Clippers lose second consecutive game, this time 111-106 at Milwaukee

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Chris Paul had six turnovers for the second consecutive game/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com

 

Blake Griffin (4 of 12) and Chris Paul (5 of 15) shot a combined 9 of 27 and it cost the Clippers, who lost 111-106 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Griffin scored just 10 points – well below his season average of 23.2. Paul also had 10 points – he came in averaging 18.0 – and committed six turnovers for the second night in a row.

The Clippers (16-7) have lost two consecutive games after winning nine in succession. They return home Monday night to host the Detroit Pistons at 7:30 at Staples Center.

Matt Barnes and J.J. Redick did have fine games for the Clippers. Barnes scored 26 points and made 6 of 8 from 3-point range and Redick scored 25 and was 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. Jamal Crawford scored 17 points, but he shot just 6 of 15, 2 of 7 from 3-point range.

The Clippers shot just 42.9 percent overall, but shot 48.3 percent (14 of 29) from 3-point range.

The Clippers led by four points at 76-72 with 10:45 left in the game. However, the Bucks (12-12) outscored them 18-5 to lead 90-79 with 6:52 to play. The Clippers went down by 12 points with 5:03 to play and then pulled within 109-106 on a running 3-pointer by Crawford with just under three seconds left. That was the best the Clippers could do.

The Bucks shot 56.6 percent from the field, a whopping 63.6 percent (7 of 11) from beyond the arc. Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 22 points and Giannis Antekokounmpo had 20.

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Matt Barnes fined $25,000; Clippers down 51-42 at halftime at Milwaukee

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

 

Clippers small forward Matt Barnes on Saturday was fined $25,000 for kicking a water bottle into the stands and directing profane language toward fans with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 104-96 loss at Washington on Friday, it was announced by Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations for the NBA.

Meanwhile, the Clippers (16-6) had a rather poor first half at Milwaukee (11-12) on Saturday and were behind 51-42 at halftime.

The Clippers are without backup post Spencer Hawes, who Saturday sustained a bruised knee.

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Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes give their feelings on Ferguson via social media

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With the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo. resulting from the grand jury decision Monday not to prosecute a white police officer – Darren Wilson – for shooting and killing Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American, on Aug. 9, we are keeping an eye out for Clippers players tweeting out their thoughts on the matter.

Sixth-man Jamal Crawford had this tweet:

“In life we have to remember what’s really important, thoughts and prayers with Ferguson …”

Here’s another from forward Matt Barnes:

“So it’s okay to kill people……….? As long as the person being killed is of color & the person…”

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Clippers have poor first-half shooting and trail Grizzlies 53-40 at the break

The Clippers shot just 35.1 percent (13 of 37) and 20 percent (2 of 10) from the field in the first half at Memphis and trail the Grizzlies 53-40 at intermission.

Chris Paul and Matt Barnes scored nine points apiece for the Clippers (7-4) , who were out-rebounded by a whopping 28-15 in the half.

Memphis (11-2) got 20 points and six rebounds from post Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies shot 50 percent (21 of 42) in the half.

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Jamal Crawford says if Doc Rivers wants him to start, he’ll get used to it

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Jamal Crawford

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

 

The Clippers are 1-1 since coach Doc Rivers inserted two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford into the starting lineup, replacing Matt Barnes.

Rivers told reporters ahead of Monday night’s 89-85 loss to San Antonio that he made the move for the team, and intimated it was to inject more offense into it.

Crawford scored 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting in Saturday’s 106-102 victory over Portland. But he scored just 10 points on 3 of 13 from the field  – he was 1 of 7 from 3-point range – against San Antonio.

Following the loss to the Spurs, Crawford suggested he is determined to make this work because that’s what Rivers wants.

“I am fine,” said Crawford, who admitted being in the startling lineup “is an adjustment. But I will get used to it. As long as (Rivers) wants me there, I will get used to it.”

Rivers said this will be a game-by-game deal, which means we could see Barnes starting again at any time.

Barnes, incidentally, told yours truly before Monday’s game that he had no issue with being taken out of the starting lineup. First of all, he said during training camp he’d rather come off the bench, and he also conceded that he had been struggling on offense. He was averaging 6.0 points ahead of Monday, and he scored eight points against the Spurs.

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Blake Griffin has solid first half, but Clippers trail Blazers 54-46

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Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin scored 17 points in the first half for the Clippers on Friday, but no other player on the team was in double figures as they trailed the Portland Trail Blazers 54-46 at intermission at Staples Center.

J.J. Redick had seven points in the half, Matt Barnes six.

Damian Lilard has 18 points for the Trail Blazers.

Los Angeles is shooting 48.8 percent from the field to just 42.5 for Portland. But the Trail Blazers have been to the free-throw line 19 times and have made 16. The Clippers are 3 of 5 from the line.

 

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 125-107 loss at Golden State

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Matt Barnes

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- Forward Matt Barnes went 1-for-7 from the field. That makes his 3-for-31 during the exhibition season. That equates to 9.3 percent.

- The Warriors shot 59 percent overall from the field, 59.1 percent (13 of 22) from 3-point range. That is the third time in six exhibition games a team has shot better than 45 percent from beyond the arc against the Clippers. Portland shot 68 percent (17 of 25) on Oct. 12. The next day the Utah Jazz shot 46.7 (14 of 30).

- The Clippers shot just 38.6 percent from the field. It was the second consecutive game in which they have shot under 40 percent. Their highest shooting percentage came this past Friday when they shot 44.6 percent in their only exhibition victory – 101-97 over Utah.

- While it’s true the Clippers rested Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in this one, they were still within just two points at halftime. They were then outscored by 16 in the second half. They scored 47 points in the second half after scoring 60 in the first.

- There was some good news. The Clippers, who have struggled from the free-throw line, shot 80.5 percent (33 of 41). That’s their highest percentage during the exhibition season; they have twice shot under 60 percent. Spencer Hawes (3-for-3), Chris Douglas-Roberts (4-for-4) and Jamal Crawford (5-for-5) were perfect. J.J. Redick was 6 of 7. DeAndre Jordan was 3 of 6.

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 104-93 loss to Denver Nuggets

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Matt Barnes is 2 of 24 from the field/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

- Jamal Crawford started in place of J.J. Redick, who was given the night off by coach Doc Rivers. Crawford has been a real bright spot on the offense thus far, and he was again with 23 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He made 4 of 7 from 3-point range as well as all seven of his free throws in 36 minutes. Crawford has played in four of the five exhibition games (the Clippers are 1-4). He has scored 14, 23, 25 and 23 points while making 27 of 48 (56.2 percent) from the field.

- Rivers started Australian Joe Ingles at small forward like he said he would. With Rivers still trying to confirm the starter there, Ingles did nothing eye-popping. He played 19 minutes, missed both of his field goal attempts and made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line for three points. He also had three rebounds, an assist and four personal fouls.

- What in the heck is going on with Matt Barnes? He missed all nine of his field-goal attempts, and was 0-for-6 from three-point range in 28 minutes off the bench. In playing four of the five games, Barnes is 2-for-24 from the field. Seriously. That is 8.3 percent.

- As a unit, Los Angeles shot just 37 percent (27 of 73), 24 percent (6 of 25) from 3-point range. Much of that damage was done by Barnes. Blake Griffin shot 9 of 19 and had 27 points, Chris Paul shot 5 of 13 for 13 points. Spencer Hawes, who has been real good, had an off night. He made just 1 of 4 from the field for six points. DeAndre Jordan was 4 of 4 from the field, but he missed both of his free-throw attempts.

- The Clippers had their highest free-throw percentage of the exhibition season. They made 33 of 45 for 73.3 percent. Their other percentages were 71, 59.1, 72.7 and 59.3. Besides Crawford’s 7-for-7 night, Griffin made 9 of 13. Ingles, Chris Paul and Hawes all made 3 of 4 and Jared Cunningham 7 of 9 in just eight minutes of action.

 

 

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Matt Barnes believes team is pressing because of emotional 2013-14

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Matt Barnes told reporters Wednesday at the team’s training facility in Playa Vista that he believes the Clippers are, perhaps, trying too hard to get off on the right foot after such an emotional 2013-14 campaign. That’s why they are 0-3 in exhibition play ahead of Friday’s game against Utah at Staples Center.

“I think everyone’s pressing a little bit,” Barnes said before practice. “I think on paper we have the team to beat, I personally think, and I think we feel that way. And after everything that happened last year, you know, we want to come out and have it so bad. And I think everyone’s just overthinking the game a little bit. And we’ve been talking to ourselves a little bit about this lately and everything seems to come down to playing basketball.”

His advice to himself and his teammates?

“Relax, relax,” Barnes said. “I mean, I found myself overthinking. I’m talking to Chris (Paul) and J.J. (Redick) and some of these guys, and we’re pressing a little too much. Like I said, we want this so bad and want this to be such a magical season that our foot’s all the way on the gas right now. We have to realize that, like Doc (Rivers) said, ‘You have to appreciate the process, enjoy the process and continue to get better.’ “

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Five things to take from Clippers’ 119-114 loss Sunday at Portland

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Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

- First and foremost, the Clippers need to defend better – in particular, the 3-point shot. The Trail Blazers shot 53.9 percent overall from the field, an almost-unbelievable 68 percent (17 of 25) from 3-point range.

- Sixth man Jamal Crawford had his second solid performance in as many exhibition games. He scored a game-high 23 points while making 8 of 13 from the field, 6 of 8 from 3-point range. In the team’s first exhibition – a 112-94 loss to Golden State on Oct. 7 – Crawford had 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting, 2 of 6 from 3-point range. Crawford recently tweeted that even at 34, he believes he’s getting better. Perhaps, he’s right.

- The Clippers shot just 59.1 percent (13 of 22) from the free-throw line. Most of the damage to that percentage was done by none other than DeAndre Jordan, who made just 3 of 9. Jordan needs to find his way at the free-throw line. He has a career percentage of just 42.5; he shot 42.8 percent this past season.

- Newly acquired reserve post Spencer Hawes had his second strong game with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. He shot just 5 of 13 from the field, but was 3 of 6 from 3-point range. He also had a really strong drive in traffic for a layup that may have opened some eyes.

- Matt Barnes had his second poor shooting night in succession. He was 1-for-7 from the field after shooting 1 of 4 against Golden State. He was 1 of 5 from 3-point range, meaning he is just 1 of 8 from there in two games. Barnes would rather come off the bench, and he did that Sunday after starting Oct. 7.

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