Five things to take from Clippers’ crushing 102-100 loss at Brooklyn

DeAndre Jordan could not block this game-winning shot by Brooklyn’s Jarrett Jack/Photo by Associated Press

 

- Blake Griffin admitted he was not aggressive enough in this game. He took only 10 shots and made six for 13 points, well under his season-scoring average of 22.6. Two days earlier, in a win at San Antonio, Griffin took 21 shots and made 12 for 31 points. That’s not to mention Griffin had just six rebounds in this one compared to 13 at San Antonio.

- Did the Clippers quit playing defense as coach Doc Rivers suggested after they earned a nine-point lead with 1:46 to play in the game? Well, the Nets scored 15 points during that final 1:46 and did not miss a field-goal attempt. What do you think? Fifteen points in a minute and 46 seconds? Wow!

- It’s interesting to see what DeAndre Jordan had 22 points and a whopping 20 rebounds. Yet, he did not block even one shot for the first time since Nov. 23 at Memphis.

- J.J. Redick played just four minutes and had to leave the game with back spasms. Redick missed the first game of this road trip at Utah because of back spasms, so now this has become a concern. Redick played just 35 games in 2013-14 because of injuries, one of which was a bulging disk in his back.

- Jamal Crawford scored 18 points, but shot just 7 of 22 from the field – 2 of 7 from 3-point range. The first 3-point basket he made allowed him to move into eighth-place all-time with 1,789 made 3-pointers. Next up for Crawford to pass at No. 7 is Chauncey Billups, who has 1,830.

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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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DeAndre Jordan blocks four shots and Clippers lead Nuggets 50-47 at break

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DeAndre Jordan had four blocked shots in the first half Monday against Denver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

After a poor first quarter the Clippers roared back to outscore the Denver Nuggets 30-16 to take a 50-47 lead into intermission on Monday night at Staples Center.

DeAndre Jordan had four blocked shots in the half, three in the final minute – two on one possession. Chris Paul scored nine points, Blake Griffin had eight and Matt Barnes and Jordan scored seven apiece.

Wilson Chandler led Denver with 13 first-half points, all of them coming in the first quarter.

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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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Shaquille O’Neal gives Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan his All-Star endorsement

DeAndre Jordan, left, will have to rely on Western Conference coaches to pick him as a reserve for the Feb. 15 All-Star game in New York City/Photo by Associated Press

 

Chances are DeAndre Jordan will not be participating in his first All-Star game Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Jordan finished 12th among frontcourt players in fan balloting, which means his only chance would be to get picked by the coaches of the Western Conference; reserves will be announced Jan. 29.

But TNT studio analyst Shaquille O’Neal gave Jordan his personal endorsement Thursday night, saying Jordan should be selected as a reserve. Jordan was stoked to hear of it after the Clippers’ 123-84 demolition of Brooklyn on Thursday night at Staples Center.

“So he did get the hundred bucks I sent,” Jordan said, drawing laughter from reporters in the post-game news conference.

He got serious.

“It’s pretty humbling,” Jordan said. “To me, Shaq is the most dominant player ever to play the game. For him to even think of me in that light is pretty cool. Especially to have someone like him giving me some credit. It’s always nice to hear and it makes you work hard.”

 

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ impressive 100-94 victory at Portland

DeAndre Jordan’s double-double helps Clippers beat Portland

DeAndre Jordan had 17 points while shooting 8 of 8 and grabbed 18 rebounds Wednesday night in Portland/Photo by Associated Press

 

- Jamal Crawford’s team-leading 25 points were big. They played a large role in getting the Clippers the victory, but he also once again showed the ability to come back from an off game, such as Sunday’s when he shot just 1 of 9 from the field and scored only four points in the Clippers’ loss to the Miami Heat.

- That the Clippers won this game on the road against a terrific home team – the Trail Blazers were 18-3 at Moda Center going in – makes this one of the best victories of the season for Los Angeles. Portland – now 30-9 – resides in second place in the Western Conference standings, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Golden State (31-5). The Clippers (26-13) are still sixth, but just a half-game behind Dallas (27-13).

- One of the keys in this victory was holding Portland point guard Damian Lillard to below his seasons averages in points and assists. He entered averaging 22.2 points and 6.3 assists. The Clippers held him to 15 points on just 6 of 15 shooting and four assists in 37 minutes.

- The Clippers – known this season for being inconsistent – never had a real bad stretch. Their biggest deficit was six points in the fourth quarter and they overcame that. Portland led 2-0 and then did not take another lead until early in the fourth quarter at 76-74. This is a big deal because again, this was Portland at home.

- What was interesting about this victory is that the Clippers shot just 42 percent from the field with Blake Griffin (7 of 20), J.J. Redick (3 of 12) and Chris Paul (6 of 18) shooting a combined 16 of 50, which equates to 32 percent combined for those three. But the Clippers held the Trail Blazers to just 40.2 percent shooting, 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from 3-point range. Defense wins games, and championships.

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