J.J. Redick says team has to keep winning to keep up with conference foes

J.J. Redick

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

 

The Clippers defeated the lowly Boston Celtics 102-93 on Monday. Although players and coaches weren’t happy that they let the Celtics back into the game – the Clippers led by 23 points, only to see Boston creep within three with 3:50 left to play – they did emerge victorious and now it’s time to focus on what lies ahead.
They host Brooklyn on Thursday, play at Phoenix on Sunday, host Denver on Monday and then depart on their 13-day, eight-game Grammy road trip.
“We have a hard schedule coming up with the Grammy trip and a tough February, where we play a lot of Western Conference playoff teams,” J.J. Redick said. “If we want to be up there at the end of the season in the top four or five seeds, then we need to win games.”

The Clippers (28-14) are currently sixth in the Western Conference standings, a game behind Houston and Dallas.

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J.J. Redick weighs in on the comings and goings of several teammates

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

 

Over the past nine days the Clippers had four players who were on the roster at the beginning of the season leave town. Jared Cunningham was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, Reggie Bullock and Chris Douglas- Roberts left in the three-team deal that brought in Austin Rivers and Jordan Farmar was waived Friday.

J.J. Redick weighed in on the turnover at the morning shootaround ahead of Friday night’s game against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.
“The personal side of it is always tough and then from the business side of it, any time you make a trade the next day is always weird,” Redick said. “That’s the best way to describe it. And then you get a game, so it’s back to business.”

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Five things to take from Clippers’ impressive 100-94 victory at Portland

DeAndre Jordan’s double-double helps Clippers beat Portland

DeAndre Jordan had 17 points while shooting 8 of 8 and grabbed 18 rebounds Wednesday night in Portland/Photo by Associated Press

 

- Jamal Crawford’s team-leading 25 points were big. They played a large role in getting the Clippers the victory, but he also once again showed the ability to come back from an off game, such as Sunday’s when he shot just 1 of 9 from the field and scored only four points in the Clippers’ loss to the Miami Heat.

- That the Clippers won this game on the road against a terrific home team – the Trail Blazers were 18-3 at Moda Center going in – makes this one of the best victories of the season for Los Angeles. Portland – now 30-9 – resides in second place in the Western Conference standings, 2 1/2 games behind first-place Golden State (31-5). The Clippers (26-13) are still sixth, but just a half-game behind Dallas (27-13).

- One of the keys in this victory was holding Portland point guard Damian Lillard to below his seasons averages in points and assists. He entered averaging 22.2 points and 6.3 assists. The Clippers held him to 15 points on just 6 of 15 shooting and four assists in 37 minutes.

- The Clippers – known this season for being inconsistent – never had a real bad stretch. Their biggest deficit was six points in the fourth quarter and they overcame that. Portland led 2-0 and then did not take another lead until early in the fourth quarter at 76-74. This is a big deal because again, this was Portland at home.

- What was interesting about this victory is that the Clippers shot just 42 percent from the field with Blake Griffin (7 of 20), J.J. Redick (3 of 12) and Chris Paul (6 of 18) shooting a combined 16 of 50, which equates to 32 percent combined for those three. But the Clippers held the Trail Blazers to just 40.2 percent shooting, 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from 3-point range. Defense wins games, and championships.

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Blake Griffin says Saturday’s win over Dallas a good one, but won’t rank it

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Blake Griffin scored 22 points to lead the Clippers on Saturday afternoon/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin’s Clippers on Saturday afternoon had just routed the Dallas Mavericks 120-100 after leading by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Since the Clippers have struggled against winning teams and were just 1-4 in their previous five such games heading in, Griffin was asked where this victory ranks this season.

“It is a good win,” he said. “I’m not really into ranking wins, but this is definitely a good win. Hopefully, we can build on it.”

Griffin scored 22 points to lead the Clippers, who had all five starters and sixth-man Jamal Crawford score in double figures.

Crawford scored 19, Matt Barnes had 18 points, Chris Paul had 17 points with 13 assists, J.J. Redick scored 16 and DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

The Clippers (25-12) next play host to the Miami Heat (15-21) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

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J.J. Redick admits there has been frustration as team has tried to find itself

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

 

J.J. Redick admits there has been some frustration this season as the team has tried to continue its roll from 2013-14 when it won a franchise-high 57 regular-season games before losing in the Western Conference semifinals. Of particular concern has been the team’s inability to regularly win against some of the league’s elite teams.

Ahead of their game Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks (26-11), the Clippers (24-12) were 1-4 in their past five games against some of the best in the NBA.

“Internally, there was an expectation that we would just pick up where we left off,” Redick said. “But we all saw it in preseason that we weren’t where we needed to be and so there was a level of frustration there, there was a level of frustration at the beginning of the season. I think we’re still trying to find ourselves against the really good teams; we still haven’t found ourselves in that regard.”

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Blake Griffin has high praise for J.J. Redick, who had another quick start

Blake Griffin, fighting New York players Cole Aldrich (45) and Andrea Bargnani (77) for the ball New Years Eve, is impressed with the quick starts of teammate J.J. Redick/Photo by Asscoiated Press

 

Point guard Chris Paul post-game praised the quick starts of shooting guard J.J. Redick, who scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter of the Clippers’ 99-78 New Years Eve victory over the struggling New York Knicks, who are now 5-29.

Color Blake Griffin among those echoing Paul’s sentiments.

“The way he shoots, and he just moves so well without the ball when he gets it going like that, makes it tough for teams to stop him,” Griffin said.

Redick averaged 17.8 points during the month of December to improve his season scoring average to 15.2, which ties his career-high of 2013-14 when Redick played in just 35 games because of injuries. He has played in all 33 games this season.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 99-78 victory over the New York Knicks

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes played solid defense on Carmelo Anthony on New Years Eve/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

- Matt Barnes scored nine points in this  one. But his biggest contribution came on the defensive end, where he helped harass Carmelo Anthony into a 7-for-18 shooting night. Anthony had a team-high 19 points, but he had to really work for them. Barnes also had two steals and a block.

- J.J. Redick scored a game-high 20 points after getting off to yet another quick start; he had 18 of his points in the first half, 13 in the first quarter. He finished 2014 by averaging 17.8 points in the month of December. He scored 20 or more points in eight of the 17 games, with a high of 25 on Dec. 13 in a 111-106 loss at Milwaukee.

- It was good to see that three bench players scored in double figures. More importantly, backup post Spencer Hawes was one of them. In his second game back after missing nine with a bone bruise in his left knee, Hawes scored 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting – 2 of 3 from 3-point range. He also had seven rebounds in 23 minutes.

- The Clippers had a fine rebounding game, getting 50 to 40 for the Knicks. Besides Hawes’ seven, fellow reserves Reggie Bullock and Glen “Big Baby” Davis each had five. DeAndre Jordan led with 12 with Blake Griffin getting seven and Matt Barnes five.

- With all of these accolades, let’s remember one thing – this was a very poor Knicks team that now has a record of 5-29. Had the Clippers not routed them, that would have made those currently wondering if the Clippers are truly an elite team, wonder even more. With the victory, the Clippers are still just 6-6 in their past 12 games. Only two of the victories during that stretch came against teams currently with winning records. Of the six losses, five came against teams currently with winning records.

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San Antonio leads Clippers 72-60 after shooting 75 percent in first half

The San Antonio Spurs rolled up 72 points in the first half and led the visiting Clippers 72-60 at intermission Monday night at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Almost unbelievably, San Antonio (17-11) shot 75 percent (30 of 40) from the field, 66.7 percent (6 of 9) from 3-point range. Point guard Tony Parker, who had missed five consecutive games with a hamstring injury, led his team with 19 points.

The Clippers (19-8) shot 47.6 percent from the field, 50 percent (6 of 12) from beyond the arc. They got 18 points from J.J. Redick.

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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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