Paul Pierce has played with some of league’s top point guards

Paul Pierce

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Paul Pierce played this past season with the Washington Wizards, whose point guard is John Wall. Pierce is playing this season for the Clippers, whose point guard is Chris Paul.

Following the Clippers’ 108-91 victory at Washington on Monday, Pierce had an interesting response when asked about playing with Wall and Paul.

“I’ve had a tremendous opportunity to play with some great point guards, and it’s hard to distinguish one from the other,” Pierce said. “I’ve gone from (Rajon) Rondo, to John Wall, to Chris (Paul). Every point guard I play with, I’m like, ‘He’s the best point guard in the league.’ I don’t know if it’s the Paul Pierce effect, though.”



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It’s rare to see him to it, but Chris Paul can dunk. The 6-foot Clippers point guard proved that on Monday when he dunked – barely – twice in his team’s 108-91 victory at Washington. Paul led his team with 23 points. Check out his work in the air, and watch his teammates go bonkers:

Paul Pierce sentimental about return to Washington on Monday

Paul Pierce

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With Blake Griffin out, Luc Mbah a Moute started at power forward Monday at Washington with Paul Pierce starting at small forward.

For Pierce, it meant his first return to Washington after playing for the Wizards this past season. It wasn’t like Pierce returning to Boston, where he played his first 15 campaigns. But it was still somewhat sentimental for Pierce, who scored nine points on 4 of 7 shooting and pulled down four rebounds in 17 minutes of the Clippers’ 108-91 victory.

“It was fine,” Pierce said. “I spent my one year here and I felt like I really became a part of this city. They really embraced me and I embraced them and I built some relationships.

“I still talk to some of the coaches and some of the coaches still talk to me. So D.C. and its fans are always going to be in my heart.”

Chris Paul helps lead Clippers to 108-91 victory over host Wizards

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The Clippers and Wizards were without respective – and injured – leading scorers Blake Griffin and Bradley Beal on Monday night in Washington. Apparently, the Wizards missed Beal more than the Clippers missed Griffin because the Clippers emerged with an impressive 108-91 victory.

The Clippers (19-13) led by as many as 26 points (106-80) with 4:15 to play.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with 23 points. He also had five rebounds and seven assists. Struggling Jamal Crawford came through with 21 points and shot 9 of 12 – 3 of 5 from 3-point range – off the bench. DeAndre Jordan scored 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. And reserves Wesley Johnson and Cole Aldrich scored 14 and 13, respectively, as the bench came through with 54 points, half of the overall total. With Griffin out, Paul Pierce started and scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds in 17 minutes.

The Clippers shot 52.6 percent, 30.4 percent (7 of 23) from 3-point range.

John Wall led Washington with 23 points and 11 assists. The Wizards (14-15) had won four in a row.

The Clippers have won three consecutive games.


Doc Rivers appreciates what small forward Matt Barnes brings to the team

Matt Barnes

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Doc Rivers on Friday night did not hesitate when he was asked about the importance of starting small forward Matt Barnes. Barnes recently missed a total of four games because of a sore hamstring and though the Clippers went 3-1 in them, Rivers apparently would not want to be without him for very long.

“Matt is huge for us,” Rivers said following his team’s 113-99 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday at Staples Center. “He’s just an important player for us. The stats don’t say it. He had eight points, but he made some huge plays for us. Even early, (Washington’s) Paul Pierce makes a 3, I think it was the second shot of the game, and then Matt comes down and makes a 3 on top of him. Those little plays are big plays and that‟s what Matt has been doing for us all year.”

Barnes shot just 3 of 10 Friday. He also had two blocks and four rebounds.

Barnes, who turned 35 on March 9, is averaging 10.0 points and 3.9 rebounds and is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range (112 of 295).


Matt Barnes could return to the lineup Friday against Washington Wizards

Matt Barnes

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Matt Barnes on Friday morning told reporters that there is a good chance he will play later in the evening when the Clippers host the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.

Barnes, the Clippers’ starting small forward, has missed the past two games with a sore hamstring and has missed four games since March 2 because of the injury.

Barnes was shooting and running at the morning shootaround.

“It’ll be a game-time decision; it looks good,” Barnes said.