Blake Griffin praises the energy Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis brings to the team

Glen “Big Baby” Davis doesn’t play a lot of minutes as a reserve – he’s averaging 10.6 this season – but the minutes he does play are often inspiring.

Take the beginning of the fourth quarter of Monday’s 102-98 victory over Denver. The Clippers began the quarter down by eight points. Jamal Crawford made a 3-pointer to get his team within five points. The Clippers’ next time down the court, Davis kept a ball alive that was headed out of bounds and would have been awarded to Denver. Davis, all 290 pounds of him, hustled like nobody’s business and his effort allowed the Clippers to keep possession. Davis was so jacked, he began to scream at fans as if to pump some life into them as well as into his teammates.

The Clippers did not score out of that, but the tone had been set for their comeback victory. Blake Griffin praised his teammate.

“He has great energy and we want him to keep it going,” Griffin said. “He was huge. He only played 10 minutes, but those minutes go way beyond his stat line, which was good for those 10 minutes.”

Davis had eight points and five rebounds in 10:10 of playing time. He made both of his shots from the field and all four of his free throws.

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Report: Matt Barnes’ fine not because of back-and-forth with Suns owner

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Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

According to ESPN.com, which cited an “NBA spokesman,” the $25,000 fine Matt Barnes received Tuesday for an incident that took place Sunday at Phoenix was not because he exchanged inappropriate language with Suns owner Robert Sarver.

When the NBA released its statement about the situation, it said Barnes was fined for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during the Clippers’ 120-100 victory. Barnes took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and said that was not true, that it was directed at Sarver after Sarver started it.

“As players, we’re obviously held to a higher standard; I’ve had to watch myself on that. But I think if we’re held to high standards, owners should be held to even higher standards,” Barnes told ESPN.com at Thursday’s shootaround ahead of Thursday night’s game at Utah.. “When an elder says something derogatory toward me and I respond, I thought it would stay there. It’s one grown man saying something to another grown man. I’m not going to run and tell, but the fact that he or someone around him told (the league), it’s crazy.”

Barnes did admit he was having words with some fans as well, but still believes his fine was because of his back-and-forth with Sarver.

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Chris Paul makes pitch for DeAndre Jordan to make his first All-Star team

DeAndre Jordan has never been selected to the All-Star team/Photo by Associated Press

 

DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul on Thursday will find out if they will be members of the 2015 Western Conference All-Star squad when the reserves – picked by conference coaches – are announced.

Paul figures to have a better chance of making the team for the eighth consecutive season, but he gave his best pitch for Jordan following Monday’s 102-98 victory over the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.

His comments came when somebody mentioned a sequence in the final minute of the half where Jordan got three of the four blocked shots he had in the game. Two came on one Nuggets possession.

“I say it all the time, but to me D.J. is an All-Star, he is the Defensive Player of the Year and many other accolades that I think he should have,” Paul said. “D.J. also understands that he does not need all of that to validate him. We all know what he does and what he is capable of.”

The Clippers (31-14) on Wednesday night begin their eight-game Grammy road trip at Utah (16-29) at 6 p.m.

 

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Report: J.J. Redick to take part in 3-point shooting contest at All-Star weekend

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J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

J.J. Redick will be among those competing in the 3-point shooting contest at this year’s All-Star game weekend Feb. 13-15 in New York City, according to a report on Yahoo.com, which cited league sources.

Others expected to compete are Splash Brothers Klay Thompson and Steph Curry of Golden State as well as Kyle Korver of Atlanta and Wesley Matthews of Portland. There is one more spot available.

Korver is shooting a ridiculous league-high 53.1 percent from 3-point range, Thompson is at 45.8, Redick at 44.1, Matthews at 39.9 and Curry is shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Marco Belinelli of San Antonio is the defending champion in this event.

 

 

 

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Matt Barnes says his Tuesday fine of $25,000 was because he exchanged expletives with Suns owner, not a fan

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Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Forward Matt Barnes on Tuesday was fined $25,000 for what the NBA said was directing inappropriate language at a fan, it was announced by Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations for the NBA.

A news release stated the incident took place with 4:28 left in the second quarter of the Clippers’ 120-100 victory over the Suns at US Airways Center in Phoenix.

However, Barnes took to Twitter to let everyone know it wasn’t a fan he was exchanging pleasantries with:

“Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn’t told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns….”

“..Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn’t SNITCH I get fined!!” #thecode

Robert Sarver is the majority owner of the Suns.

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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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DeAndre Jordan blocks four shots and Clippers lead Nuggets 50-47 at break

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan had four blocked shots in the first half Monday against Denver/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

After a poor first quarter the Clippers roared back to outscore the Denver Nuggets 30-16 to take a 50-47 lead into intermission on Monday night at Staples Center.

DeAndre Jordan had four blocked shots in the half, three in the final minute – two on one possession. Chris Paul scored nine points, Blake Griffin had eight and Matt Barnes and Jordan scored seven apiece.

Wilson Chandler led Denver with 13 first-half points, all of them coming in the first quarter.

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Denver Nuggets outscore Clippers 31-20 in first quarter at Staples Center

Chris Paul

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

 

The Nuggets led the Clippers by as many as 16 points at 31-15 before settling for a 31-20 lead over the Clippers after one quarter.

Hedo Turkoglu hit a 3-point basket with about 20 seconds left in the quarter and then Austin Rivers made a layup with 0.7 seconds left as the Clippers scored the final five points of the quarter.

Chris Paul led the Clippers (30-14) with six points in the quarter, Wilson Chandler had 13 for Denver (18-26).

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Doc Rivers didn’t feel comfortable at Phoenix, even with a big lead late

Matt Barnes on Sunday puts up a shot against Eric Bledsoe of Phoenix/Photo by Associated Press

 

Even with just a few minutes left and a lead of 17 points (101-94) over the Phoenix Suns following a 15-0 run Sunday, Clippers coach Doc Rivers intimated he didn’t think his team was out of the woods because of how rapidly Phoenix can get on an offensive roll.

“We talked about it before the game; Phoenix doesn’t go away,” said Rivers, whose team won 120-100 at US Airways Center in Phoenix. “There’s no lead safe when you have Isaiah Thomas and (Eric) Bledsoe and (Goran) Dragic and Gerald Green on the other team. Honest to goodness, with three minutes left, I did not feel safe.

“That’s who they are. They’re capable and you  have to keep your focus when you’re playing them.”

The Clippers (30-14) on Monday night host the Denver Nuggets (18-26) at 7:30.

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