Coach Doc Rivers would like to see coaches’ challenge instituted

J.J. Redick

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

 

When the NBA released its “Last 2 Minutes” report from Monday’s game between the L.A. Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder, it showed officials made three mistakes in the final two minutes of the Clippers’ 100-99 loss at Staples Center. All went against the Clippers.

OKC’s Dion Waiters grabbed J.J. Redick’s jersey before Redick caught a pass and shot and missed a 3-pointer with no foul called on Waiters. Russell Westbrook should have been called for a foul when Chris Paul scored a basket that put the Clippers ahead 99-98 with 10.9 seconds left and Serge Ibaka should have been called for an illegal screen that set up Kevin Durant’s game-winning jump-shot with 5.8 seconds to go.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Wednesday at practice said it was all moot.

“Until something changes, it doesn’t matter,” said Rivers, whose team next will play the Lakers (5-23) on Christmas night at 7:30. “I really believe we’ve gotta make a change there. Those non-calls or calls, or whatever you want to call them, cost the game for us, literally. We have to come up with something, and I don’t even know what it is.”

Yes, he does.

“I’ve been thinking about a coaches’ challenge the last 2 minutes,” he said. “I’m a big believer in it. I think if we had a coaches’ challenge, the last two minutes of that game, we win the game.”

Rivers beefed to officials about all three situations once they happened.

“I don’t think anybody’s trying to make mistakes or anything like that,” Rivers said. “It’s a hard game to ref, but I do think the last two minutes … and if you get it wrong, you lose a timeout. And if you get it right, you keep the timeout.”

Rivers is part of the NBA’s competition committee, which has discussed using a challenge.

“Yeah, we’ve talked about it,” he said. “But it’s not gone too far. I think it will, eventually.”

Redick intimated he couldn’t care less about the L2M report.

“It doesn’t make a difference,” he said. “I don’t even know why they do it. Who cares? It doesn’t change anything. You can go through 48 minutes and write INC (incorrect call) or CNC (correct non-call) all you want, but it doesn’t change anything. So I don’t see a point to it. I’m not going to get worked up over it.”

Neither is Paul.

“We all make mistakes,” said Paul, who immediately after the game said, “I’ll save my money,” when asked about the officiating.

Last 2 Minutes report shows Clippers got short end of stick Monday in loss to Thunder

J.J. Redick

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

 

There were a couple of calls that did not go the Clippers’ way Monday night in their 100-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center.

The NBA’s L2M (Last 2 Minutes) report released Tuesday shows they were incorrect, and should have gone the Clippers’ way.

With 1:04 to play, the report shows that Dion Waiters should have been called for a foul when he grabbed J.J. Redick’s jersey before he shot and missed a 26-point 3-point attempt. The thing is, all the correct call would have done is give the Clippers the ball out of bounds because the Thunder were whistled for just one fourth-quarter foul, and the report indicated the foul took place before Redick “catches, plants and takes the shot.”

The Clippers were down 96-95 at the time.

Then, with 12.2 seconds left, Chris Paul makes a steal and awkward layup for a 99-98 lead. Paul complained there should have been a foul called on OKC’s Russell Westbrook, and this report agreed.

After the game, coach Doc Rivers was asked about the calls that went the other way.

“It’s frustrating,” he said. “It’s not like they’re (officials) … doing it on purpose. But these are games that in the West, you need every game. And so it gets very frustrating from a coaching standpoint.”

Paul was asked for a comment about the officiating, and all he said was, “I’ll save my money.”

Chris Paul has 18 points, Clippers lead Thunder 52-50 at halftime

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

The Clippers had a 10-point lead in the second quarter, but they had to settle for a two-point (52-50) halftime lead over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night at Staples Center.

Chris Paul led the Clippers (16-12) with 18 points in the half, J.J. Redick scored nine and DeAndre Jordan scored eight points. Blake Griffin scored just two points on 1 of 8 shooting.

Russell Westbrook led OKC (18-9) with 14 points and Kevin Durant scored 13.

 

 

Five things to take from the Clippers’ 120-108 victory at Oklahoma City

Chris Paul goes up for two of his 33 points with OKC’s Russell Westbrook guarding him/Photo by Alonzo Adams, Associated Press

 

– Point guard Chris Paul had a terrific game. He scored 33 points on 11 of 19 shooting – 5 of 8 from 3-point range. He also helped throw a blanket over OKC point guard Russell Westbrook, who has been phenomenal this season – especially of late. Since Feb. 2 he had produced six 40-plus point games and six triple-doubles. He was held to 24 points Wednesday on 5 of 14 shooting. He was just 2 of 8 from the field for seven points and seven of his 10 turnovers while Paul was guarding him. Paul has averaged 22 points and 13.4 assists in the past 14 games, all of which have been missed by Blake Griffin (elbow).

J.J. Redick also came up with another fine performance. He scored 25 points with five rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Redick has averaged 22.6 points in five games this month while shooting a combined 48.3 percent from the field – 41 percent from beyond the arc.

– What the heck is going on with Spencer Hawes? He scored just four points on 1 of 7 shooting in 31 1/2 minutes of action. The 7-foot-1 big gathered only three rebounds. In his past five games he’s made just 11 of 40 field-goal attempts (27.5 percent) while averaging 5.8 points and just 3.6 rebounds. In one of those games, Monday’s victory over Minnesota, Hawes had one measly rebound in 23 minutes. Though a center by trade, Hawes has been starting at power forward for Griffin.

Matt Barnes was feeling it in this one. The small forward out of UCLA burned the Thunder for 22 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Barnes made all of his field-goal attempts from 3-point range, going 6 of 7 from beyond the arc. Barnes also was solid on defense as he came through with three steals and two blocks.

– So the Thunder and coach Scott Brooks went to the hack-a-DJ ploy in this one and DeAndre Jordan responded by making 12 of 22 from the free-throw line. That is 54.5 percent. For someone shooting just 41 percent on the season, that is not too shabby. Beginning with 7:50 left in the game, Jordan made seven of his final 10 free-throw attempts. He had 17 points and 18 rebounds.

Chris Paul’s 33 points help Clippers to big 120-108 victory at Oklahoma City

Chris Paul

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

 

The Clippers on Wednesday night came through with an impressive 120-108 victory at Oklahoma City. Perhaps most outstanding was the game had by Chris Paul. He scored a game-high 33 points on 11 of 19 shooting – 5 of 8 from 3-point range – and also doled out nine assists with two steals and five turnovers.  Two days earlier in a victory over Minnesota on Monday, Paul had 15 assists but just two points and was noticeably hobbled by a right knee bruise.

The Clippers are now 9-5 without Blake Griffin (elbow). Jamal Crawford (calf) missed his fourth consecutive game. The Thunder were without reigning MVP Kevin Durant (foot).

Paul was not alone in his heroics. J.J. Redick scored 25 points and Matt Barnes had 22. DeAndre Jordan scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and survived more hack-a-DJ by making 12 of 22 from the free-throw line. Glen “Big Baby” Davis contributed 12 points, three rebounds and two steals off the bench.

The Clippers (42-23) shot 46.1 percent overall, 50 percent (15 of 30) from 3-point range.

OKC (35-29) fell out of the top eight in the Western Conference and is now ninth, a half-game behind New Orleans (36-29). The Clippers are fifth.

Anthony Morrow led the Thunder with 26 points off the bench. Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, but he shot just 5 of 14 from the field. He had seven assists and nine rebounds, but 10 turnovers.

Next up is Dallas (41-25) on Friday. The Mavericks are seventh in the West.

Chris Paul scores 20 points in first half at OKC, Clippers lead 65-57 at break

Chris Paul

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

 

The Clippers went on a scoring rampage in the first half Wednesday night at Oklahoma City and by the time intermission rolled around, they held a 65-57 lead over the host Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Chris Paul – sore right knee and all – scored 20 points in the half on 8 of 12 shooting – 4 of 6 from 3-point range. J.J. Redick had 16 points on 4 of 7 from the field – 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.

The Clippers (41-23) shot 50 percent overall, 50 percent (8 of 16) from 3-point range. They also made 17 of 18 from the free-throw line in the first 24 minutes of action. Believe it or not, DeAndre Jordan made 5 of 6 from the line. He had nine points and 11 rebounds.

Anthony Morrow led OKC (35-28) with 17 points off the bench in the half. Russell Westbrook, who is averaging 40.7 points this month, had 12 points, four assists and seven rebounds.