Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Clippers point guard Chris Paul is surrounded by an abundance of talent that, once in sync, could be something special to see.
But Paul on Tuesday pulled no punches when asked what he saw from his team in its 93-73 loss to Toronto in Canada on Sunday.
“Man, a team that has a lot of work to do,” he said. “I even saw that Friday after our first home game here. We’ve gotta continue to get better both offensively and defensively.”
The Clippers defeated Denver 103-96 on Friday at Staples Center in their exhibition opener. They led by 21 points with 1:26 to play in the third quarter before the Nuggets cut that all the way down to 99-96 with 59.9 seconds to play.
On Sunday, the Clippers shot 38 percent (27 of 71) with the bench shooting 10 of 35.
But, hey, it’s two games into the exhibition season. This team figures to have its growing pains, what with so many new faces – particularly on the bench.
The Clippers leave Wednesday morning for China, where they will play the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 10 and Oct. 14.
Lance Stephenson/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers’ bench shot just 10 of 35 in Sunday’s 93-73 loss to Toronto in Canada. Josh Smith was 2 of 8, Jamal Crawford 2 of 7 and Lance Stephenson 0 of 4. Stephenson, who was 2 of 10 in Friday’s 103-96 victory over Denver, seems to be forcing things just a bit.
Coach Doc Rivers agreed Tuesday that Stephenson could be trying a bit too hard to impress after the mediocre season he had in 2014-15 with Charlotte. But it’s more than that.
“He’s going fast, they all are,” Rivers said of the second unit players. “They’re running into each other half the time. … There has been no space with them. So again, I think you’ll see that group better and better as it goes on.”
The Clippers leave Wednesday morning for China, where they will play Charlotte on Oct. 10 and Oct. 14.
J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
It’s only the exhibition season, so there is nothing to worry about at this time, but the Clippers on Sunday played the Toronto Raptors in Canada and came out on the short end of a 93-73 score.
The Clippers (1-1) shot just 38 percent (27 of 71) from the field with Blake Griffin (5 of 13) and Chris Paul (2 of 8) combining to shoot 7 of 21. The talented bench made just 10 of 35 shots with Josh Smith going 2-for-8 and Lance Stephenson going 0-for-4; Jamal Crawford shot 2 of 7.
J.J. Redick scored a team-high 15 points, Griffin had 14 and DeAndre Jordan had eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
Toronto out-rebounded the Clippers 48-33.
The Raptors (1-0) were led by 26 points from Kyle Lowry. Toronto shot 36 free throws, making 29 for 80.6 percent.
Nikoloz Tskitishvili, right, was waived by the Clippers on Saturday/Photo courtesy of Denver Post
The Clippers on Saturday announced they have waived forward/center Nikoloz Tskitishvili.
The 7-foot Tskitishvili was a former No. 5 pick in the 2002 NBA draft. He has appeared in 172 NBA games with Denver, Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix but has not played in the league since the 2005-06 campaign.
Tskitishvili, 32, has also played in Spain, Italy, Iran, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. He toiled for Champville of the Lebanese Basketball League this past season.
DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots as the Clippers took a 56-42 over the Denver Nuggets into the locker room at halftime Friday at Staples Center.
It is the exhibition opener for both teams.
Chris Paul scored nine points and doled out five assists for the Clippers and Josh Smith and Blake Griffin scored six points apiece.
Wilson Chandler led Denver with 11 points.
Doc Rivers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this weekend for a Sunday game against the Toronto Raptors. Upon their quick return, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer will be among those participating in the annual charity golf tournament put on by the L.A. Clippers foundation.
It will take place at Pelican Hill Golf Course in Newport Beach. The day will conclude with a dinner. Proceeds will benefit the foundation as well as the United Friends of the Children.
Fans still have a chance to golf and eat with the Clippers. Those interested should go to www.nba.com/clippers//golf.