Clippers lose second consecutive game, this time 111-106 at Milwaukee

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Chris Paul had six turnovers for the second consecutive game/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin (4 of 12) and Chris Paul (5 of 15) shot a combined 9 of 27 and it cost the Clippers, who lost 111-106 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Griffin scored just 10 points – well below his season average of 23.2. Paul also had 10 points – he came in averaging 18.0 – and committed six turnovers for the second night in a row.

The Clippers (16-7) have lost two consecutive games after winning nine in succession. They return home Monday night to host the Detroit Pistons at 7:30 at Staples Center.

Matt Barnes and J.J. Redick did have fine games for the Clippers. Barnes scored 26 points and made 6 of 8 from 3-point range and Redick scored 25 and was 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. Jamal Crawford scored 17 points, but he shot just 6 of 15, 2 of 7 from 3-point range.

The Clippers shot just 42.9 percent overall, but shot 48.3 percent (14 of 29) from 3-point range.

The Clippers led by four points at 76-72 with 10:45 left in the game. However, the Bucks (12-12) outscored them 18-5 to lead 90-79 with 6:52 to play. The Clippers went down by 12 points with 5:03 to play and then pulled within 109-106 on a running 3-pointer by Crawford with just under three seconds left. That was the best the Clippers could do.

The Bucks shot 56.6 percent from the field, a whopping 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from beyond the arc. Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 22 points and Giannis Antekokounmpo had 20.

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Clippers lead 54-49 at halftime at Indiana after leading by 15 in first quarter

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J.J. Redick had 12 points in the first half at Indiana/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Wednesday night at Indiana led by as many as 15 points (28-13) with 3:36 left in the first quarter, but the Pacers rallied and the Clippers settled for a 54-49 halftime lead.

J.J. Redick led the Clippers (15-5) in scoring with 12 points. Jamal Crawford scored 11 off the bench; DeAndre Jordan had 10 points, nine rebounds and a block; and Blake Griffin had 10 points.

The Clippers have won eight  consecutive games and 10 of 11.

Indiana (7-14) was led in the first half by 16 points off the bench from C.J. Miles.

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Doc Rivers says team is ‘great’ offensively when J.J. Redick is shooting well

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J.J. Redick scored 23 points in Monday’s victory over Minnesota/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Even with his 7-for-11 shooting performance in Wednesday night’s 127-101 victory over the Minnesota Timerwolves at Staples Center, J.J. Redick’s shooting percentage is down from a season ago. He shot 45.5 percent in 2013-14, 39.5 percent from 3-point range. He is currently shooting 42.1 percent, 37.6 from beyond the arc; he was 4 of 5 from long-distance Monday for 23 points.

Coach Doc Rivers afterward talked about how lethal his team can be when Redick is shooting well.

“J.J. Redick is a great shooter, he has not forgotten how to shoot,” Rivers said. “Eventually, the ball is going to go in. When he scores, like he did tonight with our starting unit, and Jamal (Crawford) comes in scoring, we become a great offensive team.”

Crawford actually had a rare off night Monday, scoring just four points on 1 of 5 shooting.

Getting back to Redick, we should note that his career shooting percentage is only 43.1. here in his ninth season. But he has taken almost half of his shot attempts – 1,810 of 3,628 – from 3-point range; he’s shooting a very respectable 39 percent from there during his career.

 

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Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford combine for 51 points in victory at Houston

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Blake Griffin scored 30 points in the Clippers’ win Friday at Houston/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 21 off the bench to lead the Clippers to their fifth win in six tries on this seven-game road trip, 102-85 over the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center in Houston.

The Rockets (12-4) were without center Dwight Howard, power forward Terrence Jones and point guard Patrick Beverly, all sidelined with various minor injuries; Jones has played in only four games this season, Beverly in just seven. Howard leads the team in rebounding with an 11.3 average and also averages 18.8 points and 2.3 blocks.
The Clippers (10-5) shot 46.9 percent from the field, 36.0 percent (9 of 25) from 3-point range. J.J. Redick contributed 15 points, Chris Paul had 10 points, seven assists and five steals; DeAndre Jordan had seven points and 13 rebounds; and Spencer Hawes came through with seven points and eight rebounds.

Defensively, the Clippers excelled. They held the Rockets to 39.0 percent shooting, 27 percent (10 of 37) from beyond the arc. James Harden led Houston with 16 points, which was well below his team-leading 25.3 average heading into the game.

 

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Doc Rivers just loved the 3-point shooting by his team in victory at Charlotte

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Jamal Crawford made 5 of 8 from 3-point range Monday in Charlotte. As a team, the Clippers were 15 of 32 from there/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sometimes coaches say the most obvious things. Such was the case Monday evening after the Clippers defeated the host Charlotte Hornets 113-92.

The Clippers shot 51.1 percent overall. More importantly, they made 15 of 32 from 3-point range. That is 46.9 percent from beyond the arc, which is fantastic.

Afterward, coach Doc Rivers was asked about his team’s long-distance sharpshooting.

“It was huge,” he said. “It’s like I said, they had couple of 3s that they missed; it’s a make/miss league. When your shooters make shots, you’re a better basketball team.”

Jamal Crawford was 5 of 8 from 3-point range, J.J. Redick was 4 of 9.

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Clippers lead Hornets 56-53 at halftime at Time Warner Cable Arena

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J.J. Redick had nine points – all on 3-pointers – for the Clippers in the first half at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin has 12 points, Chris Paul 10 and J.J. Redick nine and the Clippers lead the Charlotte Hornets (4-10) 56-53 at halftime at Charlotte.

The Clippers (7-5) led 31-23 after one quarter, but were out-scored 30-25 by the Hornets in the second.

Griffin also has eight rebounds and six assists and Paul has nine assists.

Cody Zeller leads Charlotte with 11 points off the bench and Al Jefferson has 10.

Los Angeles shot 50 percent in the half, 47.1 (8 of 17) from 3-point range. Charlotte shot 46.3 percent, just 12.5 percent (1 of 8) from beyond the arc.

The Clippers are trying to bounce back from a 107-91 loss at Memphis on Sunday.

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J.J. Redick hits nail on the head when assessing latest Clippers’ setback

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J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Guard J.J. Redick late Monday night gave his opinion as to why his team lost a 14-point second quarter lead and eventually lost 105-89 to the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center.

“They did a great job of executing throughout the game,” he said of the Bulls. “Even when they got down in the first half, they just kind of stuck with what they do, running their stuff. They got to the second or third option. Much of our initial defense was pretty good. Any good defense can get broken down as (opponents) get to their secondary options and I think they did a good job of doing that.”

Redick hit the nail on the head in that first sentence. Chicago executed at least most of the game. The Clippers – AKA Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – executed only in spurts. This has been their problem through the first nine games of the season.

The Clippers, now 5-4, begin a seven-game road trip Wednesday at Orlando (5-7).

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To J.J. Redick, four-day break during the season is a ‘little weird’

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J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers haven’t played a game since Monday, so when they take the court Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center,. they will have gone four days without playing.

That’s not to mention coach Doc Rivers gave the team two days off from practice Tuesday and Wednesday. To guard J.J. Redick, it’s all a bit strange.

“I’m ready to get back playing,” he told reporters ahead of practice Friday in Playa Vista. “It’s always weird to have this long of a break during the season. It’s good on the body for a couple of days, it’s good on the mind, too, to get away and have a couple of days off.”

But, Redick said, “When you’re in season mode and you’re mind is wanting to play, your body wants to play, it’s a little weird.”

Redick and the rest of the Clippers will have plenty to do Saturday. The Suns are 5-3 and are tied for the fourth-highest points-per-game average in the NBA at 104.8.

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J.J. Redick stoked to be healthy after injury-riddled 2013-14 campaign

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J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

J.J. Redick averaged a very respectable 15.2 points in 2013-14 for the Clippers. But the shooting guard played in only 35 games because of injuries.

On Monday, he talked in appreciative tones that he enters this 2014-15 campaign with a clean bill of health.

“I feel good,” he said ahead of practice at the team’s facility in Playa Vista. “It just seemed like I couldn’t stay healthy last year. It started right after the first of the season when I strained my quad.

“So I’m happy to have gotten through October, well, so far,” he said, knocking on wood. “But I’m happy I’ve gotten through the preseason healthy.”

Redick also missed time with a bulging disk in his back.

The Clippers open the season Thursday at home against Oklahoma City.

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Chris Paul has grown to like teammate J.J. Redick

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J.J. Redick (top) and Chris Paul/Photos courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Chris Paul on Monday morning was reminded that teammate J.J. Redick is a tough player on the court. Paul recalled there was no love lost between the two of them during their college days. Both played in the ACC, Paul at Wake Forest and Redick at Duke.

“Me and J.J., we strongly disliked each other when we was in college,” Paul said prior to practice. “But I’ve said it before, I remember when (coach) Doc (Rivers) said we had the opportunity to get him last summer, or two summers ago. I was all for it because I know he’s a competitor and I love it.”

Redick was signed by the Clippers in the summer of 2013 ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

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