Jamal Crawford says DeAndre Jordan has respect of his peers and coaches

DeAndre Jordan/Photo by Associated Press

 

DeAndre Jordan had 22 points and a career-high 27 rebounds Monday in the Clippers’ 115-98 victory at Dallas. Another All-Star performance by a player not on the Western Conference All-Star team.
“He should be in the All-Star game (Feb. 15),” teammate Jamal Crawford said of Jordan. “He’s an All-Star who’s not playing in the All-Star game. As long as he has the respect of his peers and his coaches, that’s all that matters.”

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Clippers win by 17 points at Dallas in their second game sans Blake Griffin

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DeAndre Jordan had a whopping 27 rebounds in Monday’s victory at Dallas/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

It didn’t figure the Clippers could go into Dallas and beat the Mavericks by 17 points without Blake Griffin. But that’s what they did Monday, winning 115-98 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

Perhaps Dallas figured the same thing, that the Clippers – losers of four in a row going in – would be easy prey in their second game without Griffin, who had elbow surgery Monday and is out at least three weeks. Not the case as the Clippers broke that losing streak by having three players score more than 20 points. One of them was DeAndre Jordan, who scored 22 and also pulled down a whopping 27 rebounds while blocking three shots.

Chris Paul, who said after Sunday’s 23-point loss at Oklahoma City that everyone would have to step up in Griffin’s absence, scored 25 points to go along with 13 assists and six rebounds. Jamal Crawford scored 22 points off the bench. J.J. Redick returned after missing three games because of back spasms to score 15 points, Matt Barnes scored 12 and Hedo Turkoglu nine.

Charlie Villanueva led Dallas (35-19) with 26 points off the bench and Dirk Nowitzki scored 18.

This was the final game of the long Grammy road trip, during which the Clippers (34-19) went 3-5.

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VIDEO: Oh, my, check out this dazzling move and basket by Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford on Monday moved into eighth-place all alone in made 3-pointers by making two in the Clippers’ 102-100 loss at Brooklyn. Crawford now has 1,789 with No. 7 Chauncey Billups (1,830) next in line for him to pass. But Crawford does a lot more than make 3-pointers. He still has some of the most amazing offensive moves in the game at age 34. Just ask Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic, who was faked into Chick Hearn’s popcorn machine on this Crawford move and basket:

 

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Jamal Crawford helps Clippers even when he’s not shooting the ball well

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Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Jamal Crawford did not have a good game offensively Saturday when the Clippers routed the San Antonio Spurs 105-85 at AT&T Center in San Antonio. Crawford scored eight points – well below his season average of 15.7 – and shot just 2 of 10 from the field.

But Crawford was still able to help his team with three steals and two blocks in his 21 minutes of action. That did not go unnoticed by coach Doc Rivers.

“Three steals, I don’t know where the two blocks came from,” Rivers said, joking about the blocks. “He didn’t have a great night (offensively), but he stayed in the game. Sometimes you’re going to have an offensively bad night even if you are Jamal. But if yo have that, you’re still on the floor.

“We ask our guys, ‘If you take the best you can do away, how else can you help the team?’ ”

Crawford is currently tied with Rashard Lewis for eighth-place on the all-time list for made 3-pointers with 1,787. His next make will put him No. 8 all alone. Next for Crawford to catch and pass would be Chauncey Billups, who is seventh with 1,830.

The Clippers are 2-1 on this eight-game Grammy road trip and next play Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Brooklyn (18-28).

 

 

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Check out this video of Jamal Crawford’s spectacular assist to Matt Barnes

On top of everything else Jamal Crawford did in Monday’s 102-98 victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets – he scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter – Crawford made this spectacular assist to Matt Barnes as he was heading out of bounds. Barnes’ layup gave the Clippers a 96-94 lead with 1:24 to play in the game. Check it out:

 

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Denver coach Brian Shaw talks about Jamal Crawford’s 21 points in 4th

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Jamal Crawford scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of Monday’s win over Denver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Jamal Crawford had all of two points through three quarters Monday against the Denver Nuggets. He finished with 23 as the Clippers rallied for a 102-98 victory at Staples Center.

Denver coach Brian Shaw afterward talked about his team’s failed attempt to corral Crawford, the two-time Sixth-Man of the Year.

“In the fourth quarter I thought we fell asleep a few times when (Crawford) was off the ball and he was able to get some clean looks coming off of picks shooting the ball,” Shaw said. “We stunted at their lesser shooters a couple of times. We rotated over to Matt Barnes, so instead of making him be the one to shoot the ball and finish, he was able to swing it to Crawford a couple of times. That was one of the points of emphasis for us, to try and control Crawford coming off the bench.”

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Clippers lead Brooklyn Nets by 33 points at halftime; Blake Griffin has 22

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Blake Griffin had 22 points in the first half Thursday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers shot 65.9 percent from the field in the first half and lead the Brooklyn Nets 70-37 at the break.

Blake Griffin scored 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting and DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford each scored 12; Jordan also had 11 rebounds.

Chris Paul had just four points, but he doled out 12 assists in the half.

Mason Plumlee led Brooklyn (18-24) with 13 points. The Nets shot just 38.1 percent.

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Jamal Crawford has 12 points at halftime as Clippers lead Celtics 47-37

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Jamal Crawford had 12 points in the first half Monday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 12 first-half points and they led the visiting Boston Celtics 47-37 at halftime of a Martin Luther King Day matinee at Staples Center.

Crawford made a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds to play for the final points of the half.

DeAndre Jordan had 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks in the half and J.J. Redick scored seven points.

The Celtics (13-25) shot just 29.2 percent from the field in the half. They got nine points from Jared Sullinger.

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Jamal Crawford says team will welcome any newcomers with open arms

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Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

It was late Wednesday night, less than 24 hours before the Clippers would announce they shipped off Chris Douglas-Roberts and Reggie Bullock to get Austin Rivers – son of Doc Rivers – in a three-team deal Thursday afternoon. The Clippers had just beaten the Portland Trail Blazers, thanks in part to 25 points off the bench from Jamal Crawford.

Clippers players knew there were deals in the works if for no other reason than the rumors were everywhere. Crawford, ever the pro, was asked about not knowing who was coming or going, and he gave that perfect  answer.

“You just go to worry about the stuff we can control,” he said. “Whoever comes in here, we have to welcome with open arms and continue to be professional.”

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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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