Five things to take from Clippers’ 94-92 win over Grizzlies

  • J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


  • You have to like the backbone of Chris Paul. He had missed Saturday’s loss against Houston with a groin strain. In this game, he was both poked and smacked in the eye. He still found a way to score 14 points and dole out four assists in nearly 32 minutes. Paul did contribute to the 18 turnovers the team committed with four of his own.
  • J.J. Redick was Mr. Clutch. He was 1-for-5 from 3-point range when he buried one that put the Clippers ahead (87-86) for good 55.1 seconds to play. Then he made three consecutive free throws with 13.3 seconds left.
  • Another fine game by Blake Griffin. He played a team-high 37 minutes, 48 seconds and came away with 24 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. The sixth-year pro is now averaging 28.6 points and 10 rebounds. He’s also shooting 58.1 percent from the field.
  • DeAndre Jordan didn’t let the thought of playing in what is bound to be a very hostile Dallas crowd on Wednesday affect what he did in this victory. He scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked four shots. Remember how Jordan reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with Dallas to re-sign with the Clippers? Well, Jordan is really going to hear it when the teams square off at American Airlines Center.
  • Old friend Matt Barnes made his presence felt. He scored eight points, pulled down six rebounds, made two steals and blocked two shots in 26-plus minutes off the bench. He scored all of his points in the fourth quarter, when his team needed them most. Best of all, Barnes received a nice ovation from a Staples Center crowd appreciative of the previous three years he spent with the Clippers before he was traded during the off-season.

Jamal Crawford expects Matt Barnes to have ‘extra juice’

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Memphis Grizzlies


Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes returned to Staples Center on Monday as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said at the morning shootaround he expects Barnes, who played the previous three seasons with the Clippers, to hit the court with a bit more emotion than he usually does, which is saying a lot.

“I think when you go home, it’s like your home city and you want to do well in front of your family and friends,” Crawford said. “And I think when you leave a team, it’s always a little extra juice.”

REPORT: Matt Barnes explains his side of beef with Derek Fisher

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers


Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes on Thursday explained his side of his physical altercation with former Lakers teammate and current Knicks coach Derek Fisher on Saturday night to reporter Ramona Shelburne.

According to Barnes, he did not go to the home of his ex-wife Gloria Govan to beat up on Fisher. Rather, he went to check on his twin 6-year-old sons after one of them – Carter – texted his father. That led to a Face-Time, where Barnes could tell his son was upset that Fisher was there.

Barnes, now with the Memphis Grizzlies, would not talk about the physical nature of his beef with Fisher. But he told Shelburne he wanted to make it clear that he did not drive 95 miles from Grizzlies camp in Santa Barbara to confront Fisher. He was at home in Marina Del Rey, about 15 minutes from his ex-wife’s home, when he got the text from Carter.

“I can’t believe people think I was some maniac driving 95 miles and listening to Tupac to go beat somebody up,” Barnes said in the story. “No. I live 15 minutes away, and I was going over to check on my kids because they seemed uncomfortable. That was my main reason for going over there.”


Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes traded to Memphis Grizzlies

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angels Clippers,


Former Clippers small forward Matt Barnes on Thursday was traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Memphis Grizzlies for guard Luke Ridnour. Charlotte then traded Ridnour and a conditional 2016 draft pick to Oklahoma City for guard Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte general manager Rich Cho announced.

Barnes, along with post Spencer Hawes, was recently traded to Charlotte for wing Lance Stephenson.

Clippers set to introduce Lance Stephenson to Los Angeles media

Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson/Photo courtesy of Charlotte Hornets,


The Clippers on Thursday afternoon will introduce newly acquired Lance Stephenson to the Los Angeles media at a news conference.

Doc Rivers, Clippers coach and president of basketball operations, on Monday traded small forward Matt Barnes and forward/center Spencer Hawes to the Charlotte Hornets for Stephenson, who at 6-foot-5 can play both guard positions and small forward.

Stephenson, just 24, played his first four seasons with the Indiana Pacers. His final season with them was his statistical best as he averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 2013-14.

Stephenson signed with Charlotte after that season, but he did not follow up his previous season with anything similar. He averaged 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists in his only season there. He started just 25 of 61 games in which he played.

Five things to take from Clippers’ 113-100 Game 7 loss to the Rockets

Jamal Crawford brings the ball up court as the Rockets’ James Harden whoops it up during the third quarter of Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday at Toyota Center in Houston/Photo by James Nielsen, Houston Chronicle



– The first thing we take from this Game 7 loss is that had the Clippers taken care of business when they should have in Game 6 at Staples Center when they had the Rockets right where they wanted them with a 19-point lead late in the third quarter, there never would have been a Game 7. And the Clippers would be playing the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals instead of the Rockets. You snooze, you lose.

– The Trio of J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes struggled shooting from the field for the third consecutive game – all Clippers losses. Redick scored 10 points on 4 of 12 shooting, Barnes was scoreless on 0 of 2 and Crawford scored a hard 17 points on 6 of 18. They were a combined 5 of 19 from 3-point range. As a team, the Clippers shot just 25 percent (7 of 28) from beyond the arc, also their third poor performance from there in succession.

Doc Rivers bemoaned the turnovers, noting his Clippers were “a low-turnover” team all season. The Clippers had 18, the Rockets 17 total (16 player, 1 team). But the Clippers scored only 17 points off Rockets miscues, while the Rockets scored 27 off the Clippers’. Redick had six turnovers, Blake Griffin five and Chris Paul four.

– Other than Crawford’s 17 points – and again, they were not a good 17 points – the Clippers received virtually nothing from their bench. Austin Rivers and Glen “Big Baby” Davis each scored two points. That was it. Houston got 11 points from Corey Brewer, eight from Terrence Jones, four from Pablo Prigioni and two from Clint Capela. Moreover, Prigioni had four assists and three steals in 20 productive minutes.

– The Clippers did well to fight back in this game, pulling within three points in the third quarter and within eight twice late in the fourth. But Doc Rivers was not happy when Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer with just under a minute to play to increase his team’s lead to 11 and sealing the Clippers’ fate. Rivers was obviously dismayed when he called a timeout, looking at his players as if to say, “Why was he so open?” Rivers afterward said his team missed a lot of assignments. The Rockets shot 40 percent (12 of 30) from 3-point range.

BONUS TAKE: Rockets guard James Harden did not shoot well from the field, making 7 of 20. But his game-high 31 points included 18 trips to the free-throw line; he made 15. By the way, the Clippers shot just 17 free throws all game, the Rockets 41.