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

Jamal Crawford

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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DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick do big damage in first half at Golden State

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

 

DeAndre Jordan scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, doled out four assists, made two steals and had one block in the first half of Tuesday night’s game at Golden State. But the Warriors held a 62-60 lead; the Clippers led 33-27 after one quarter.

J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 18 points in the half and Spencer Hawes, who started in place of the idle Blake Griffin at power forward, had 10 points and four rebounds. Matt Barnes, who came in having made just 2 of 24 shots in the previous five exhibition games, made 1 of 5 from the floor and scored three points.

Jamal Crawford has seven points off the bench.

Besides Griffin, Chris Paul is getting the night off.

The Clippers shot 44.2 percent from the field in the half.

Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 12 points and Klay Thompson and Justin Holiday had seven apiece.

Golden State shot 56.8 percent from the field.

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J.J. Redick to host camp for kids at Veterans Sports Complex in Carson

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

 

Clippers guard J.J. Redick and several area high school and college basketball coaches on Saturday will lead a basketball camp for kids grades 1 through 12 at Veterans Sports Complex in Carson.

The J.J. Redick Basketball ProCamp works with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carson to provide camp scholarships for disadvantaged children.

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J.J. Redick played only half a season, but his presence was felt in positive ways

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JJ Redick Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

J.J. Redick just completed his first season with the Clippers. Or should we say half-season as he played in only 35 regular-season games because of a bulging disc in his back.

However, if there was one thing Redick showed was the ability to move extremely well without the ball, then hitting big-time jump-shots with a quick catch and release once he received it. He is the perfect complement to a team with superstars like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and high-scoring sixth-man Jamal Crawford.
Redick, 29, shot a career-best 45.5 percent (181 of 398) from the field. Considering that nearly half of his shot attempts were from 3-point range, that is not too shabby at all; he shot a very solid 39.5 percent (73 of 185) from beyond the arc.

Once Redick came back April 3 after missing two months, the burning question to him was, “Will you end up having off-season surgery?” Redick didn’t know if that would
be the case. But it must be said that he was never pain-free once he came back, all the way through the Western Conference semifinals. He’s that courageous player all
coaches want, and Doc Rivers never made any bones about how much he liked Redick and his mettle.

If Redick is ready to go when spring training begins in about four months, there seemingly is no reason why he shouldn’t be right back in that starting lineup.

Redick is signed through the 2016-17 season. He is slated to make $6,792,500 in 2014-15.

 

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J.J. Redick intimates team improvement bodes well for next season

As bummed out as the Clippers were following their Game 6 loss to Oklahoma City this past Thursday, ending their season in the Western Conference semifinals, they still had reason to take pride in what they did accomplish.

Take J.J. Redick, who the following day at the Clippers’ training facility in Playa Vista, expressed just that when reflecting on the 2013-14 campaign that saw the Clippers win a franchise-high 57 games during the regular season.

“I look back at the strides we made over the course of the season, and we are such a better team than the team that started in San Diego in training camp,” Redick said. “I’m looking forward to next year. … There are roster changes every year, but hopefully having our core group of guys back together because we really grew a lot as a team. The trust was starting to be cemented to a point where I thought we were a championship-level team.”

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