Chris Paul says DeAndre Jordan needs to just ‘keep doing what he’s doing’

DeAndre Jordan

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

 

DeAndre Jordan scored 20 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and blocked three shots in the Clippers’ 111-107 Game 2 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night at Staples Center. But he was just 6 of 17 from the free-throw line as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich used the ever-popular (with other coaches) Hack-a-DJ ploy.

Jordan’s free-throw percentage for the game was 35.2, lower than his 39.7 average during the regular season.

Teammate Chris Paul was asked after the game what he would say to Jordan in this regard.

“Nothing,” Paul said. “Tell him to keep doing what he’s doing and get ready for Game 3, just like all of us. We win as a team, we lose as a team. D.J. is fine. We’ll be ready for Game 3.”

It’s interesting to note that Jordan shot 12 free throws from the 5:43 mark of the fourth quarter until there was 2:50 left. He made four. During that time the Clippers went from trailing 88-80 to trailing by just 90-88.

The Western Conference first-round playoff series is tied 1-1. The teams will tangle Friday and Sunday in Games 3 and 4 at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

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J.J. Redick: Poor free-throw shooting in Game 2 loss not all on DeAndre Jordan

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The Clippers shot just 54.1 percent (20 of 37) from the free-throw line in Wednesday’s 111`-107 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series, which is tied 1-1. Eleven of those 17 misses came from DeAndre Jordan, who was 6 of 17 and again fell prey to Hack-a-DJ. But guard J.J. Redick pointed out it wasn’t all on Jordan.

“We had some opportunities (at the line),” Redick said. “They went to Hack-a-DJ, but even with that, I missed a tech (technical-foul free throw), Matt Barnes
missed a couple. Just uncharacteristic. Down the stretch, those one or two points certainly matter in the end.”

Barnes was 1 of 4 from the free-throw line and shot just 1 of 10 from the field. He did grab 10 rebounds.

Game 3 is Friday at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Game 4 is Sunday there.

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Blake Griffin scores 19 points, but Tim Duncan and Spurs lead 52-47 at break

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Blake Griffin had 19 points in the first half Wednesday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Tim Duncan showed his Hall of Fame talent in the first half Wednesday when he scored 16 points on 8 of 9 shooting to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 52-47 lead over the Clippers at the break in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Blake Griffin of the Clippers was nearly as good, scoring 19 points on 9 of 13 from the field.

The Clippers lead the series 1-0.

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Spurs shoot 55 percent in the first quarter, lead Clippers 28-24 after one

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After shooting just 36.6 percent in their 107-92 Game 1 loss to the Clippers on Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs shot 55 percent in the first quarter of Game 2 Wednesday and led the Clippers 28-24 heading into the second quarter.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with eight points. Chris Paul scored nine for the Clippers.

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Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich bummed out about OKC’s Scott Brooks firing

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Both Clippers coach Doc Rivers and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich bemoaned the firing Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks on Wednesday. Brooks led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012, where they lost to the Miami Heat. He was at the helm for seven years.

OKC just missed making the playoffs this season, but injuries – especially to reigning MVP Kevin Durant – played a role in that.

“I don’t know if saddened is the right word, but he’s a terrific coach, I think we all know that,” Rivers said before his team’s Game 2 of its playoff series against San Antonio. “It’s our business, I guess. I was just surprised. But right when you hear evaluating, from a coaching standpoint you know what that means. It was just too bad. He had a lot of injuries and stuff like that. That’s a tough blow.”

Said Popovich: “It’s sad when a colleague is let go, obviously. We’re all in situations where it’s pretty volatile, ever-changing, that’s for sure. But Scotty Brooks has done a heck of a job. He’s a hard-working, talented coach, good man and he won’t have to wait very long to be a head coach again.”

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DeAndre Jordan wants his Clippers to ‘protect’ their homecourt advantage

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DeAndre Jordan does not want to leave to San Antonio with anything less than a 2-0 lead in the Clippers’ Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Spurs. The teams will tangle Wednesday night in Game 2 at Staples Center after the Clippers took the first game 107-92 there Sunday.

“It was important for Game 1,” Jordan said Tuesday, when asked about setting the tone with the Game 1 victory. “Game 2 is going to be totally different. I think it’s important for us to protect homecourt. We didn’t do a good job of that last playoffs we had. We lost Game 6 on our home court, so that’s not something we want to give up again.”

The Clippers were knocked out in the second round of the 2014 playoffs when Oklahoma City beat them in Game 6 at Staples Center. That was on the heels of the Clippers blowing Game 5 at OKC.

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Doc Rivers just wants his Clippers to be themselves for Game 2 against Spurs

Doc Rivers chats with Chris Paul during a recent game/Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News

 

Clippers coach Doc Rivers has said it a million times – he just wants his team to be itself. It was therefore no surprise Tuesday morning to hear what he said when a reporter asked him what kind of mind-set the Clippers will take into Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Spurs on Wednesday night at 7:30 at Staples Center. The Clippers took Game 1 by a score of 107-92.

“It’s the same one,” Rivers said. “I mean, we’re not going to change our mind-set. We just have to play hard, we have to attack and we have to be us.”

 

 

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Doc Rivers loved the energy Clippers faithful brought to Staples Center

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Matt Barnes sent Clippers fans into a frenzy when in the third quarter he got into a vicious wrestling match for the ball with San Antonio’s Aron Baynes that spilled out of bounds and into photographers sitting on the end line/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

There has been plenty of talk this season – not all good – about how there always seems to be a decent amount of opposing fans at Clippers home games. Sometimes, it’s felt like there were just as many of them as Clippers fans.

There was very little of that Sunday in the Clippers’ 107-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their playoff series at Staples Center. The crowd was electric, and 98 percent of it rooted for the Clippers.

It did not go unnoticed by coach Doc Rivers.

“It was awesome. I agree,” Rivers said. “I thought it was better than the Golden State game last year (in Game 7 of that first-round series). They had energy, and they had energy throughout. It’s amazing … that your team needs energy sometimes from your crowd. I thought they did that for us tonight.”

Game 2 is Wednesday night at Staples Center.

 

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