Austin Rivers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Austin Rivers and his father Doc Rivers officially made history when Austin entered the Clippers’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at 2:24 of the first quarter. Doc Rivers is the first coach in NBA history to coach his son on his team.
The Clippers led the Cavs 33-28 after the first quarter.
Austin Rivers earned an an assist shortly after entering the game when he tossed an outlet pass to Blake Griffin, who threw down a dunk.
J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Over the past nine days the Clippers had four players who were on the roster at the beginning of the season leave town. Jared Cunningham was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, Reggie Bullock and Chris Douglas- Roberts left in the three-team deal that brought in Austin Rivers and Jordan Farmar was waived Friday.
J.J. Redick weighed in on the turnover at the morning shootaround ahead of Friday night’s game against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.
“The personal side of it is always tough and then from the business side of it, any time you make a trade the next day is always weird,” Redick said. “That’s the best way to describe it. And then you get a game, so it’s back to business.”
Jordan Farmar/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers on Friday announced they have waived backup point guard Jordan Farmar a day after they completed a three-team trade that brought shooting guard Austin Rivers – son of coach Doc Rivers – to the Clippers.
Farmar was in his eighth NBA season, first with the Clippers, for whom he averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 assists in 36 games while averaging 14.7 minutes of playing time.
Farmar began his career by playing four seasons with the Lakers.
Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
It was late Wednesday night, less than 24 hours before the Clippers would announce they shipped off Chris Douglas-Roberts and Reggie Bullock to get Austin Rivers – son of Doc Rivers – in a three-team deal Thursday afternoon. The Clippers had just beaten the Portland Trail Blazers, thanks in part to 25 points off the bench from Jamal Crawford.
Clippers players knew there were deals in the works if for no other reason than the rumors were everywhere. Crawford, ever the pro, was asked about not knowing who was coming or going, and he gave that perfect answer.
“You just go to worry about the stuff we can control,” he said. “Whoever comes in here, we have to welcome with open arms and continue to be professional.”
Austin Rivers is guarded by Kobe Bryant of the Lakers/Photo by Associated Press
The Clippers on Thursday afternoon announced they have acquired guard Austin Rivers from the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team deal that also included the Phoenix Suns.
Once the younger Rivers plays his first second for his father, Clippers coach Doc Rivers, he will become the first in the NBa to play under his father, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Coby Karl had a very brief stint with the Denver Nuggets at the end of the 2009-10 season while his father George Karl was head coach. But George Karl was on leave with throat cancer and Coby Karl did not stay with the team the following season. He never played a minute for his father or the Nuggets, who waived him that August.
The deal will see the Clippers send small foward Reggie Bullock to the Phoenix Suns and swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts to the Celtics, who also will get power forward Shavlik Randolph from Phoenix as well as a 2017 second-round draft pick from the Clippers.
Austin Rivers, 22, began this – his third season in the league – with the New Orleans Pelicans. He was recently traded to the Celtics before coming to the Clippers. He averaged 6.8 points and 2.5 assists in 35 games this season for New Orleans.
Austin Rivers played one year at Duke University in 2011-12. He averaged 15.5 points.
The younger Rivers is listed as a shooting guard, but he could be the new backup to point guard Chris Paul as current backup Jordan Farmar is expected to be waived, according to multiple reports. Then again, the Clippers are reportedly interested in point guard Nate Robinson, who was recently traded from Denver to the Celtics but then had his contract bought out, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.
Bullock, 23, was drafted 25th in the first round by the Clippers in 2013. In parts of two seasons, Bullock averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 68 games.
Douglas-Roberts, 28, came to the Clippers during the off-season. Injuries limited him to just 12 games this season. He averaged 1.6 points.
Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
After the Clippers defeated the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers 100-94 Wednesday at Portland, point guard Chris Paul was asked if the team had previously had a victory of this quality this season. The one that would seem to come close was the 100-86 victory on Christmas over Golden State, but that was at Staples Center.
The Trail Blazers (30-9) were 18-3 at home.
“I think right now I’m just more focused on how we’re playing,” Paul said post-game. “I think tonight was a great game for us to show what we’re capable of, and we had everybody into the game. It was a good win.”
DeAndre Jordan had 17 points while shooting 8 of 8 and grabbed 18 rebounds Wednesday night in Portland/Photo by Associated Press
- Jamal Crawford’s team-leading 25 points were big. They played a large role in getting the Clippers the victory, but he also once again showed the ability to come back from an off game, such as Sunday’s when he shot just 1 of 9 from the field and scored only four points in the Clippers’ loss to the Miami Heat.
- That the Clippers won this game on the road against a terrific home team – the Trail Blazers were 18-3 at Moda Center going in – makes this one of the best victories of the season for Los Angeles. Portland – now 30-9 – resides in second place in the Western Conference standings, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Golden State (31-5). The Clippers (26-13) are still sixth, but just a half-game behind Dallas (27-13).
- One of the keys in this victory was holding Portland point guard Damian Lillard to below his seasons averages in points and assists. He entered averaging 22.2 points and 6.3 assists. The Clippers held him to 15 points on just 6 of 15 shooting and four assists in 37 minutes.
- The Clippers – known this season for being inconsistent – never had a real bad stretch. Their biggest deficit was six points in the fourth quarter and they overcame that. Portland led 2-0 and then did not take another lead until early in the fourth quarter at 76-74. This is a big deal because again, this was Portland at home.
- What was interesting about this victory is that the Clippers shot just 42 percent from the field with Blake Griffin (7 of 20), J.J. Redick (3 of 12) and Chris Paul (6 of 18) shooting a combined 16 of 50, which equates to 32 percent combined for those three. But the Clippers held the Trail Blazers to just 40.2 percent shooting, 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from 3-point range. Defense wins games, and championships.
Jamal Crawford had 25 points in Wednesday’s win at Portland/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
One thing about Jamal Crawford, he doesn’t stay down very long. After shooting 1 of 9 from the field in Sunday’s loss to visiting Miami, Crawford scored 25 points on 10 of 22 – 4 of 11 from 3-point range – to lead the Clippers to an impressive 100-94 victory at Portland on Wednesday night.
The Trail Blazers (30-9) entered with a record of 18-3 at home.
With the Clippers (26-13) leading by just just three points, Crawford buried a 21-footer for a 94-89 Clippers advantage with 2:04 left in the game.
For a team that has been asked time and again about its inconsistencies and its inability to beat good teams more than good teams beat them, this was a huge victory to be sure.
Chris Paul scored 23 points and doled out 10 assists, but shot just 6 of 18 as the Clippers shot 42 percent from the field. DeAndre Jordan scored 17 points and 18 rebounds in another powerful effort and Blake Griffin had 18 points with Matt Barnes getting 10 points and seven rebounds.
LaMarcus Aldridge led everyone with 37 points on 14 of 28 shooting and 12 rebounds.
Jamal Crawford had 15 points in the first half Wednesday night in Portland
The Clippers hold a 50-49 halftime lead over the host Portland Trail Blazers at halftime at Moda Center in Portland, thanks in large part to Jamal Crawford and DeAndre Jordan. Crawford scored 15 points in the half and Jordan scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin each scored eight points and Paul doled out seven assists; Griffin had just two rebounds.
This is a very difficult place to play as Portland (30-8) is 18-3 at home, so this was a good half for the Clippers (25-13). The question is, can the Clippers sustain their play for another half?
Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 22 points in the half. Damian Lillard had just three points.
DeAndre Jordan scored eight points in the first quarter Wednesday night at Portland
The Clippers (25-13) played very well in the first quarter Wednesday night in Portland. Led by eight points from DeAndre Jordan and six from Blake Griffin, they led the Trail Blazers (30-8) by a score of 27-21 after one.
Jamal Crawford contributed five points off the bench and Chris Paul and J.J. Redick each scored 4.
Portland got 12 points from LaMarcus Aldridge.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is on hand.