Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
It wasn’t long ago that a column that appeared on NBA.com suggested the Clippers players didn’t like one another. The Clippers since that time have shipped out four players and brought in two; the sequence of moves began Jan. 7. Gone are Chris Douglas-Roberts, Jared Cunningham, Jordan Farmar and Reggie Bullock and now here are Austin Rivers and Dahntay Jones.
With the spirt of the team seemingly at a season-high, Chris Paul was asked Saturday if the chemistry has improved since the moves have been made.
He was very careful with this touchy subject.
“I think we’re playing with a really good spirit,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s one way or the other because of this or because of that, but we’re playing a little bit better. Moving the ball and just playing with the right spirit. I don’t know what that means.”
The Clippers are 6-2 since Jan. 7.
Reggie Bullock/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Here are the probable starting lineups for tonight’s (Monday) game between the Clippers and Utah Jazz in Utah:
Clippers: SF Reggie Bullock, PF Blake Griffin, C DeAndre Jordan, SG J.J. Redick, PG Chris Paul
Jazz: SF Gordon Hayward, PF Derrick Favors, C Enes Kanter, SG Alex Burks, PG Trey Burke.
If this proves correct, it will be the second consecutive game in which Bullock has started instead of Matt Barnes.
The Clippers are 0-2 in exhibition play, the Jazz 2-0. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).
C.J. Wilcox (top) and Reggie Bullock/photos courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers on Monday announced their summer league roster and recent first-round draft choice shooting guard C.J. Wilcox is not on it.
According to head coach and team president Doc Rivers, Wilcox has an injured right shoulder.
Small forward Reggie Bullock, the team’s 2013 first-round draft choice, also is absent from the summer league roster because of a sore right quad sustained during the 2013-14 campaign.
“We would obviously love for both Reggie and C.J. to play in Summer League,” Rivers said. “However, we want to take a conservative approach in their rehab process and make sure they are fully healthy and ready to go for the start of training camp.”
The Clippers will play in the league from July 11-21 at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of University of Nevada Las Vegas.