Five things to take from Clippers’ 119-115 victory over the San Antonio Spurs

DeAndre Jordan, left, did not let San Antonio’s hack-a-DJ ploy stop him from helping the Clippers defeat the Spurs 119-115 on Thursday at Staples Center/Staff photo by Scott Varley

 

- DeAndre Jordan’s season free-throw percentage is down to 40.8 after he made just 10 of 28 in this one while the Spurs and their coach – Gregg Popovich – tried to ruin a good game with their pathetic hack-a-DJ trash. Jordan and the Clippers got the last laugh, of course, by emerging victorious. Jordan scored 26 points with 18 rebounds and three steals. Jordan has now scored 22, 24 and 26 points in the past three games – all victories.

- The Clippers (36-19) are now 3-1 without the injured Blake Griffin. The loss was to OKC, the three wins over Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. That is very impressive.

- Glen “Big Baby” Davis had himself quite a game. Not only did he score 10 points with six rebounds, a steal and a block in 16 1/2 minutes off the bench, his enthusiasm was off the charts. More than once, after making a hustle play, Davis whooped it up with the crowd in
demonstrative fashion. Doc Rivers said were it not for Davis, the Clippers would have lost this game.

- As nice of a guy as Jamal Crawford is, it wasn’t hard to tell he wasn’t all that thrilled with his name being mentioned in trade rumors ahead of Thursday’s trading deadline. What does he do? He goes out and scores 26 points while making 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Many of those points were of the clutch variety, and Crawford also had five assists, two steals and a block.

- What can you say about Chris Paul? The man just does it all. He scored 22 points, doled out 16 assists with five rebounds while – as always – showing great leadership on the floor. More than once he took aside a teammate to calmly explain something to him during the game. OK, so he had four turnovers. But he played 40 minutes and, hey, no one’s perfect.

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VIDEO: DeAndre Jordan was fed up with hack-a-DJ by the time this was shot

By the time this video was taken in the fourth quarter, DeAndre Jordan had been the victim of way too much hack-a-DJ as the San Antonio Spurs spent several minutes in the second and fourth quarters fouling the poor free-throw-shooting Jordan every time he touched the ball. Jordan made just 10 of 28 free throws, but the Clippers still defeated the Spurs 119-115 at Staples Center on Thursday night. Suffice to say, Jordan took a little bit of his frustration out on San Antonio’s Aron Baynes. Check it out:

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VIDEO: DeAndre Jordan goes up and over Spurs’ Tim Duncan in first half

What’s this? Is DeAndre Jordan trying out for the Team USA high-jump team? Nope. He’s just trying to get a dunk to go down over San Antonio’s Tim Duncan. The Spurs led the Clippers 55-52 at halftime Thursday at Staples Center, but this play certainly drew a roar from fans:

 

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Clippers stand pat as NBA trading deadline comes and goes without move

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford survived Thursday’s trading deadline/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The NBA trading deadline came and went Thursday and the Clippers did not make a move. For fans of sixth-man Jamal Crawford, that is good news as, for some reason, he was rumored to be on the trading block..

Other Western Conference teams did, however, make moves. For example, guard Arron Afflalo went from Denver to Portland and center Enes Kanter went from Utah to Oklahoma City in a three-team deal that also sent Thunder backup point guard Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons and Thunder backup post Kendrick Perkins to Utah, as per YahooSports.

Also, Phoenix traded away guards Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas to Miami and Boston in separate deals.

The Clippers can still sign players who have been bought out by March 1 and they would be eligible for the post-season.

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Doc Rivers sometimes counsels players on trade rumors, sometimes not

Doc Rivers/Photo by Associated Press

 

With the trading deadline less than two hours away at the time of this writing, we thought it would be interesting to share what Clippers coach Doc Rivers thinks about counseling players whose names come up in trade rumors. Sometimes he speaks with them, sometimes not.
“Some guys are very sensitive, some guys are not,” he said. “But the guys who are sensitvie, even when you tell them they’re not involved or involved, you know, they’re stll going to be sensitive because for a lot of people, what they read, they believe. And I don’t get that, you know, after meeting all you guys.”
Rivers laughed.
“But it’s the truth,” he said. “When you see it in print or anything, you’re worried and, so, it’s typical.”

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Doc Rivers just wants to take one game at a time while Blake Griffin is on mend

Doc Rivers/Photo by Associated Press

 

The Clippers (35-19) have 28 games remaining in the regular season beginning Thursday night when they play host to the San Antonio Spurs (34-19) in the first game for both teams following the All-Star break.

Blake Griffin, who has missed the past three games because of a staph infection in his right elbow – he had surgery to remove it Feb. 9 – figures to miss at least eight  of those remaining games, so coach Doc Rivers on Wednesday was queried as to what he is hopeful of accomplishing while Griffin is on the mend.

“Right now, Blake’s out,” Rivers said, “so right now we want to see individual games and try to squeeze out as many wins as we can. That’s the mode we have to be in right now. When Blake comes back, then we can start rebuilding and getting ready for the next step. But right now, we’re just trying to go game-to-game and focus that way.”

The Clippers are sixth in the Western Conference standings, a half-game behind fifth-place Dallas (36-19) and a half-game ahead of seventh-place San Antonio.

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Blake Griffin discusses timeline that led to discovery of staph infection in elbow

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin on Wednesday told reporters that his right elbow is feeling better after surgery Feb. 9 to remove a staph infection. He didn’t provide a timetable for his return, but he’s expected out anywhere from three to six weeks.

Griffin said he first noticed there might be a problem two days after having the elbow drained on Feb. 2 while the team was in Brooklyn.

“A couple of days later, started feeling something in  my elbow,” Griffin said. “I got sick at the same time, but didn’t really put the two together. I’ve gotten my elbow drained 20 times in my life and never had a problem, so I didn’t really think anything of it.

“And then Thursday (Feb. 5) before the Cleveland game, it was really giving me a lot of problems and then after the game I couldn’t extend my elbow without pain. I didn’t think I was going to be able to play in Toronto, but over that 24-hour span, that’s when I knew something was wrong.”

Griffin did play in the Clippers’ 123-107 loss at Toronto on Feb. 6 and scored 26 points with nine assists and six rebounds. But he did not play two days later at Oklahoma City, where he was sent to the hospital and the staph infection was discovered.

The Clippers lost big (131-108) at OKC, but came back to beat Dallas (115-98) at Dallas and Houston (110-95) at Staples Center before the All-Star break, giving the Clippers (35-19) a 2-1 record without Griffin, their leading scorer and arguably their best player.

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Jamal Crawford says he can’t worry about trade rumors containing his name

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford told reporters earlier this season that he’s gotten used to hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors, and he was hearing them again this week. Ever the professional, Crawford said he is not concerned.

“At the end of the day, I can’t worry about stuff I can’t control,” Crawford said Wednesday at practice. “I just have to do my job and be as professional as possible, whether something changes or nothing changes.”
Crawford previously said that while he would love to continue playing for the Clippers, he would have no problem playing elsewhere.

Again, he’s a pro.

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Report: Blake Griffin’s attorney given more time to resolve misdemeanor case

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin’s attorney – Richard Schonfeld – for the second time in a month Monday was given more time to resolve a misdemeanor battery charge Griffin is facing for allegedly grabbing the cell phone of Daniel Schuman and slapping him inside Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas on Oct. 19. Griffin allegedly was unhappy that Schuman was taking photos of him and some Clippers teammates.

Schonfeld in January was also granted more time to try and resolve the issue out of court. He now has until March 24 to do so, according to a report by the Associated Press. Griffin did not appear in court with Schonfeld.

 

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VIDEO: DeAndre Jordan’s got a new dance, and it goes like this

DeAndre Jordan did not make the Western Conference All-Star team, so he didn’t have to save any energy for a trip to New York City, where the game was played this past Sunday. In the Clippers’ final game before the break, this past Wednesday, Jordan scored 24 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in another terrific performance in his team’s 110-95 victory over the Houston Rockets. Jordan, who also had three steals, two assists and two blocks, also had plenty of juice while he was on the bench. Check out this new dance by the man referred to as D.J. by fans and teammates alike:

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