Glen “Big Baby” Davis doesn’t play a lot of minutes as a reserve – he’s averaging 10.6 this season – but the minutes he does play are often inspiring.
Take the beginning of the fourth quarter of Monday’s 102-98 victory over Denver. The Clippers began the quarter down by eight points. Jamal Crawford made a 3-pointer to get his team within five points. The Clippers’ next time down the court, Davis kept a ball alive that was headed out of bounds and would have been awarded to Denver. Davis, all 290 pounds of him, hustled like nobody’s business and his effort allowed the Clippers to keep possession. Davis was so jacked, he began to scream at fans as if to pump some life into them as well as into his teammates.
The Clippers did not score out of that, but the tone had been set for their comeback victory. Blake Griffin praised his teammate.
“He has great energy and we want him to keep it going,” Griffin said. “He was huge. He only played 10 minutes, but those minutes go way beyond his stat line, which was good for those 10 minutes.”
Davis had eight points and five rebounds in 10:10 of playing time. He made both of his shots from the field and all four of his free throws.
Chris Paul had 23 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists in Sunday’s win at Phoenix/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- In a game where things got chippy, the Clippers held their ground and won going away on the road against a playoff contender. That shows the kind of heart a team needs in the post-season.
- DeAndre Jordan had yet another dominant performance, scoring 18 points with 14 rebounds and four blocks. He was 8 of 15 from the free-throw line, too, which for a guy who entered shooting 39.3 percent from the free-throw line, isn’t too shabby. More importantly, Jordan made four consecutive free throws during the fourth quarter when the Clippers were putting the finishing touches on their victory.
- The Clippers (30-14) are now alone in fifth-place in the Western Conference standings. They are a half-game behind fourth-place Houston (31-14). Finishing the regular season in the top four means homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs, which begin mid-April.
- The Clippers got a combined 66 points from Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. It’s tough to beat the Clippers when that happens. Add to that seven rebounds and seven assists from Griffin and eight rebounds and 12 assists from Paul and, well, you get the idea.
- The Clippers outrebounded the Suns 50-31, which of course is terrific. The Clippers also had 28 assists, which coach Doc Rivers always likes to hear.
Chris Paul had 23 points and 12 assists in Sunday’s win at Phoenix/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers on Sunday afternoon took a 12-point lead over the host Phoenix Suns into the fourth quarter and then the Clippers outscored Phoenix by eight points in the final stanza to come away with an impressive 120-100 victory at US Airways Center in Phoenix.
The Clippers (30-14) got 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds from Chris Paul; 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists from Blake Griffin; 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks from DeAndre Jordan; 20 points from J.J. Redick; Spencer Hawes scored 11; and Jamal Crawford had 10 points.
The Clippers shot 49.4 percent from the field, 43.5 (10 of 23) from 3-point range. Matt Barnes had an off-night, shooting just 1 of 9 from the field for four points.
Isaiah Thomas led the Suns (26-20) with 25 points off the bench. Eric Bledsoe had 17 points, Alex Len scored 15 and Goran Dragic just 10 on 3 of 11 shooting.
Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers (29-14) will play at Phoenix on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Suns (26-19) are a guard-oriented team can get hot and do some damage in a hurry. Point guard Eric Bledsoe leads in scoring and assists with respective averages of 16.9 and 6.0. Shooting guard Goran Dragic averages 16.7 points, backup point guard Isaiah Thomas averages 15.1 points and 3.8 assists and backup shooting guard/small forward Gerald Green scores 13.7 points per game.
“They’re a great team, especially at home,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said Saturday at practice at the Clippers’ facility in Playa Vista. “They’re one of those teams that’s never out of a game.”
Phoenix averages 107.5 points, third in the league. The Clippers are fourth at 107.1.
Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Chris Paul has made seven consecutive Western Conference All-Star teams. He’ll have to be selected by coaches as a reserve if he is to make it eight because when the results of fan balloting were released Thursday, Paul was fourth among backcourt players and will not start. Teammate Blake Griffin, who was selected as a starter in the frontcourt, believes Paul should get the nod when reserves are announced Jan. 29.
“I think he deserves (a spot) and that’s not just being biased,” Griffin said. “I keep saying that a lot of guys deserve it. With the 12-man roster, a lot of guys don’t get to play that should. But I know (Paul) would say the same thing – our season isn’t won or lost by All-Star ballots. It’s an honor and I think CP deserves it.”
Blake Griffin had 22 points in the first half Thursday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers shot 65.9 percent from the field in the first half and lead the Brooklyn Nets 70-37 at the break.
Blake Griffin scored 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting and DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford each scored 12; Jordan also had 11 rebounds.
Chris Paul had just four points, but he doled out 12 assists in the half.
Mason Plumlee led Brooklyn (18-24) with 13 points. The Nets shot just 38.1 percent.
Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Blake Griffin scored 13 points in the first quarter – eight of them on four dunks – and the Clippers led the Brooklyn Nets 34-23 after one at Staples Center.
The Clippers (28-14) shot 60 percent from the field.
Mason Plumlee led Brooklyn (18-24) with 10 points. The Nets shot 47.6 percent from the field.
Kevin Garnett is not playing for the Nets as he is being given a day of rest.
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.
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.
DeAndre Jordan had 17 points while shooting 8 of 8 and grabbed 18 rebounds Wednesday night in Portland/Photo by Associated Press
- Jamal Crawford’s team-leading 25 points were big. They played a large role in getting the Clippers the victory, but he also once again showed the ability to come back from an off game, such as Sunday’s when he shot just 1 of 9 from the field and scored only four points in the Clippers’ loss to the Miami Heat.
- That the Clippers won this game on the road against a terrific home team – the Trail Blazers were 18-3 at Moda Center going in – makes this one of the best victories of the season for Los Angeles. Portland – now 30-9 – resides in second place in the Western Conference standings, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Golden State (31-5). The Clippers (26-13) are still sixth, but just a half-game behind Dallas (27-13).
- One of the keys in this victory was holding Portland point guard Damian Lillard to below his seasons averages in points and assists. He entered averaging 22.2 points and 6.3 assists. The Clippers held him to 15 points on just 6 of 15 shooting and four assists in 37 minutes.
- The Clippers – known this season for being inconsistent – never had a real bad stretch. Their biggest deficit was six points in the fourth quarter and they overcame that. Portland led 2-0 and then did not take another lead until early in the fourth quarter at 76-74. This is a big deal because again, this was Portland at home.
- What was interesting about this victory is that the Clippers shot just 42 percent from the field with Blake Griffin (7 of 20), J.J. Redick (3 of 12) and Chris Paul (6 of 18) shooting a combined 16 of 50, which equates to 32 percent combined for those three. But the Clippers held the Trail Blazers to just 40.2 percent shooting, 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from 3-point range. Defense wins games, and championships.