DeAndre Jordan has big first half as Clippers lead Nuggets 56-42

DeAndre Jordan

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DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots as the Clippers took a 56-42 over the Denver Nuggets into the locker room at halftime Friday at Staples Center.

It is the exhibition opener for both teams.

Chris Paul scored nine points and doled out five assists for the Clippers and Josh Smith and Blake Griffin scored six points apiece.

Wilson Chandler led Denver with 11 points.

Doc Rivers said Hack-a-Shaq rule change got little play over summer

Doc Rivers/Photo by Associated Press


Doc Rivers is on the NBA’s competition committee. One new rule it established over the summer was playoff seedings. Previously, any team winning its division was guaranteed a top 4 seed, even if it had an inferior record to a team that did not win its division.

That has now been changed so seedings will be based solely on record.

One rule change that would have been welcomed by fans didn’t get done. That’s the Hack-a-Shaq that affected the Clippers and post DeAndre Jordan, one of the worst free-throw shooters in the league.

When an opponent would make it a point to continually foul Jordan on purpose, it slowed the game down and made it downright difficult to watch.

But Rivers said the possibility of change there got little play.

“There really wasn’t a lot of talk (about that),” he said. “That rule is a tough one. I get it, again, for the fans; it’s ugly. It looks bad. But it’s tough to change a rule for five or six guys (in the league).”


Doc Rivers likes what he sees from son Austin and DeAndre Jordan

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Austin Rivers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


It was Monday, the third day of training camp for the Clippers at UC Irvine. Third-year coach Doc Rivers has seen a lot in a short time, what with several new faces on the team.

But after practice, he was asked if any of the returning players had shown him anything new or surprising. He proceeded to speak specifically about his son, reserve guard Austin Rivers, and post DeAndre Jordan.

“I think Austin is playing more like the playoffs all the time now,” Doc Rivers said. “He’s been very good, hard to  stop. And then his defense has been great. But that’s something we saw at the end of the year, anyway, so I guess we expected that.

“Other than that, everybody’s just better. D.J.’s better. D.J.’s in great shape, he’s playing terrific. I guess D.J.’s passing has surprised me. He’s really making great passes from the post and we haven’t seen that.”


Jamal Crawford figures he’s supposed to be on the Clippers

Jamal Crawford

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Jamal Crawford heard the rumors during the off-season, and he’s on Twitter, so he sees all that. He knew there were once again trade rumors with his name mentioned. With all the new player acquisitions, his departure seemed a possibility.

It was a bit nerve-racking, he said at training camp this week in Irvine.

“There were some stressful points, there were some points where it was like, you know what? It’s part of the business,” he said. “I was looking back, and from my first year here, the only three guys here who I played with are Blake (Griffin), D.J. (DeAndre Jordan) and Chris (Paul), and myself. So I guess in that time I’m one of those four guys who have been here. So, obviously, I’m where I’m supposed to be.”

Crawford, 35, is entering his 16th season, fourth with the Clippers.


DeAndre Jordan gets comical when asked about playing at Dallas

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers open exhibition play next Friday against Denver at Staples Center. They begin the regular season Oct. 28 at Sacramento, with their first home game the next night against Dallas.

Speaking of Dallas, the Clippers play there on Nov. 11. With the history DeAndre Jordan now has with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, he was asked what he believes it will be like that night at American Airlines Center. He tried to be funny.

“It’s going to be like any other road game,” he said, drawing laughter from assembled reporters Friday at media day in Playa Vista. “I mean, I’ll have all of my people from Houston there, so I’ll be good. I’ll probably get a lot of boos, which is fine. As long as we come out with a win, that’s all that matters.”



NBA schedules released; the Clippers will play at Dallas on Nov. 11 on ESPN

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers will play at Dallas on Nov. 11/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


NBA schedules for the 2015-16 season were released Wednesday and, for at least the first two weeks, the scheduling gods were good to the Clippers.

The Clippers will play their first seven games in California. They open Oct. 28 on the road at Sacramento, then host Dallas, Sacramento and Phoenix. The Clippers then play a road game Nov. 4 at defending-champion Golden State before returning home for games against Houston and Memphis.

The Clippers will play their first out-of-state game Nov. 11 at Dallas, where extra security might be needed to keep DeAndre Jordan safe from those angry Mavericks fans who are bound to let Jordan know how much he disgusts them after he backed out of a verbal agreement to sign with Dallas, only to re-sign with the Clippers. That game will be televised by ESPN.

The Clippers don’t play the Lakers until Christmas night, and that will be a Lakers home game.