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:

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Steph Curry eyes next game against Clippers on March 31 at Staples Center

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Steph Curry/Photo courtesy of Golden State Warriors, NBA.com

 

The Clippers are now 1-2 this season against the Golden State Warriors after losing 106-98 Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Afterward, Golden State’s Steph Curry talked about what has become a rivalry of sorts, even though he downplayed that element a bit.

“Yeah, we never called it a rivalry,” said Curry, who had an off-game Sunday with just 12 points on 3 of 9 shooting; he averages 23.6. “It’s usually a competitive game and usually a spirited game. We’ll probably see them down the road in maybe the playoffs. But we’re enjoying sitting on top of the division and having some great success this year.

“We play them one more time down in L.A., so we’ve got to be ready for that game. They’ve been playing well and offensively have been doing a lot of great things, even with Blake (Griffin) out of the lineup. For us, having the defensive effort we had tonight was good.”

The Warriors (49-12) are first in the West and have the best overall record in the league. They will play the Clippers (40-23) for the final time in this regular season March 31 at Staples Center.

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 106-98 loss to Golden State at Oracle Arena

DeAndre Jordan sits on the bench in the second half as Clippers are about to lose to the Golden State Warriors. Jordan had with 14 rebounds, meaning his streak of 10 consecutive games with at least 15 rebounds was halted/Photo by Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

 

- Let’s face it, trying to beat Golden State anywhere is tough. Trying to beat Golden State without Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford is almost unthinkable. When you add into the equation that this game was played at Oracle Arena in Oakland, well, all you can do is tip your cap to the Clippers for getting this close. They fared better without Griffin and Crawford than they did in November when they lost by 17 points at Oracle. The Clippers once again showed the mettle that should help them in the post-season.

- Although newest Clippers guard Nate Robinson did not have a good first game for Doc Rivers – he scored five points on 1 of 6 shooting in 20 minutes – he did have three assists and zero turnovers. The bench, on the whole, played well with Austin Rivers leading the way with 22 points – a team-high. Glen “Big Baby” Davis had eight points and seven rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 points while making 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

- It was nice to see the retun of small forward Matt Barnes, who had missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury. He played well enough, going for nine points on 4 of 7 shooting – he was 0 of 3 from 3-point range – while doling out two assists and blocking a shot. He had nary a rebound, however, in his 23 minutes.

- The Clippers had 18 turnovers in this game. That makes it very difficult to beat any team, let alone the team with the best record in the Western Conference. Five of those turnovers were point guard Chris Paul’s and four of them belonged to reserve guard Austin Rivers. That’s not going to cut it.

- DeAndre Jordan had a mere 14 rebounds. He needed one more to extend his streak of at least 15 rebounds. But it was stopped at 10. During the run he had games of 27, 20, 22 and 26 rebounds. Jordan is averaging a league-high 14.5 rebounds with 19 regular-season games left. In second is Andre Drummond of Detroit. He’s averaging 13.0 rebounds.

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VIDEO: Warriors’ Steph Curry is amazing, even when having an off game

Steph Curry scored only 12 points for the Golden State Warriors in their 106-98 victory over the visiting Clippers on Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. But three of them came in dazzling fashion on this play. Check it out, and then watch the reaction by Warriors coach Steve Kerr:

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Clippers down by seven points to Warriors at halftime at Golden State

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J.J. Redick scored 14 points in the first half Sunday at Golden State/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Even without Blake Griffin (elbow) and Jamal Crawford (calf)  the Clippers fared better in the first half Saturday at Golden State than they did Nov. 5 in a 17-point (121-104) blowout loss to the Warriors.

The Clippers (40-22) on Sunday led the Warriors 38-37 in the second quarter before the Warriors (48-12) went on a run to finish the half leading 57-50 at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The Clippers on Nov. 5 trailed by 23 points (65-42) at halftime and by 27 points (102-75) after three quarters before garbage time took hold.

J.J. Redick on Sunday led the Clippers with 14 first-half points, Matt Barnes nine and Chris Paul and Austin Rivers eight apiece.

Klay Thompson led all scorers in the half with 17 points. Steph Curry, the other half of the Splash Brothers, had just four points on 1 of 5 shooting. Draymond Green scored 13 points.

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

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

 

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.”

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Doc Rivers: Give Steve Kerr some credit, but don’t give it all to him

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Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr/Photo by Associated Press

 

One reporter asked Clippers coach Doc Rivers following his team’s 121-104 butt-kicking-loss at the hands of Golden State on Wednesday night in Oakland if first-year Warriors coach Steve Kerr has changed that team. Rivers doled out kudos to Kerr, but to others as well.

“I think that he’s changed them, but I think that after losing last year, they’re coming with anger,” Rivers said, alluding to the hotly contested first-round playoff series between the teams this past season won by the Clippers in seven games. “So you’ve got to give Steve some credit, but I don’t want to take credit away from Mark (Jackson) or anyone else. They came here to kick our butts. (Warriors forward) David Lee looked like he worked out for a month just to get back to this game.”

Until this season, Jackson had coached the Warriors the three previous campaigns.

 

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Things to ponder ahead of Wednesday night’s game at Golden State

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Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson/Photo courtesy of Golden State Warriors, NBA.com

 

The Clippers will play at Golden State on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. The Warriors are off to a 3-0 start, and statistically are leading the league in several individual and team categories.

- Shooting guard Klay Thompson is leading the league in scoring, averaging 29.7 points

- Point guard Steph Curry is leading the league in steals at 3.6 per game

- The Warriors have the best point differential in the league at plus-15.4

- The Warriors have allowed opponents to shoot just 39.5 percent from the field, lowest in the league

- The Warriors are averaging a league-high 11 steals

- The Warriors are forcing opponents into a league-high 22.3 turnovers per game

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Clippers open exhibition season tonight against Golden State

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Spencer Hawes

Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers tonight (Tuesday) will open their exhibition season with a game against their first-round opponent in last season’s playoffs – the Golden State Warriors. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

This will be the Clippers’ first game under new owner Steve Ballmer. Their next two games will be Sunday at Portland and then Monday at Utah.

Clippers fans will get their first look at several new faces, including 7-foot-1 post Spencer Hawes, a hard-nosed player expected the give the team an even bigger presence in the middle, along with starter DeAndre Jordan.

 

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Doc Rivers concerned about Mark Jackson’s firing, vulnerability of NBA coaches

When coach Doc Rivers met with reporters about 1:15 Pacific time on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, he had yet to hear that Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson had been fired.

The Warriors took the Clippers to seven games in their recently concluded first-round Western Conference playoff series. It marked the first time the Warriors had made the post-season in consecutive seasons since the 1990-91 and 1991-92 campaigns. Rivers was stunned.

“That means things are crazy,” Rivers said. “George Karl was the Coach of the Year last year and got fired. Mark Jackson gets a team to multiple playoffs for the first time in a thousand years, and gets fired. It’s our job. We have a tough job and I think everyone knows it now more than ever.”

Rivers was asked if something has changed over the years regarding coaches and their vulnerability.

“Yeah, clearly, but I don’t know what IT is,” he said. “But something has absolutely changed. And I don’t know what it is, but clearly the patience has changed. But I don’t know why that would be impatience because they’ve done pretty well for the last couple of years. So, I don’t know, but there definitely is a change in thinking about us, and it’s hurting us.”

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