Five things to take from Clippers’ 125-107 loss at Golden State

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Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

- Forward Matt Barnes went 1-for-7 from the field. That makes his 3-for-31 during the exhibition season. That equates to 9.3 percent.

- The Warriors shot 59 percent overall from the field, 59.1 percent (13 of 22) from 3-point range. That is the third time in six exhibition games a team has shot better than 45 percent from beyond the arc against the Clippers. Portland shot 68 percent (17 of 25) on Oct. 12. The next day the Utah Jazz shot 46.7 (14 of 30).

- The Clippers shot just 38.6 percent from the field. It was the second consecutive game in which they have shot under 40 percent. Their highest shooting percentage came this past Friday when they shot 44.6 percent in their only exhibition victory – 101-97 over Utah.

- While it’s true the Clippers rested Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in this one, they were still within just two points at halftime. They were then outscored by 16 in the second half. They scored 47 points in the second half after scoring 60 in the first.

- There was some good news. The Clippers, who have struggled from the free-throw line, shot 80.5 percent (33 of 41). That’s their highest percentage during the exhibition season; they have twice shot under 60 percent. Spencer Hawes (3-for-3), Chris Douglas-Roberts (4-for-4) and Jamal Crawford (5-for-5) were perfect. J.J. Redick was 6 of 7. DeAndre Jordan was 3 of 6.

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Warriors run away from Clippers in second half in Oakland

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Jared Cunningham

Jared Cunningham/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Down by just two points at halftime, the Clippers did not have a strong second half and the result was a 125-107 loss Tuesday night at Golden State. The Clippers are now 1-5 in exhibition play with just two games left before the regular season begins Oct. 30 against Oklahoma City.

Leading just 62-60 at the break, the Warriors outscored the Clippers 35-25 in the third quarter to lead by 12 (97-85) heading into the fourth quarter.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were given the night off.

Guard Jared Cunningham led the Clippers with 23 points, but he was just 6 of 15 from the field as the Clippers shot just 38.6 percent from the field. J.J. Redick scored 21, also shooting 6 of 15. Spencer Hawes, starting in place of Griffin, scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. And DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block; he did most of that damage in the first half.

Matt Barnes’ shooting woes continued. Heading in he had made just 2 of 24 from the field. He went 1 of 7 Tuesday and is now 3 of 31.

Jamal Crawford scored 10 off the bench, but shot just 2 of 8.

Also, Golden State (5-2) not only shot a robust 59 percent – 59.1 percent from 3-pont range (13 of 22) – they outrebounded the Clippers 46-31. The Warriors’ Stephen Curry led everyone with 27 points. Six other Warriors scored in double figures.

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DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick do big damage in first half at Golden State

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J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

DeAndre Jordan scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, doled out four assists, made two steals and had one block in the first half of Tuesday night’s game at Golden State. But the Warriors held a 62-60 lead; the Clippers led 33-27 after one quarter.

J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 18 points in the half and Spencer Hawes, who started in place of the idle Blake Griffin at power forward, had 10 points and four rebounds. Matt Barnes, who came in having made just 2 of 24 shots in the previous five exhibition games, made 1 of 5 from the floor and scored three points.

Jamal Crawford has seven points off the bench.

Besides Griffin, Chris Paul is getting the night off.

The Clippers shot 44.2 percent from the field in the half.

Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 12 points and Klay Thompson and Justin Holiday had seven apiece.

Golden State shot 56.8 percent from the field.

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Clippers are drawing solid interest from road fans

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Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin is certainly one reason why road crowds come to see the Clippers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Secondary ticket marketplace Vivid Seats has released its annual home and road NBA ticket price report, and it shows the Clippers drawing plenty of road interest.

The Clippers have the eighth-highest median ticket price in the league at $115. On the road, the Clippers are the fifth-most coveted team, increasing median ticket prices by 31.6 percent as the visiting team.

The Lakers come in second in both categories with a median ticket price of $165 and road value of plus-60.1 percent.

The Cleveland Cavaliers – with LeBron James again in the fold, as well as newly acquired Kevin Love – are first. They have a median ticket price of $216 and a road value of plus-138.6 percent.

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Jamal Crawford likes harmony he shares with Spencer Hawes

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Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

We wrote Monday about how newly acquired backup post Spencer Hawes likes playing alongside fellow Seattle native and sixth-man Jamal Crawford.

Safe to say, the feeling is mutual.

“I’ve know Spence since he was 17,” Crawford said. “Every summer, when we play pick-up, we play together. We’ve always been on the same team, even when he was with Philadelphia and I was with New York. For us, we have a great synergy. But we’re just trying to complement the guys that are out there.”

Crawford is 34, Hawes 26.

Crawford is averaging 21.3 points through five exhibition games. Only teammate Blake Griffin and Golden State’s Klay Thompson are averaging more and they are both at 21.6 points per game. Crawford is shooting 60.7 (17 of 28) percent from 3-point range.

 

 

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Spencer Hawes stoked about playing alongside Jamal Crawford

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Spencer Hawes

Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Even though newly acquired backup post Spencer Hawes and sixth-man Jamal Crawford are eight years apart – Hawes is 26, Crawford 34 – they are both from Seattle, so they know each other well.

Hawes believes that is helping him get acclimated to his new team.

“I’m becoming more comfortable with the first unit, more comfortable with the second unit,” Hawes said. “It’s fun playing with Jamal. We’ve been playing every summer for the last decade, and now I’m finally on his actual team. So it’s fun developing that chemistry and actually getting to put it to use in real games.

“It makes you more comfortable all-around coming to a new situation, on the court, off the court. (Jamal) is a guy that’s been one of my mentors and looked out for me since I was in high school. So it definitely makes things easier.”

Hawes is averaging 12 points and 5.6 rebounds off the bench in five exhibition games He has a high point total of 24 and a high in rebounds of eight.

 

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Clippers laying groundwork for winning over Sin City fans

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Doc Rivers/Photo courtesy of Associated Press

 

It seemed like the Clippers this past season gained more fans nationally because of the unfortunate Donald Sterling saga. Now, the Clippers are more than likely becoming somewhat popular in Sin City.

First, the Clippers held their five-day training camp there for the first time. Then they took on – and lost to – the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at one of Las Vegas’ most popular hotels – Mandalay Bay.

“It’s good for us,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We build a base here in Vegas. We held camp here, so it kind of ties it together.”

 

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Injury report featuring Douglas-Roberts, Farmar and ‘Big Baby’

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Chris Douglas-Roberts

Chris Douglas-Roberts/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Chris Douglas-Roberts sat out Saturday’s 104-93 loss to Denver at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with an ankle sprain, according to a report on Clippers.com. Douglas-Roberts is vying for the starting spot at small forward.

Also, backup guard Jordan Farmar had some back issues during the game and played only seven minutes.

And, backup post Glen “Big Baby” Davis missed his second consecutive game with a right groin strain. Coach Doc Rivers isn’t sure of the timetable for his return. He said Friday that Davis may be OK by the beginning of the regular season Oct. 30, but that he may not be in playing shape.

The Clippers, now 1-4, play their next exhibition game Tuesday at Golden State.(4-1).

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 104-93 loss to Denver Nuggets

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Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes is 2 of 24 from the field/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

- Jamal Crawford started in place of J.J. Redick, who was given the night off by coach Doc Rivers. Crawford has been a real bright spot on the offense thus far, and he was again with 23 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He made 4 of 7 from 3-point range as well as all seven of his free throws in 36 minutes. Crawford has played in four of the five exhibition games (the Clippers are 1-4). He has scored 14, 23, 25 and 23 points while making 27 of 48 (56.2 percent) from the field.

- Rivers started Australian Joe Ingles at small forward like he said he would. With Rivers still trying to confirm the starter there, Ingles did nothing eye-popping. He played 19 minutes, missed both of his field goal attempts and made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line for three points. He also had three rebounds, an assist and four personal fouls.

- What in the heck is going on with Matt Barnes? He missed all nine of his field-goal attempts, and was 0-for-6 from three-point range in 28 minutes off the bench. In playing four of the five games, Barnes is 2-for-24 from the field. Seriously. That is 8.3 percent.

- As a unit, Los Angeles shot just 37 percent (27 of 73), 24 percent (6 of 25) from 3-point range. Much of that damage was done by Barnes. Blake Griffin shot 9 of 19 and had 27 points, Chris Paul shot 5 of 13 for 13 points. Spencer Hawes, who has been real good, had an off night. He made just 1 of 4 from the field for six points. DeAndre Jordan was 4 of 4 from the field, but he missed both of his free-throw attempts.

- The Clippers had their highest free-throw percentage of the exhibition season. They made 33 of 45 for 73.3 percent. Their other percentages were 71, 59.1, 72.7 and 59.3. Besides Crawford’s 7-for-7 night, Griffin made 9 of 13. Ingles, Chris Paul and Hawes all made 3 of 4 and Jared Cunningham 7 of 9 in just eight minutes of action.

 

 

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Probable starting lineups for Clippers and Nuggets in Las Vegas

Here are the probable starting lineups for tonight’s (Saturday) game between the Clippers (1-3) and Denver Nuggets (1-4) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Clippers: PG Chris Paul, SG J.J. Redick, SF Matt Barnes, PF Blake Griffin, C DeAndre Jordan.

Nuggets: PG Ty Lawson, SG Arron Afflalo, SF Danilo Gallinari, PF Kenneth Faried, C Timofey Mozgov.

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