Clippers get their first exhibition win, 101-97 over Utah Jazz

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Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

A 3-pointer by Jamal Crawford with 18.5 seconds to play broke a 95-95 tie and the Clippers went on to their first exhibition victory, 101-97 over the visiting Utah Jazz on Friday at Staples Center.

The Clippers are 1-3, the J azz 4-1.

Crawford led Los Angeles with 25 points off the bench and backup post Spencer Hawes scored 24. Blake Griffin had 17 points for the Clippers, Chris Paul 11 and Chris Douglas-Roberts 10. DeAndre Jordan scored nine points and pulled down 17 rebounds.

Gordon Hayward led Utah with 22 points.

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Chris Paul and his foundation to host Celebrity Server Dinner

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Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Chris Paul and his CP3 Foundation will host the Celebrity Server Dinner on Oct. 26 at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills.

The event will benefit the CP3 Foundation as well as two other organizations that benefit children and their families – L.A.’s BEST and Leaps n Boundz.

Among the celebrity servers expected to participate are Paul, teammates Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and actors Mark Wahlberg and Jerry Ferrara.

For more information, check out www.cp3foundation.org.

 

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Chris Paul confident his team will improve defensively

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Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

We’re only three games into the exhibition season, yet the defensive woes of the Clippers are already a hot topic. In losing to Golden State, Portland and Utah, the Clippers allowed those teams to shoot 48.6 percent, 53.9 percent and 50.6 percent from the field.

Even worse, Portland shot 68 percent (17 of 25) from 3-point range and Utah shot 46.7 percent (14 of 30) from there.

Point guard Chris Paul was asked Wednesday at practice what his team needs to do to shore things up in this regard. He said part of the problem was that the second unit has so many new faces.

“I think we all know what to do,” said Paul, whose 0-3 team will take on Utah on Friday at Staples Center. “Just right now, part of it is being the preseason. Everybody’s a step slow, second-guessing and stuff like that. We’ll get it there. You know, our first unit, we’ve been together. Our second unit, guys haven’t really played together yet.”

The Clippers allowed an average of 101 points per game, 14th best in the NBA. Through three exhibition games, they are allowing an average of 111 points.

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Clippers still looking for first win after 102-89 defeat at Utah

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Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin had 31 points Monday at Utah/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers are now 0-3 in exhibition play after the Utah Jazz defeated them 102-89 on Monday night in Utah.

Down by 17 (56-39) at halftime, the Clippers outscored the Jazz 35-25 in the third quarter to pull within 81-74 entering the fourth. Utah outscored the Clippers 21-15 in the final quarter and is now 3-0.

Blake Griffin led everyone with 31 points. He was 14 of 22 from the field, and also pulled down five rebounds and made two steals. J.J. Redick scored 17 points. Chris Paul had 11 points and 11 assists, but his points came at the expense of a 4-for-13 shooting night.

Spencer Hawes scored six points on 2 of 7 shooting with three rebounds in 19 minutes, and Jordan Farmar had five points on 2 of 6 shooting in 16 minutes; Farmar also had three of the team’s eight turnovers.

C.J. Wilcox (0-for-3) and Reggie Bullock (0-for-4) went a combined 0-for-7 from the field; each played 16 minutes.

Chris Douglas-Roberts started as part of a three-guard Clippers starting lineup. He scored just four points on 1 of 5 shooting in 31 minutes.

The Jazz had six players score in double figures. Leading the way were Trey Burke and Derrick Favors, with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
The Clippers shot 42 percent from the field, Utah shot 50.6 percent.

Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford did not play.’

The Clippers next will play host to Utah on Friday at Staples Center.

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Clippers drop to 0-2 in exhibition play with 119-114 loss at Portland

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Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers are now 0-2 in exhibition play after losing 119-114 Sunday at Portland.

Los Angeles’ Jamal Crawford led everyone with 23  points. He made 8 of 13 from the field, 6 of 8 from 3-point range.

The Clippers shot a respectable 43.6 percent as a team, 48.7 percent (19 of 39) from beyond the 3-point line. But Blake Griffin had an off night. He shot just 4 of 16 (25 percent) and scored only nine points in 25 minutes. He also only grabbed two rebounds.

Chris Paul scored 15 points and doled out six assists, but he was just 1 of 6 from 3-point range. Spencer Hawes had a solid game off the bench, scoring 15 points with six rebounds and three assists. J.J. Redick scored 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and eight rebounds, but continued to struggle at the free-throw line, where he made just 3 of 9.

Reggie Bullock started at small forward instead of Matt Barnes, who told reporters not long ago he would rather come off the bench. Bullock played 19 minutes and scored six points on 2 of 4 shooting. Barnes was just 1 of 7 from the field and scored just three points in 26 minutes off the bench.

Newly acquired Jordan Farmar had 13 points for the Clippers, on 5 of 10 shooting.

Wesley Matthews led Portand (1-2) with 22 points C.J. McCollum had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge 16.

Portland shot 53.9 percent from the field, 68 percent (17 of 25) from beyond the arc. You can bet Clippers coach Doc Rivers isn’t happy about that.

The Trail Blazers out-rebounded the Clippers 49-35.

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was in the crowd.

The Clippers play Monday night at 6 at Utah (on Prime Ticket).

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Tonight’s probable starting lineups for Clippers at Trail Blazers

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J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers tonight (Sunday) will play their second exhibition game of the season. They lost their opener 112-94 to Golden State on Tuesday at Staples Center. In this one they’ll play at Portland at 6 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

Here are the probable starting lineups: CLIPPERS: PG Chris Paul, SG J.J. Redick, SF Matt Barnes, PF Blake Griffin, C DeAndre Jordan

TRAIL BLAZERS: PG Damian Lillard, SG Wes Matthews, SF Nicolas Batum, PF LaMarcus Aldridge, C Robin Lopez.

 

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Clippers to host open scrimmage at USC’s Galen Center

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Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. will host a scrimmage at USC’s Galen Center that will be open to the public.

The Galen Center is located at 3400 S. Figueroa St. in Los Angeles.

The evening will include player introductions and performances by the Clippers’ spirit squad.

Admission is free.

The Clippers on Tuesday opened their exhibition season with a 112-94 loss to the Golden State Warriors before 13,958 at Staples Center.

Blake Griffin led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Paul had 14 points and nine assists and newly acquired reserve post Spencer Hawes scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds. Also, Jamal Crawford scored 14 points off the bench.

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Clippers to hold five-day training camp at Nevada Las Vegas

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Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Chris Paul and the Clippers will make their training-camp headquarters for the 2014-15 season at University of Nevada Las Vegas, the team announced Monday.

The five-day camp will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 4 and will  include two-a-day practices the first four days with a single practice on Oct. 4.

“Getting away for training camp offers our team a unique opportunity to bond and focus solely on basketball as we prepare for the season,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “UNLV has first-class facilities and we are excited about starting the season in Las Vegas.”

The Clippers will play an eight-game exhibition schedule with the first game slated for Oct. 7 against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.

The regular season begins Oct. 30 when the Clippers play host to Oklahoma City.

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Eight-game exhibition schedule announced with one in Las Vegas

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Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers on Friday announced their eight-game exhibition schedule. It goes like this:

Oct. 7 vs. Golden State at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 12 vs. Portland at Moda Center, 6 p.m.; Oct. 13 vs. Utah at Energy Solutions Arena, 6 p.m.; Oct. 17 vs. Utah at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 18 vs. Denver at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 21 vs. Golden State at Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 22 vs. Phoenix at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.;  Oct. 24 vs. Portland at Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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C.J. Wilcox looking forward to playing with Chris Paul

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C.J. Wilcox (left)/photo by Associated Press

It wasn’t surprising to hear C.J. Wilcox talk about playing with point guard Chris Paul after the Clippers on Thursday drafted him with the No. 28 pick in the first round.

“Everyone watches Chris Paul; he’s the best point guard in the game,” said Wilcox, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of University of Washington. “He came and worked out with us up in Agoura Hills one time and it was good to see him in person, good to go against him and compete against him.

“I think that helped me get a sense of how he plays in person. I’m really excited. I know he’s really good at finding guys and getting in good positions to succeed. I think that’s going to help me in the long run.”

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