J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
J.J. Redick will be among those competing in the 3-point shooting contest at this year’s All-Star game weekend Feb. 13-15 in New York City, according to a report on Yahoo.com, which cited league sources.
Others expected to compete are Splash Brothers Klay Thompson and Steph Curry of Golden State as well as Kyle Korver of Atlanta and Wesley Matthews of Portland. There is one more spot available.
Korver is shooting a ridiculous league-high 53.1 percent from 3-point range, Thompson is at 45.8, Redick at 44.1, Matthews at 39.9 and Curry is shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Marco Belinelli of San Antonio is the defending champion in this event.
Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Forward Matt Barnes on Tuesday was fined $25,000 for what the NBA said was directing inappropriate language at a fan, it was announced by Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations for the NBA.
A news release stated the incident took place with 4:28 left in the second quarter of the Clippers’ 120-100 victory over the Suns at US Airways Center in Phoenix.
However, Barnes took to Twitter to let everyone know it wasn’t a fan he was exchanging pleasantries with:
“Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn’t told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns….”
“..Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn’t SNITCH I get fined!!” #thecode
Robert Sarver is the majority owner of the Suns.
If not for Jamal Crawford on Monday, the Clippers never would have beaten the Denver Nuggets 102-98 at Staples Center. Crawford scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and check out the love shown him by teammate DeAndre Jordan during an on-court post-game interview:
On top of everything else Jamal Crawford did in Monday’s 102-98 victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets – he scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter – Crawford made this spectacular assist to Matt Barnes as he was heading out of bounds. Barnes’ layup gave the Clippers a 96-94 lead with 1:24 to play in the game. Check it out:
Jamal Crawford scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of Monday’s win against Denver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- Jamal Crawford. He entered the game having made just 20 of his previous 62 shots (32.2 percent) and began this game 1 of 6. Just like that, he gets really hot and scores 21 points in the fourth quarter to finish with a game-high 23. Without Crawford, the Clippers lose this one. No question about it.
- Yes, that was Matt Barnes on the sideline late trying to stretch out a strained abdominal muscle. Coach Doc Rivers said it was why Barnes missed a recent practice and that he must have aggravated it. As of now, he is still a go for Wednesday at Utah, a game that begins the eight-game Grammy road trip. Barnes scored 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting.
- Blake Griffin did not shoot well, making just 6 of 17 from the field for 14 points. But with 10 assists and nine rebounds, he was just one rebound short of a triple-double.
- J.J. Redick played just two seconds of the fourth quarter. That’s because Crawford played all 12 minutes, and there was no way he was coming out the way he was going. Redick, the starter at shooting guard, made just 2 of 10 shots. That did not help his cause.
- The Clippers are shooting 74.9 percent on the season from the free-throw line. They made 19 of 22 in this one for a whopping 86.4 percent. Another reason why they came out on top.
Jamal Crawford scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of Monday’s win over Denver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Jamal Crawford had all of two points through three quarters Monday against the Denver Nuggets. He finished with 23 as the Clippers rallied for a 102-98 victory at Staples Center.
Denver coach Brian Shaw afterward talked about his team’s failed attempt to corral Crawford, the two-time Sixth-Man of the Year.
“In the fourth quarter I thought we fell asleep a few times when (Crawford) was off the ball and he was able to get some clean looks coming off of picks shooting the ball,” Shaw said. “We stunted at their lesser shooters a couple of times. We rotated over to Matt Barnes, so instead of making him be the one to shoot the ball and finish, he was able to swing it to Crawford a couple of times. That was one of the points of emphasis for us, to try and control Crawford coming off the bench.”
DeAndre Jordan had four blocked shots in the first half Monday against Denver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
After a poor first quarter the Clippers roared back to outscore the Denver Nuggets 30-16 to take a 50-47 lead into intermission on Monday night at Staples Center.
DeAndre Jordan had four blocked shots in the half, three in the final minute – two on one possession. Chris Paul scored nine points, Blake Griffin had eight and Matt Barnes and Jordan scored seven apiece.
Wilson Chandler led Denver with 13 first-half points, all of them coming in the first quarter.
Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Nuggets led the Clippers by as many as 16 points at 31-15 before settling for a 31-20 lead over the Clippers after one quarter.
Hedo Turkoglu hit a 3-point basket with about 20 seconds left in the quarter and then Austin Rivers made a layup with 0.7 seconds left as the Clippers scored the final five points of the quarter.
Chris Paul led the Clippers (30-14) with six points in the quarter, Wilson Chandler had 13 for Denver (18-26).
DeAndre Jordan, top, and Chris Paul will find out Thursday if they were selected by Western Conference coaches as reserves for next month’s All-Star game/Photos courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Blake Griffin was the lone member of the Clippers to be voted into next month’s All-Star game by the fans. But the Clippers public relations department is making a hard push to have Paul and Jordan selected by the coaches. Upon arrival Monday at Staples Center, reporters found flyers with “Chris Paul for All-Star 2015″ and “DeAndre Jordan for All-Star 2015″ on them.
Paul was averaging 17.5 points, 9.8 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.93 steals before Monday and was first in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.61.Jordan was averaging a league-high 13.4 rebounds, 2.39 blocks (second) and a league-best 73.4 percent from the field; of course, Jordan’s shooting range is about three feet. Jordan was also averaging 10.3 points.
Reserves will be announced Thursday.
Matt Barnes on Sunday puts up a shot against Eric Bledsoe of Phoenix/Photo by Associated Press
Even with just a few minutes left and a lead of 17 points (101-94) over the Phoenix Suns following a 15-0 run Sunday, Clippers coach Doc Rivers intimated he didn’t think his team was out of the woods because of how rapidly Phoenix can get on an offensive roll.
“We talked about it before the game; Phoenix doesn’t go away,” said Rivers, whose team won 120-100 at US Airways Center in Phoenix. “There’s no lead safe when you have Isaiah Thomas and (Eric) Bledsoe and (Goran) Dragic and Gerald Green on the other team. Honest to goodness, with three minutes left, I did not feel safe.
“That’s who they are. They’re capable and you have to keep your focus when you’re playing them.”
The Clippers (30-14) on Monday night host the Denver Nuggets (18-26) at 7:30.