DeAndre Jordan says he doesn’t care that he’s overlooked at All-Star time

DeAndre Jordan, left, has never played in an NBA All-Star game/Photo courtesy of Clippers.com

 

Fan voting for the 2015 All-Star game ended Monday. The results for the starters will be announced Thursday night on TNT, but don’t expect DeAndre Jordan to be among them because at last look he was way down the list of frontcourt players.

He doesn’t seem to mind.

“When I was a little younger, I would think about (not making it), but now I don’t think about it as much,” said Jordan, 26. “Blake sends me pictures and FaceTimes me when he’s there, so it’s kind of like I’m there.”
Jordan had reporters laughing. But he seemed serious when he intimated it’s just not that big of a deal. Rather, he’s focused on team stuff.
“I don’t care,” he said. “We know what our ultimate goal is at the end of the season. I’m happy for my teammates if they make it. Really, it’s like we are all there. So I really don’t get too involved in it.”
Jordan is averaging 10.0 points this season and has a career scoring average of just 7.6, so the idea that he doesn’t score a lot does not help his cause. It also doesn’t help that he is a terrible free-throw shooter. He’s shooting just 39.9 percent this season with a career percentage of just 42.2.
Yes, he has a terrific league-leading field-goal percentage of 72.1 percent this season, but his range is about three feet, so he should be shooting inordinately high from the field.

Teammate Blake Griffin was asked after Monday’s victory over Boston if he believes Jordan doesn’t get the league-wide respect he deserves. He took a shot at reporters.

“Maybe the media, I mean, people that don’t really understand the game and appreciate what a guy does beyond the box score,” Griffin said. “But other teams know, we know what he does and what he’s capable of; he’s a game-changer.”

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 102-93 victory over the Boston Celtics

 

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Chris Paul is struggling with his shot, shooting just 31.4 percent over his past four games/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- Chris Paul continued to have difficulty shooting from the field. He made just 3 of 9 from the field and has made just 17 of 54 shots (31.4 percent) in his past four games. Paul is shooting 43.2 percent this month. He shot 42.6 percent in December after shooting a terrific 54.7 percent in November.

- Austin Rivers went 0-for-7 from the field in his first two games, and finally made a layup in this one and scored two points. He is now 1 of 10 from the field since joining his father’s team. He had three assists, one steal and a turnover in 15 minutes and 49 seconds of play.

- DeAndre Jordan had 19 points, 12 rebounds and a whopping six blocked shots, certainly setting the defensive tone that helped hold Boston to 39/3 percent shooting. He made 3 of 6 from the free-throw line in the face of the hack-a-DJ deployed by Boston a couple of times. Jordan is shooting just 39.9 percent from the free-throw line this season, so it would be nice to see him improve upon that. Even if he can shoot 50 percent, that’s a lot better than where he is now. He’s shooting 42.2 percent from the line in his career.

- Spencer Hawes contributed nicely off the bench. He had nine points on 4 of 10 shooting as well as five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 16 minutes and 29 seconds of play. Hawes has struggled mightily with his shot this month, shooting just 35.1 percent in nine
January games. The Clippers need him to be better than that.

- The obviously bad thing about this game is that the Clippers led the Celtics by 23 points (71-48) with 4:13 to play in the third quarter, only to let Boston back in the game with some less-than-inspired play. With just under four minutes left in the game, Boston was within three points at 91-88. Paul called this “very unfortunate,” and he’s right. Yes, the Clippers are 28-14, but their at-times mental lapses that seem to play a role in teams getting back into games, have to stop. Boston is just 13-26. No way should the Celtics have gotten back into this game. No way.

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Chris Paul talks about what playing on Martin Luther King Day means to him

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

Chris Paul’s Clippers had just defeated the Boston Celtics 102-93 in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Staples Center. He talked about what playing on such an important day meant to him.

“A lot of us look at making it to the NBA and being so successful and sometimes we lose sight of how we even got here in the first place,” he said. “So it’s always special to play on Martin Luther King day. It’s crazy for me now being a father, you know, teaching my son (Chris II). He was at home yesterday talking about what today is, and it means a lot.”

 

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Clippers see 23-point lead go down to 12 at the end of three quarters

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Blake Griffin has 16 points after three quarters Monday against Boston/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers led the Celtics by as many as 23 points in the third quarter, but Boston fought back and now trails by just 12 (74-62) heading into the fourth quarter.

DeAndre Jordan has 18 points for the Clippers (27-14)  and Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick have 16 apiece.

Brandon Bass leads Boston (13-25) with 14 points.

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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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