Jamal Crawford has 12 points at halftime as Clippers lead Celtics 47-37

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Jamal Crawford had 12 points in the first half Monday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 12 first-half points and they led the visiting Boston Celtics 47-37 at halftime of a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Staples Center.

Crawford made a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds to play for the final points of the half.

DeAndre Jordan had 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks in the half and J.J. Redick scored seven points.

The Celtics (13-25) shot just 29.2 percent from the field in the half. They got nine points from Jared Sullinger.

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DeAndre Jordan has big quarter against Celtics in MLK Day matinee

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

 

DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots as the Clippers led the Boston Celtics 23-17 after one quarter in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Staples Center.

J.J. Redick contributed seven points for the Clippers (27-14).

Brandon Bass scored six points off the bench for Boston (13-25).

 

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Austin Rivers nearly born in the back of an SUV in Santa Monica

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

 

Austin Rivers was born on Aug. 1, 1992 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. Doc Rivers had just months before completed his one season with the Clippers as a player. Dave Wohl, now the Clippers’ general manager, was with Doc and wife Kristen Rivers when Kristen went into labor with Austin. The group had been eating at a Mexican restaurant in Malibu.

Doc Rivers on Monday told reporters his son’s birth was a bit harrowing.
“Actually, Dave Wohl, who is now the GM, was in the car driving and I remember him laying paper down in the SUV and I said, ‘We’re not having a puppy, we’re going to have a baby here,’ ” Doc Rivers said, cracking up reporters. “But we made it, i think, within an hour’s time.”
Told his dad related that story to us, Austin Rivers said he did not know that happened, but that, “he’s gotta keep some of those stories to himself.”

The younger Rivers came to the Clippers in a trade this past week.

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Matt Barnes jokes: DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are ‘rebound hogs’

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Matt Barnes scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds in Saturday’s victory at Sacramento/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Matt Barnes on Saturday night had his first double-double of the season when he scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Clippers’ 117-108 victory at Sacramento. Asked about it post-game, he decided to be a comedian.

“Just DJ (DeAndre Jordan) and Blake (Griffin) not stealing my rebounds,” Barnes said. “I could average more rebounds, but these two are rebound hogs. But like I said, just attacking on both ends whether it’s shooting or attacking the glass and playing defense. I just tried to set the tone tonight.”

Barnes, who averages 3.6 rebounds on the season, also had three steals Saturday.

The Clippers (27-14) on Monday at 12:30 p.m. play host to the Boston Celtics (13-25).

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Doc Rivers suggests he knows his team has flaws, and he’s cool with that

Doc Rivers/Photo courtesy of Associated Press

 

Coach Doc Rivers on Saturday night was asked to assess his team at the midway point after it defeated the Sacramento Kings 117-108 in Sacramento.

Rivers, who has made it known he doesn’t give a hoot about what reporters think, had an almost expected response.

“I like our team, I’ve been saying that,” Rivers said. “We don’t have the perfect team and I’ll let all you guys (reporters) point that out to us, but we don’t care. I haven’t seen the perfect team. Every team has some kind of flaw and we’re fine with that.”

The Clippers (27-14) reached the halfway point in sixth-place in the Western Conference standings. If the playoffs were to begin right now, they’d play No. 3 Memphis in the first round.

The Clippers were third in the conference at the end of the 2013-14 regular season.

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Austin Rivers says nerves caused him to be ‘tentative’ in his Clippers’ debut

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Austin Rivers had a rough opening night for the Clippers and father/coach Doc Rivers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles, NBA.com

Certainly, it was not the debut Austin Rivers wanted. He missed all four shots, scored no points and had one assists in 11 1/2 minutes of action in the Clippers’ 126-121 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at Staples Center.

Rivers, who became the first player in NBA history to play on a team whose head coach was his father – in this case Doc Rivers – admitted he had some butterflies.

“A lot of it was just nerves,” he said post-game. “I just felt a little too tentative tonight. I was trying to fit in instead of just playing. I feel like the whole game, I was just trying to fit in and when you do that, you do not fit in. I am just glad it is over with and I can just go and play now. When you do that, you learn from your mistakes. I think the biggest mistake I made tonight was just being tentative and trying to ease into the game when that just is not who I am. I just have to go out there and be aggressive.”

Austin Rivers will have another chance Saturday night when the Clippers (26-14) play at 7 at Sacramento (16-23).

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Chris Paul weighs in on all the recent changes to the Clippers’ roster

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

 

The Clippers have seen four players leave and two come in over the past 10 days. Gone are Chris Douglas-Roberts (trade), Jordan Farmar (waived), Reggie Bullock (trade) and Jared Cunningham (trade). The new guys are guard Austin Rivers (trade), son of coach Doc Rivers, and swingman Dahntay Jones (10-day contract).

Chris Paul talked about the arrivals following his team’s 126-121 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at Staples Center.

“After all the moves, we are going to have and try to feel everything out,” said Paul, whose 26-14 team plays at Sacramento (16-23) on Saturday night at 7. “All in all, I think we played with the right spirit tonight. Obviously, we have to try to get Dahntay and Austin acclimated, but we will be fine. We have a really good locker room. With me, Blake (Griffin), and D.J. (DeAndre Jordan) as the leaders, guys come in and we tell them how we do things. At the end of the day, it is basketball.”

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Doc Rivers said his son Austin ‘struggled’ in his Clippers’ debut Friday

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Austin Rivers did not play well in his Clippers debut Friday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

As first impressions go, Austin Rivers’ was not very good Friday night. He did not score a point, missed all four of his shots and had just one assist in 11 1/2 minutes of the Clippers’ 126-121 loss to the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.

His father, Clippers coach Doc Rivers, did not mince words.

“He struggled tonight, clearly,” said Doc Rivers, who made history by becoming the first to coach his son in the NBA. “Overall, I liked when he first came in defensively. But I just thought he struggled tonight.  You know, first game and he hasn’t played in a week.”

 

 

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Clippers lead Cavaliers 64-61 at halftime in entertaining game at Staples Center

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Blake Griffin had 13 points in the first half Friday against the Cavs/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 64-61 at halftime of a very entertaining game Friday night at Staples Center.

Matt Barnes and Blake Griffin scored 13 points apiece to lead the Clippers with J.J. Redick scoring 11 and DeAndre Jordan scoring 10 while pulling down 11 rebounds.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 16 first-half points with LeBron James and Tristan Thompson each scoring 13. Kevin Love has not yet played after suffering from back spasms in Thursday’s game against the Lakers.

Austin Rivers, son of coach Doc Rivers, made his Clippers debut and played six minutes. He shot 0 of 3 from the field and did not score, but he did have an assist.

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History made at Staples Center when Austin Rivers enters game in 1st quarter

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

 

Austin Rivers and his father Doc Rivers officially made history when Austin entered the Clippers’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at 2:24 of the first quarter. Doc Rivers is the first coach in NBA history to coach his son on his team.

The Clippers led the Cavs 33-28 after the first quarter.

Austin Rivers earned an an assist shortly after entering the game when he tossed an outlet pass to Blake Griffin, who threw down a dunk.

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