Anthony Mason throws down a dunk during the 1994 NBA Finals for the New York Knicks/Photo by Associated Press
Anthony Mason, a power forward who toiled for 13 seasons in the NBA, died Saturday from a heart ailment. He was just 48.
Mason played five seasons with the New York Knicks. Clippers coach Doc Rivers was Mason’s teammate for two-plus of those seasons.
“The passing of Anthony Mason is so sad,” Rivers said in a statement. “He was a true warrior and a great teammate. He embodied what it meant to be a Knick. I loved him and my prayers go out to his family.”
The Clippers ventured to Memphis on Friday to take on a Grizzlies team that was in second place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 41-15, 23-5 at home. Thanks in part to yet another terrific effort by DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers (38-21) walloped Memphis 97-79 at FedEx Forum in Memphis. Jordan had 15 points, 22 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals. Other than that, he didn’t do a thing. Here is one of his assists, and it’s very pretty:
Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
One thing about sixth-man Jamal Crawford, not only does he have the ability to get scalding hot and carry a team with a grip of points in rapid fashion, some of the shots he takes and makes are extremely difficult. He sinks 28-foot 3-pointers with defenders in his face, he makes them falling down and out of bounds, and so on.
Crawford tries to explain.
“I have just always, ever since I was young, made those shots that (to) other people are difficult,” he said. “I’m not trying to brag about it, but they’re really not that difficult for me, honestly.
“Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t, but I’m really comfortable taking them.”
Crawford scored a game-high 24 points in Wednesday’s 110-105 loss at Houston.
The Clippers (37-21) on Friday night at 5 will play at Memphis (41-15). The Clippers are sixth in the Western Conference standings, the Grizzlies are second.
Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers had beaten the Houston Rockets twice before losing to them 110-105 on Wednesday at Houston. The difference, according to Chris Paul, was the success Houston had from both the 3-point line as well as the free-throw line on Wednesday.
Houston was 10 of 37 (27 percent) from 3-point range and made 11 of 15 (73.3 percent) from the free-throw line in a 102-85 loss to the Clippers on Nov. 28 at Houston. The Rockets made just 9 of 45 from (20 percent) from 3-point range, but made 18 of 22 (81.8 percent) from the free-throw line in a 110-95 loss to the Clippers on Feb. 11 at Staples Center.
On Wednesday, Houston made 17 of 44 (38.6 percent) from 3-point range and 21 of 30 (70 percent) from the free-throw line.
That means the Rockets scored 41 points combined from 3-point range and the free-throw line on Nov. 28 and 45 points on Feb. 11. On Wednesday, that number rose dramatically to 72 points combined.
“They got way too many 3s,” Paul said post-game. “Threes and free throws is what they do. That’s why we’ve been so successful on them, by not letting them get both. And tonight they got everything.”
The Clippers came close, but were unable to win at Houston on Wednesday, losing 110-105 to the Rockets. They had plenty of shining moments, however, and Chris Paul faking one of the Rockets into Chick Hearn’s popcorn machine for two of his 22 points was one of them. Check it out:
The Rockets defeated the Clippers 110-105 on Wednesday night at Toyota Center in Houston. Near the end, things got a bit heated between the Clippers’ Chris Paul and the Rockets’ James Harden when Paul doled out a rather hard foul on Harden. Check it out:
Harden led the Rockets (39-18) with 21 points, but he shot just 4 of 13 from the field. Jamal Crawford scored 24 points for the Clippers (37-21) and DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul scored 22 apiece with Jordan grabbing 19 rebounds.
The Clippers are once again doing well without Blake Griffin as they trail by just two points (62-60) tonight (Wednesday) at Houston. Jamal Crawford has 18 points at hafltime and DeAndre Jordan has 13 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Paul has doled out nine assists and this was one of them to Jordan:
James Harden goes up with the ball during Houston’s 113-102 victory over Minnesota on Monday/Photo by Pat Sullivan, Associated Press
The Clippers will be tipping off with the Houston Rockets at Houston at 5 p.m. tonight (Wednesday). When they do, they figure to have their hands full with Artesia High School product James Harden.
The 6-foot-5, sixth-year shooting guard is averaging a league-high 27.3 points as well as 6.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds. On Monday he had his second triple-double of the season when he came through with 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Houston’s 113-102 victory over Minnesota. He threw in a steal and four blocks for good measure.
Clippers guard Chris Paul was asked about Harden after the Clippers’ 90-87 loss to Memphis on Monday. Paul gave Harden the ultimate compliment.
“Team defense,” said Paul, when asked what could slow down Harden. “James is one of the few guys in the league that you cannot guard with one person. James is the leading scorer in the league right now. He is like one of those guys, like (Russell Westbrook), LeBron (James) and Kevin Durant.
“He can score in so many different ways, so you have to defend him with the entire team.”
Harden, who averaged 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists his senior season at Artesia, played his college ball at Arizona State before being drafted third overall in 2009 by the Oklahoma City Thunder, for whom he played three seasons.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis plays to the crowd during the Clippers’ 119-115 victory over the San Antonio Spurs this past Thursday at Staples Center/Staff photo by Scott Varley
If you haven’t had a chance to check out our feature story on Clippers reserve forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis, click on this for the fun.
Jordan Hamilton/Photo courtesy of Reno Bighorns and NBA.com
The Clippers on Tuesday announced they have signed forward Jordan Hamilton to a 10-day contract.
Hamilton, out of Compton Dominguez High and University of Texas, has three years of NBA experience under his belt. But this season he has been toiling with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. He averaged 18.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 27 games with Reno.
Hamilton, 24, is 6-foot-7. He has averaged 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in three NBA seasons with Denver and Houston.