Chris Paul gets a bit perturbed with reporter’s assessment after loss to Bulls

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Chris Paul

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Chris Paul is typically very good with reporters, even after a loss. But he seemed to get just a big perturbed late Monday night after the Clippers stunk up Staples Center during a 105-89 loss to the visiting Chicago Bulls, who were minus Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf).

The Bulls moved and passed the ball much better than the Clippers. Chicago had 28 assists with four players having at least five and Jimmy Butler leading the way with eight. The Clippers had only 20 assists with two players with five or more – Chris Paul had seven, roughly three under his average, which now stands at 9.8.

A reporter asked Paul about moving the ball better.

“Man, we’ve gotta change sides of the court, we’ve gotta cut harder,” Paul said. “You know, I honestly think we could watch film from last year and see how some of these other teams play around the league to move the ball.”

The reporter then said to Paul, “We saw that tonight. They moved the ball flawlessly, and you guys settled for jumpers.”

To which Paul responded, “Right, right, well, you come coach us.”

Paul, who was about done anyway, shook his head slightly and got up and left the room.

The Clippers (5-4) begin a seven-game road trip today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at Orlando on Prime Ticket). The Magic are 5-7.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 105-89 loss Monday to Chicago Bulls

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DeAndre Jordan goes against Chicago’s Taj Gibson/Staff photo by Andy Holzman

- Did the Clippers drink some kind of potion before the season began? If not, why have they taken on such a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona? They were up 46-32 on the Bulls with just under four minutes to play in the second quarter. They were looking good enough. Then they were out-scored 73-43 the rest of the way. Unbelievable. Then again, the way they’ve played this season – they have been ultra-inconsistent – very believable.

- Blake Griffin at times is trying too hard to get a shot off in the paint. When it’s not there, he needs to pass it back out. He admitted afterward he is sometimes forcing things, so that’s a good sign.

- Chris Paul afterward said his team needs to take care of the ball better. As a team, the Clippers had 12 turnovers, which is not horrible. But Griffin had five of those, and that’s not good coming from your best player.

- OK, so we all know the Clippers are not a great free-throw shooting team. On the season, they are shooting 76.4 percent in that department, which is 15th in the NBA. But, seriously, 45.5 percent? That’s what they shot in this one, making just 10 of 22. That is just terrible. That shouldn’t happen even once during the season. Griffin was the worst offender, going just 5-for-10.

- On a positive note, DeAndre Jordan had his second monster rebounding game in succession. He had 18 in Saturday’s 120-107 victory over Phoenix. He came back with 17 on Monday. He’s also starting to block shots the way he did in 2013-14. He had seven blocks Saturday, three more Monday. Jordan is now leading the league in rebounding at 12.4 per game; he averaged 13.6 this past season. Jordan is also averaging 2.78 blocks, third in the league. He averaged 2.48 in ’13-’14.

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J.J. Redick hits nail on the head when assessing latest Clippers’ setback

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J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Guard J.J. Redick late Monday night gave his opinion as to why his team lost a 14-point second quarter lead and eventually lost 105-89 to the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center.

“They did a great job of executing throughout the game,” he said of the Bulls. “Even when they got down in the first half, they just kind of stuck with what they do, running their stuff. They got to the second or third option. Much of our initial defense was pretty good. Any good defense can get broken down as (opponents) get to their secondary options and I think they did a good job of doing that.”

Redick hit the nail on the head in that first sentence. Chicago executed at least most of the game. The Clippers – AKA Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – executed only in spurts. This has been their problem through the first nine games of the season.

The Clippers, now 5-4, begin a seven-game road trip Wednesday at Orlando (5-7).

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Chris Paul noticed all the cheering for the visiting Chicago Bulls

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The Clippers played host to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at Staples Center. It was not a good night for the Clippers, who turned a 14-point second-quarter lead into a 105-89 defeat.

Clippers fans were not happy. But the many Bulls fans in attendance were thrilled. At times, they were chanting, “Let’s go Bulls.” It added insult to injury, to be sure.

Clippers guard Chris Paul took notice. That much was evident when he was asked post-game if he believes the upcoming seven-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Orlando can be a good thing.

“I do, I do, even though tonight felt somewhat like a road game,” he said, somewhat sarcastically.

Paul was asked specifically what he thought about all the cheering for the visiting Bulls.

“I mean, it’s not the first time,” he said. “I’ve played in other places where it’s been like that.”

Paul, in his 10th year, is in his fourth season with Los Angeles.

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DeAndre Jordan has noticed that Pau Gasol appears rejuvenated

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Pau Gasol

Paul Gasol/Photo courtesy of Chicago Bulls, NBA.com

 

Chicago Bulls post Pau Gasol had played the previous six-plus seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers before signing this season with the Chicago Bulls, who tonight (Monday) play the Clippers at Staples Center.

Clippers post DeAndre Jordan said he’s noticed Gasol has a renewed bounce in his step.

“Pau, his game speaks for itself,” Jordan said at the morning shootaround. “He’s a hell of a player on both ends of the floor and he’s going to be a problem for us tonight. He’s definitely got a new energy with him. I’m watching him play and he’s definitely moving a lot better, moving faster, just playing with a lot more confidence.”

Gasol comes in averaging 18.6 points and a team-high 10.6 rebounds.

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Derrick Rose out, but Jamal Crawford says Chicago Bulls still dangerous

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Derrick Rose

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The Chicago Tribune has reported that point guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls won’t play tonight (Monday) against the Clippers at Staples Center because of a strained left hamstring. It will be Rose’s sixth missed game of 11 the Bulls (7-3) will have played this season.

But Clippers guard Jamal Crawford doesn’t believe that means the Clippers will automatically have an easier time with Chicago.

“He’s missed some time, obviously, the last couple of years,” Crawford said at the morning shootaround. “They’ve found a way to play without him and still do well without him. Obviously, they’re a better team with him, but they’ve gotten used to that, so you still can’t let your guard down.”

Rose did not play in 2012-13 and played in just 10 games in 2013-14 because of knee injuries.

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Doc Rivers: DeAndre Jordan was ‘a one-man wrecking crew’

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The Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan #6 is fouled by the Suns’ Markieff Morris #11 during their game at the Staples Center Saturday, November 15, 2014.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

DeAndre Jordan is fouled by the Suns’ Markieff Morris on Saturday night/Staff photo by Hans Gutknecht

 

Coach Doc Rivers late Saturday night gave DeAndre Jordan the ultimate compliment when he referred to him as the “star of the game.” Jordan had 12 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks in a 120-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. He helped the Clippers hold the Suns to a 38.4 shooting percentage for the game.

“He was everywhere,” Rivers said. “His energy tonight was amazing. He was a one-man wrecking crew. It felt like he had 30 blocked shots. Even the shots that he didn’t block, he changed.”

The Clippers (5-3) host the Chicago Bulls (7-3) on Monday at 7:30 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

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Chris Paul says coaches want him to be more aggressive on offense

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The Clippers’ Chris Paul #3 shoots during their game against the Suns at the Staples Center Saturday, November 15, 2014.  (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

Chris Paul goes up for a shot against Phoenix on Saturday/Staff photo by Hans Gutknecht

 

Chris Paul is a point guard, so he has not really taken an enormous amount of shots during his NBA career. He has averaged 13.7 over nine-plus seasons. He took 13 shots in Saturday’s 120-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns. He made 10 of them, going 5-for-6 from 3-point range for a game-high 32 points.

Paul said new Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell has been trying to get him to be more aggressive and take more shots.

“Sam is constantly on me,” Paul said late Saturday night. “He thinks I pass up a thousand shots. I do pass up a few shots here and there, and I am working on that. They (the coaches) constantly stay on me about being aggressive.”

Paul made three of his 3-pointers during a 42-third quarter that broke open a game that was tied at halftime.

 

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To J.J. Redick, four-day break during the season is a ‘little weird’

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The Clippers haven’t played a game since Monday, so when they take the court Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center,. they will have gone four days without playing.

That’s not to mention coach Doc Rivers gave the team two days off from practice Tuesday and Wednesday. To guard J.J. Redick, it’s all a bit strange.

“I’m ready to get back playing,” he told reporters ahead of practice Friday in Playa Vista. “It’s always weird to have this long of a break during the season. It’s good on the body for a couple of days, it’s good on the mind, too, to get away and have a couple of days off.”

But, Redick said, “When you’re in season mode and you’re mind is wanting to play, your body wants to play, it’s a little weird.”

Redick and the rest of the Clippers will have plenty to do Saturday. The Suns are 5-3 and are tied for the fourth-highest points-per-game average in the NBA at 104.8.

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Doc Rivers still OK with Las Vegas, Blake Griffin situation notwithstanding

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Coach Doc Rivers on Thursday was queried as to whether he might re-think having his team play in Las Vegas again in the preseason on the heels of Blake Griffin being charged with misdemeanor battery on a man at Tao Nightclub inside the Venetian in Las Vegas. The alleged incident took play on Oct. 19, hours after the Clippers played Denver in an exhibition game at Mandalay Bay on Oct. 18.

Rivers politely scoffed.

“There are situations in life, I’m sure you guys have some,” he told reporters ahead of practice in Playa Vista. “We just don’t get to read about them; I wish we could. But, really, things happen. I don’t think anyone – I know on this team – intends for them to happen. But a lot of our guys are young and they learn and you look at it as a positive thing, where we all learn from it as a group. … But, no, I think the game we play there is a very good game for our organization and we have a great relationship with Mandalay Bay, so we’re not going to stop going there.”

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