Chris Paul is intense, to be sure. When he missed what could have been a game-winning shot Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center, DeAndre Jordan grabbed the rebound. Thinking the noise he heard was the horn sounding the end of regulation, Jordan just held the ball over his head as Paul screamed at him to shoot. You see, what Jordan heard was the 24-second-shot buzzer, and there were still 0.7 seconds left when he took the rebound. He could have put the ball back up, thus Paul’s frenzied attempt to get Jordan to do so. Eventually, the Clippers lost 98-93 in overtime after blowing a 10-point lead down the stretch in regulation. Check out Paul screaming at Jordan to put the ball back up:
Jordan Hamilton/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- Jordan Hamilton started for the injured Matt Barnes (hamstring) and came through with 10 points and three rebounds in just under 26 minutes. He made 2 of 6 from 3-point range and did not commit a turnover. It was a solid showing for his first dose of real minutes since joining the Clippers on a 10-day contract last week. He had played a total of three minutes in two previous games.
- It might seem like this is a game the Clippers were supposed to win. After all, they are 40-21 and in fifth-place in the Western Conference standings and the Timberwolves are now 13-46 and in last. But not only were the Clippers missing Blake Griffin (elbow) and Barnes, they lost Jamal Crawford (calf contusion) at halftime and J.J. Redick was ejected with 1:06 left in the game. For all those reasons, this was a good victory. It was the Clippers’ seventh in 10 games since Griffin went down.
- DeAndre Jordan pulled down 18 rebounds, giving him nine consecutive games with at least 15; he has had at least 20 in four of them. Jordan has upped his league-leading average to 14.4.
- Chris Paul had a game-high 26 points with 14 assists and three steals. It was his league-leading 14th game this season with at least 20 points and 10 assists.
- Austin Rivers had a solid showing in 25-plus minutes off the bench. He scored 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting and doled out four assists. Perhaps as importantly, the 6-foot-4 guard showed heart when he did not back down from 6-foot-11 Kevin Garnett when the two exchanged words after Rivers bumped Garnett on his way back to his bench after a timeout and Garnett responded with an elbow.
Chris Paul had 26 points and 14 rebounds in Monday’s victory at Minnesota/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers on Monday night at Minnesota were without Blake Griffin (elbow) and Matt Barnes (hamstring) and lost Jamal Crawford (calf contusion) and J.J. Redick (ejected) during the game and still managed to defeat the Timberwolves 110-105 at Target Center. The Clippers finished their four-game road trip with three consecutive victories.
Chris Paul led the way with 26 points, 14 assists and three steals as the Clippers (40-21) are now 7-3 without Griffin.
J.J. Redick scored 18 before being tossed late, Austin Rivers scored 13 off the bench with four assists, DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 18 rebounds, Glen “Big Baby” Davis scored 12 off the bench and Jordan Hamilton had 10 points; the recently acquired Hamilton started in place of Barnes. Crawford scored nine.
Leading just 102-101, Spencer Hawes (8 points, 5 rebounds) made a 3-pointer for a 105-101 Clippers lead with 1:31 to play. Paul made a 19-footer with 38 ticks left for a 108-103 advantage.
Gary Neal led Minnesota (13-46) with 19 points, Ricky Rubio had a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists and Andrew Wiggins scored 18.
The Clippers will now come home to play host to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday at Staples Center. The Clippers are in fifth in the Western Conference standings, just a half-game behind Portland (39-19).
Chris Paul had 19 points and nine assists in the first half Monday at Minnesota/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers on Monday night at Minnesota led by 18 points (36-18) with 50 seconds left in the first quarter. They trailed by two (60-58) at halftime. That’s a 20-point turnaround against the worst team in the Western Conference as Minnesota entered play with a record of 13-45.
The Clippers (39-21) – 6-3 without the injured Blake Griffin (elbow) – got 19 points and nine assists from Chris Paul in the half. Jamal Crawford scored nine points, J.J. Redick eight and DeAndre Jordan had six points and nine rebounds.
Recently signed Jordan Hamilton started for Matt Barnes at small forward because Barnes is out with a hamstring injury. Hamilton scored five points in the first quarter and did not score in the second.
Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine scored 12 points apiece for the Timberwolves in the half.
DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Every time you turn around, DeAndre Jordan is having another fine game. The 6-foot-11 post who again was not selected to the Western Conference All-Star team, on Sunday scored only nine points but he pulled down a whopping 26 rebounds, blocked two shots and made two steals in the Clippers’ 96-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls at United Center in Chicago.
Not only that, Jordan played solid defense on Chicago’s Pau Gasol, who was reportedly sick and made just 2 of 13 from the field for four points; he averages 18.4 points. Gasol did have 15 rebounds and four assists, so he apparently wasn’t too sick to rebound and pass well.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers applauded yet another in a long line of games Jordan has dominated with his rebounding and defense. Jordan averaged 17.2 rebounds in the month of February and had five games with at least 20 rebounds with a high of 27 on on Feb. 9 in a win at Dallas.
“Our defense was good all day,” Rivers said. “DJ was great. When you have a big who can guard another big one on one and you don’t have to double team, it takes other things they can do away because there is no double team. DJ was huge on Gasol all day.”
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau gave credit to Jordan, but not without telling everyone how under the weather Gasol was during the game.
“I want to give Pau a lot of credit,” Thibodeau said. “Pau is sick, very sick. He knows we are shorthanded and he got out there and gave us everything he had. DeAndre Jordan has had an unbelievable year and an incredible run, particularly with Blake Griffin being out for them. He is playing at an unbelievable high level. When you look at their team and scoring margin, it tells you how good they are.”
Blake Griffin (elbow) missed his ninth consecutive game, but the Clippers (39-21) have won six of them. Five of them have come against playoff-bound teams.
This game was tied 69-69 after three quarters.
Chicago is now 37-23 and in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Clippers began the day in sixth in the Western Conference, but leapfrogged Dallas into fifth place, a half-game ahead of the now-sixth Mavericks and a game behind fourth-place Portland (39-19).
Chris Paul led the Clippers in scoring with 28 points; he also had 12 assists. Jamal Crawford scored 16 and Spencer Hawes had 14 points and nine rebounds. J.J. Redick had 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Bulls were without point guard Derrick Rose (knee) and power forward Taj Gibson (ankle).
The Clippers ventured to Memphis on Friday to take on a Grizzlies team that was in second place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 41-15, 23-5 at home. Thanks in part to yet another terrific effort by DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers (38-21) walloped Memphis 97-79 at FedEx Forum in Memphis. Jordan had 15 points, 22 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals. Other than that, he didn’t do a thing. Here is one of his assists, and it’s very pretty:
DeAndre Jordan had another big game for the Clippers on Wednesday at Houston/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- The Clippers received another fine overall effort from DeAndre Jordan, who came through with 22 points and a whopping 19 rebounds. Jordan is averaging 17.4 points and 18.0 rebounds in the past seven games, all missed by the injured Blake Griffin. Jordan’s season scoring average is up to 11.2 and his league-leading rebounding average is up to 14.0.
- OK, so the Clippers have now lost two in a row since winning four of their first five without Griffin. But there is no shame in losing to Memphis by three points and by just five on the road at Houston. The Grizzlies and Rockets are second and third in the Western Conference standings, respectively. The problem is, every one of these games is so vital at this point. The Clippers (37-21) are sixth in the West and would love to be in the top four entering the playoffs for homecourt advantage in the first round. As tough as the West is, playing a Game 7 at home could be the difference between advancing and going home.
- Jamal Crawford has been on a roll. He scored 24 points in this one on 10 of 17 shooting and is averaging 21.3 points over his past eight games. His season scoring average is up to 16.5, the same average he held in 2012-13 in his first season with the Clippers. Crawford averaged 18.6 points in ’13-’14. Crawford made three 3-pointers Wednesday and now has 1,808 for his career. He is eighth all-time and is now only 22 behind Chauncey Billups (1,830).
- It’s tough to win close games against good teams – especially on the road – when you have 15 turnovers and 18 assists. By contrast, Houston had 27 assists and just nine turnovers.
- The Rockets also blocked nine shots – five by Terrence Jones. The Clippers – even with the shot-blocking machine Jordan – had only four blocks. Jordan had two of them.
Chris Paul reacts after having the ball stolen from him with 1.5 seconds left in the Clippers’ 90-87 loss to Memphis/Photo by Jae C. Hong, Associated Press
- There really is nothing for Clippers fans to complain about regarding this loss. The Grizzlies (41-14) have the third-best record in the NBA and a day earlier showed just how good they are by outscoring Portland 34-15 in the fourth quarter to win 98-92 at Portland. Yet, without Blake Griffin, the Clippers almost beat them.
- Afterward, coach Doc Rivers praised the effort Tony Allen did defending Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford. Crawford scored 15 points, but made just 4 of 15 from the field.
- Chris Paul is human. He had a great game, scoring 30 points with 10 assists, two steals and two blocks. Unfortunately for him, the only thing most fans will remember is his turnover with 1.5 seconds left that sealed the Clippers’ fate. It’s not fair, but it’s reality.
- The Clippers did a nice job harassing Memphis’ Zach Randolph into a 2-for-12 shooting night. Randolph scored just seven points, well of his season average of 16.6.
- One of the reasons why this was such an exciting game is because Memphis coach David Joerger didn’t utilize the hack-a-DJ tactic recently employed against the Clippers by Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Jordan shot only four free throws, making one. He did have 17 rebounds, and he leads the league with a 13.9 average.
Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
DeAndre Jordan wanted to make one thing perfectly clear after his Clippers were defeated 90-87 by the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night at Staples Center. Yes, Chris Paul was harassed into a turnover with 1.5 seconds to play while trying to work for a shot that could have won the game as the Clippers were trailing just 88-87 at the time. But without Paul’s 30 points and 10 assists, the Clippers would not have even been in the position to try to win the game.
“It happens,” said Jordan, who had nine points and 17 rebounds. “We’re going to live and die with Chris and Blake (Griffin) at the end of the game. It was tough because he (Paul) played well the entire game and it (came down to) one play. … Without Chris, we’re not in this game down the stretch. You’ve got to give him credit.”
The Clippers (37-20) are now 4-2 without Griffin, who is out with an elbow injury.