J.J. Redick, after Sunday’s loss: ‘Bad offense leads to bad defense’

Chris Paul reacts with a smile after being called for an offensive foul during Sunday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors/Staff photo by Steve McCrank


The Clippers trailed the Toronto Raptors by 10 points (33-23) at the end of the first quarter of Sunday’s 91-80 loss to the Raptors at Staples Center. By the time halftime rolled around, the Clipers trailed by 29 (63-34).

J.J. Redick, who scored a team-high 17 points on a night his team scored 22 points under its season average, pulled no punches afterward.

“(Their) lead went from 10 to 30 real quick,” he said. “Bad offense leads to bad defense and bad defense leads to bad offense.”

Five things to take from Clippers’ 91-80 loss to Toronto Raptors

Doc Rivers is bugged about a call made during Sunday’s 91-80 loss to Toronto at Staples Center/Staff photo by Steve McCrank


– As good as Blake Griffin has been, he was bound to have a poor game and it came in this one. Early foul trouble limited him to just under 30 minutes and he took just 10 shots, making four and finishing with nine points. He grabbed six rebounds and doled out four assists, but also had six turnovers. Definitely, it was not his night. Griffin is averaging 24.8 points.

– Speaking of turnovers, the Clippers had 19 of them. That’s way too many. Chris Paul had three as the starters had 14 of the 19. The Raptors had 14 total.

– One interesting statistic came in the shooting percentages. The Clippers shot 39.2 percent, the Raptors just 37.2. The game was won at the free-throw line, where Toronto made an incredible 29 of 31 (93.5 percent) with the Clippers making 14 of 20 (75 percent).

DeAndre Jordan had a nice game, with 13 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. But he was the only starter who played up to par. Paul and J.J. Redick scored 13 and 17 points, respectively, but both shot just 5 of 13.

– It didn’t help that Jamal Crawford played 29 minutes off the bench, yet made just 1 of 9 from the field – he was 0 of 6 from 3-point range. Crawford is not shooting just 28.3 percent from beyond the arc. He has a career percentage of 34.9.

BONUS TAKE – It was Josh Smith who was involved in a shouting match with an unspecified assistant coach in the locker room after the game. Perhaps anger is what this team needs to start playing well.

Clippers again fall apart down the stretch, fall 102-91 at Portland

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points in Friday’s loss at Portland/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


Perhaps still hurting from Thursday’s  collapse against the Golden State Warriors, the Clippers on Friday again fell apart down the stretch, this time at Portland.

Down by just a point with 4:13 to play, the Trail Blazers outscored the Clippers 16-6 to emerge with a 102-91 victory at Portland.

The Clippers are now 6-6 after starting 4-0.

The Trail Blazers led 86-85 after a basket by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin. Portland embarked on a 14-2 run for a 100-87 lead with 1:46 to go.

The Clippers had turnovers by J.J. Redick and Griffin during that stretch. It was Redick’s first game after missing the previous three with back spasms. Redick scored seven points on 3 of 12 shooting.

Paul Pierce was rested and did not play. That gave the start to Lance Stephenson, who rode the pine against Golden State and the game before that played less than two minutes against the Detroit Pistons. Stephenson scored two points in 18 minutes.

Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points and Jamal Crawford scored 20 off the bench. DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Chris Paul had 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting, and eight assists.

Also off the bench, Josh Smith had eight rebounds and two blocks and Austin Rivers scored 10.

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 27 points, 11 in the fourth quarter – nine of those on 3-pointers.

Portland (5-9) entered having lost seven consecutive games.


Doc Rivers lists Chris Paul and J.J. Redick as ’50-50′ for Warriors

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


If Chris Paul and J.J. Redick don’t play Thursday when the Clippers host the defending-champion Golden State Warriors, the Clippers will have little chance of winning.

Prior to practice Wednesday, coach Doc Rivers was asked for an update. It wasn’t great news for Clippers fans. Not the worst, either.

“We’re going to put them both out there (to practice) and if we like what we see … but my guess right now is 50-50,” Rivers said.

Paul and Redick both have missed the past two games – Paul with a groin strain, Redick with back spasms.

The Clippers are 6-4. The Warriors are 12-0, with their smallest margin of victory coming Nov. 4 when they beat the Clippers 112-108 at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Paul scored 24 points in that one and first tweaked his groin there in the final seconds.

There is a chance Chris Paul and J.J. Redick will play Thursday when Warriors visit Staples Center

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


There is some good news for Clippers fans: Chris Paul and J.J. Redick might play Thursday when the Golden State Warriors come to town to take on the Clippers at Staples Center.

Tuesday, at the Clippers’ facility in Playa Vista, there was Paul, moving well while shooting around before practice. At another basket, Redick was working on his shot.

The two have missed the past two games – Paul with a strained groin, Redick with back spasms.

Paul spoke in optimistic tones about his return.

“Yeah, definitely getting better,” he said. “First time getting to move around a little bit, so hopefully I’ll get to do something in practice today.”

Will he play against the Warriors?

“I want to, no question,” he said.

Paul sustained the injury in the final moments of the Clippers’ Nov. 4 loss at Golden State. Paul sat out the next game against Nov. 7 against Houston, then played 33 minutes Nov. 9 against Memphis and 35 more Nov. 11 at Dallas.

“I pushed it a little bit in the Dallas game; I chased down a play right before the first half,” said Paul, who did not play Thursday at Phoenix nor Saturday against Detroit at Staples Center.

Paul admitted it has been very difficult sitting and watching.

“It’s been tough, you know what I mean?” he said. “But the one thing we always talk about is the bigger picture.”

Coach Doc Rivers said he didn’t have to argue with the tenacious Paul about sitting out to get healthy.

“No, I think he’s smart,” Rivers said. “He’s gotten older. It’s a sign of maturity, maybe.”

Rivers couldn’t say for sure whether Paul will play Thursday.

“I don’t know yet,” he said. “I think we’re just going to see what he can do (in practice).”

The Clippers will practice Wednesday as well.

Redick has had back issues in the past, and played only 35 games in 2013-14 because of a bulging disk. That’s why he said he quit playing golf over the summer.

“A back can take a day, and you feel great the next day,” Rivers said. “Or it can take three days, or it can take a month and the thing with the back, you always have it; it can always come back.

“When J.J. comes back and he’s healthy, it’s still around the corner. You always know what. That’s just the back. Once you hurt it, you have it. And that’s the bad part about being a guy with back injuries.”

That said, Rivers is hopeful Redick can play against Golden State.

“He’s possibly going to play Thursday,” Rivers said. “I don’t think he’s going to do much today. He’s feeling a lot better and he got some shooting in, but again, with the back you’ve just gotta be careful.”

Rivers said Redick would have to virtually be 100 percent to play.

“If he’s close, he’s not playing, I can tell you that,” Rivers said.

The Clippers are 6-4 after starting 4-0. Golden State is 11-0, but the Clippers only lost to them by four points (112-108) at Oracle Arena.

Chris Paul doubtful, J.J. Redick out for Golden State on Thursday

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


A Clippers spokesman on Monday said there is on change on the statuses of starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, neither of whom has played the past two games because of injuries.

Paul is suffering from a groin strain and is listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Redick has been having back spasms and is listed as out.

The spokesman said there could be further updates Tuesday, when the team gets back to practice. The Clippers did not practice Sunday or Monday. They are coming off a 101-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday and won’t play again until Thursday.