DeAndre Jordan has Chris Paul’s back after Clippers fall 90-87 to Grizzlies

Chris Paul

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

 

DeAndre Jordan wanted to make one thing perfectly clear after his Clippers were defeated 90-87 by the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night at Staples Center. Yes, Chris Paul was harassed into a turnover with 1.5 seconds to play while trying to work for a shot that could have won the game as the Clippers were trailing just 88-87 at the time. But without Paul’s 30 points and 10 assists, the Clippers would not have even been in the position to try to win the game.

“It happens,” said Jordan, who had nine points and 17 rebounds. “We’re going to live and die with Chris and Blake (Griffin) at the end of the game. It was tough because he (Paul) played well the entire game and it (came down to) one play. … Without Chris, we’re not in this game down the stretch. You’ve got to give him credit.”

The Clippers (37-20) are now 4-2 without Griffin, who is out with an elbow injury.

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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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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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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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Five things to take from Clippers’ 110-95 victory over the Houston Rockets

DeAndre Jordan plays defense on Josh Smith of the Rockets/Photo by Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

- DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds, his sixth game of the season with at least 20 and third in the past week and a half. Yet, when New Orleans’ Anthony Davis on Wednesday declared himself out of the All-Star game, NBA commissioner Adam Silver selected Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki to replace Davis instead of Jordan. Coach Doc Rivers was upset about this after the game, and for good reason. It’s about time Silver realized how valuable Jordan is to his team as the beastly rebounder and defensive wizard he has become.

- It’s true that Houston was without post Dwight Howard (knee). But the Clippers were without Blake Griffin (elbow), and Griffin is probably more valuable to the Clippers than Howard is to the Rockets. That said, this was a very good victory for the Clippers, who never trailed by more than four points and led by as many as the final margin – 15 points.

- Jamal Crawford can be having an off-night shooting the ball and be Mr. Clutch on that same night, like he was in this one when he banked in a 30-foot 3-pointer to give the Clippers an 89-81 lead. The Rockets never got closer than five points after that. Crawford scored 20 points, but shot just 6 of 15 from the field, 1 of 4 from 3-point range.

- Griffin has missed the past three games with his elbow injury, and the Clippers have won two of them, including the past two. For a team coming off a tough 3-5 Grammy trip, taking two victories into the All-Star break figures to give it a lift.

- They say things can become contagious in a sporting event. Such as poor shooting. The teams combined to shoot 19.4 percent (13 of 67) from 3-point range. The Rockets were 9 of 45 (20 percent), the Clippers were 4 of 22 (18.2 percent). Just awful. But it feels worse for Houston because it lost.

 

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Jamal Crawford says everyone has to find what he can do better to help team

Jamal Crawford

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

 

The pressure is on the Clippers (34-19). They are currently sixth in the Western Conference standings and would love to move into the top four so they can play a first-round playoff series with homecourt advantage and so they can avoid playing either first-place Golden State or second-place Memphis in the first round, which would happen if they fall to seventh or eighth in the West.

With Blake Griffin (elbow) out at least a month, and with a brutal stretch of 14 games coming up against mostly playoff teams, none of this is going to be easy. The key, sixth-man Jamal Crawford suggested, us unity.

Soul-searching. You’ve got to look deep,” Crawford said after his team won Monday at Dallas to complete a 3-5 Grammy road trip. “You have to look in the mirror, take a step back and see what you can do better. Collectively, you have to have each others’ backs.”

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 115-98 victory Monday over host Dallas

DeAndre Jordan pulled down 27 rebounds in Monday’s victory at Dallas/Photo by Associated Press

 

- Yes, it is somewhat amazing to think the Clippers went into Dallas without Blake Griffin and beat the Mavericks by 17 points on their home court. But before you get too excited, keep in mind Dallas lost starting center Tyson Chandler to an ankle injury 39 seconds into the game. Monta Ellis, the starting shooting guard, played only four minutes after sustaining a hip injury. Ellis averages a team-high 20 points and did not score, Chandler averages 10.7 points and a team-high 11.8 rebounds and he had one point and zero rebounds. That’s not to mention Mavericks starting point guard Rajon Rondo was already out with an orbital bone fracture.

- DeAndre Jordan took full advantage of not having to deal with Chandler by coming away with a career-high 27 rebounds. He also scored 22 points with three blocks. Sure, he would have had more difficulty doing that with Chandler playing, but 27 rebounds is 27 rebounds and it’s just a beautiful thing to watch any player do that.

- Chris Paul. He really came through when his team needed him most. He scored 25 points, doled out 13 assists, grabbed six rebounds and had two steals with three turnovers in 40 minutes.

- Having J.J. Redick back after he missed the previous three games with back spasms helped, for sure. He scored 15 points while making 5 of 12 from the field, but he was 3 of 4 from 3-point range. He also had three assists and no turnovers.

- It’s difficult to tell how much of a positive effect this might have on the team. Yes, winning meant the Clippers didn’t have to come home 2-6 from the Grammy trip. Instead, they finished 3-5. But the realization of not having Griffin – out at least three weeks and probably more after having surgery Monday to remove a staph infection in his right elbow – may set in and this win may not mean much at all.  One thing’s for sure, it moved the Clippers (34-19) to within a half-game of fifth-place Dallas (35-19) in the Western Conference standings.

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Clippers win by 17 points at Dallas in their second game sans Blake Griffin

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan had a whopping 27 rebounds in Monday’s victory at Dallas/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

It didn’t figure the Clippers could go into Dallas and beat the Mavericks by 17 points without Blake Griffin. But that’s what they did Monday, winning 115-98 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

Perhaps Dallas figured the same thing, that the Clippers – losers of four in a row going in – would be easy prey in their second game without Griffin, who had elbow surgery Monday and is out at least three weeks. Not the case as the Clippers broke that losing streak by having three players score more than 20 points. One of them was DeAndre Jordan, who scored 22 and also pulled down a whopping 27 rebounds while blocking three shots.

Chris Paul, who said after Sunday’s 23-point loss at Oklahoma City that everyone would have to step up in Griffin’s absence, scored 25 points to go along with 13 assists and six rebounds. Jamal Crawford scored 22 points off the bench. J.J. Redick returned after missing three games because of back spasms to score 15 points, Matt Barnes scored 12 and Hedo Turkoglu nine.

Charlie Villanueva led Dallas (35-19) with 26 points off the bench and Dirk Nowitzki scored 18.

This was the final game of the long Grammy road trip, during which the Clippers (34-19) went 3-5.

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J.J. Redick back in lineup for Clippers, who led 32-31 after one at Dallas

J.J. Redick

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

 

As poorly as things are going for the Clippers, they received some good news when J.J. Redick was able to start Monday night’s game at Dallas after having missed the past three games with back spasms.

Redick scored five points in the first quarter, after which the Clippers led the Mavericks 32-31. Redick shot just 1 of 4 in the quarter, however.

The Clippers needed something to give them good vibrations. They are 2-5 on this Grammy road trip and will be without Blake Griffin for a good three weeks after he underwent surgery Monday to remove a staph infection from his right elbow, the team said.

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