J.J. Redick stoked to be healthy after injury-riddled 2013-14 campaign

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J.J. Redick

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J.J. Redick averaged a very respectable 15.2 points in 2013-14 for the Clippers. But the shooting guard played in only 35 games because of injuries.

On Monday, he talked in appreciative tones that he enters this 2014-15 campaign with a clean bill of health.

“I feel good,” he said ahead of practice at the team’s facility in Playa Vista. “It just seemed like I couldn’t stay healthy last year. It started right after the first of the season when I strained my quad.

“So I’m happy to have gotten through October, well, so far,” he said, knocking on wood. “But I’m happy I’ve gotten through the preseason healthy.”

Redick also missed time with a bulging disk in his back.

The Clippers open the season Thursday at home against Oklahoma City.

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Spencer Hawes: Success with early home-cooking is paramount

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Spencer Hawes late Friday night was talking about his team’s less-than-stellar showing in the preseason – the Clippers went 2-6 in exhibition games – when he had an interesting observation.

“We have got an important week of practice coming up here to get things going in the right direction,” Hawes, the Clippers’ backup post, said after the Clippers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in their final exhibition game. “We have got to hit the ground running. We have the opportunity here starting the season with a pretty long stretch at home and we have to take advantage of that.”

The Clippers play eight of their first nine games at Staples Center. One of those is an “away” game against the Lakers on Friday. The one true away game in that stretch will be Nov. 5 at Golden State.

The Clippers open the season Thursday against Oklahoma City at Staples Center.

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Clippers pare down roster to 15 by waiving Australian Joe Ingles

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The Clippers on Saturday pared down their roster to 15 by waiving forward Joe Ingles of Australia. Ingles appeared in five exhibition games and averaged 1.2 points and one rebound.

NBA teams can carry as many as 15 players, but only 13 can be activated for any one game.

The roster as it stands: Guards: Chris Paul, Jordan Farmar, Jamal Crawford, Reggie Bullock, J.J. Redick, C.J. Wilcox, Jared Cunningham; Forwards: Matt Barnes, Glen Davis, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Blake Griffin, Hedo Turkoglu, Ekpe Udoh; Centers: DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Hawes.

Note: Although the Clippers list Bullock as a guard, he also plays small forward.

The Clippers, who went 2-6 during the exhibition season, begin the regular season Thursday when they play host to Oklahoma City at Staples Center.

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Clippers lose to Portland to finish exhibition season at 2-6

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Blake Griffin scored 21 points, but the Clippers were beaten 99-89 by the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center in the final exhibition game. The Clippers, who open the real season Oct. 30 against Oklahoma City, finished 2-6.

J.J. Redick and Jared Cunningham scored 12 apiece for Los Angeles, but no one else on the team was in double figures. Chris Paul had eight points and 11 assists, Spencer Hawes had nine points and seven rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu scored eight points.

DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers in rebounding with nine, but the team was outrebounded 49-39.

Portland, which went 4-3 in exhibition play, got 21 points from Damian Lillard, 14 from Meyers Leonard and 13 from Chris Kaman, who also had nine rebounds.

 

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Clippers to participate in charity event in South Central L.A.

The Los Angeles Clippers Foundation will partner with Feed the Children to distribute boxes of food, personal care items, school uniforms and shoes to 1,600 families on Saturday at Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth & Community Center in South Central Los Angeles.

Clippers players and coach Doc Rivers will begin food distribution at 11 a.m. Members of the U.S. Army as well as Clippers season-ticket holders will participate as well.

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Blake Griffin investigated for allegedly slapping man in Vegas nightclub

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TMZ reported today (Wednesday) that Blake Griffin is being investigated for alleged battery on a man at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday. The Clippers played the Denver Nuggets at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Saturday.

According to the report, Griffin allegedly took the man’s cell phone from him when the man was using a flash from it to take pictures inside the Tao nightclub. Eventually, the story says, Griffin allegedly slapped the man.

Jesse Roybal, public information officer at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said Wednesday afternoon that as far as he knows there have been no charges filed at this point. Roybal also told this newspaper that the investigation remains open.

The Clippers said they expect  Griffin will put out a statement shortly

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 125-107 loss at Golden State

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– Forward Matt Barnes went 1-for-7 from the field. That makes his 3-for-31 during the exhibition season. That equates to 9.3 percent.

– The Warriors shot 59 percent overall from the field, 59.1 percent (13 of 22) from 3-point range. That is the third time in six exhibition games a team has shot better than 45 percent from beyond the arc against the Clippers. Portland shot 68 percent (17 of 25) on Oct. 12. The next day the Utah Jazz shot 46.7 (14 of 30).

– The Clippers shot just 38.6 percent from the field. It was the second consecutive game in which they have shot under 40 percent. Their highest shooting percentage came this past Friday when they shot 44.6 percent in their only exhibition victory – 101-97 over Utah.

– While it’s true the Clippers rested Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in this one, they were still within just two points at halftime. They were then outscored by 16 in the second half. They scored 47 points in the second half after scoring 60 in the first.

– There was some good news. The Clippers, who have struggled from the free-throw line, shot 80.5 percent (33 of 41). That’s their highest percentage during the exhibition season; they have twice shot under 60 percent. Spencer Hawes (3-for-3), Chris Douglas-Roberts (4-for-4) and Jamal Crawford (5-for-5) were perfect. J.J. Redick was 6 of 7. DeAndre Jordan was 3 of 6.

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Clippers are drawing solid interest from road fans

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Blake Griffin is certainly one reason why road crowds come to see the Clippers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Secondary ticket marketplace Vivid Seats has released its annual home and road NBA ticket price report, and it shows the Clippers drawing plenty of road interest.

The Clippers have the eighth-highest median ticket price in the league at $115. On the road, the Clippers are the fifth-most coveted team, increasing median ticket prices by 31.6 percent as the visiting team.

The Lakers come in second in both categories with a median ticket price of $165 and road value of plus-60.1 percent.

The Cleveland Cavaliers – with LeBron James again in the fold, as well as newly acquired Kevin Love – are first. They have a median ticket price of $216 and a road value of plus-138.6 percent.

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Jamal Crawford likes harmony he shares with Spencer Hawes

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Jamal Crawford

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We wrote Monday about how newly acquired backup post Spencer Hawes likes playing alongside fellow Seattle native and sixth-man Jamal Crawford.

Safe to say, the feeling is mutual.

“I’ve know Spence since he was 17,” Crawford said. “Every summer, when we play pick-up, we play together. We’ve always been on the same team, even when he was with Philadelphia and I was with New York. For us, we have a great synergy. But we’re just trying to complement the guys that are out there.”

Crawford is 34, Hawes 26.

Crawford is averaging 21.3 points through five exhibition games. Only teammate Blake Griffin and Golden State’s Klay Thompson are averaging more and they are both at 21.6 points per game. Crawford is shooting 60.7 (17 of 28) percent from 3-point range.

 

 

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Spencer Hawes stoked about playing alongside Jamal Crawford

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Even though newly acquired backup post Spencer Hawes and sixth-man Jamal Crawford are eight years apart – Hawes is 26, Crawford 34 – they are both from Seattle, so they know each other well.

Hawes believes that is helping him get acclimated to his new team.

“I’m becoming more comfortable with the first unit, more comfortable with the second unit,” Hawes said. “It’s fun playing with Jamal. We’ve been playing every summer for the last decade, and now I’m finally on his actual team. So it’s fun developing that chemistry and actually getting to put it to use in real games.

“It makes you more comfortable all-around coming to a new situation, on the court, off the court. (Jamal) is a guy that’s been one of my mentors and looked out for me since I was in high school. So it definitely makes things easier.”

Hawes is averaging 12 points and 5.6 rebounds off the bench in five exhibition games He has a high point total of 24 and a high in rebounds of eight.

 

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