Chris Paul diplomatic when asked about team’s supposed improved chemistry

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Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


It wasn’t long ago that a column that appeared on suggested the Clippers players didn’t like one another. The Clippers since that time have shipped out four players and brought in two; the sequence of moves began Jan. 7. Gone are Chris Douglas-Roberts, Jared Cunningham, Jordan Farmar and Reggie Bullock and now here are Austin Rivers and Dahntay Jones.
With the spirt of the team seemingly at a season-high, Chris Paul was asked Saturday if the chemistry has improved since the moves have been made.

He was very careful with this touchy subject.
“I think we’re playing with a really good spirit,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s one way or the other because of this or because of that, but we’re playing a little bit better. Moving the ball and just playing with the right spirit. I don’t know what that means.”

The Clippers are 6-2 since Jan. 7.



Clippers have waived backup point guard Jordan Farmar

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Jordan Farmar/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


The Clippers on Friday announced they have waived backup point guard Jordan Farmar a day after they completed a three-team trade that brought shooting guard Austin Rivers – son of coach Doc Rivers – to the Clippers.

Farmar was in his eighth NBA season, first with the Clippers, for whom he averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 assists in 36 games while averaging 14.7 minutes of playing time.

Farmar began his career by playing four seasons with the Lakers.

Blake Griffin: Chris Paul on bench in third quarter really hurt in loss to Hawks

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Blake Griffin scored 26 points in Monday’s loss to Atlanta/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


The Clippers on Monday trailed the Atlanta Hawks by just two points (60-58) when Chris Paul had to leave the game with seven minutes to play in the third quarter because of his fourth foul. In came backup Jordan Farmar, and by the time the quarter ended the Hawks held a 77-69 lead on their way to a 107-98 victory at Staples Center.

Not that Farmar, who went scoreless on 0 of 5 shooting, was the only reason the Clippers lost because there is more blame to pass around. But Blake Griffin said it did hurt not having Paul in there at a time when he usually is in the thick of things.

“When C.P. is not out here, that is a voice that is gone,” Griffin said. “That’s one of our best players and our playmaker. Vocally and even just playing-wise, I have to step up and do a better job. I didn’t do a great job tonight of taking advantage of mismatches and finding open guys and things like that. I need to do a better job there in that third quarter because when he was sitting, that was kind of when we lost it.”

Clippers on Dec. 29 to host night that will support Children’s Hospital

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Jordan Farmar/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


The Clippers on Dec. 29 will host a “Dedicated Awareness Night” when they take on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. It’s part of the Clippers and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ effort to raise funds for Children’s Hospital’s Helping Hands Fund, which uses the proceeds to support lifesaving care for every child treated, even if the child’s family can’t afford to pay the bill.

Clippers Jordan Farmar, Spencer Hawes and Chris Douglas-Roberts and broadcaster Ralph Lawler on Dec. 5 spent some time visiting patients at Children’s Hospital.
“For us to be able to come to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and spend some time with these kids, play some games, share some stories, exchange some laughs – especially around the holiday season – it makes it really special,” Farmar said.
Donations can be made by visiting or by participating in the team’s online auction at

Five things to take from Clippers’ 113-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons

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Chris Paul had just one turnover in Monday night’s victory over Detroit/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers,


– The Clippers are still having head-scratching lapses of focus. There they were, coming off two consecutive road losses and they were down by nine points to the lowly Pistons in the first quarter. Then they get tuned in and eveutally lead by as many as 27 points early in the fourth quarter. Kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team at times.

– Jamal Crawford was 0 of 6 from the field. But ever the consummate professional, Crawford made all five of his free throws, doled out seven assists and made a steal while committing just one tunover in nearly 28 minutes of action.

– Although Chris Paul did not have a terrific game from a scoring standpoing – he scored 11 points, well under his 17.4 average – he had only one turnover in 24 minutes. That was on the heels of him having six turnovers in each of his two previous games – losses at Washington and Milwaukee.

– Jordan Farmar picked a terrific time to have his best game as a member of the Clippers. He made his first five shots and scored 15 points with five assists in 23 minutes off the bench. This was key because backup post Spencer Hawes and his offense was out for the second consecutive game because of a bruised left knee, and because Crawford did not provide his usual offensive punch off the bench.

– The Clippers also got nice bench play from the likes of Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Hedo Turkoglu. They scored a combined 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Davis was 4 of 5 from the field for eight points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Blake Griffin gives kudos to second unit in loss to Sacramento


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Coach Doc Rivers said his team’s reserves kind of let the team down in its 118-111 victory over the Lakers on Friday at Staples Center. Were it not for the second unit Sunday, the Clippers likely would have lost to the Sacramento Kings by much more than 98-92. Starting power forward Blake Griffin seems to realize that.

It was early in the second quarter that reserves Jordan Farmar (8), Spencer Hawes (6) and Hedo Turkoglu (3) scored all 17 points during a 17-2 Clippers run.

“I thought that we (the starters) played poorly and the second unit played good,” Griffin said. “The second unit did a good job in the second quarter by putting pressure on them (the Kings). We tried to get back in it in the third quarter, but we could not.”