Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Backup post Spencer Hawes on Monday morning said he has been cleared by team doctors to play and he said he’s hopeful of getting into Monday night’s game against the visiting Utah Jazz.
Hawes sustained a bone bruise in his left knee in the Clippers’ loss at Washington on Dec. 12 and has missed the past nine games, during which the Clippers have gone 4-5.
“I hope so, yeah,” Hawes said, when asked if he would play Monday. “Everything there at this point is kind of just testing it out and seeing how it responds. Everything so far has been good. I feel it in certain things, but the big thing is there is no real threat of doing anything worse with where it’s at now.
“Now, it’s just keeping pushing it and seeing how it responds. But I’m very excited, obviously, to be able to get back out there.”
Hawes, a starter most of his eight-year career, is in his first season with the Clippers. He’s averaging 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds off the bench.
DeAndre Jordan had 22 rebounds and four blocks in Tuesday’s loss at Atlanta/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- With this defeat, the Clippers (19-10) are now just 4-7 against teams with winning records. That means that of their 19 victories, only four have come against teams with winning records.
- Once again the Clippers showed an inability to sustain solid play. They were ahead by 13 points not quite midway through the third quarter, only to lose by three points. A 16-point turn-around during winning time is not going to cut it against good teams like Atlanta.
- Jamal Crawford scored 18 points, but he shot just 5 of 19 from the field. Over his past three games he has shot 16 of 50, for just 32 percent. He was 6 of 20 from 3-point range during that time for a 30 percent clip.
- The Clippers have now lost three of four and five of their past eight games. Backup post Spencer Hawes sustained a knee injury during the first game of that losing run and has missed the past seven games entirely. Don’t think the Clippers don’t miss him. They do.
- DeAndre Jordan had another monster game. He scored 15 points, pulled down 22 rebounds and blocked four shots. His only blemish was shooting 1-for-4 from the free-throw line, but that’s almost expected. This month he is averaging 15.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. Over the past five games he’s averaging 17.2 rebounds and is now averaging a league-high 13.4.
Spencer Hawes is expected to miss his sixth consecutive game tonight against the Spurs/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Small forward Kawhi Leonard (hand) figures to miss his fourth consecutive game when his San Antonio Spurs host the Clippers tonight (Monday) at 5:30 (on Fox Sports West). However, according to a tweet by the Orange County Register’s Dan Woike, point guard Tony Parker (hamstring) is expected to start after missing the previous five games with a hamstring injury.
Parker is the team’s leading scorer and assist man with respective averages of 16.0 and 5.3. Leonard is averaging 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds.
Clippers backup post Spencer Hawes is expected to miss his sixth consecutive game with a bone bruise in his left knee.
The Clippers (19-8) reside in sixth place in the Western Conference standings. San Antonio, which has lost four in a row and six of seven, is 17-11 and in seventh in the West, 2 1/2 games behind the Clippers.
The teams met once before this season, with the Spurs coming away with an 89-85 victory Nov. 10 at Staples Center.
Jordan Farmar/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
The Clippers on Dec. 29 will host a “Dedicated Awareness Night” when they take on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. It’s part of the Clippers and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles’ effort to raise funds for Children’s Hospital’s Helping Hands Fund, which uses the proceeds to support lifesaving care for every child treated, even if the child’s family can’t afford to pay the bill.
Clippers Jordan Farmar, Spencer Hawes and Chris Douglas-Roberts and broadcaster Ralph Lawler on Dec. 5 spent some time visiting patients at Children’s Hospital.
“For us to be able to come to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and spend some time with these kids, play some games, share some stories, exchange some laughs – especially around the holiday season – it makes it really special,” Farmar said.
Donations can be made by visiting www.chla.org/clippers or by participating in the team’s online auction at www.clippers.com.
Blake Griffin had just four rebounds in Sunday’s loss at Memphis/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
- Blake Griffin pulled down just four rebounds in 33 minutes. For a 6-foot-10, 250-pound power forward with a career rebounding average 10.0, that is not good. Griffin is averaging just 6.8 rebounds through 12 games this season. That is easily the lowest output of his career. He averaged 9.5 a season ago, 8.3 in 2012-13, 10.9 in 2011-12 and 12.1 in his rookie season in 2010-11.
- The Clippers were out-rebounded by a whopping 52-32. Aside from Griffin’s poor output on the boards, post DeAndre Jordan pulled down just three measly rebounds in 20 minutes, and he went into the game leading the league at 12.2 per game; he’s now fifth at 11.4. Jordan had four fouls. Still, the Clippers (7-5) will have a hard time beating good teams when they are out-rebounded by 20. Spencer Hawes had 10 rebounds off the bench. Other than that, Chris Paul – a 6-foot guard – was next with five.
- The loss notwithstanding, the aforementioned Paul did his part. Besides the five rebounds, Paul scored a team-high 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He made all seven of his free throws, doled out five assists and made four steals with just two turnovers in 34 minutes.
- The Clippers had won the first two games of the road trip – over Orlando and Miami – and looked good doing it. But after getting 31 assists in a 110-93 victory at Miami on Thursday, the Clippers managed only 14 against the high-flying Grizzlies (12-2). Paul’s team-leading five were well under his 9.5 average.
- The Clippers were out-played in many areas. But the biggest item of note is that they were simply dominated by Memphis big-man Marc Gasol, who owned the Clippers by scoring 30 points on 13 of 18 shooting. He also pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked two shots. For the Clippers, Jordan had two points and those three rebounds. And no blocks.
Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers, NBA.com
Spencer Hawes wasn’t around in 2013-14, signing with the Clippers during the off-season. But the 7-foot-1 post’s assessment of this team seems to be right on the money.
“I think it’s obvious, there’s a lot of stuff we’re not doing right, a lot of things we need to address,” said Hawes, whose team is coming off a 121-104 defeat at the hands of Golden State on Wednesday night in Oakland; the Clippers trailed by as many as 29 points. “Until we can get together and start to do that, the results are going to be like they have been; there is not going to be that consistency. We’ve gotta play better individually, we’ve gotta play better as a unit; we have to play more together.
“And not just offensively. I think that’s kind of the thing that stands out. But I think defensively, the times we’ve done it, it’s just made everything so much easier.”
The Clippers are allowing opponents 104.2 points per game. Only the Lakers (116.8), Boston (109.3), Dallas (105.6), Denver (105.5) and Utah (104.2) are giving up more.
Hawes is not worried, yet.
“We’re not going to panic, but we’d rather be going through this now than in April,” he said. “There are a lot of things we have to address, and we don’t have a lot of time to waste.”
Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Spencer Hawes late Friday night was talking about his team’s less-than-stellar showing in the preseason – the Clippers went 2-6 in exhibition games – when he had an interesting observation.
“We have got an important week of practice coming up here to get things going in the right direction,” Hawes, the Clippers’ backup post, said after the Clippers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in their final exhibition game. “We have got to hit the ground running. We have the opportunity here starting the season with a pretty long stretch at home and we have to take advantage of that.”
The Clippers play eight of their first nine games at Staples Center. One of those is an “away” game against the Lakers on Friday. The one true away game in that stretch will be Nov. 5 at Golden State.
The Clippers open the season Thursday against Oklahoma City at Staples Center.
J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
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.
Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
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.
Spencer Hawes/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
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.