Clippers stand pat as NBA trading deadline comes and goes without move

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford survived Thursday’s trading deadline/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The NBA trading deadline came and went Thursday and the Clippers did not make a move. For fans of sixth-man Jamal Crawford, that is good news as, for some reason, he was rumored to be on the trading block..

Other Western Conference teams did, however, make moves. For example, guard Arron Afflalo went from Denver to Portland and center Enes Kanter went from Utah to Oklahoma City in a three-team deal that also sent Thunder backup point guard Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons and Thunder backup post Kendrick Perkins to Utah, as per YahooSports.

Also, Phoenix traded away guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas to Miami and Boston in separate deals.

The Clippers can still sign players who have been bought out by March 1 and they would be eligible for the post-season.

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Doc Rivers sometimes counsels players on trade rumors, sometimes not

Doc Rivers/Photo by Associated Press

 

With the trading deadline less than two hours away at the time of this writing, we thought it would be interesting to share what Clippers coach Doc Rivers thinks about counseling players whose names come up in trade rumors. Sometimes he speaks with them, sometimes not.
“Some guys are very sensitive, some guys are not,” he said. “But the guys who are sensitvie, even when you tell them they’re not involved or involved, you know, they’re stll going to be sensitive because for a lot of people, what they read, they believe. And I don’t get that, you know, after meeting all you guys.”
Rivers laughed.
“But it’s the truth,” he said. “When you see it in print or anything, you’re worried and, so, it’s typical.”

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Doc Rivers just wants to take one game at a time while Blake Griffin is on mend

Doc Rivers/Photo by Associated Press

 

The Clippers (35-19) have 28 games remaining in the regular season beginning Thursday night when they play host to the San Antonio Spurs (34-19) in the first game for both teams following the All-Star break.

Blake Griffin, who has missed the past three games because of a staph infection in his right elbow – he had surgery to remove it Feb. 9 – figures to miss at least eight  of those remaining games, so coach Doc Rivers on Wednesday was queried as to what he is hopeful of accomplishing while Griffin is on the mend.

“Right now, Blake’s out,” Rivers said, “so right now we want to see individual games and try to squeeze out as many wins as we can. That’s the mode we have to be in right now. When Blake comes back, then we can start rebuilding and getting ready for the next step. But right now, we’re just trying to go game-to-game and focus that way.”

The Clippers are sixth in the Western Conference standings, a half-game behind fifth-place Dallas (36-19) and a half-game ahead of seventh-place San Antonio.

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Blake Griffin discusses timeline that led to discovery of staph infection in elbow

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin on Wednesday told reporters that his right elbow is feeling better after surgery Feb. 9 to remove a staph infection. He didn’t provide a timetable for his return, but he’s expected out anywhere from three to six weeks.

Griffin said he first noticed there might be a problem two days after having the elbow drained on Feb. 2 while the team was in Brooklyn.

“A couple of days later, started feeling something in  my elbow,” Griffin said. “I got sick at the same time, but didn’t really put the two together. I’ve gotten my elbow drained 20 times in my life and never had a problem, so I didn’t really think anything of it.

“And then Thursday (Feb. 5) before the Cleveland game, it was really giving me a lot of problems and then after the game I couldn’t extend my elbow without pain. I didn’t think I was going to be able to play in Toronto, but over that 24-hour span, that’s when I knew something was wrong.”

Griffin did play in the Clippers’ 123-107 loss at Toronto on Feb. 6 and scored 26 points with nine assists and six rebounds. But he did not play two days later at Oklahoma City, where he was sent to the hospital and the staph infection was discovered.

The Clippers lost big (131-108) at OKC, but came back to beat Dallas (115-98) at Dallas and Houston (110-95) at Staples Center before the All-Star break, giving the Clippers (35-19) a 2-1 record without Griffin, their leading scorer and arguably their best player.

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Jamal Crawford says he can’t worry about trade rumors containing his name

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford told reporters earlier this season that he’s gotten used to hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors, and he was hearing them again this week. Ever the professional, Crawford said he is not concerned.

“At the end of the day, I can’t worry about stuff I can’t control,” Crawford said Wednesday at practice. “I just have to do my job and be as professional as possible, whether something changes or nothing changes.”
Crawford previously said that while he would love to continue playing for the Clippers, he would have no problem playing elsewhere.

Again, he’s a pro.

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Report: Blake Griffin’s attorney given more time to resolve misdemeanor case

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin’s attorney – Richard Schonfeld – for the second time in a month Monday was given more time to resolve a misdemeanor battery charge Griffin is facing for allegedly grabbing the cell phone of Daniel Schuman and slapping him inside Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas on Oct. 19. Griffin allegedly was unhappy that Schuman was taking photos of him and some Clippers teammates.

Schonfeld in January was also granted more time to try and resolve the issue out of court. He now has until March 24 to do so, according to a report by the Associated Press. Griffin did not appear in court with Schonfeld.

 

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VIDEO: DeAndre Jordan’s got a new dance, and it goes like this

DeAndre Jordan did not make the Western Conference All-Star team, so he didn’t have to save any energy for a trip to New York City, where the game was played this past Sunday. In the Clippers’ final game before the break, this past Wednesday, Jordan scored 24 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in another terrific performance in his team’s 110-95 victory over the Houston Rockets. Jordan, who also had three steals, two assists and two blocks, also had plenty of juice while he was on the bench. Check out this new dance by the man referred to as D.J. by fans and teammates alike:

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What, if anything, will Clippers do ahead of Thursday’s trading deadline?

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

With the NBA trading deadline set for Thursday at noon Pacific time, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, the Clippers do to strengthen themselves for the stretch run of the regular season. For the Clippers, that amounts to 28 games.

There was a chance the Clippers would land big man Amar’e Stoudemire, who Monday was waived by the New York Knicks. With Blake Griffin out for probably a month with an elbow injury, Stoudemire could have helped the Clippers. But an ESPN.com report has indicated that Stoudemire has agreed to join another Western Conference playoff-bound team – the Dallas Mavericks. ESPN.com cited league sources.

The Clippers at 35-19 are currently sixth in the Western Conference standings, a half-game behind Dallas (36-19), a half-game ahead of seventh-place San Antonio and six games in front of eighth-place Phoenix (29-25).

The Clippers, of course, would like to get into the top four in the conference before the end of the season so they can have homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They are only 1 1/2 games behind fourth-place Houston (36-17).

 

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Zach LaVine NBA dunk contest highlights

Spencer Hawes called it – Zach LaVine runs away with dunk contest:

Hawes wasn’t the only one, of course, but LaVine put the excitement back in the contest. The highlights are good morning viewing.

More – photo gallery of Zach LaVine from his season at UCLA.

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