DeAndre Jordan shutting out the hate, as latest performance at Dallas would suggest

Los Angeles Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Monday, March 7, 2016, in Dallas.

DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers powers down a reverse slam in the Clippers’ 109-90 victory Monday night at Dallas/AP photo by Brandon Wade


Suffice to say, DeAndre Jordan isn’t hearing or seeing any of the hate the fans of the Dallas Mavericks might have for him after he spurned the Mavericks over the summer to re-sign with the Clippers. Not if Monday’s performance at Dallas means anything.

Jordan scored 23 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, made two steals and blocked two shots to lead the Clippers to a 109-90 victory.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 27 points, J.J. Redick scored 22 and Jamal Crawford had 15 points off the bench; Crawford shot just 5 of 15 overall, but was 2 of 5 from 3-point range.

The Clippers shot 47 percent overall, a respectable 37.5 (12 of 32) from distance. Paul, Redick and Jordan all shot very well. But Jeff Green was 0 of 5 from the field, Paul Pierce was 1 of 5, Wes Johnson 1 of 6.

The Mavericks (33-31) shot just 37 percent, only 16 percent (4 of 25) from beyond the arc.

The Clippers (41-21) picked up a half-game on Oklahoma City and now trail the third-place Thunder (43-20) by 1 1/2 games in the Western Conference standings.

Dirk Nowtizki led Dallas with 22 points.

The Clippers next play Wednesday at Oklahoma City.

Clippers, DeAndre Jordan brace for second trip to Dallas since Jordan backed out on verbal accord

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


In heading to Dallas for a game Monday night, the Clippers and center DeAndre Jordan figure to have more hate heaped upon them than usual because of all the drama that happened over the summer, when Jordan backed out on a verbal deal to sign with the Mavericks, only to re-sign with the Clippers.

This will be the Clippers’ second trip to Dallas since then; they lost there 118-108 on Nov. 11. There were lots of insults hurled Jordan’s way that night, and some not-so-flattering signs held by Mavericks faithful. Dallas owner Mark Cuban also chimed in and doled out some not-so-flattering one-liners about Jordan to reporters.

Coach Doc Rivers isn’t sure if that discord will be as prominent as it was in November.

“I have no idea,” he said. “That’s really on them. For us, it should be another game, but I’m sure the crowd will remember forever. But I don’t think it’s going to be as big of a deal as it was the first time.”

Jordan apparently doesn’t give a darn.

“It was just another game the first game,” he said. “I really don’t care about it anymore.”

The Mavericks are in sixth-place in the West, the Clippers are in fourth.

The game begins at 5:30 p.m.on Fox Sports West.

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.”




Mark Cuban says he has ‘no problem slamming Doc Rivers’


Mark Cuban/Associated Press photo by Carolyn Kaster

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was holding court with reporters in the Mavericks’ locker room before Wednesday night’s game between his team and the Clippers at American Airlines Center, won 118-108 by the Mavericks.

Cuban was likely surrounded by more reporters than usual because it was the first time the Clippers would play in Dallas since DeAndre Jordan reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with Dallas over the summer, instead re-signing with the Clippers.

Reporters had just spoken with Clippers coach Doc Rivers ahead of speaking with Cuban, who was told that Rivers believes too much is being made of something that happened months ago.

Cuban shot back in hard-hitting fashion.

“I have no problem slamming Doc Rivers, even though he’s not going to play,” Cuban said. “I like (Clippers owner) Steve Ballmer. Lots of guys on the team, I like. But look, Doc does his radio interviews and brings it up for a reason., right? Again, Doc’s in the coaching business, he’s gotta do his job. God, there is so much I want to say.

“But we’re still in the entertainment business. And I would be a lot more upset if there was no promotion and no discussion about it and it wasn’t a TV game. Because then we’d be calling the NBA and every television partner idiots. Wouldn’t you? Yeah, everybody would. Because we’re an entertainment business and this is part of the entertainment. And unless you realize that, you’re going to get whatever unmentionables you wear in a wad. Or, if you’re commando, whatever.”


Five things to take from Clippers’ 118-108 loss to the Mavericks

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


– In a game where the Clippers were not terrific on defense – the Mavericks shot 55.3 percent overall, 45.8 from beyond the arc – it was still surprising to see the Clippers outscored 14-2 over the last three minutes.

DeAndre Jordan, the now-hated one in Dallas – didn’t seem to be affected much by all the boos and nasty signs held up by fans still peeved at him reneging on his verbal agreement to sign with Dallas over the summer before changing his mind to re-sign with the Clippers. He had nine points and 11 rebounds. His numbers would have been higher, but he sat for a lengthy spell with four fouls. After one dunk, Jordan screamed toward his bench and, perhaps, to the jeering crowd.

J.J. Redick got off to a hot start, making a couple of 3-point baskets. But he went to the locker room with about two minutes left in the first half and did not return because of back spasms. That hurt the Clippers, to be sure. Redick scored 10 points but appeared to be on his way to many more.

Chris Paul had 11 points on just 2 of 11 shooting. He was both poked and smacked in the eye in Monday’s win over Memphis, so perhaps that was the issue.

– The Mavericks are a much tougher team to beat when Dirk Nowitzki is on his game. He was really on in this one as he scored a game-high 31 points on 11 of 14 from the field – 5 of 6 from 3-point range. He also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Mavs’ Chandler Parsons still not cool with Jordan’s change of heart

This sign held up by a fan Wednesday in Dallas says it all about how Mavericks fans feel about DeAndre Jordan backing out of his verbal agreement with Dallas over the summer/Associated Press photo by LM Otero


The Dallas Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons helped recruit DeAndre Jordan over the summer. Like just about everyone, he thought Jordan would for sure be signing with the Mavericks, only to see Jordan changed his mind at the last minute.

Though the two have spoken since everything happened, Parsons is still not totally cool with it. Not only has Jordan been criticized for changing his mind, he took more heat for not personally calling Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to tell him of his change of heart.
“I mean, it’s something I’ll never forget, obviously,” Parsons said before the Mavericks defeated the Clippers 118-108 on Wednesday in Dallas. “I’ve said many times, he didn’t do anything illegal, I just think it was very mishandled. I think he knows that, the world knows that.”