DeAndre Jordan needs to improve his free-throw shooting

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DeAndre Jordan

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Coach Doc Rivers will likely go out of his way again this season to downplay the significance of DeAndre Jordan’s poor free-throw shooting. We can’t blame Rivers for that. If he openly criticizes his big man, that could create an adverse reaction.

Jordan, of course, is a terrific defensive player and can make a big difference in a given game in that regard. But when Jordan is having a very poor night at the free-throw line, it does seem to bother him, and that’s not good.

Interestingly, he shot a career-best 52.5 percent in the 2011-12 season. That followed efforts of 38.5, 37.5 and 45.2 percent in his first three seasons, respectively. Once he made that leap to 52.5, one would have thought he would be on the upswing from there.

Didn’t happen. He shot 38.6 percent in 2012-13 and 42.8 percent this past season. Opposing teams, at times, fouled him on purpose.

Jordan said during the recent media day that free throws were one of the elements of his game he worked on during the off-season. Now, it’s no big deal that he missed both of his free-throw attempts Tuesday in the team’s exhibition defeat to Golden State because they were just that – two measly attempts.

But this is not a situation to downplay. Jordan’s team needs him to improve. Keep in mind that the Clippers now have Spencer Hawes as the backup to Jordan. Hawes, who is 7-foot-1, is a career 70.3 percent free-throw shooter over seven seasons. He shot 78.3 percent in 2013-14. The point being, don’t be surprised if Hawes is in there during crunch-time of games in which Jordan is having a difficult time at the line.

The Clippers’ next exhibition game is Sunday at Portland at 6 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

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Season-ticket holders to be treated to private party at Universal Studios

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Steve Ballmer/Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News

 

Clippers season-ticket holders tonight (Thursday) will be rewarded for their loyalty when the Clippers host a private party for them at Universal Studios from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

New owner Steve Ballmer is expected to be on hand, as will Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler and the Clippers spirit squad.

The Clippers will return to exhibition play Sunday when they travel to Portland for a 6 p.m. game (on Prime Ticket).

Golden State defeated the Clippers in their exhibition opener Tuesday.

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Clippers to host open scrimmage at USC’s Galen Center

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Blake Griffin

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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 open exhibition season tonight against Golden State

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Spencer Hawes

Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers tonight (Tuesday) will open their exhibition season with a game against their first-round opponent in last season’s playoffs – the Golden State Warriors. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

This will be the Clippers’ first game under new owner Steve Ballmer. Their next two games will be Sunday at Portland and then Monday at Utah.

Clippers fans will get their first look at several new faces, including 7-foot-1 post Spencer Hawes, a hard-nosed player expected the give the team an even bigger presence in the middle, along with starter DeAndre Jordan.

 

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Matt Barnes: Spencer Hawes gives team another hard-nosed player

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Spencer Hawes

Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Matt Barnes is a hard-nosed player. Dirty, perhaps, at times. Apparently, that’s one of the things he likes about his new teammate – 7-foot post Spencer Hawes.

Hawes had 12 technical fouls, two flagrants and one ejection last season with Philadelphia and Cleveland.

“I think the biggest (addition) is going to be Spencer,” Barnes said. “Someone 7-foot who can shoot the ball, pass the ball, playmaker,  a dirty guy, a tough guy, probably one of the biggest free-agent pickups of the summer that people really aren’t talking about as much as they should.”

Barnes was speaking at Clippers Media Day on Monday. When it was time for Hawes to take the dais, he was told of Barnes’ comments about his style of play and agreed they were on the money.

“I think so,” Hawes said. “I think as I’ve gotten a little older I’ve been able to contain a little more. But I think that’s just kind of my personality and I think with a guy like Matt, there are some similarities there. And I think that’s what kind of makes me good and sometimes what draws me back, so there’s a fine line there.”

Hawes has career scoring and rebounding averages of 9.7 and 6.4, respectively. He has seven seasons under his belt even though he is just 26 because he was in the league at age 19.

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J.J. Redick to host camp for kids at Veterans Sports Complex in Carson

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J.J. Redick

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

 

Clippers guard J.J. Redick and several area high school and college basketball coaches on Saturday will lead a basketball camp for kids grades 1 through 12 at Veterans Sports Complex in Carson.

The J.J. Redick Basketball ProCamp works with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carson to provide camp scholarships for disadvantaged children.

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Clippers re-sign veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu

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Hedo Turkoglu

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The Clippers have re-signed forward Hedo Turkoglu, the team announced, without providing terms of the deal.

“We are happy to welcome Hedo back to the Clippers,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Hedo is a versatile, veteran presence who contributed to the championship culture we are building in Los Angeles.”

Turkoglu last season appeared in 38 games for the Clippers. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds while averaging 10.3 minutes.

Turkoglu, 35, is 6-foot-10. He has a career scoring average of 11.5.

 

 

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

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Chris Paul

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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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Clippers sign Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ekpe Udoh

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Chris Douglas-Roberts

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The Clippers on Wednesday announced they have signed free agents guard Chris Douglas-Roberts and power forward/post Ekpe Udoh. Terms were not disclosed.

Douglas-Roberts averaged 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and one assist in 49 games this past season for Charlotte. He shot 44 percent from the field – 38.6 percent from 3-point range -  and 80.5 percent from the free-throw line. He is 27.

Udoh, who is 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds, averaged 3.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 42 games for Milwaukee. He is 26.

“Chris and Ekpe are two versatile players who bring depth and a strong presence to our team,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We are excited to add them to our roster.”

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Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica waived three days after acquired

The Clippers on Friday announced they have waived Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica just three days after acquiring them in a trade that sent Jared Dudley and a protected first-round draft pick for 2017 to the Milwaukee Bucks, who also gave the Clippers a 2015 second-round draft choice.

Friday’s move was seen as one to give the Clippers salary-cap and roster flexibility, according to a story on ESPN.com. Delfino and Raduljica were waived via the stretch provision that will free up $3.5 million in order to sign others to veteran’s minimum contracts, ESPN.com reported.

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