Clippers down by nine points to Detroit Pistons at halftime

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


After trailing by as many as 17 points, the Clippers did well to trail the Detroit Pistons by just nine (60-51) at halftime Saturday at Staples Center.

Playing without starting guards Chris Paul (groin strain) and J.J. Redick (back spasms), the Clippers were led in the half by Jamal Crawford’s 17 points. Blake Griffin scored 11 and DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Reggie Jackson had 12 points for the Pistons, Ersan Ilyasova scored 11 and Andre Drummond had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Mater Dei High produced Stanley Johnson contributed nine points.



Five things to take from Clippers’ 118-104 loss to Phoenix

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


– Nine games in and the Clippers are 5-4. That could not have been expected by anyone. But the Clippers can at least take solace in knowing that they were missing Chris Paul (groin) and J.J. Redick (back) the entire game and Blake Griffin (ejected) for half of it. Those are their three leading scorers.

Griffin already has four technical fouls this season, tying him for the league lead with Paul George of Indiana. Griffin had two in this one. Tell you what, though, this guy gets hammered hard almost every time he gets into the paint and often nothing is called. It happened in Dallas a night earlier, as well.

– It’s difficult to take anything positive from a 14-point loss. But Wesley Johnson did score 14 points, his first double-digit performance for the Clippers. He was 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

– It’s true, the Clippers were severely short-handed. But it’s worth nothing that the Suns shot 53 percent from the field, 46.7 (14 of 30) from 3-point range. “Our defense was awful,” Doc Rivers said. “Back-to-back 118, 53-percent (games).” The Mavericks actually shot 55.3 percent in their 118-108 win over the Clippers on Wednesday.

– Another good thing for the Clippers was the game had by Jamal Crawford. He had a season-high 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also had three steals. Alas, it wasn’t all gravy as Crawford had five of his team’s 14 turnovers; Lance Stephenson had four.

Blake Griffin frustrated Clippers started well, finished poorly at Dallas in 118-108 loss to Mavericks

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers held a 10-point lead (31-21) over the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter on Wednesday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas. They led by just a point at halftime, then fell behind by 14 late in the third quarter.

The whole thing left Blake Griffin fit to be tied.

“It’s frustrating to be up like that, to get good leads, start out well and string some stops together and then give it away and fight uphill the rest of the game,” he said. “It’s not ideal.”

Speaking of stops, the Clippers were not solid on defense as the Mavericks shot a terrific 55.3 percent, 45.8 (11 of 24) from 3-point range. The Clippers gave up 14 points over the final 2:46, scoring just two of their own.

Griffin was asked if having so many new players on the team is making it difficult to find defensive consistency.

“I’m not sure, honestly,” he said. “Some of us just have to have a sense of urgency. I can’t really say that it’s new players. You can always play hard, play with a sense of urgency whether you’re new or we have a mixed group of guys. We have to find that somewhere.”




DeAndre Jordan booed heartily in first half at Dallas

DeAndre Jordan

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DeAndre Jordan had five points and eight rebounds in the first half Wednesday in his first trip to Dallas after spurning the Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban. Jordan had agreed to sign with the Mavericks, only to change his mind and re-sign with the Clippers in July. He was booed heartily ever time he touched the ball and the mean signs held up by fans were very present.

The Clippers took a 54-53 lead into the locker room at the break at American Airlines Center. J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 10 points, but went into the locker room with two minutes left in the half. His injury was knot known as of this writing.

Blake Griffin contributed nine points for the Clippers, as did Jamal Crawford off the bench.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 11 points and Wesley Matthews had nine.


Teammates rave about fine start Blake Griffin has had to season

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin is in his sixth NBA season and the 6-foot-10 power forward is off to a fine start. Through seven games he’s averaging 28.6 points – fourth in the league – and 10 rebounds. Moreover, Griffin is shooting a sizzling 58.1 percent.

After Monday’s 94-92 victory over Memphis, coach Doc Rivers talked about Griffin at length. He mentioned how Griffin is taking on more of a leadership role. Starting small forward Lance Stephenson is in his first season with the Clippers, but he has taken notice of how Griffin is taking care of business in many ways.

“He is doing great,” Stephenson said. “He is always vocal and making sure we are on the same page with the unites. He is playing hard, playing aggressive, running the floor and doing his job while helping everybody else at the same time.”

Indeed, Griffin has been doing it all for the Clippers (5-2).

“He is our horse and we are going to keep feeding him,” point guard Chris Paul said. “We have to help him out a little bit, though. Blake is our MVP.”


Five things to take from Clippers’ 94-92 win over Grizzlies

  • J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


  • You have to like the backbone of Chris Paul. He had missed Saturday’s loss against Houston with a groin strain. In this game, he was both poked and smacked in the eye. He still found a way to score 14 points and dole out four assists in nearly 32 minutes. Paul did contribute to the 18 turnovers the team committed with four of his own.
  • J.J. Redick was Mr. Clutch. He was 1-for-5 from 3-point range when he buried one that put the Clippers ahead (87-86) for good 55.1 seconds to play. Then he made three consecutive free throws with 13.3 seconds left.
  • Another fine game by Blake Griffin. He played a team-high 37 minutes, 48 seconds and came away with 24 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. The sixth-year pro is now averaging 28.6 points and 10 rebounds. He’s also shooting 58.1 percent from the field.
  • DeAndre Jordan didn’t let the thought of playing in what is bound to be a very hostile Dallas crowd on Wednesday affect what he did in this victory. He scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked four shots. Remember how Jordan reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with Dallas to re-sign with the Clippers? Well, Jordan is really going to hear it when the teams square off at American Airlines Center.
  • Old friend Matt Barnes made his presence felt. He scored eight points, pulled down six rebounds, made two steals and blocked two shots in 26-plus minutes off the bench. He scored all of his points in the fourth quarter, when his team needed them most. Best of all, Barnes received a nice ovation from a Staples Center crowd appreciative of the previous three years he spent with the Clippers before he was traded during the off-season.