Doc Rivers lists Chris Paul and J.J. Redick as ’50-50′ for Warriors

Chris Paul

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If Chris Paul and J.J. Redick don’t play Thursday when the Clippers host the defending-champion Golden State Warriors, the Clippers will have little chance of winning.

Prior to practice Wednesday, coach Doc Rivers was asked for an update. It wasn’t great news for Clippers fans. Not the worst, either.

“We’re going to put them both out there (to practice) and if we like what we see … but my guess right now is 50-50,” Rivers said.

Paul and Redick both have missed the past two games – Paul with a groin strain, Redick with back spasms.

The Clippers are 6-4. The Warriors are 12-0, with their smallest margin of victory coming Nov. 4 when they beat the Clippers 112-108 at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Paul scored 24 points in that one and first tweaked his groin there in the final seconds.

There is a chance Chris Paul and J.J. Redick will play Thursday when Warriors visit Staples Center

Chris Paul

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There is some good news for Clippers fans: Chris Paul and J.J. Redick might play Thursday when the Golden State Warriors come to town to take on the Clippers at Staples Center.

Tuesday, at the Clippers’ facility in Playa Vista, there was Paul, moving well while shooting around before practice. At another basket, Redick was working on his shot.

The two have missed the past two games – Paul with a strained groin, Redick with back spasms.

Paul spoke in optimistic tones about his return.

“Yeah, definitely getting better,” he said. “First time getting to move around a little bit, so hopefully I’ll get to do something in practice today.”

Will he play against the Warriors?

“I want to, no question,” he said.

Paul sustained the injury in the final moments of the Clippers’ Nov. 4 loss at Golden State. Paul sat out the next game against Nov. 7 against Houston, then played 33 minutes Nov. 9 against Memphis and 35 more Nov. 11 at Dallas.

“I pushed it a little bit in the Dallas game; I chased down a play right before the first half,” said Paul, who did not play Thursday at Phoenix nor Saturday against Detroit at Staples Center.

Paul admitted it has been very difficult sitting and watching.

“It’s been tough, you know what I mean?” he said. “But the one thing we always talk about is the bigger picture.”

Coach Doc Rivers said he didn’t have to argue with the tenacious Paul about sitting out to get healthy.

“No, I think he’s smart,” Rivers said. “He’s gotten older. It’s a sign of maturity, maybe.”

Rivers couldn’t say for sure whether Paul will play Thursday.

“I don’t know yet,” he said. “I think we’re just going to see what he can do (in practice).”

The Clippers will practice Wednesday as well.

Redick has had back issues in the past, and played only 35 games in 2013-14 because of a bulging disk. That’s why he said he quit playing golf over the summer.

“A back can take a day, and you feel great the next day,” Rivers said. “Or it can take three days, or it can take a month and the thing with the back, you always have it; it can always come back.

“When J.J. comes back and he’s healthy, it’s still around the corner. You always know what. That’s just the back. Once you hurt it, you have it. And that’s the bad part about being a guy with back injuries.”

That said, Rivers is hopeful Redick can play against Golden State.

“He’s possibly going to play Thursday,” Rivers said. “I don’t think he’s going to do much today. He’s feeling a lot better and he got some shooting in, but again, with the back you’ve just gotta be careful.”

Rivers said Redick would have to virtually be 100 percent to play.

“If he’s close, he’s not playing, I can tell you that,” Rivers said.

The Clippers are 6-4 after starting 4-0. Golden State is 11-0, but the Clippers only lost to them by four points (112-108) at Oracle Arena.

Chris Paul doubtful, J.J. Redick out for Golden State on Thursday

Chris Paul

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A Clippers spokesman on Monday said there is on change on the statuses of starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, neither of whom has played the past two games because of injuries.

Paul is suffering from a groin strain and is listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Redick has been having back spasms and is listed as out.

The spokesman said there could be further updates Tuesday, when the team gets back to practice. The Clippers did not practice Sunday or Monday. They are coming off a 101-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday and won’t play again until Thursday.


DeAndre Jordan a fan of scoring machine that is Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford

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Count DeAndre Jordan among those who love to watch Jamal Crawford when he’s on a scoring tear. Crawford started Saturday’s game because starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick were again out with injuries.

Crawford came through with 37 points in the Clippers’ 101-96 come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center.

“It was fun – I’m a fan,” Jordan said post-game. “He (Crawford) had almost 40 points tonight. We ask so much of Jamal in that he starts some games and comes off the bench other games. I really commend him for being as old as he is and still being ready to play at all times and giving guys fits.”

Still explosive, still cat-like quick, the 35-year-old Crawford indeed did that. He also had six rebounds, eight assists and made all 10 of his free throws. The cherry on top, a blocked shot.

Blake Griffin likes the way team came through against Pistons

Blake Griffin

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The Clippers on Saturday afternoon trailed the Detroit Pistons by 17 points midway through the second quarter at Staples Center. The Clippers were again without injured starting guards Chris Paul (groin strain) and J.J. Redick (back spasms), so things did not look good.

But the Clippers – behind the offense of Jamal Crawford (37 points) and Blake Griffin (34 points) and a vastly improved second-half defense – came back to defeat the Pistons 101-96.

Griffin liked the way his team hung in there.

“I was really proud of the way we talked to each other out there,” he said. “We stayed focused, our talk was positive and we executed down the stretch.”


Five things to take from Clippers’ 101-96 victory over Pistons


Jamal Crawford pulls up for a jump-shot in Saturday’s victory/AP photo by Christine Cotter


Jamal Crawford came in averaging just 11 points, and his overall shooting numbers were down – especially from 3-point range, where he entered shooting just 23 percent. Crawford scored a game-high 37 points in this one, making 12 of 27 overall from the field – 3 of 7 from beyond the arc. He also had eight assists, six rebounds and a block. Not too shabby for a 35-year-old. Oh, and he played nearly 41 minutes. Crawford has now made 1,825 3-pointers and is five away from tying Chauncey Billups (1,830), who is seventh all-time.

– Crawford and Austin Rivers started at the guard spots because J.J. Redick (back spasms) and Chris Paul (groin strain) were again out. Rivers had 13 points and was 3 of 6 from long distance.

– Another fine game by Blake Griffin, who scored 34 points on 14 of 25 from the field. Griffin is now shooting 55.8 percent from the field. He also had nine assists, eight rebounds, two steals and a block.

– It was interesting to see Lance Stephenson play just under two minutes after having started the first nine games. When Stephenson came off the bench early in the second quarter, he played less than two minutes and was removed not long after having the ball stolen from him by Mater Dei High product Stanley Johnson. After the game, coach Doc Rivers said Stephenson wasn’t ready to play and that he couldn’t wait for him to be ready because the Clippers were already losing (28-25).

– As early season victories go, this one was rather big. The Clippers had lost four of five after starting 4-0 and even though they were missing Paul and Redick and were up against a good team, another loss would have made them 5-5 ahead of their game Thursday against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Now, they take a record of 6-4 into that game and perhaps the added confidence that they can pull together when two of their top players are on the shelf.