Five things to take from Clippers’ big 97-79 victory over Grizzlies in Memphis

Glen “Big Baby” Davis reacts during the Clippers’ 97-79 victory at Memphis on Friday/Photo by Brandon Dill, Associated Press

 

- The importance of this victory should not be minimized. The Clippers (38-21) were coming off consecutive losses for the first time since losing Blake Griffin to an elbow injury. Four days after not playing well down the stretch and losing by three points at home to Memphis, the Clippers dominated the Grizzlies on their home court. Without Griffin. They did it with terrific defense, too, holding Memphis to just 37.9 percent shooting.

- Speaking of Griffin, he has now missed the past eight games because of the staph infection that was surgically removed from his right elbow. Four of those victories were against Dallas (5th, Western Conference), Houston (3rd, West), San Antonio (7th, West) and now Memphis (2nd, West). How many people would have thought the Clippers would have that many quality victories without Griffin? Not many.

- Safe to say, Chris Paul wasn’t tripping off his turnover at the end of Monday’s loss to Memphis that was responsible for the Clippers not getting off a shot that could have won the game. All Paul did in this one was score 19 points with 13 assists, four rebounds, two steals and just one turnover in 40 minutes.

- Man, DeAndre Jordan is not messing around out there, is he? He scored 15 points. But that’s just the start of it. He also grabbed a whopping 22 rebounds with three assists, two steals and three blocks. Other than that, he didn’t do a thing. Jordan is averaging 17.1 points and 18.5 rebounds in the eight games Griffin has missed. He’s averaging 16.0 points and 17.2 rebounds in 11 games in February. In four games, he had at least 20 rebounds with a high of 27 in a Feb. 9 win at Dallas. He entered play Friday averaging 11.2 points and 14.0 rebounds.

- The shooting guard tandem of J.J. Redick and sixth-man Jamal Crawford continues to be one of the best around. Redick scored 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting – 2 of 5 from 3-point range – and Crawford scored 19 points on 8 of 16 shooting, also 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. Crawford has averaged 21.2 points in the eight games missed by Griffin, Redick has averaged 15.0. Teams either have to worry about being out-dazzlied by Crawford or out-worked by runaround Redick.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 126-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- First and foremost, Austin Rivers scored a career-high 28 points on 11 of 19 from the field, 5 of 9 from 3-point range. He also had two assists and three steals in his 26 1/2 minutes off the bench. If the 22-year-old Rivers – son of coach Doc Rivers – can see his comfort zone continue to rise, it will be a big deal for the Clippers down the stretch of the regular season.

- DeAndre Jordan was on his way to a monster rebounding game. But he took the bench early in the third quarter with his fourth foul and never returned because the starters – save for a brief appearance by Spencer Hawes – were not needed in the fourth quarter of this blowout. Still, Jordan finished with 15 rebounds in just 20 minutes of action. Jordan is averaging a league-high 13.9 rebounds.

- The Clippers played solid defense in this one, limiting the Darren Collison-less Kings to a 34.1 shooting percentage. All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was harassed into a 6-for-19 shooting night.

- Lost just a bit in the hoopla of the game had by Austin Rivers was the one had by J.J. Redick. All he did was score 24 points while making 4 of 6 from 3-point range. He made all eight of his free throws and also had three assists.

- Glen “Big Baby” Davis continued to get more playing time off the bench now that Blake Griffin is hurt. He played just about 19 minutes and even though he scored only five points and struggled to make 3 of 9 from the free-throw line, he pulled down eight rebounds and blocked three shots; he also had three assists.

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J.J. Redick back in lineup for Clippers, who led 32-31 after one at Dallas

J.J. Redick

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

 

As poorly as things are going for the Clippers, they received some good news when J.J. Redick was able to start Monday night’s game at Dallas after having missed the past three games with back spasms.

Redick scored five points in the first quarter, after which the Clippers led the Mavericks 32-31. Redick shot just 1 of 4 in the quarter, however.

The Clippers needed something to give them good vibrations. They are 2-5 on this Grammy road trip and will be without Blake Griffin for a good three weeks after he underwent surgery Monday to remove a staph infection from his right elbow, the team said.

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Chris Paul says everybody has to step up in light of all the team’s injuries

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

It was Sunday afternoon and Chris Paul and the Clippers had just been routed by the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-108 at OKC. It was the Clippers’ fourth consecutive loss and gave them a record of 2-5 on this Grammy road trip that ends Monday evening at Dallas.

Paul spoke briefly about the loss itself.

“Tough, tough loss,” said Paul, who then touched on the loss of Blake Griffin, who Monday is slated to have surgery to remove a staph infection from his right elbow; he’ll be out until sometime after the All-Star break.

“Tough losing Blake,” Paul said. “We will try to regroup and get ready for the next one.”

Paul was asked if he now has a burden to step up even more with all the injuries; shooting guard J.J. Redick has missed the past three games with back spasms.

“No, it’s just going to be tough,” Paul said. “It’s going to be tough. Everybody has to step up and get ready for Dallas.”

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VIDEO: OKC’s Steven Adams shoots FT with off hand, Clippers losing big

The Clippers on Sunday were on the wrong end of a 101-75 score after three quarters at Oklahoma City. They are without starters Blake Griffin (elbow) and J.J. Redick (back spasms), so the score is not all that shocking. They also had to deal with a game Steven Adams, shown here shooting and making a free-throw left-handed because he hurt his right hand. He played only 12 minutes because of the injury. Check it out:

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 123-107 loss Friday at Toronto

 

DeMar DeRozan of Toronto drives past Clippers’ Matt Barnes/Associated Press Photo/Canadian Press, Nathan Denette

 

- This one was a real head-shaker. Think about this: The Clippers led 30-20 with 2:33 left in the first quarter. They trailed by 24 with 5:52 to play in the game. That’s a 44-point turn-around. Once again, a clear example of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality of the Clippers.

- The Clippers did not shoot poorly from the field overall, coming in at 48.7 percent. But they shot just 26.1 percent (4 of 13) from 3-point range. And since the Clippers shoot 37.4 percent from long-distance on the season – fifth in the NBA – they rely somewhat heavily on that to help them win games. The Clippers shot just 22.7 percent (5 of 22) from 3-point range against Cleveland on Thursday and 32 percent (8 of 23) from there  Monday at Brooklyn. The Clippers lost those games as well.

- This defeat marked the first time during Doc Rivers’ coaching tenure with the Clippers – comprised of 2013-14 and this season – the Clippers have lost three consecutive games. Since the Clippers next play Sunday morning at Oklahoma City – a team hungry to climb into the top eight of the Western Conference standings – keeping the losing streak to three won’t be easy.

- The Clippers were outrebounded 42-30. Really? Thirty rebounds? DeAndre Jordan, who leads the league with a 13.5 average, had just seven in 36 minutes of play. The Clippers now average 41.5 per game, which is 24th in the NBA. They gave up 42.2, giving them a differential of minus-0.7.

- The Clippers were again without shooting guard J.J. Redick, who missed his second consecutive game – also, he only played four minutes at Brooklyn – because of back spasms. Redick is a key player on this team, but he’s not one of the top guys, so don’t think his absence is the only reason why the Clippers have lost these past three games. There is more going on than that. It’s difficult to put a finger on it, but there just seems to be something missing from this team. It’s too up and down. The Clippers, incidentally, at 33-18 and now in sixth-place in the Western Conference standings. They are just a half-game ahead of seventh-place San Antonio (32-18) and just 4 1/2 games in front of eighth-place Phoenix (29-23).

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Shooting guard J.J. Redick downgraded to doubtful for game at Cleveland

J.J. Redick

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

 

J.J. Redick on Wednesday was listed as questionable for the Clippers’ game Thursday at Cleveland because of ongoing back spasms. But on Thursday morning  he was downgraded to doubtful.

Redick missed the first stop of this current eight-game Grammy road trip Jan. 28 at Utah. He played 28 minutes in each of the next two games – at New Orleans and at San Antonio – before coming out after just four minutes in Monday’s loss at Brooklyn.

Redick, 30, played in only 35 games a season ago because of injuries, one of which was a bulging disk in his back.

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J.J. Redick (back spasms) is questionable for Thursday’s game at Cleveland

J.J. Redick

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

 

Starting shooting guard J.J. Redick is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game at Cleveland (30-20) because of back spasms, Clippers spokesman Seth Burton told us Wednesday morning.

Redick missed his first game of the season when he sat out Jan. 28 at Utah, the first stop of the current eight-game Grammy road trip. Redick played 28 minutes in each of the next two games – at New Orleans and at San Antonio – but came out after only four minutes of action Monday in a loss at Brooklyn.

Redick played in only 35 games this past season because of injuries, one of which was a bulging disk in his back.

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Clippers have 1-point halftime lead at New Orleans, which is sans Davis

J.J. Redick

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

 

Even though the New Orleans Pelicans are without superstar forward Anthony Davis (groin injury), the Clippers led them by just one point (54-53) at halftime Friday at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers (32-14) with 11 first-half points. J.J. Redick, who did not play Wednesday at Utah because of back spasms, scored 10.

New Orleans (24-22) got 15 points from Eric Gordon.

 

 

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Report: J.J. Redick to take part in 3-point shooting contest at All-Star weekend

J.J. Redick

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

 

J.J. Redick will be among those competing in the 3-point shooting contest at this year’s All-Star game weekend Feb. 13-15 in New York City, according to a report on Yahoo.com, which cited league sources.

Others expected to compete are Splash Brothers Klay Thompson and Steph Curry of Golden State as well as Kyle Korver of Atlanta and Wesley Matthews of Portland. There is one more spot available.

Korver is shooting a ridiculous league-high 53.1 percent from 3-point range, Thompson is at 45.8, Redick at 44.1, Matthews at 39.9 and Curry is shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Marco Belinelli of San Antonio is the defending champion in this event.

 

 

 

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