Blake Griffin says Friday’s blowout loss ‘cannot dictate’ what happens in Game 4

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The Clippers have now lost two games in a row they would rather forget – the 111-107 overtime loss in Game 2 on Wednesday at Staples Center and the 100-73 shellacking they absorbed Friday in Game 3 at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Blake Griffin said putting Friday’s loss behind them is a must. Game 4 is Sunday.

“You just have to get rid of that memory and forget about it,” said Griffin, who scored a team-high 14 points and shot just 6 of 15 from the field. “Tonight’s game cannot dictate how we play in Game 4. We just have to forget about it and move on.”

The Clippers shot just 29.5 percent through three quarters, 34.1 percent for the game.

 

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Blake Griffin has 10 points in 1st half for Clippers, who trail Spurs 46-38

 

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The Clippers shot just 34.1 percent from the field in the first half, but a jump-shot by Blake Griffin at the halftime buzzer meant the Clippers would trail by only eight points (46-38) at the break in Game 3 at AT&T Center in San Antonio on Friday.

Griffin led the Clippers with 10 points in the half.

Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 16 points, but Tim Duncan had just two points.

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Kawhi Leonard scores 10 points in first quarter, Spurs lead Clippers 25-16

J.J. Redick

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Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs scored 10 points in the first quarter and the Spurs led the Clippers 25-16 after one quarter at AT&T Center in San Antonio in Game 3 on Friday night.

J.J. Redick scored seven points for the Clippers.

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Jordan Hamilton still feeling effects of concussion, but he’s getting better

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Clippers reserve forward Jordan Hamilton recently sustained a concussion in practice. He’s not yet ready to come back, but he is improving.

“I’m getting better,” he said before Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday in San Antonio. “I’ll be out a few more days.”

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Doc Rivers, Chris Paul respond to Magic Johnson’s negative tweet after Game 2

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Magic Johnson sent out two tweets following the Clippers’ heartbreaking 111-107 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series at Staples Center. One praised the Spurs: “The Spurs showed great mental toughness tonight in the win over the Clippers. That’s why they are the defending NBA champs.”

The other ripped the Clippers:  “The Clippers lack of mental toughness and costly turnovers are the reasons they lost the game tonight.”

The latter had to be in reference to Blake Griffin’s turnover with 11.9 seconds left in regulation and the Clippers ahead by two points. Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Friday responded.

“Well, they won,” Rivers said. “To the victors goes the spoils. I’m never going to argue with Magic Johnson. They won the game. I thought we showed great  mental toughness because we were the team down. I think people forget that. We were down 10 points in the fourth Quarter.

“I mean, we were actually the team that came back. And then we gave it up at the end. But we came back in that game. So I think if anybody showed mental toughness, it was us. And them; they’re going to have it. They, again, are champions. They’re not going anywhere. They’re not going to be shaken.”

Chris Paul looked perplexed when told of Johnson’s negative tweet.

“No, I didn’t know that,” Paul said at the morning shootaround ahead of Game 3 at AT&T Center in San Antonio. “I haven’t been on Twitter. I mean, that’s his opinion. I saw Magic at Sunday brunch last week, you know what I mean? So …”

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 111-107 overtime loss to San Antonio

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– You hear it all the time about players who make a big mistake in crunch-time that leads to a defeat – if it wasn’t for what said player did during the game, there never would have been a chance for victory in the first place. That is so true about Blake Griffin. Yes, he had a huge turnover with 11.9 seconds remaining in regulation and the Clippers up by two points. Yes, San Antonio’s Patty Mills then stepped to the line and made two free throws to tie the game and send it into overtime. But without Griffin’s first playoff triple-double – 29 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists - the Clippers would not have been close at that juncture.

– After Jamal Crawford regained his shooting rhythm in a Game 1 victory, shooting 7 of 10 overall and 3 of 4 from 3-point range – he again was off in this one. Crawford shot just 4 of 13 – 1 of 7 from beyond the arc. Clippers fans better hope that does not continue.

– Another casualty of sub-par shooting has been J.J. Redick. He had the best regular season of his career, averaging 16.4 points while shooting 47.7 percent from the field – 43.7 from 3-point land. He was 4 of 12 in this game. The good news is he was 4 of 9 from beyond the arc. But in two games of this series, he is a combined 8 of 25 (32 percent). The good news is, he’s 6 of 15 from long-distance. That equates to a solid 40 percent. Now if he can start making the non-3-pointers.

– Just think, the Spurs won this game even though point guard Tony Parker had a very poor game. He scored just one point while going 0-for-6 from the field. He doled out five assists, but he was otherwise ineffective in nearly 30 minutes of play. He left the game midway through the fourth quarter with tightness in his right Achilles.

– It’s just like the Spurs’ Tim Duncan to go from scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a Game 1 loss to the Clippers, to scoring 28 points with 11 rebounds and four assists in this one. For good measure, he had two steals. And, man, that turn-around jumper off the glass is a beautiful thing to see. Oh, and by the way, Duncan will be 39 on Saturday.

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Chris Paul says DeAndre Jordan needs to just ‘keep doing what he’s doing’

DeAndre Jordan

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DeAndre Jordan scored 20 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and blocked three shots in the Clippers’ 111-107 Game 2 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night at Staples Center. But he was just 6 of 17 from the free-throw line as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich used the ever-popular (with other coaches) Hack-a-DJ ploy.

Jordan’s free-throw percentage for the game was 35.2, lower than his 39.7 average during the regular season.

Teammate Chris Paul was asked after the game what he would say to Jordan in this regard.

“Nothing,” Paul said. “Tell him to keep doing what he’s doing and get ready for Game 3, just like all of us. We win as a team, we lose as a team. D.J. is fine. We’ll be ready for Game 3.”

It’s interesting to note that Jordan shot 12 free throws from the 5:43 mark of the fourth quarter until there was 2:50 left. He made four. During that time the Clippers went from trailing 88-80 to trailing by just 90-88.

The Western Conference first-round playoff series is tied 1-1. The teams will tangle Friday and Sunday in Games 3 and 4 at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

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J.J. Redick: Poor free-throw shooting in Game 2 loss not all on DeAndre Jordan

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The Clippers shot just 54.1 percent (20 of 37) from the free-throw line in Wednesday’s 111`-107 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series, which is tied 1-1. Eleven of those 17 misses came from DeAndre Jordan, who was 6 of 17 and again fell prey to Hack-a-DJ. But guard J.J. Redick pointed out it wasn’t all on Jordan.

“We had some opportunities (at the line),” Redick said. “They went to Hack-a-DJ, but even with that, I missed a tech (technical-foul free throw), Matt Barnes
missed a couple. Just uncharacteristic. Down the stretch, those one or two points certainly matter in the end.”

Barnes was 1 of 4 from the free-throw line and shot just 1 of 10 from the field. He did grab 10 rebounds.

Game 3 is Friday at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Game 4 is Sunday there.

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