Chris Paul has interesting thought on perhaps making it to conference finals

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

Chris Paul on Sunday night had an interesting response when asked what it means to the team to have a chance Tuesday to become the first team in franchise history to make it to the Western Conference semifinals.

The Clippers had just walloped the Houston Rockets 128-95 in Game 4 of the semifinals, giving the Clippers a 3-1 lead. A victory in Game 5 on Tuesday in Houston will do the trick.

“It means that us as a team have an opportunity to win on Tuesday,” he said. “Yeah, I mean, it’s about us, not about the Clippers’ franchise and all that. It’s about us in that locker room and we’ve just got to go out there and play.”

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Hack-a-DJ sends DeAndre Jordan to FT line 28 times in half, Clippers up 60-54

 

 

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

With Hack-a-DJ being used to disgusting proportions, the Clippers on Sunday took a 60-54 lead over the Houston Rockets into the halftime break of Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinals at Staples Center.

Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points apiece in the half. Rockets coach Kevin McHale went to the Hack-a-DJ in the first quarter, with Jordan shooting 14 free throws, making seven. He shot 14 more in the second quarter, but made just three more to finish 10 of 28.

Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford scored eight points apiece and Austin Rivers had seven.

Trevor Ariza led Houston with 15 first-half points and Terrence Jones and James Harden each scored 10.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Clippers’ Doc Rivers believes Chris Paul will nurse hamstring injury through rest of playoffs

"Clippers#3 Chris Paul drives around Rockets#1 Trevor Ariza in the first quarter. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Houston Rockets in the game 3 of the second round of the NBA iWestern Conference Playoffs. Los Angeles, CA 5/8/2015 (Photo by John McCoy Daily News)"

“Clippers#3 Chris Paul drives around Rockets#1 Trevor Ariza in the first quarter. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Houston Rockets in the game 3 of the second round of the NBA iWestern Conference Playoffs. Los Angeles, CA 5/8/2015 (Photo by John McCoy Daily News)”

A week has passed since Clippers guard Chris Paul strained his left hamstring, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers expects the injury will last much longer. Possibly until June, assuming the Clippers are still playing.

“You know it will be with him through the playoffs,” Rivers said before the Clippers hosted Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston Rockets at Staples Center. “We’re going to have to monitor this throughout. It’s never going to go away. Once they start, it doesn’t go away. We have to feel careful.”

Paul will play in Game 4 after posting 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting and seven assists through 23 minutes in a Game 3 victory over Houston on Friday that gave the Clippers a 2-1 series lead. That happened after Paul sat in the first two games in Houston. Yet, Rivers said he and Clippers trainer Jason Powell have not concluded how they will handle his workload in Game 4.

“He’s more confident,” Rivers said of Paul. “That helps. I know he feels better than he did two days ago. That should help. I’m not sure if we are going to increase minutes or not yet.”

RELATED:
Rockets’ Dwight Howard sparks mild reaction from L.A. crowd in Game 3 loss
Clippers’ Chris Paul says he’s good to go for Game 4
Austin Rivers proving Doc did right thing bringing him to Clippers

Follow L.A. Daily News’ Mark Medina on Twitter and on Facebook. E-mail him at mark.medina@langnews.com

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Five things to take from Clippers’ 124-99 Game 3 victory over the Rockets

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

– First and foremost, I wonder how many haters out there still think Doc Rivers should not have brought his son Austin to the team in mid-January. Every time this 22-year-old has had a not-so-good showing, the Rivers duo has been ripped on Twitter. I’d like to see those same haters give credit where credit is due and tweet something positive. The younger Rivers had 25 points and shot 10 of 13 in this one. He was personally responsible for turning a close game into a rout. This is his third huge performance in 10 postseason games.

– The Clippers did a good job of holding James Harden to just five attempts from the free-throw line. That means they are playing good defense without fouling.
Harden was 15 of 15 from the free-throw line in Houston’s Game 2 victory.

Chris Paul did just fine in his first game of this series after missing the first two with a strained left hamstring. Though he hid it well, one could tell he is not 100 percent just yet. But he said Saturday at practice that he’s fine and ready to roll in Game 4 Sunday. He had 12 points and seven assists Friday in 23-plus restricted minutes.

– The forgotten man, Spencer Hawes, was called on in this game after Blake Griffin took two early fouls. Hawes, who now has played in only four of the 10 postseason games, hit his first and only shot attempt – an 18-footer. He also had three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 11-plus energetic minutes. “He played great,” Doc Rivers said. The Clippers may need to see more of Hawes, who, when he’s playing well can make a difference.

– With all the hoopla about Austin Rivers, let’s not forget how spectacular J.J. Redick was. Not only did he do a nice job of helping guard Harden, he scored a game-high 31 points. He made 11 of 14 from the field, 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Chris Paul has six points, six assists as Clippers lead Rockets 64-57 at half

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

J.J. Redick scored 16 points and Blake Griffin had 13 and the Clippers took a 64-57 lead over the Houston Rockets into the halftime break of Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series at Staples Center.

Chris Paul, playing for the first time in the series – which is tied 1-1 – because of a strained left hamstring, played 16 minutes and scored six points while doing out six assists. He made 3 of 9 from the field.

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford had nine points.

Dwight Howard led Houston with 14 points in the half, Terrence Jones scored 12, Jason Terry 11 and James Harden 10.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Chris Paul will start Game 3 against Rockets, minutes to be restricted

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Point guard Chris Paul will be in the starting lineup when the Clippers take the floor at Staples Center against the Houston Rockets on Friday night for Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series that is tied 1-1.

Paul did not play in the first two games because of a strained left hamstring.

“He is definitely playing,” coach Doc Rivers said during his pregame news conference. “Minutes-wise, we definitely are going to restrict his minutes. A lot of it will be visually, but we will restrict his minutes, for sure.”

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Matt Barnes fined $50,000 for verbal sparring with James Harden’s mom

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes told reporters at the Friday morning shootaround he expected to get fined for remarks made to a fan who turned out to be the mother of Houston Rockets’ guard James Harden during Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinals series Wednesday at Toyota Center in Houston.

Sure enough, he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for what it termed inappropriate language.

“We’ve made our peace,” Barnes said, before he was officially fined, of he and Harden’s mother, Monja Willis. “We’ve spoken twice since the incident. She said something, I said something back.”

Barnes said he had heard about some of what he supposedly said.

“I’ve heard speculation as to what I allegedly said, which is crazy,” Barnes said. “Crazy, untrue, crazy. But it is what it is.”

Barnes, who said he received a “tongue-lashing” from Clippers coach Doc Rivers, wouldn’t say what was actually said.

“That’s between her and I,” he said.

Barnes had just received a technical foul late in the first quarter Wednesday after bumping Harden. Barnes said he didn’t know who was chirping at him.

“I had no idea who it was,” he said. “I didn’t find out who it was until I was on the bus. But I saw D.J. (DeAndre Jordan) speak to her at halftime as well and I was like, ‘Who was that?’ He’s like, ‘Jame’s Harden’s mom.’ “I was like, ‘Oh, God, that’s going to make it a hundred times worse.’ I don’t know her, I don’t really know James too well and like I said, we’ve made our peace and we’re focused on winning this game.”

All that said, Barnes – speaking in generalities – doesn’t like the idea that fans can say whatever they want without suffering any repercussions.

“Well, what’s crazy is they can say anything and everything from things about our kids to our wives to anything and we say one thing and they run and tell and next thing you know, I’m proably going to get fined $25,000,” he said, before knowing it was $50,000. “So, I think I heard D.J. say and D-Wade (Dwyane Wade) said it before, you know, we’re human, too. You know what I mean?

“But they can pick and prod us like animals in a cage and run and tell when we respond. So if you don’t want nothing said to you, don’t say nothing to begin
with.”

Rivers wouldn’t say what he said to Barnes.

“I’m not going to talk about that much,” he said prior to Friday’s Game 3 tip-off at Staples Center. “I just was not pleased. I made that clear. And I made it clear to Matt and the entire team. So I’m just going to leave it at that.”

Harden talked briefly about the incident at the Rockets’ morning shootaround.

“Any situation where you’re talking about somebody else’s parents, that’s just disrespectful,” Harden said. “I’m focused on Game 3 and we’re very focused and locked in. There will be some great intensity tonight.”

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Houston’s James Harden calls it “disrespectful” Matt Barnes talked trash to his mom

"HOUSTON, TX - MAY 06:  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets walks across the court late in the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Two in the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)"

“HOUSTON, TX – MAY 06: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets walks across the court late in the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Two in the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)”

The NBA playoffs took on a new twist surrounding Houston guard James Harden and Clippers forward Matt Barnes.

The implications have more than just how the Clippers break a 1-1 tie when they host the Rockets in Game 3 of Western Conference semifinals on Friday at Staples Center. Or how the Clippers will stop Harden, the NBA’s runner-up MVP averaging 27.4 points on 44 percent shooting and 7.0 assists thus far in the postseason. Harden hardly sounded pleased that Barnes talked trash with his mother during the Clippers’ Game 2 loss on Wednesday.

“Any situation where you’re talking about somebody else’s parents, that’s just disrespectful,” Harden said after the Rockets’ morning shootaround at Staples Center. “I’m focused on Game 3 and we’re very focused and locked in. There will be some great intensity tonight.”

Barnes has since said he apologized Harden’s mom, explaining he thought he was just arguing with another fan. This happened shortly after Barnes picked up a technical foul for bumping in Harden. His mother, Monja Willis, since told TMZ that she accepted Barnes’ apology.

Does all of this resolve the issue?

“I’m not focused on that,” Harden said. “I’m focused on Game 3. We’re going to go out there, compete and try to get a victory on the road.”
Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Clippers’ Doc Rivers still unsure about Chris Paul’s availability for Game 3

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul signals from the sidelines during the first half of Game 1 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Monday, May 4, 2015, in Houston. Chris Paul is out for game 1 with a strained left hamstring. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul signals from the sidelines during the first half of Game 1 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Monday, May 4, 2015, in Houston. Chris Paul is out for game 1 with a strained left hamstring. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Less than a week ago, Chris Paul left a lasting impression by securing a first-round series on a game-winning bank shot while hobbling a strained left hamstring.

Since then, the only images of Paul has entailed sitting on the Clippers’ bench in dapper clothing, while mentoring his teammates. Behind the scenes, however, Paul has furiously worked to heal his hamstring so he can help the Clippers break a 1-1 series tie when they host the Houston Rockets for Game 3 on Friday at Staples Center.

“I think everything is going well,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Thursday on a conference call. “But we still don’t know anything about tomorrow yet.”
Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email