Report: Blake Griffin will not be prosecuted on battery charges in Las Vegas

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Prosecutors in Clark County, Nev. on Tuesday decided not to prosecute Blake Griffin on misdemeanor batter charges for allegedly slapping a man and taking his cell phone inside the Tao nightclub in Las Vegas in late October, the Associated Press reported.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson said that new information gathered on the incident indicates it would be difficult to prove Griffin’s guilt in court. The accuser was Daniel Schuman of West Hollywood.

Schuman had alleged that Griffin slapped him and took his cell phone after he took pictures of Griffin and Clippers teammates.

Griffin, 26, did not appear in court.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 107-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans

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- Blake Griffin called this “a big win for us.” He’s right in as much as every victory is big this time of season because the Clippers are trying to get as high in the standings as they can for playoff-seeding purposes. The Clippers improved, in a way, with this win because record-wise, they now have the fourth-best in the Western Conference at 46-25. But Portland, which has the fifth-best record of 44-24, is still technically in fourth because it leads the Northwest Division. Check the conference standings right here and you’ll see that their better record notwithstanding, the Clippers are still listed in the No. 5 spot. That said, I was told today that if the Clippers played the Trail Blazers as the No. 5 seed to Portland’s No. 4 – and the Clippers had the better record – they would still get homecourt advantage. Confused?

- Griffin scored 23 points on 10 of 21 shooting. Those were the most shots he’s taken in five games since returning after missing 15 games with a staph infection in his right elbow. He has taken more shots in each game along the way, going from 10 to 12 to 16 to 19 to 21.

- What a terrific all-around game by Chris Paul. He scored 23 points on 8 of 19 shooting with 11 assists, seven rebounds and four steals. He had just two turnovers in 37 1/2 minutes and made 7 of 8 from the free-throw line. His only real blemish was his 0-for-4 shooting performance from 3-point range. Can’t have everything.

- J.J. Redick scored 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting – 3 of 6 from 3-point range. That was Redick’s fourth consecutive game of scoring 20 points or more. He has scored at least 20 points in seven of the 12 games this month, during which he’s averaging 21.2 points.

- It would be unfair if we didn’t mention that New Orleans was missing several key players in this game. Yes, the Clippers were without sixth-man Jamal Crawford and his 16.4 scoring average for the 10th consecutive game. But the Pelicans were minus guards Tyreke Evans (16.5 points per game) and Jrue Holiday (15.2), forward Ryan Anderson (14.6) and center Omer Asik (10.0 rebounds per game). All were injured.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 116-105 victory over Sacramento Kings

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Chris Paul led the Clippers with 30 points in Wednesday’s 116-105 victory at Sacramento/:Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- The Clippers received very little from their bench in this victory. Austin Rivers, Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Spencer Hawes all shot 1 of 4 from the field, meaning they were a combined 3 of 12. Nate Robinson was 2 of 3 for four points, but he played only 9 1/2 minutes. Well, when four of your starters each score at least 19 points – Blake Griffin and Hedo Turkoglu had 19 apiece, J.J. Redick scored 27 and Chris Paul 30 – the bench doesn’t need to score much.

- Speaking of Turkoglu, his 19 points were a season-high. He shot very well, making 7 of 12 shots overall, 5 of 10 from 3-point range. He made his second consecutive start in place of Matt Barnes (hamstring). He also played solid defense on Kings forward Rudy Gay, who made just 6 of 19 from the field to get his 23 points. “Tonight he looked like the defender that he was before,” Kings coach George Karl said. “When he was in his prime, his defense was pretty first class. I thought that he did a nice job on Rudy Gay tonight.”

- There is one thing that seems to have gone unnoticed regarding the return of Griffin. Remember how he had taken his game to the outside more than ever this season, thus resulting in his rebounding numbers being down? Well, he had 10 rebounds in this one, meaning he has had 11, 11 and 10 in his three games back. He’s averaging a career-low 7.7 for the season.

- What can we say about Redick? He had himself another fine outing with his 27 points. He shot 9 of 16, 7 of 12 from beyond the arc. Redick is now averaging 15.6 points while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 42.4 percent (160 of 377) from 3-point range. All of those numbers represent career-highs. Redick is averaging 20.7 points in 10 games this month.

- So, had a few tweets and whatnot about why it was so difficult for the Clippers to put away a lowly team like the Kings, who are now just 22-45. The Clippers led just 87-86 with 8:07 to play. Yes, the Clippers were again without Barnes and Jamal Crawford (calf). But the Kings
were without All-Star post DeMarcus Cousins (calf) and have been without guard Darren Collison (hip) since early February. That said, keep in mind that the Clippers all season have had trouble maintaining focus throughout a given game. That’s still happening. Yet, they are 44-25 and tied for fifth-place in the Western Conference standings. The point being, if the Clippers can figure out their in-game lapses – and we realize that is “if” – they could be tough to deal with in the post-season.

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Chris Paul’s 30 points help Clippers put away lowly Kings 116-105 at Sleep Train

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Chris Paul scored 30 points in the Clippers’ victory Wednesday night at Sacramento/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Once again minus Jamal Crawford (calf) and Matt Barnes (hamstring), it took the Clippers some time to put the lowly Sacramento Kings away. But Chris Paul’s 3-pointer with 3:44 to play was the dagger in their 116-105 victory Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

Paul’s basket gave him 30 points on the night, and it gave the Clippers a 13-point lead at 106-93. The Clippers – 44-25 – remained tied with Dallas for fifth-place in the Western Conference standings.

J.J. Redick contributed 27 points for the Clippers, Blake Griffin had 19 points in his third game back. He also had 10 rebounds and five assists. Hedo Turkoglu, starting for Barnes, came through with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting – 5 of 10 from 3-point range. DeAndre Jordan scored just six points, but he grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots.

The Clippers shot 51.1 percent from the field, 45.9 (17 of 37) from 3-point range.

The Kings (22-45) got 23 points from Rudy Gay and 16 off the bench from Andre Miller. They were without center DeMarcus Cousins (calf) and guard Darren Collison, who has not played since early February because of a hip injury.

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Chris Paul’s jumper gives Clippers a 2-point lead at halftime at Sacramento

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J.J. Redick scored 17 points in the first half Wednesday night at Sacramento/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Chris Paul’s jumper with 1.4 seconds to play in the first half Wednesday gave the Clippers a 51-49 lead at halftime at Sacramento.

J.J. Redick led the Clippers (43-25) with 17 points in the half; he made 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Paul and Blake Griffin scored 10 points apiece and Hedo Turkoglu – starting for Matt Barnes (hamstring) for the second consecutive night – had five points. DeAndre Jordan did not score, but he grabbed nine rebounds.

Jamal Crawford (calf) is missing his eighth consecutive game.

The Kings (22-44), who are without All-Star post DeMarcus Cousins, got 11 points from Rudy Gay and seven from Ryan Hollins.

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Blake Griffin’s second game back was better than the first, which wasn’t bad

Clippers#32 Blake Griffin goes up over Hornets#25 Al Jefferson for a dunk near the end of the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Charlotte Hornets in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. March 17, 2015.  (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

Blake Griffin goes up for a tomahawk dunk during the Clippers’ 99-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday at Staples Center/Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News

 

Blake Griffin did just fine in Tuesday night’s 99-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at Staples Center. He scored 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds with four assists, three steals and two turnovers. It was his second game back after missing 15 consecutive with a staph infection in his right elbow.

Two days earlier, Griffin scored 11 points on 4 of 10 from the field in a 100-98 loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday. He also had 11 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and five turnovers.

Griffin threw up a shot in the second half Tuesday and missed it. He bent at the knees as if in pain, but after the game he did not indicate there was any kind of regression of the healing of his elbow.

“I felt a little bit better,” he said. “Pretty much our whole practice (Monday) was just straight rhythm practice for me. I was just doing offense the entire practice, so that helped, too. I was kind of getting the ball in the post and trying to make plays. So, hopefully, it’ll come back. Like I said, I felt better today than yesterday, but I still have a ways to go.”

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 99-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets

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- The Clippers were missing Jamal Crawford (calf) and Matt Barnes (hamstring) as well as Jordan Hamilton, who was not re-signed after his second 10-day contract expired because he currently can’t play because of a high ankle sprain. But is that why they nearly blew a 22-point lead? They led 63-41 two minutes into the third quarter, only to see the Hornets come within a point early in the fourth. No, that’s not it. Bottom line is, it was still too early in the game to say the Clippers may have been tired because they were thin. They just stopped playing well, plain and simple, and they admitted that. It’s something we have seen many times this season, and it’s something that is going to bite them in the post-season if they don’t knock it off. By the way, Charlotte (29-37) was coming off a 28-point loss (94-66) a night earlier at Utah. The Hornets should have been the tired ones.

- Blake Griffin was more aggressive offensively in his second game back after missing 15 with a staph infection in his right elbow. He scored 19 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Griffin scored 15 of his points in the first half, shooting 7 of 9. He finished 8 of 12 from the field, taking only three shots in the second half. There was a point in the second half where Griffin threw up a shot and missed, then bent at the knees as if in pain.

- J.J. Redick continued his fine play. He scored 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting, though he did miss all four of his 3-point attempts. Still, he is now averaging 20.0 points in nine games this month. He’s averaging 15.4 on the season. He’s shooting a career-high 46.4 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from 3-point range – also a career best.

- Nate Robinson celebrated the signing of his second 10-day contract with his best game since joining the Clippers. He scored 12 points off the bench on 4 of 10 shooting, 2 of 5 from 3-point range. He entered the game shooting just 24.1 percent in five previous games with the team.

- Charlotte turned to the old hack-a-DJ with 4:20 left in the game. Over the next minute and a half, DeAndre Jordan was fouled on purpose three times. He made three of those six free throws and finished 6 of 12 (50 percent) for the night. That might not seem like much, but when considering Jordan shoots only 40.4 percent from the free-throw for the season, it’s not bad. Also, consider that when the Hornets began their intentional fouling, they were down by four points. When they finished, they were still down by four, so their ploy went for naught.

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Blake Griffin scores 15 points in first half as Clippers lead Hornets 59-41

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Blake Griffin, in just his second game back after missing 15 with an elbow injury, on Tuesday night scored 15 points in the first half and the Clippers led the visiting Charlotte Hornets 59-41 at the break at Staples Center.

J.J. Redick scored 12 points for the Clippers (42-25) and Nate Robinson had eight off the bench.

Al Jefferson led the Hornets (29-36) with 11 points.

 

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Blake Griffin said elbow ‘kind of tight’ the day after, but ‘nothing crazy’

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Blake Griffin on Sunday afternoon said he experienced a bit of soreness in his right elbow as the game wore on against the Houston Rockets, who defeated the Clippers 100-98 at Staples Center in Griffin’s first game back after he missed 15 with a staph infection in his right elbow.

Griffin on Monday at practice talked about what his elbow felt like the day after.

“Anything pushing down is kind of painful,” he said. “I guess once the strength comes back in my triceps, it will take more pressure off my elbow. It’s just kind of tight. Nothing crazy.”

Griffin said his triceps is only about 60 percent as a result of his down time, and that shooting a 10-foot shot feels more like he’s shooting from 15 feet.

“It’s just strength,” Griffin said. “… Hopefully, that comes back quickly. I don’t know how quickly.”

Griffin scored 11 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block Sunday. He had five turnovers.

The Clippers (42-25) host to the Charlotte Hornets (29-35) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.

 

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 100-98 loss Sunday to the Houston Rockets

James Harden (No. 13) and Trevor Ariza of the Rockets celebrate their 100-98 victory over the Clippers as Chris Paul and Matt Barnes look on/Photo by Kelvin Kuo, Associated Press

- People are going to wonder if Blake Griffin’s return from a staph infection in his right elbow threw the team out of whack and that was why it committed 20 turnovers. Griffin had five of them, DeAndre Jordan four and Chris Paul and J.J. Redick three apiece. But if you watched the game, it really didn’t appear that way. Griffin’s five turnovers certainly had to do with rust, but coach Doc Rivers afterward said he didn’t think that Griffin affected the team’s rhythm, even if Griffin’s timing was off. Griffin’s high for turnovers this season is six in a 101-97 victory Dec. 29. He had five on four other occasions.

- Griffin made 4 of 10 shots from the field, scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists. He also had two steals and a block. Under the circumstances, that wasn’t too shabby at all. He said his elbow was sore at the end, but that was expected. Griffin also told reporters he has only 60 percent of his strength in his right triceps as a result of his down time.

- Jordan Hamilton had a good game off the bench, scoring eight points on 3 of 5 shooting – 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. But he sustained a high ankle sprain late in the third quarter and did not return. Hamilton’s second 10-day contract is up, and coach Rivers said after the game that he was going to more than likely sign Hamilton for the rest of the season.

- It’s somewhat amazing that the Rockets shot just 37.2 percent from the field – 23.3 percent (7 of 30) from 3-point range – and they still beat a Clippers team that shot 43.9 percent overall, 46.2 percent (12 of 26) from beyond the arc. All one has to do is look at what happened at the free-throw line for an explanation. Houston shot 36 free throws and made 29 for an 80.6 percent clip. The Clippers shot 24 and made just 14 (58.3 percent). DeAndre Jordan was just 1 of 8, and his season percentage is now 40.1.

- The Clippers had done a fine job holding down James Harden in three previous games. He had scored 16, nine and 21 points while shooting just 12 of 37 from the field (32.4 percent) – 3 of 20 (15 percent) from 3-point range. He scored 34 points in this one, making 7 of 16 from the field, 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. His aggressive play allowed him to go to the free-throw line 18 times and he made 17. Harden is averaging 26.9 points on the season, second in the league behind Russell Westbrook (27.5).

 

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