Clippers announce they have waived guard Lester Hudson

Lester Hudson

Lester Hudson/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers on Wednesday announced they have waived guard Lester Hudson.

Hudson, who had been a star in the Chinese Basketball Association the past two seasons, came to the Clippers near the end of March. He played in five regular-season games, averaging 3.6 points and an assist. He appeared in seven of the 14 playoff games and averaged 2.0 points and an assist.

Hudson, 30, played his college ball at University of Tennessee at Martin.

Clippers outscore Rockets 41-21 in second quarter to lead 65-56 at break

Blake Griffin

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The Clippers trailed by 11 points at 35-24 after one quarter Wednesday night in Game 2 against the host Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. But the Clippers roared back to outscore the Rockets by 20 points (41-21) in the second quarter to take a 65-56 lead into the halftime break.

This, without Chris Paul, who remains out with a left hamstring strain.

Blake Griffin was unbelievably good. He scored 26 points on 11 of 14 shooting. He also grabbed five rebounds and doled out three assists.

DeAndre Jordan contributed 10 points even though he didn’t play much of the first quarter after getting two quick fouls. Lester Hudson came through with two big baskets and five points.

The Rockets, who got 16 points from Dwight Howard and 12 from James Harden in the half, continued their turnovers trend with 10. Harden, who had nine in Monday’s Game 1 loss to the Clippers, had five of those.

Clippers do not re-sign Lester Hudson, might bring back Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson

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The 10-day contract of guard Lester Hudson is over and he was not re-signed to a second one, though that happening is not out of the realm of possibility. Doc Rivers, coach and president of basketball operations, said he expects to fill the spot.

“There is nothing right now, but we may, we will,” Rivers said. “We will sign someone.”

Rivers wasn’t sure if that would happen before Saturday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center.

“Most likely will, but not sure yet,” Rivers said at practice Friday morning.

The Clippers signed Hudson when Nate Robinson’s second 10-day contract expired. Robinson was not re-signed for the remainder of the season at that time because he was nursing a knee injury. Rivers was asked if Robinson is in the conversation to to be brought back.

“He’s in the conversation, yes,” Rivers said.

Rivers said Robinson’s knee has improved.

“I think it’s better, yeah,” Rivers said. “Probably not where you’d like it, but it’s better.”