DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick do big damage in first half at Golden State

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DeAndre Jordan scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, doled out four assists, made two steals and had one block in the first half of Tuesday night’s game at Golden State. But the Warriors held a 62-60 lead; the Clippers led 33-27 after one quarter.

J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 18 points in the half and Spencer Hawes, who started in place of the idle Blake Griffin at power forward, had 10 points and four rebounds. Matt Barnes, who came in having made just 2 of 24 shots in the previous five exhibition games, made 1 of 5 from the floor and scored three points.

Jamal Crawford has seven points off the bench.

Besides Griffin, Chris Paul is getting the night off.

The Clippers shot 44.2 percent from the field in the half.

Stephen Curry leads the Warriors with 12 points and Klay Thompson and Justin Holiday had seven apiece.

Golden State shot 56.8 percent from the field.

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Jamal Crawford likes harmony he shares with Spencer Hawes

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Jamal Crawford

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We wrote Monday about how newly acquired backup post Spencer Hawes likes playing alongside fellow Seattle native and sixth-man Jamal Crawford.

Safe to say, the feeling is mutual.

“I’ve know Spence since he was 17,” Crawford said. “Every summer, when we play pick-up, we play together. We’ve always been on the same team, even when he was with Philadelphia and I was with New York. For us, we have a great synergy. But we’re just trying to complement the guys that are out there.”

Crawford is 34, Hawes 26.

Crawford is averaging 21.3 points through five exhibition games. Only teammate Blake Griffin and Golden State’s Klay Thompson are averaging more and they are both at 21.6 points per game. Crawford is shooting 60.7 (17 of 28) percent from 3-point range.

 

 

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Spencer Hawes stoked about playing alongside Jamal Crawford

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Even though newly acquired backup post Spencer Hawes and sixth-man Jamal Crawford are eight years apart – Hawes is 26, Crawford 34 – they are both from Seattle, so they know each other well.

Hawes believes that is helping him get acclimated to his new team.

“I’m becoming more comfortable with the first unit, more comfortable with the second unit,” Hawes said. “It’s fun playing with Jamal. We’ve been playing every summer for the last decade, and now I’m finally on his actual team. So it’s fun developing that chemistry and actually getting to put it to use in real games.

“It makes you more comfortable all-around coming to a new situation, on the court, off the court. (Jamal) is a guy that’s been one of my mentors and looked out for me since I was in high school. So it definitely makes things easier.”

Hawes is averaging 12 points and 5.6 rebounds off the bench in five exhibition games He has a high point total of 24 and a high in rebounds of eight.

 

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Clippers get their first exhibition win, 101-97 over Utah Jazz

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A 3-pointer by Jamal Crawford with 18.5 seconds to play broke a 95-95 tie and the Clippers went on to their first exhibition victory, 101-97 over the visiting Utah Jazz on Friday at Staples Center.

The Clippers are 1-3, the J azz 4-1.

Crawford led Los Angeles with 25 points off the bench and backup post Spencer Hawes scored 24. Blake Griffin had 17 points for the Clippers, Chris Paul 11 and Chris Douglas-Roberts 10. DeAndre Jordan scored nine points and pulled down 17 rebounds.

Gordon Hayward led Utah with 22 points.

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Utah Jazz lead Clippers 47-46 at halftime

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The Utah Jazz led the Clippers 47-46 at halftime Friday at Staples Center.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 11 points in the half and Jamal Crawford and Spencer Hawes had 10 apiece.

Gordon Hayward had 13 points for the Jazz.

Chris Douglas-Roberts made a 3-pointer for the Clippers with three seconds left in the half.

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

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- 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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Clippers drop to 0-2 in exhibition play with 119-114 loss at Portland

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The Clippers are now 0-2 in exhibition play after losing 119-114 Sunday at Portland.

Los Angeles’ Jamal Crawford led everyone with 23  points. He made 8 of 13 from the field, 6 of 8 from 3-point range.

The Clippers shot a respectable 43.6 percent as a team, 48.7 percent (19 of 39) from beyond the 3-point line. But Blake Griffin had an off night. He shot just 4 of 16 (25 percent) and scored only nine points in 25 minutes. He also only grabbed two rebounds.

Chris Paul scored 15 points and doled out six assists, but he was just 1 of 6 from 3-point range. Spencer Hawes had a solid game off the bench, scoring 15 points with six rebounds and three assists. J.J. Redick scored 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and eight rebounds, but continued to struggle at the free-throw line, where he made just 3 of 9.

Reggie Bullock started at small forward instead of Matt Barnes, who told reporters not long ago he would rather come off the bench. Bullock played 19 minutes and scored six points on 2 of 4 shooting. Barnes was just 1 of 7 from the field and scored just three points in 26 minutes off the bench.

Newly acquired Jordan Farmar had 13 points for the Clippers, on 5 of 10 shooting.

Wesley Matthews led Portand (1-2) with 22 points C.J. McCollum had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge 16.

Portland shot 53.9 percent from the field, 68 percent (17 of 25) from beyond the arc. You can bet Clippers coach Doc Rivers isn’t happy about that.

The Trail Blazers out-rebounded the Clippers 49-35.

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was in the crowd.

The Clippers play Monday night at 6 at Utah (on Prime Ticket).

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Watching L.A. Kings raise banner thought-provoking for Spencer Hawes

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Spencer Hawes was one of the Clippers players who went to Staples Center for the Los Angeles Kings’ season-opener on Wednesday, before which they unveiled their championship banner for winning the Stanley Cup title this past season.

“It was awesome,” said Hawes, a 7-foot-1 post signed to a free-agent contract in the off-season. “I hadn’t been to a hockey game in a long time. Especially with the banner going up, it was fun to see.”

Hawes was asked before practice Friday at the team’s training center in Playa Vista if that evoked thoughts of how it might be if and when the Clippers win the NBA title.

“I mean, I think that, ultimately, that’s our goal here,” he said. “I kind of had a similar experience watching the (Seattle) Seahawks put their banner up about a month ago. That’s the ultimate goal as an athlete … and when you’re that close to it, you want it even more.”

Hawes, 26, is from Seattle.

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DeAndre Jordan needs to improve his free-throw shooting

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DeAndre Jordan

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Coach Doc Rivers will likely go out of his way again this season to downplay the significance of DeAndre Jordan’s poor free-throw shooting. We can’t blame Rivers for that. If he openly criticizes his big man, that could create an adverse reaction.

Jordan, of course, is a terrific defensive player and can make a big difference in a given game in that regard. But when Jordan is having a very poor night at the free-throw line, it does seem to bother him, and that’s not good.

Interestingly, he shot a career-best 52.5 percent in the 2011-12 season. That followed efforts of 38.5, 37.5 and 45.2 percent in his first three seasons, respectively. Once he made that leap to 52.5, one would have thought he would be on the upswing from there.

Didn’t happen. He shot 38.6 percent in 2012-13 and 42.8 percent this past season. Opposing teams, at times, fouled him on purpose.

Jordan said during the recent media day that free throws were one of the elements of his game he worked on during the off-season. Now, it’s no big deal that he missed both of his free-throw attempts Tuesday in the team’s exhibition defeat to Golden State because they were just that – two measly attempts.

But this is not a situation to downplay. Jordan’s team needs him to improve. Keep in mind that the Clippers now have Spencer Hawes as the backup to Jordan. Hawes, who is 7-foot-1, is a career 70.3 percent free-throw shooter over seven seasons. He shot 78.3 percent in 2013-14. The point being, don’t be surprised if Hawes is in there during crunch-time of games in which Jordan is having a difficult time at the line.

The Clippers’ next exhibition game is Sunday at Portland at 6 p.m. (on Prime Ticket).

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Clippers to host open scrimmage at USC’s Galen Center

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The Clippers today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. will host a scrimmage at USC’s Galen Center that will be open to the public.

The Galen Center is located at 3400 S. Figueroa St. in Los Angeles.

The evening will include player introductions and performances by the Clippers’ spirit squad.

Admission is free.

The Clippers on Tuesday opened their exhibition season with a 112-94 loss to the Golden State Warriors before 13,958 at Staples Center.

Blake Griffin led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Paul had 14 points and nine assists and newly acquired reserve post Spencer Hawes scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds. Also, Jamal Crawford scored 14 points off the bench.

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