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

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Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

It wasn’t long ago that a column that appeared on NBA.com 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.

 

 

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Clippers have waived backup point guard Jordan Farmar

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Jordan Farmar/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

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.

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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, NBA.com

 

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.”

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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, NBA.com

 

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 www.chla.org/clippers or by participating in the team’s online auction at www.clippers.com.

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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, NBA.com

 

– 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.

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Blake Griffin gives kudos to second unit in loss to Sacramento

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Jordan Farmar/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

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.”

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Injury report featuring Douglas-Roberts, Farmar and ‘Big Baby’

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Chris Douglas-Roberts/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

Chris Douglas-Roberts sat out Saturday’s 104-93 loss to Denver at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with an ankle sprain, according to a report on Clippers.com. Douglas-Roberts is vying for the starting spot at small forward.

Also, backup guard Jordan Farmar had some back issues during the game and played only seven minutes.

And, backup post Glen “Big Baby” Davis missed his second consecutive game with a right groin strain. Coach Doc Rivers isn’t sure of the timetable for his return. He said Friday that Davis may be OK by the beginning of the regular season Oct. 30, but that he may not be in playing shape.

The Clippers, now 1-4, play their next exhibition game Tuesday at Golden State.(4-1).

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Jordan Farmar talks about getting to stay home in Los Angeles with the Clippers

SAN DIEGO - 03/18/06 - ©DAILY BREEZE PHOTO: SCOTT VARLEY -- UCLA vs. Alabama in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament at Cox Arena. UCLA won 62-59. Jordan Farmar drives to the basket in the 2nd half.

SAN DIEGO – 03/18/06 – ©DAILY BREEZE PHOTO: SCOTT VARLEY — UCLA vs. Alabama in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament at Cox Arena. UCLA won 62-59. Jordan Farmar drives to the basket in the 2nd half.

With the Clippers signing of free agent Jordan Farmar, who spent last season with city rival the Los Angeles Lakers (including a stint in 2006-10), the obvious was there: Farmar would be staying in L.A., but in a different uniform.

But Farmar’s choice to stay close to home went deeper then leaving a rebuilding team to a legitimate contender.

“It’s huge, I mean Los Angeles is really special to me. I get a chance to live in my house and be around my friends and family and see my kids grow up,” said Farmar, who went to Taft and UCLA. “Those are all the things that are important to me outside of basketball.”

The Clippers were able to capitalize on the Lakers focusing their attention on luring superstar free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to L.A.

“It would’ve been an easy decision if the Lakers said, ‘We want to make you a point guard and offer you ‘X, Y and Z and we would love to have you here,’” Farmar told the L.A. Daily News’ Mark Medina. “But those weren’t the conversations going back and forth. So it wasn’t a choice for me to make.”

The Lakers’ attention elsewhere coupled with Rivers’ persistence and desire to get Farmar in a Clippers uniform put the contenders, who were two wins away from the Western Conference Finals in the driver’s seat for his services.

“(Doc) was definitely the first person I talked to. I just landed at LAX, my phone started ringing as soon as I got service, he was the first person that called and he kept calling and he was persistent,” said Farmar. “And that was a good feeling to feel wanted and to feel like you were going to be part of something special.”

This season the 27-year-old was plagued by groin and hamstring injuries, costing him 41 games. When he did play Farmar was effective, averaging 10.1 points per game, 4.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Farmar fills the hole left by the departure of backup guard Darren Collison, who opted out of his final year with the Clippers and joined the Sacramento Kings.

Farmar’s deal is for two years and worth $4.2 million.

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Clippers make it official, sign Jordan Farmar and Spencer Hawes

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Spencer Hawes

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Spencer Hawes (top) and Jordan Farmar/photos courtesy of Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers

 

The Clippers on Wednesday night announced they have officially signed free agents Jordan Farmar and Spencer Hawes.

Terms were not disclosed. However, Hawes – a 7-foot post – is reportedly looking at a four-year contract while point guard Farmar – most recently of the Lakers – has a two-year contract.

The team will hold a news conference Thursday at its headquarters in Playa Del Rey.

Hawes was with Philadelphia and Cleveland in 2013-14. He has career scoring and rebounding averages of 9.7 and 6.4, respectively.

Farmar has averaged 7.9 points and 3.0 assists during his seven-year career.

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Report: Jordan Farmar and Clippers come to terms on 2-year deal

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Jordan Farmar/photo courtesy of Los Angeles Lakers

Free agent point guard Jordan Farmar and the Clippers have reportedly come to terms on a two-year deal.

The two-year accord is for $4.2 million, with the second year being a player option.
Farmar, out of UCLA, played the first four years of his career for the Lakers, played two years for the New Jersey Nets, did not play in 2012-13 and then played this past season for the Lakers.

In 41 regular-season games in an injury-plagued 2013-14, Farmar averaged 10.1 points and 4.9 assists. He is averaging 7.9 points and 3.0 assists over his seven-year career.
Farmar, 27, went to Taft High in Woodland Hills.

This could off-set the recent loss of point guard Darren Collison, who signed with Sacramento.

The Los Angeles Times first reported this deal, citing NBA executives not at liberty to speak publicly on the matter.

Thursday is the first day free agents can actually sign their contracts.

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