Jordan had his second monster rebounding game in succession. He had 18 in Saturday’s 120-107 victory over Phoenix. He came back with 17 on Monday. He’s also starting to block shots the way he did in 2013-14. He had seven blocks Saturday, three more Monday. Jordan is now leading the league in rebounding at 12.4 per game; he averaged 13.6 this past season. Jordan is also averaging 2.78 blocks, third in the league. He averaged 2.48 in ’13-’14.

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Chris Paul noticed all the cheering for the visiting Chicago Bulls

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

 

The Clippers played host to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at Staples Center. It was not a good night for the Clippers, who turned a 14-point second-quarter lead into a 105-89 defeat.

Clippers fans were not happy. But the many Bulls fans in attendance were thrilled. At times, they were chanting, “Let’s go Bulls.” It added insult to injury, to be sure.

Clippers guard Chris Paul took notice. That much was evident when he was asked post-game if he believes the upcoming seven-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Orlando can be a good thing.

“I do, I do, even though tonight felt somewhat like a road game,” he said, somewhat sarcastically.

Paul was asked specifically what he thought about all the cheering for the visiting Bulls.

“I mean, it’s not the first time,” he said. “I’ve played in other places where it’s been like that.”

Paul, in his 10th year, is in his fourth season with Los Angeles.

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