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.
Blake Griffin had 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in Monday’s victory at Charlotte/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- It was good to see Blake Griffin come back with a terrific game after stinking up the joint a night earlier in Memphis when he scored just 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting and grabbed just four rebounds. Against Charlotte, he came back with 22 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and nine assists. He was nearly the ferocious player Clippers fans have come to know.
- Good shooting is contagious, and vice versa. The Clippers shot 51.1 percent (45 of 88) from the field overall, 46.9 percent (15 of 32) from 3-point range. To top it off, the Clippers were 8 of 10 from the free-throw line, an 80-percent clip.
- What do you know? The Clippers won the battle of the boards, too. They had 43 rebounds to just 33 for Charlotte. Even with that, the Clippers ranked 29th in the league in rebounding at 37.4 per game. Only Miami (36.4) is worse.
- We don’t want to take anything away from this victory. But just to be real, the Hornets (4-11) have now lost six consecutive games, so a victory over them was expected as much as anything. The same can be said for Wednesday’s game at Detroit (3-10). Of the three games the Clippers have won on this trip – Orlando, Miami and Charlotte – chances are only Miami (8-6) will make the playoffs. The one loss so far on the seven-game trip was to Western Conference-leading Memphis (12-2).
- Jamal Crawford continues to be that ultimate weapon off the bench. The two-time Sixth Man of the Year scored 21 points. He made 8 of 13 from the field, 5 of 8 from 3-point range as he moved into 10th-place all-time in made 3-pointers with 1,723. Crawford is averaging 17.6 points, third on the team behind Griffin (22.2) and Chris Paul (18.6).
Blake Griffin playing hard in the paint Monday at Charlotte/Photo by Associated Press
When Blake Griffin took the floor Monday to help his team take on the struggling Charlotte Hornets, he was coming off a rather poor effort a day earlier in a 107-91 loss at Memphis. In that one, Griffin had just 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting and the 6-foot-10 power forward grabbed a measly four rebounds; he also had four of the team’s 10 turnovers.
Monday was a different story. Griffin scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and doled out nine assists in a 113-92 victory at Charlotte. Griffin still struggled a bit with his shot, making 10 of 23. But the back-to-back performances were night and day. Teammate Jamal Crawford noticed.
“Tonight he was forceful and dominant,” Crawford, who had 21 points of his own and moved into 10th-place on the all-time list for made 3-pointers, said post-game. “Inside his energy was that he came out on a mission, and we just followed him.”
Crawford now has 1,723 3-point baskets. He surpassed the 1,719 made by Dale Ellis, who played six-plus of his 17 NBA seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics. Crawford, a Seattle native, recalled taking in a game in which Ellis was terrific.
“I was at a game in Seattle when he hit nine 3s,” said Crawford, in his 15th season. “To me, I’m not in that level of shooting. So to hear those names, its unbelievable. Last year I passed Steve Nash.”
The Lakers’ Nash is 12th all-time with 1,685 3-point baskets.
Crawford’s career shooting percentage from 3-point range is 35.1, Ellis’ was 40.3
With the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo. resulting from the grand jury decision Monday not to prosecute a white police officer – Darren Wilson – for shooting and killing Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American, on Aug. 9, we are keeping an eye out for Clippers players tweeting out their thoughts on the matter.
Sixth-man Jamal Crawford had this tweet:
“In life we have to remember what’s really important, thoughts and prayers with Ferguson …”
Here’s another from forward Matt Barnes:
“So it’s okay to kill people……….? As long as the person being killed is of color & the person…”
Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Sixth-man Jamal Crawford had nine assists and just five points in 25 minutes off the bench Thursday in the Clippers’ 110-93 victory at Miami. Afterward, he said he didn’t remember the last time he had more assists than points.
“No, I don’t, actually,” he said. “I think they (teammates) made a point of emphasis when I was coming off the pick-and-roll to stay with me and have me pass the ball. That’s fine. I trust the guys I am out there with. If I attract two people, some guy is open and I try to pick that apart.”
Part of the reason why Crawford had more assists than points is because he shot just 1 of 6 from the field, 1 of 5 from 3-point range.
That said, Crawford is the team’s third-leading scorer at 17.1 points per game.
Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 22 points in Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Sure, Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando came against a team whose five victories had come against really lousy teams – except for Milwaukee – but that doesn’t mean coach Doc Rivers didn’t want to boast about about two things – his bench play, and ball movement.
“Yes, it was a great win,” said Rivers, whose 6-4 Clippers play tonight (Thursday) at Miami at 5 (on Prime Ticket, TNT). “Our bench out-scored our starters, which is a first. I thought in the first half they were great. Our starters got a long rest. And then in the second half, they came in and did the same thing.
“So when you play like that, like a whole team, it’s good. I think this is the best we’ve moved the ball this entire year. It’s hard to guard people when you move the ball that way.”
The starters scored 54 points, the bench 60. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 22 points off the bench, Jordan Farmar had 13 and Spencer Hawes 10. Blake Griffin led the starters with 20 points.
The Clippers had 24 assists, Chris Paul getting nine. The Clippers had only 20 assists in their 105-89 loss to Chicago on Monday night at Staples Center.
Griffin is leading the Clippers in scoring through 10 games with a 22.8 average. Crawford is next at 18.4.
Jamal Crawford scored 22 points to lead the Clippers on Wednesday at Orlando/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers tonight (Wednesday) began their seven-game road trip on a positive note with a 114-90 victory at Orlando. New owner Steve Ballmer as on hand.
Jamal Crawford led the Clippers (6-4) with 22 points, Blake Griffin had 20, Chris Paul had 16 points and nine assists and Matt Barnes scored 13 points.
The Clippers, who led 56-48 at halftime, shot 53.6 percent from the field, 57.1 (12 of 21) from 3-point range.
Orlando (5-8) was led by Tobias Harris’ 25 points. Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 14 rebounds, but he had 13 of those rebounds in the first half.
The Magic’s five victories have come against Philadelphia (0-10 on the season), Minnesota (2-7), New York (3-9), Milwaukee (6-5) and Detroit (3-8).
The Clippers figure to have a tougher time Thursday when they play at Miami (6-5) at 5 p.m. (on Prime Ticket, TNT).
Derrick Rose/Photo courtesy of Chicago Bulls, NBA.com
The Chicago Tribune has reported that point guard Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls won’t play tonight (Monday) against the Clippers at Staples Center because of a strained left hamstring. It will be Rose’s sixth missed game of 11 the Bulls (7-3) will have played this season.
But Clippers guard Jamal Crawford doesn’t believe that means the Clippers will automatically have an easier time with Chicago.
“He’s missed some time, obviously, the last couple of years,” Crawford said at the morning shootaround. “They’ve found a way to play without him and still do well without him. Obviously, they’re a better team with him, but they’ve gotten used to that, so you still can’t let your guard down.”
Rose did not play in 2012-13 and played in just 10 games in 2013-14 because of knee injuries.
Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers are 1-1 since coach Doc Rivers inserted two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford into the starting lineup, replacing Matt Barnes.
Rivers told reporters ahead of Monday night’s 89-85 loss to San Antonio that he made the move for the team, and intimated it was to inject more offense into it.
Crawford scored 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting in Saturday’s 106-102 victory over Portland. But he scored just 10 points on 3 of 13 from the field – he was 1 of 7 from 3-point range – against San Antonio.
Following the loss to the Spurs, Crawford suggested he is determined to make this work because that’s what Rivers wants.
“I am fine,” said Crawford, who admitted being in the startling lineup “is an adjustment. But I will get used to it. As long as (Rivers) wants me there, I will get used to it.”
Rivers said this will be a game-by-game deal, which means we could see Barnes starting again at any time.
Barnes, incidentally, told yours truly before Monday’s game that he had no issue with being taken out of the starting lineup. First of all, he said during training camp he’d rather come off the bench, and he also conceded that he had been struggling on offense. He was averaging 6.0 points ahead of Monday, and he scored eight points against the Spurs.
Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- The Spurs are the defending NBA champions, but the Clippers were leading the entire game until a 12-0 run that began with 5:18 left in the game and culminated with 32.8 seconds remaining sealed their fate. San Antonio took its first lead at 83-82 with 1:44 left in the game, and by then it was obvious the Clippers were deflated. This is not the makings of a Clippers team picked by many experts to get to at least the Western Conference Finals.
- The 15 turnovers the Clippers had were their most so far this season. Previously they had committed 11, 14, 8, 10, 14, 7 turnovers, respectively. It didn’t help that their two best players – Chris Paul and Blake Griffin – combined for seven of those turnovers. Paul had four, Griffin three. Each had a pivotal turnover in the waning moments, though the one Griffin had was perpetuated by a pass into the paint from Jamal Crawford that seemed to surprise Griffin.
- Perhaps lost in the defeat was a fine defensive game from DeAndre Jordan. He blocked five shots and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Jordan had 14 rebounds in Saturday’s victory over Portland, and his season average is up to 11.0; he led the league at 13.6 a season ago.
- Even though Paul had the ball stolen from him by Kawhi Leonard with under a minute to play, Paul nearly had his second triple-double of the young campaign. He scored 13 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and doled out nine assists.
- One thing is certain, this game tells us that the Clippers have a lot of work to do. Sure, the Spurs are the defending champions, but they did not play well all night and then somehow emerged victorious over a Clippers team that couldn’t get out of its own way in the second half of the fourth quarter. The Clippers got a layup from Paul with 5:49 to play, then got only three more points on free throws from Jamal Crawford the rest of the way.