Five things to take from Clippers’ 119-106 victory over the Boston Celtics

J.J. Redick

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

 

– We just can’t say enough about J.J. Redick. He had another terrific game, with 27 points on 11 of 15 shooting – 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Redick is averaging 21.1 points in 15 games this month. He’s shooting 50.9 percent from the field in March, a ridiculous 44.3 from 3-point range.

Blake Griffin has now played eight games since missing the previous 15 with a staph infection in his right elbow. He was outstanding in this one, going for 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He made 7 of 9 from the free-throw line, pulled down nine rebounds and doled out four assists. He also had a block and a steal and did not have a turnover. Other than that, he didn’t do a thing. He apparently hit his elbow on the floor in this one, but he told the Orange County Register that although it was a bit sore, he’d be OK.

– There was a down part to this game. The Clippers held a 35-point lead (96-61) with 4:20 left in the third quarter, only to see the Celtics get it all the way down to 11 (111-100) with 4:01 left in the game. When the lead was down to 14 (111-97) with 4:16 left, Doc Rivers had to bring the starters back into the game. Afterward, Rivers said he was not happy with the bench play, which shot a combined 5 of 20 and did not play well on defense.

– As poorly as the bench performed, the starting five was darn good. Besides Redick’s 27 points and Griffin’s 21, Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists; Matt Barnes scored 18 and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 14 rebounds. But to be perfectly clear, everything was not terrific. Barnes was just 4 of 13 from 3-point range and Jordan made just 3 of 15 from the free-throw line.

– We can’t forget the defense. Yes, it slacked off when the Celtics made their belated run. But on the whole, it was very good. The Celtics shot just 41.9 percent from the field, only 25.8 (8 of 31) from beyond the arc. Those are numbers that Rivers would take every time.

J.J. Redick scores 27 points as Clippers win seventh straight, 119-106 at Boston

J.J. Redick

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

 

J.J. Redick scored 27 points and the Clippers on Sunday won their seventh consecutive game with a 119-106 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston. Interestingly, the Clippers held a 35-point lead (96-61) with 4:20 left in the third quarter and the Celtics were able to whittle that gigantic deficit down to 14 (111-97) with 4:16 to play in the game.

The Clippers’ starters came back in and then Boston’s Luigi Datome buried a 3-pointer to bring the Celtics within 11 points at 111-100 with 4:01 left before Matt Barnes made a huge put-back after the second of two missed free throws by DeAndre Jordan, who again fell victim to the hack-a-DJ ploy by making just 3 of 15 from the free-throw line.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin contributed 21 points apiece with Paul also doling out 10 assists and Griffin grabbing nine rebounds. Barnes had 18 points and seven rebounds and Jordan scored 15 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics (32-41) with 19 points off the bench and Tyler Zeller scored 16.

The Clippers (49-25) now return home to take on the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday at Staples Center. The Warriors have the league’s best record at 60-13.

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

Blake Griffin

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.

Jamal Crawford has 12 points at halftime as Clippers lead Celtics 47-37

Jamal Crawford

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.

Doc Rivers would not play favorites with son Austin if he comes to Clippers

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers/Photo courtesy of New Orelans Pelicans, NBA.com

 

With all the rumors swirling about the possibility of guard Austin Rivers coming to the Clippers in a trade with Boston – the younger Rivers is part of a deal that apparently will send him from New Orleans to Boston , though official confirmation has yet to come on that – Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked about all that Sunday morning before his team took on Miami at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center.

Coach Rivers couldn’t say much because of league rules, so everything was hypothetical. Among those questions came one asking the elder Rivers if he was concerned he might play favorites with his son, who would likely be a reserve.

“I probably show favoritism to Blake (Griffin) and Chris (Paul),” Rivers said. “I love my son, but I’m still going to favor Blake and Chris and those guys first. The only one that would be upset with that would be Kris Rivers”

Kristen Rivers is the wife of Doc and mother of Austin.

Again, the Austin Rivers to Celtics trade is not official. The Pelicans and Celtics play each other Monday at Boston. Austin Rivers was still listed on the New Orleans roster as of Sunday. Memphis is also involved in the Rivers-to-Boston deal, according to multiple reports.

Doc Rivers impressed with loyal Lakers fan base after attending Pelicans game

Clippers sign Doc Rivers to contract extension

Doc Rivers, left, is impressed with Lakers fan base/Staff photo by David Crane

 

Doc Rivers on Monday night paid the Lakers and their fans quite a compliment. Rivers on Sunday went to Staples Center as a fan to watch his son Austin toil for the New Orleans Pelicans against the Lakers. Austin Rivers is a reserve guard for New Orleans.

As Doc Rivers played host to reporters in his pre-game news conference Monday ahead of the Clippers’ game against the Phoenix Suns, he was asked how he was treated by Lakers fans.

“They were very nice last night, they were very good,” he said, smiling. Rivers then discussed what he though about the turnout of 18,997.

“I’ll say this, one of the things I was impressed with was how crowded it was,” Rivers said. “Really, when you have the record that they have, it says a lot about their fan base and their loyalty. And I thought that was impressive. I went through that in Boston and I was always amazed how crowded it was every night. Celtics fans showed up every night, whether we were winning or losing.

“And the Lakers fans are doing that, too, and there are not a lot of fan bases in our league – or in any league, for that matter – that would do that. And I think that’s something that we’d love to be able to achieve some day. I don’t want to do that part of losing to find out, but I thought that was really impressive.”