Doc Rivers just loves having a guy like DeAndre Jordan on his team

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DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

DeAndre Jordan started out a bit slowly this season, but he once again leads the league in rebounding with a 12.2 average. He’s also averaging 2.45 blocks, fourth in the NBA.

Coach Doc Rivers can’t say enough about his 6-foot-11 post

“He’s just a great player to have on your team,” Rivers said following his team’s 110-93 victory at Miami on Thursday. “He’s won games without scoring. He’s the perfect guy to have on a winning basketball team. He doesn’t complain about the ball and all he wants to do is go get it, meaning blocked shots and rebounds. Every team would love a guy like that.”

Jordan led the NBA in rebounding a season ago with a 13.6 average. He also averaged 2.48 blocks, which was third in the league.

Jordan is averaging 8.7 points this season after averaging 10.4 in 2013-14.

The Clippers (7-4) are 2-0 on the current seven-game road trip. They next play Sunday at Memphis at 3 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

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Doc Rivers talks Miami Heat, which will likely be without Dwyane Wade

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Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh leads the Miami Heat in scoring and rebounding/Photo courtesy of Miami Heat, NBA.com

 

The Clippers figure to have a tougher time tonight (Thursday) when they play at Miami (6-5) at 5 (on Prime Ticket, TNT).

The Clippers won 114-90 at Orlando on Wednesday, but the Magic – now 5-8 – had only one quality victory, over Milwaukee. Their other four wins came against poor teams, including one against Philadelphia, which is 0-11.

Of Miami’s six victories, three have come against Toronto (9-2), Washington (7-3) and Dallas (9-3). That said, the Heat have lost three of their past four. Of course, the biggest difference is they no longer have LeBron James.

Still, coach Doc Rivers has nothing but praise for them. And a bit of concern that the Heat are refreshed because they haven’t  played since Monday, when they broke a three-game losing streak with a 95-83 victory at Brooklyn.

“I haven’t watched them a lot,” Rivers said. “They are doing what they did last year. They’re great at moving the ball. They’re well-rested; I know they haven’t played in three or four days and we’re going to take their best punch. We know that. And we have to be able to take it.”

Chris Bosh, a 6-foot-11 post, leads Miami in scoring and rebounding with respective averages of 19.9 and 8.7. However, guard Dwyane Wade is doubtful and will likely miss his fourth consecutive game with a hamstring injury, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday.

 

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Doc Rivers stoked about bench play, ball movement in win at Orlando

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Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 22 points in Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sure, Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando came against a team whose five victories had come against really lousy teams – except for Milwaukee – but that doesn’t mean coach Doc Rivers didn’t want to boast about about two things – his bench play, and ball movement.

“Yes, it was a great win,” said Rivers, whose 6-4 Clippers play tonight (Thursday) at Miami at 5 (on Prime Ticket, TNT). “Our bench out-scored our starters, which is a first. I thought in the first half they were great. Our starters got a long rest. And then in the second half, they came in and did the same thing.

“So when you play like that, like a whole team, it’s good. I think this is the best we’ve moved the ball this entire year. It’s hard to guard people when you move the ball that way.”

The starters scored 54 points, the bench 60. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 22 points off the bench, Jordan Farmar had 13 and Spencer Hawes 10. Blake Griffin led the starters with 20 points.

The Clippers had 24 assists, Chris Paul getting nine. The Clippers had only 20 assists in their 105-89 loss to Chicago on Monday night at Staples Center.

Griffin is leading the Clippers in scoring through 10 games with a 22.8 average. Crawford is next at 18.4.

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Doc Rivers says he’s not sure his team needed a confidence booster

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Clippers sign Doc Rivers to contract extension

Doc Rivers, left, and owner Steve Ballmer, who was on hand for Wednesday’s victory at Orlando/Staff photo by David Crane

 

The Clippers entered Wednesday night’s game at Orlando with a record of 5-4 even though eight of those first nine games were at Staples Center. They were coming off an embarrassing 105-89 home loss to Chicago, a game in which the Clippers were out-scored 73-43 in the final two-plus quarters.

That’s why it was imperative the Clippers get off to a good start on their seven-game road trip against Orlando. After all, there are plenty of experts wondering what has been wrong with the Clippers, and you can bet some of the players themselves were wondering that same thing.

Following his team’s 114-90 victory over the Magic, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked if the victory was a confidence-builder for his team. His answer was interesting.

“I don’t know if we need a confidence booster, to be honest,” Rivers said. “We just need to keep working at it. It’s a long season. One game doesn’t make your season either way. We’ve just got to keep playing and getting better.”

Most of what he said makes sense. But to say his team might not have needed a confidence booster? Not buying that. It did need one.

The thing is, the Magic are not that good. A victory over Miami on Thursday would mean more.

 

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Clippers re-sign veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu

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Hedo Turkoglu

Hedo Turkoglu/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers have re-signed forward Hedo Turkoglu, the team announced, without providing terms of the deal.

“We are happy to welcome Hedo back to the Clippers,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Hedo is a versatile, veteran presence who contributed to the championship culture we are building in Los Angeles.”

Turkoglu last season appeared in 38 games for the Clippers. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds while averaging 10.3 minutes.

Turkoglu, 35, is 6-foot-10. He has a career scoring average of 11.5.

 

 

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Clippers to hold five-day training camp at Nevada Las Vegas

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Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Chris Paul and the Clippers will make their training-camp headquarters for the 2014-15 season at University of Nevada Las Vegas, the team announced Monday.

The five-day camp will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 4 and will  include two-a-day practices the first four days with a single practice on Oct. 4.

“Getting away for training camp offers our team a unique opportunity to bond and focus solely on basketball as we prepare for the season,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. “UNLV has first-class facilities and we are excited about starting the season in Las Vegas.”

The Clippers will play an eight-game exhibition schedule with the first game slated for Oct. 7 against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.

The regular season begins Oct. 30 when the Clippers play host to Oklahoma City.

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Report: Clippers re-sign Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis for 2014-15 season

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Glen Davis

Glen Davis/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers have re-signed veteran post Glen “Big Baby” Davis to a one-year contract for the veterans’ minimum of $1.2 million, according to league sources.

Davis, who is 6-foot-9 and about 290 pounds, came to the Clippers this past season from the Orlando Magic. He played the first four years of his career for the Boston Celtics under current Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

Davis, 28, played in 23 regular-season games for the Clippers in 2013-14. He averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds. He has career scoring and rebounding averages of 8.7 and 4.7, respectively.

The Los Angeles Times was first to report this deal.

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Jordan Farmar talks about getting to stay home in Los Angeles with the Clippers

SAN DIEGO - 03/18/06 - ©DAILY BREEZE PHOTO: SCOTT VARLEY -- UCLA vs. Alabama in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament at Cox Arena. UCLA won 62-59. Jordan Farmar drives to the basket in the 2nd half.

SAN DIEGO – 03/18/06 – ©DAILY BREEZE PHOTO: SCOTT VARLEY — UCLA vs. Alabama in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament at Cox Arena. UCLA won 62-59. Jordan Farmar drives to the basket in the 2nd half.

With the Clippers signing of free agent Jordan Farmar, who spent last season with city rival the Los Angeles Lakers (including a stint in 2006-10), the obvious was there: Farmar would be staying in L.A., but in a different uniform.

But Farmar’s choice to stay close to home went deeper then leaving a rebuilding team to a legitimate contender.

“It’s huge, I mean Los Angeles is really special to me. I get a chance to live in my house and be around my friends and family and see my kids grow up,” said Farmar, who went to Taft and UCLA. “Those are all the things that are important to me outside of basketball.”

The Clippers were able to capitalize on the Lakers focusing their attention on luring superstar free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to L.A.

“It would’ve been an easy decision if the Lakers said, ‘We want to make you a point guard and offer you ‘X, Y and Z and we would love to have you here,’” Farmar told the L.A. Daily News’ Mark Medina. “But those weren’t the conversations going back and forth. So it wasn’t a choice for me to make.”

The Lakers’ attention elsewhere coupled with Rivers’ persistence and desire to get Farmar in a Clippers uniform put the contenders, who were two wins away from the Western Conference Finals in the driver’s seat for his services.

“(Doc) was definitely the first person I talked to. I just landed at LAX, my phone started ringing as soon as I got service, he was the first person that called and he kept calling and he was persistent,” said Farmar. “And that was a good feeling to feel wanted and to feel like you were going to be part of something special.”

This season the 27-year-old was plagued by groin and hamstring injuries, costing him 41 games. When he did play Farmar was effective, averaging 10.1 points per game, 4.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Farmar fills the hole left by the departure of backup guard Darren Collison, who opted out of his final year with the Clippers and joined the Sacramento Kings.

Farmar’s deal is for two years and worth $4.2 million.

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Assistant coach Tyronn Lue accepts job as associate head coach with Cleveland

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Tyronn Lue/Photo courtesy of NBA.com

The way things are going, coach Doc Rivers is going to have to find an all-new staff to assist him next season. With associate head coach Alvin Gentry already having accepted a similar post with the Golden State Warriors, assistant coach Tyronn Lue on Monday accepted the job as associate head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report on YahooSports, which cited league sources.

Lue had been an assistant under Rivers for five years, the first four when both were with the Boston Celtics.

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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and Blake Griffin defend Chris Paul after Game 5 loss

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, Hedo Turkoglu (8), Jamal Crawford (11) and Blake Griffin (32) walk back to their bench in the closing minutes of a 118-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, Hedo Turkoglu (8), Jamal Crawford (11) and Blake Griffin (32) walk back to their bench in the closing minutes of a 118-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

After the Clippers’ emotional 105-104 Game 5 collapse to the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road, where Los Angeles squandered a 13-point lead in the final four minutes of play, point-gaurd Chris Paul took the blame.

Paul’s stretch of play in the waning moments would make no highlight reel. Paul turned the ball over with 17.8 seconds left that led to the controversial out-of-bounds call involving Reggie Jackson and the Clippers’ Matt Barnes call with 11.6 seconds left.

After the review kept the ball with the Thunder, Paul fouled Russell Westbrook on the elbow as he attempted a three-point shot with 6.4 ticks left. Westbrook sunk all three for the 105-104 lead.

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