Chris Paul selected as reserve for All-Star game, but DeAndre Jordan is not

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

 

Clippers guard Chris Paul on Thursday was selected as a reserve by Western Conference coaches for the All-Star game that will be played Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It is Paul’s eighth consecutive All-Star game selection.
Paul finished fourth in fan voting among backcourt players.
Clippers post DeAndre Jordan did not get selected, however. Frontcourt players chosen ahead of him as reserves were LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland, Tim Duncan of San Antonio and Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City.
Jordan finished 12th in fan voting while Duncan, Durant and Aldridge were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

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Chris Paul makes pitch for DeAndre Jordan to make his first All-Star team

DeAndre Jordan has never been selected to the All-Star team/Photo by Associated Press

 

DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul on Thursday will find out if they will be members of the 2015 Western Conference All-Star squad when the reserves – picked by conference coaches – are announced.

Paul figures to have a better chance of making the team for the eighth consecutive season, but he gave his best pitch for Jordan following Monday’s 102-98 victory over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.

His comments came when somebody mentioned a sequence in the final minute of the half where Jordan got three of the four blocked shots he had in the game. Two came on one Nuggets possession.

“I say it all the time, but to me D.J. is an All-Star, he is the Defensive Player of the Year and many other accolades that I think he should have,” Paul said. “D.J. also understands that he does not need all of that to validate him. We all know what he does and what he is capable of.”

The Clippers (31-14) on Wednesday night begin their eight-game Grammy road trip at Utah (16-29) at 6 p.m.

 

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Denver Nuggets outscore Clippers 31-20 in first quarter at Staples Center

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

 

The Nuggets led the Clippers by as many as 16 points at 31-15 before settling for a 31-20 lead over the Clippers after one quarter.

Hedo Turkoglu hit a 3-point basket with about 20 seconds left in the quarter and then Austin Rivers made a layup with 0.7 seconds left as the Clippers scored the final five points of the quarter.

Chris Paul led the Clippers (30-14) with six points in the quarter, Wilson Chandler had 13 for Denver (18-26).

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 120-100 victory over the Phoenix Suns

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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.

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Clippers come away with impressive 120-100 victory at Phoenix

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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.

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Chris Paul diplomatic when asked about team’s supposed improved chemistry

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

 

It wasn’t long ago that a column that appeared on NBA.com suggested the Clippers players didn’t like one another. The Clippers since that time have shipped out four players and brought in two; the sequence of moves began Jan. 7. Gone are Chris Douglas-Roberts, Jared Cunningham, Jordan Farmar and Reggie Bullock and now here are Austin Rivers and Dahntay Jones.
With the spirt of the team seemingly at a season-high, Chris Paul was asked Saturday if the chemistry has improved since the moves have been made.

He was very careful with this touchy subject.
“I think we’re playing with a really good spirit,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s one way or the other because of this or because of that, but we’re playing a little bit better. Moving the ball and just playing with the right spirit. I don’t know what that means.”

The Clippers are 6-2 since Jan. 7.

 

 

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Blake Griffin believes Chris Paul deserves to be on eighth All-Star team

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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.”

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Five things to take from the Clippers’ 123-84 rout of the Brooklyn Nets

Blake Griffin works  hard in the paint in Thursday’s win over Brooklyn. He scored 24 points/Staff photo by David Crane

 

- Chris Paul said afterward he doesn’t go into any game wondering how he’s going to go about things. But it seemed from the beginning he decided he was going to be more of a distributor than anything. He took just five shots in 24:01 of play, but doled out 17 assists. He passed up open looks to get his teammates the ball and became only the third player in history with 17 assists in under 25 minutes. His coach, Doc Rivers, and Brad Davis (Mavericks) are the other two. Paul had been in a shooting slump, making just 17 of his previous 54 shots (31.4 percent) heading in, so perhaps this was a way for him to break out of that. He shot 2 of 5 in this one.

- Austin Rivers, in his fourth game playing for his father – coach Doc Rivers – finally had something to shout about. Although he did most of his damage when the game had long been decided, he did score nine points on 4 of 7 shooting with six assists and two turnovers in 23:59 of play. He did miss all four of his free throws and afterward he said he’s got to do better in that regard. He’s only a 62.3 percent career shooter from the free-throw line in 2 1/2 NBA seasons, and that’s low for a guard.

- One of the best things for the Clippers in this one is their starters only had to play until about midway through the third quarter because of the lopsided nature of the game. That gave them rest, and it gave the reserves a chance to get extended minutes. A win-win situation.

- Any time his team doesn’t get that many assists, Doc Rivers talks about the lack of ball movement. Well, there was nothing lacking in that department because the Clippers had a whopping season-high 41 assists. Besides Paul’s 17 and Rivers’ six, Spencer Hawes had four assists and Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick each had three.

- Let’s not forget the defense played by the Clippers. Brooklyn is averaging 95.5 points, so it was held to well under that. The Nets were also held to just 37.5 percent shooting – just 19 percent (4 of 21) from 3-point range. The Clippers were active throughout.

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Clippers lead Brooklyn Nets by 33 points at halftime; Blake Griffin has 22

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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.

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Chris Paul says upcoming eight-game road trip is ‘big’ for his Clippers

Monta Ellis, Chris Paul Photo: George Nikitin, Associated Press

Chris Paul says upcoming Grammy road trip is big for the Clippers/Photo by of Associated Press

 

The Clippers have three games left before their upcoming Grammy road trip that will include eight games in 13 days. The Clippers host Brooklyn on Thursday, play Sunday at Phoenix and host Denver on Monday.

The Grammy roadie then begins Jan. 28 in Utah and will also go to New Orleans, San Antonio, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Toronto, Oklahoma City and Dallas (on Feb. 9).

The Clippers are currently in sixth in the Western Conference standings and certainly want to move up before the playoffs arrive and since the season is now more than halfway over, the post-season will be here before any of us know it.

Indeed, this trip could prove vital to the Clippers’ playoff seeding, and Chris Paul agrees.

“It’ll be a big trip for us,” he said. “You know, the West is tough. Obviously, we’re in the bottom eight of the playoffs right now and that’s going to be a big test for us.”

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