For Jamal Crawford, having more assists than points is a rarity

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Jamal Crawford

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

 

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford had nine assists and just five points in 25 minutes off the bench Thursday in the Clippers’ 110-93 victory at Miami. Afterward, he said he didn’t remember the last time he had more assists than points.

“No, I don’t, actually,” he said. “I think they (teammates) made a point of emphasis when I was coming off the pick-and-roll to stay with me and have me pass the ball. That’s fine. I trust the guys I am out there with. If I attract two people, some guy is open and I try to pick that apart.”

Part of the reason why Crawford had more assists than points is because he shot just 1 of 6 from the field, 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

That said, Crawford is the team’s third-leading scorer at 17.1 points per game.

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Doc Rivers just loves having a guy like DeAndre Jordan on his team

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DeAndre Jordan

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

 

DeAndre Jordan started out a bit slowly this season, but he once again leads the league in rebounding with a 12.2 average. He’s also averaging 2.45 blocks, fourth in the NBA.

Coach Doc Rivers can’t say enough about his 6-foot-11 post

“He’s just a great player to have on your team,” Rivers said following his team’s 110-93 victory at Miami on Thursday. “He’s won games without scoring. He’s the perfect guy to have on a winning basketball team. He doesn’t complain about the ball and all he wants to do is go get it, meaning blocked shots and rebounds. Every team would love a guy like that.”

Jordan led the NBA in rebounding a season ago with a 13.6 average. He also averaged 2.48 blocks, which was third in the league.

Jordan is averaging 8.7 points this season after averaging 10.4 in 2013-14.

The Clippers (7-4) are 2-0 on the current seven-game road trip. They next play Sunday at Memphis at 3 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

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Chris Paul says it’s all about consistency, ‘We have to keep doing it’

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Griffin, Paul make it look easy as L.A. Clippers dominate Miami Heat

Chris Paul, far left, scored 26 points and doled out 12 assists in Thursday’s 110-93 victory at Miami/Photo by Associated Press

 

Guard Chris Paul late Thursday night was asked if he was concerned about his team when it wasn’t clicking. The question came after the Clippers had defeated the Miami Heat 110-93 for their second consecutive victory to start a seven-game road trip.

Paul wouldn’t quite go there.

“No, I don’t think we were worried,” he said, “but at the same time we are not trying to write ourselves off as the champions. That’s two games. This league is all about consistency. We have to keep doing it.”

The Clippers (7-4) have five games left on the trip, beginning with a big game Sunday at Memphis (10-2), which leads the Western Conference.

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Clippers now 2-0 on road trip after routing host Miami Heat 110-93

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Chris Paul

Chris Paul scored 26 points and had 12 assists on Thursday in Miami/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

The Clippers on Thursday night put on their best performance of the season by defeating the host Miami Heat 110-93 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Los Angeles shot 55.8 percent from the field, 41.9 percent (13 of 31) from 3-point range. Miami shot 44.8 percent, just 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from beyond the arc.

The Clippers (7-4), who led 39-15 after one quarter, also out-rebounded the Heat (6-6) by a 35-30 count. Los Angeles had 31 assists, Miami just 11.

The Heat were missing guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring), but it’s unlikely his presence would have made much difference, the way the Clippers played.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 26 points apiece to lead the Clippers, J.J. Redick scored 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Miami’s Chris Bosh led everyone with 28 points.

The Clippers are now 2-0 on this seven-game road trip. Up next are the Memphis Grizzlies (10-2) on Sunday at 3 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

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Clippers in a groove, leading the Heat 58-40 at halftime at Miami

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Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin scored 10 points in the first half at Miami/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Don’t look now, but the Clippers seem to be finding their groove, if the first half at Miami on Thursday is any indication.

The Clippers led the Heat 39-15 after the first quarter and now lead 58-40 at halftime. Sure, Miami is without Dwyane Wade (hamstring), but even if he were playing it likely would not have mattered because the Clippers played that well.

Los Angeles (6-4) shot 59.5 percent in the half, 43.8 (7 of 16) from 3-point range. Chris Paul had 12 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points apiece, Matt Barnes had nine points and J.J. Redick eight.

Chris Bosh of Miami (6-5) led everyone with 18 points.

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Chris Paul says the ‘trust’ was there Wednesday night in win at Orlando

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Chris Paul

Chris Paul scored 16 points and doled out nine assists in the Clippers’ 114-90 victory at Orlando on Wednesday/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

After all that negative talk about trust issues within the Clippers’ offense following their 105-89 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday at Staples Center, it was the opposite following the Clippers’ 114-90 victory Wednesday at Orlando to start a seven-game road trip.

“Tonight there was a lot more trust,” Chris Paul, who scored 16 points and doled out nine assists, said afterward. “We moved the ball very well and got open shots and we defended. That was huge for us.”

The Clippers (6-4) continue their trip tonight (Thursday) when they play at Miami at 5 (on Prime Ticket, TNT). The Heat (6-5) are superior to Orlando (5-8). Paul seems to realize that.

“That was one game,” he said of the win over the Magic. “I think (tonight) it will be a huge test to see if we can sustain it.”

 

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Blake Griffin says ball didn’t stick; the bonding has begun on the road

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Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin scored 20 points in Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Coach Doc Rivers talked about the solid ball movement of his team after its 114-90 victory at Orlando on Wednesday. Blake Griffin, who scored 20 points, gave a more colorful description.

“The ball was hopping,” said Griffin, whose team plays at Miami tonight (Thursday) at 5 (on Prime Ticket, TNT). “We didn’t really have many possessions where it stuck. That is the key for us. When we move that ball, it is tough to stop us.”

The victory was the beginning of a seven-game road trip, one in which the Clippers (6-4) are hopeful they can bond after playing eight of their first nine games at Staples Center.

“We get to spend some time together,” Griffin said. “You know, on the road it kind of brings you together and you are forced to come together. You are all that you have in the arena. We are looking forward to capitalizing on it.”

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Doc Rivers talks Miami Heat, which will likely be without Dwyane Wade

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Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh leads the Miami Heat in scoring and rebounding/Photo courtesy of Miami Heat, NBA.com

 

The Clippers figure to have a tougher time tonight (Thursday) when they play at Miami (6-5) at 5 (on Prime Ticket, TNT).

The Clippers won 114-90 at Orlando on Wednesday, but the Magic – now 5-8 – had only one quality victory, over Milwaukee. Their other four wins came against poor teams, including one against Philadelphia, which is 0-11.

Of Miami’s six victories, three have come against Toronto (9-2), Washington (7-3) and Dallas (9-3). That said, the Heat have lost three of their past four. Of course, the biggest difference is they no longer have LeBron James.

Still, coach Doc Rivers has nothing but praise for them. And a bit of concern that the Heat are refreshed because they haven’t  played since Monday, when they broke a three-game losing streak with a 95-83 victory at Brooklyn.

“I haven’t watched them a lot,” Rivers said. “They are doing what they did last year. They’re great at moving the ball. They’re well-rested; I know they haven’t played in three or four days and we’re going to take their best punch. We know that. And we have to be able to take it.”

Chris Bosh, a 6-foot-11 post, leads Miami in scoring and rebounding with respective averages of 19.9 and 8.7. However, guard Dwyane Wade is doubtful and will likely miss his fourth consecutive game with a hamstring injury, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday.

 

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Doc Rivers stoked about bench play, ball movement in win at Orlando

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Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 22 points in Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Sure, Wednesday’s 114-90 victory at Orlando came against a team whose five victories had come against really lousy teams – except for Milwaukee – but that doesn’t mean coach Doc Rivers didn’t want to boast about about two things – his bench play, and ball movement.

“Yes, it was a great win,” said Rivers, whose 6-4 Clippers play tonight (Thursday) at Miami at 5 (on Prime Ticket, TNT). “Our bench out-scored our starters, which is a first. I thought in the first half they were great. Our starters got a long rest. And then in the second half, they came in and did the same thing.

“So when you play like that, like a whole team, it’s good. I think this is the best we’ve moved the ball this entire year. It’s hard to guard people when you move the ball that way.”

The starters scored 54 points, the bench 60. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 22 points off the bench, Jordan Farmar had 13 and Spencer Hawes 10. Blake Griffin led the starters with 20 points.

The Clippers had 24 assists, Chris Paul getting nine. The Clippers had only 20 assists in their 105-89 loss to Chicago on Monday night at Staples Center.

Griffin is leading the Clippers in scoring through 10 games with a 22.8 average. Crawford is next at 18.4.

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Doc Rivers says he’s not sure his team needed a confidence booster

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Doc Rivers, left, and owner Steve Ballmer, who was on hand for Wednesday’s victory at Orlando/Staff photo by David Crane

 

The Clippers entered Wednesday night’s game at Orlando with a record of 5-4 even though eight of those first nine games were at Staples Center. They were coming off an embarrassing 105-89 home loss to Chicago, a game in which the Clippers were out-scored 73-43 in the final two-plus quarters.

That’s why it was imperative the Clippers get off to a good start on their seven-game road trip against Orlando. After all, there are plenty of experts wondering what has been wrong with the Clippers, and you can bet some of the players themselves were wondering that same thing.

Following his team’s 114-90 victory over the Magic, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was asked if the victory was a confidence-builder for his team. His answer was interesting.

“I don’t know if we need a confidence booster, to be honest,” Rivers said. “We just need to keep working at it. It’s a long season. One game doesn’t make your season either way. We’ve just got to keep playing and getting better.”

Most of what he said makes sense. But to say his team might not have needed a confidence booster? Not buying that. It did need one.

The thing is, the Magic are not that good. A victory over Miami on Thursday would mean more.

 

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