DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul named to NBA’s All-Defensive first team

Paul, Jordan Named First Team All-Defense

Chris Paul, left, and DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday were named to the NBA’s All-Defensive first team/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Guard Chris Paul and center DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday were named to the NBA’s All-Defensive first team.

Paul received 67 first-place votes and was voted to the first team for the fourth consecutive season, fifth overall in his 10-year career.

This was Jordan’s first such honor. He received 84 first-place votes. Jordan led the league in rebounds during the regular season with a 15.0 average. He also led in defensive rebounds at 10.1 per game and was fourth in blocks with a 2.23 average.

Paul was second in the league in total steals with 156. His 1.9 per-game average was fifth.

Joining Paul and Jordan on the first team were forwards Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and guard Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies.

The second team is made up of forwards Tim Duncan of San Antonio and Anthony Davis of New Orleans, center Andrew Bogut of Golden State and guards Jimmy Butler of Chicago and John Wall of Washington.

VIDEO: This is why Dahntay Jones was fined $10,000? Seriously? Wow!

Dahntay Jones on Monday was fined $10,000 by the NBA for bumping Golden State’s Draymond Green while he was being interviewed Sunday after the Warriors had defeated the Clippers 106-98 at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Obviously, it wasn’t much of a bump and to make matters worse, Green lobbied the NBA to punish Jones, which was absolutely bush-league. Green is a hard-nosed player, a good player. But he needs to grow up a little bit.

“I definitely expect that to be reviewed by the NBA,” Green told reporters at the time.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers gave his take Monday night ahead of the Clippers’ 89-76 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“Honestly, I just saw it an hour and a half ago,” said Rivers, who began to laugh sarcastically. “And, wow, that was such a violent bump. I’m telling you, I mean, it was amazing. Like, I told Dahntay, ‘You’ve gotta be careful, that was too hard.’

“And I guess that tough guy at Golden State, I mean, I think the bump was too hard for him, clearly, the way he reacted. My goodness. I thought that guy was tough.”

Jones had this to say about Green wanting the NBA to look at this so-called incident, which, frankly was not much of an incident.

“I was surprised,” Jones said. “That was a little bit immature. If the situation was different, if I was taking the situation, I would just like shrug it off, and it is what it is, not make anything of it. But he wanted to make something of it, so it is what it is.”

Jones said he did not do this on purpose. We don’t believe that for a second. Still, what Green should have done is kept his mouth shut, man up and take care of it when the teams play on March 31 at Staples Center. Even if the seldom-used Jones doesn’t play in that game, Green could have talked some trash to let Jones know he didn’t appreciate it. But to ask the NBA to review something so petty, thus resulting in a heavy fine, was just ridiculous.

Check out the video of this baby bump by Jones:

Warriors’ Draymond Green says game against Clippers was too ‘nice’

Draymond Green

Draymond Green of Golden State said Thursday’s game against the Clippers was too nice/Photo courtesy of Golden State Warriors,


There were a couple of times during the Clippers’ 100-86 Christmas night victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors where the teams engaged in a bit of extracurricular  warfare. For example, Blake Griffin and the Warriors’ David Lee had a brief shoving match. And Chris Paul and Golden State’s Draymond Green talked a bit of trash to each other.

But there wasn’t enough of the mutual hate, according to Green.

“There are some guys on that team I really respect,” Green said. “But as far as that fire, that dog … I mean, it’s no secret that we don’t like them. And it’s no secret that they don’t like us. So I don’t know why the game was that nice. We’re trying to act like we like each other, and we don’t. It was a boring game.”

Stephen Curry responds to NBA statement that Chris Paul was fouled by Draymond Green

There has been lots of talk about that play with 18.9 seconds left to play in Saturday’s playoff opener between the visiting Golden State Warriors and the Clippers at Staples Center.

Chris Paul had the ball for the Clippers and was trying to get around a corner so he could drive to the basket. Draymond Green came over and fouled Paul, who lost the ball out of  bounds. The only problem is, the foul wasn’t called. There was a review of the play, but not for the purposes of whether a foul had been committed as that is not reviewable. It was to see who touched the ball last and it was Paul, the ball  being award to the Warriors, who were up by two points on their way to a 109-105 victory.

The NBA on Sunday issued a statement that said while officials properly reviewed what was reviewable, Paul was indeed fouled and he should have been awarded two free throws.

Stephen Curry, one of the Warriors’ two 3-point-shooting guards, reacted to the NBA’s statement at practice Sunday at UCLA.

“The ref was standing there and he made a judgement call,” Curry said of the non-call on the foul by Green. “The replay was in our favor. Refereeing, there’s nothing perfect about that. They make mistakes every once in a while and I’m sure during the course of the game, they could go back and admit they were bad calls. That was just a crucial moment in the game. I don’t like it myself. It takes away what we did as a team by mulling what could’ve happened.”

NBA: Foul should have been called on Warriors’ Draymond Green with 18.9 seconds left

Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations for the NBA, issued a statement Sunday saying replays showed that Golden State’s Draymond Green did foul the Clippers’ Chris Paul with 18.9 seconds left to play in the Warriors’ 109-105 victory over the Clippers on Saturday in the opener of their Western Conference playoff series at Staples Center.

Unfortunately for the Clippers, it was not called and that part of the play was not reviewable. When officials reviewed the sequence, they were only looking for one thing – who touched the ball last before it went out of bounds? That was Paul, and the ball was awarded to Golden State.

“After reviewing postgame video, we have concluded that the instant replay review of the out-of-bounds call with 18.9 seconds remaining in the game involving the Clippers’ Chris Paul and the Warriors’ Draymond Green was administered correctly by the referees and the correct decision was made in awarding the ball to the Warriors,” Thorn’s statement read. “Under the existing rule, referees may only use instant replay to determine which player caused the ball to go out and a limited set of other reviewable matters (see summary of rule here: Just prior to the ball going out-of-bounds, Paul was fouled by Green and Paul should have been granted two free throws. Contact preceding out-of-bounds calls is not a reviewable matter.”

The Clippers were down 107-105 at the time.