Clippers Acquire Gallinari
July 4, 2017
The Clippers acquired forward Danilo Gallinari on Monday in a 3-team trade that included the Hawks and Nuggets. Gallinari signed a 3-year $65 million contract with LA as part of the trade.
The Hawks will receive Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, and a 2018 1st round pick, which was acquired last week from the Rockies. The Nuggets will receive a 2019 2nd round pick from Atlanta, which it previously acquired from Washington.
the 6’10 Gallinari averaged 18.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and shot 38% from 3-point land last season. He’s capable of playing both the 3 and the 4, which means the Clippers envision a front line that includes Gallinari, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan.
The 28-year-old is a floor spacing shooter, who the Clippers have tried to acquire for years.
The most notable cost of the deal for the Clippers was Crawford, who has spent the last five seasons with the team. The 37-year-old is a three-time Six Man of The Year, and has played 17 seasons in the league. He averaged 12.3 points on 41% shooting last year off the bench for LA.
Crawford is due to make $14.2 million next season, and $14.5 million the year after that, but only $3 million of it is guaranteed. He is reportedly seeking a buyout from the Hawks, and prefers to join the Lakers according to Marc Spears of The Undefeated.
Clippers Re-Sign Blake Griffin
June 30, 2017
The Clippers and Blake Griffin agreed to a new contract on Friday night. The deal is for 5 years and $173 million.
Griffin will not receive a no-trade clause as part of the deal. The news was a relief for the Clippers, who lost their other superstar, Chris Paul, to the Houston Rockets just two days earlier.
Griffin met with a number of members of the Clipper organization, led by Owner Steve Ballmer, on Friday at Staples Center. The group also included Doc Rivers, Jerry West, as well as a several Clipper players. They included Jamal Crawford, DeAndre Jordan, Patrick Beverley, Wesley Johnson, and Sam Dekker.
“We’ve had some great meetings with them and love the direction of the organization,” a source close to Griffin told ESPN’s Royce Young. “Feel that the best chance to win is definitely with LAC.”
Griffin suffered a toe injury in the 1st round of the playoffs against Utah, and is questionable to be ready for the start of the season.
Griffin also had meetings schedule with the Suns and Nuggets when free agency started on Saturday, but cancelled those meetings.
At the end of the two-hour meeting Friday, Griffin rose and spoke, telling teammates, his coach and the owner that “I want my legacy to be a Clipper.”
Clippers Trade Chris Paul To Houston
June 28, 2017
Chris Paul shocked the NBA world on Wednesday morning, informing the Clippers that he would be signing with the Houston Rockets when free agency begins. That prompted an agreement where Paul opted into the final year of his contract, allowing the Clippers to trade him to Houston.
In return, the Clippers received guards Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams, forwards Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, and a 2018 1st round pick. The pick is top 3 protected. The Clippers will also received three other players with non-guaranteed contracts in order to make the trade work under the salary cap: DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard, and Kyle Wiltjer.
The trade ends a six-year run for Paul with the Clippers, who was arguably the best player in the history of the franchise. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in assists, second in steals, fourth in free-throw percentage and sixth in points.
Paul was eligible for a 5-year $205 million contract. However, according to one team executive, the team was not interested in offering the full 5-year term, and also not interested in granting him a no-trade clause. Paul would have made $46 million in the final year of that contract at 38 years old, which was not attractive to the team.
Other team sources indicated that Paul’s relationship had grown extremely rocky with head coach Doc Rivers. The tension was reportedly over Rivers’ perceived unwillingness to include his son Austin, in a trade for Carmelo Anthony back in February. Paul and others had also perceived Coach Rivers as unwilling to criticize his son while issuing criticism of other players. Austin Rivers took to Twitter later Wednesday to deny that these stories were true.
Sources also indicated that there was tension between Paul and Blake Griffin, and that both had grown tired of playing with each other. Griffin, along with J.J. Redick, are schedule to be unrestricted free agents as of this Saturday. The Clippers however, remain confident that Griffin will re-sign with them for the 5 years and $175 million they plan on offering him.
By agreeing to opt into the final year of his contract, Paul will make just over $22 million next season, and he’ll be eligible for that 5-year $205 million next summer, if he were to re-sign with the Rockets. Paul will also form a dynamic backcourt in Houston, with MVP runner up James Harden. Houston also continues to push for a Paul George trade, and would be interested in acquiring Carmelo Anthony if he were to be bought out by the Knicks.
The trade enabled the Clippers to get something in return for Paul, who would have otherwise departed for nothing in unrestricted free agency.
Beverly is one of the NBA’s best perimeter defenders, and on a team friendly contract that pays him $5.5 million next season, with a team option for the following season. Dekker, 23, is an athletic player with decent three-point range. Williams is one of the NBA’s best sixth men, and Harrell is a high-energy player who will be entering only his third season in the league.
Even if the Clippers were to re-sign Griffin, they could still potentially have about $70 million in cap space in the summer of 2018, with an excellent free agent class available.
During his six seasons in LA, Paul averaged 18.8 points, 9.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals while committing only 2.3 turnovers per game. He was named to three All-NBA first teams, two All-NBA second teams and six All-Defensive first teams.
He took to Twitter to thank the Clippers and their fans. He wrote “Unbelievable amount of emotions right now — I don’t even know what to say. Lots of love and tears. I’m so blessed and thankful for the ability to play this game, this is the part that no one can prepare you for.”
The Clippers also waived retiring forward Paul Pierce on Wednesday to adhere to the NBA’s roster limit of 20 during the offseason.
Jerry West Joins Clippers
June 14, 2017
Jerry West is joining the Clippers as a consultant. West informed the media that he is leaving the Golden State Warriors to take on a similar role with the Clippers.
“Sometimes you need to be challenged. I’ve kind of been defiant my whole life, the way I was raised, and I think this is like the defiant streak in me. I don’t know,” West said.
The move was first reported by Sports Illustrated, and the Clippers’ interest in West was first reported nearly two weeks ago by ESPN’s Marc Stein.
The move is huge for the Clippers, who will leverage West’s expertise as part of their strategy to retain their key free agents Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and JJ Redick.
The move is somewhat awkward for West’s former team, the Lakers, who he desired to return to. However, West’s vision reportedly didn’t fit with what the Lakers were looking to do according to NBA sources.
Although he was a Hall of Fame player with the Lakers, West is also considered one of the greatest NBA executives in the history of the game.
He served as General Manager of the Lakers from 1982-2002, and was the architect of six championship teams. They included the Showtime Laker Championship Teams in ’85, ’87, ’88. As well as the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant Championship teams of 2000, 2001, and 2002. West later helped the Memphis Grizzlies become a playoff team, and is widely cited for his role in advising the Warriors over the last few years in building their championship team.
Speaking of the Lakers, they may have some concern that Jerry may now try to lure his son, Ryan, away from the Lakers to join the Clipper front office. Ryan is currently the Lakers assistant General Manager.
Jazz Eliminate Clippers In Game 7
April 30, 2017
Gordon Hayward scored 26 points , and the Jazz eliminated the Clippers at Staples Center on Sunday afternoon with a 104-91 victory.
The Clippers were eliminated from the 1st round of the playoffs for the 2nd straight season. They’ve also blown a series lead in the last 5 postseasons. Last season LA was eliminated by Portland when both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were injured. This year, the Clippers were without Griffin, after losing him to a toe injury in game 3.
George Hill and Derek Favors each scored 17 points for Utah, which won its first playoff series since 2010.
“We’ve been through some pretty hard downs,” said Hayward. “It definitely feels really good to go from 25 wins to where we were this year making the playoffs, winning a series.”
DeAndre Jordan led the way for the Clippers with 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford scored the majority of his 20 points late in the game, but it wasn’t enough to rally the Clips.
The Clippers’ starting backcourt struggled. Chris Paul, who was double teamed for much of the afternoon, scored 13 points and had 9 assists, but was just 6-19 from the field. He also tweaked an ankle in the 3rd quarter, which slowed him down. JJ Redick, who struggled for most of the series, had 3 points on 1-5 shooting.
Paul was disappointed, but attributed part of the problem to defense. “It came down to today to keep us afloat, keep us alive,” he said. “We’re done. Late when we did start scoring, we couldn’t get stops.”
After an even 1st quarter, the Jazz opened up a lead as large as 11 points in the 2nd quarter, and took a 46-39 lead into halftime.
The 3rd quarter saw the Jazz open up with a 23-9 run, which blew the game open, and extended the lead to 69-48. With Rudy Gobert in foul trouble, Boris Diaw contributed 8 points in that stretch, and the Jazz complete 3 different 3-point plays.
Utah was in command for most of the 4th quarter, ahead by as many as 17 points, despite the fact that Favors and Gobert were plagued with foul trouble, as both big men fouled out.
Redick’s only basket of the game, a 3-pointer with 3:28 to play, cut the Jazz lead to 98-90, but the Clips could not get any closer. A 13-foot jumper by George Hill, a Redick missed layup, followed by two made free throws by Joe Johnson pushed the lead back to 12 with two minutes left.
The only lead of the game for LA was by a single point just minutes into the game. They shot 44% from the field and were outscored 56-46 in the paint.
The Clippers now head into the offseason with a multitude of questions hanging over them. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have the ability to opt out of their contracts’ and become free agents. JJ Redick will also become an unrestricted free agent. Re-signing any 2 of them would require incurring luxury tax penalties.
Game 7 may also have been the final game of Paul Pierce’s NBA career. The 19-year NBA veteran had 6 points and 3 rebounds in 21 minutes. He has previously said this would be the final season of his Hall of Fame career.
The Jazz now face the Warriors in the 2nd round of the playoffs beginning on Tuesday night in Oakland.
Clippers Force Game 7
April 28, 2017
The Clippers forced a 7th and decisive game with the Jazz by defeating Utah on Friday night 98-93 in Salt Lake City.
Chris Paul led the way with 29 points and 8 assists, and held off a late Utah rally to force the 7th and deciding game of the best-of-7 series on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. The winner will play the Golden State Warriors in the 2nd round.
Doc Rivers said game 6 was all about CP3. “It’s just Chris,” Rivers said. “He is as competitive as a human being as I’ve ever been around. When you put that with the talent and the will, that’s why he has performances like this in big games.
The Clippers began to pull away late in the 4th quarter, and went on a 9-2 run which was capped by an Austin Rivers 3-pointer with 3:58 remaining. That gave the Clippers a 91-77 lead.
After another Rivers 3-pointer, the Clippers opened up a 96-86 lead with 90 seconds left to play, but the Jazz weren’t done fighting. Gordon Hayward would score seven straight points to pull Utah within 96-93. The Jazz had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but Joe Johnson’s 3-pointer missed. Paul made two free throws to put the game away.
Hayward led the Jazz with 31 points, George Hill added 22 and Rudy Gobert finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough.
“We had to dig down on defense,” DeAndre Jordan said. “We had some big stops on defense. And then guys like Austin, CP, Jamal, they made big shots. But they made big shots because of our defense.”
Now the Clippers will have an overwhelming advantage in game 7 at Staples Center. 80% of home teams in NBA history have won game 7. The Clips are 3-3 all-time in game 7’s.
Hayward & Jazz Top Clippers in Game 5
April 24, 2017
The Jazz shoved the Clippers to the bring of elimination of Tuesday night at Staples Center with a 96-92 victory in game 5 of their 1st round series. The Jazz have taken a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Rodney Hood had 14, and Joe Johnson had a clutch 14 as Utah won it’s 2nd game on the road in the series.
Chris Paul tried to keep the Clippers in it with his 28 points and 9 assists, but it wasn’t enough. JJ Reddick also scored 26 for LA.
Neither team shot the ball well. The Jazz shot 43% and the Clippers only 42%. However, Utah dominated a number of other important categories.
The Jazz outscored the Clippers 34-28 in the paint, and outrebounded them 43-34. Utah’s bench also outscored LA 36-16, in what has become a familiar pattern in the series.
Utah took the game’s first double-digit lead early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Hood that made it 69-58.
The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit to tie the game, but they could never take the lead. The Jazz countered with 8 straight points caped by Hayward’s 3-pointer.
Paul and Hayward were called for double technical fouls with 40 seconds to go. Paul had already pushed Hayward in the back after they got tied up scrambling for a rebound in front of Utah’s bench. Hayward made both shots for a 90-85 lead.
Joe Johnson’s step back jumper extended Utah’s lead to 92-87. That put the game out of reach, as the Clippers could never recover. Blake Griffin watched from the bench with his right foot encased in a black walking boot.
The Jazz will try to close things out on Friday night in Salt Lake City. A victory for Utah would send the Clippers home, and vault the Jazz into the 2nd round against the Warriors.
Joe Johnson Pulls Jazz Even With Clippers
April 23, 2017
Joe Johnson delivered 11 straight 4th quarter points as the Utah Jazz defeated the Clippers 105-98 in game 4 of their first round series. The best-of-7 series is now tied 2-2.
Johnson finished the game with 28 points, including a critical 4th quarter jumper with to give the Jazz a 91-90 lead with just under 4 minutes left. The Clippers would never regain the lead after that.
Rudy Gobert returned to the Jazz lineup after injuring his knee in game 2. Gobert delivered 15 points to go along with 13 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Gordon Hayward played only 9 minutes in the game after battling food poisoning, and did not play in the 2nd half. He had just 3 points in the game.
The Clippers were led by Chris Paul, who had 27 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds. Jamal Crawford provided 25 points off the bench, and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Clips were clinging to an 80-77 lead going into the 4th quarter. A free throw by Wesley Johnson gave the Clippers an 87-80 lead with 7:37 lead, but then the Johnson and the Jazz would begin their rally.
Johnson reeled of 7 straight points in about 2 minutes to tie the game at 87-87. 2 minutes later, Johnson capped his 11-point run and gave Utah the lead for good.
The Clippers were outrebounded 42-31 and outscored in the paint 58-36. For the game, the Jazz shot 54% from the field, while the Clippers shot 44%.
The series returns to Staples Center on Tuesday night for Game 5. Utah will host Game 6 on Friday night.
Blake Griffin Done For The Playoffs
April 22, 2017
Blake Griffin has been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs after suffering an injury to his big toe on Friday night against Utah. The Clippers made the announcement on Saturday morning.
Griffin suffered the injury in the first half Friday and did not return to the game. The injury is to the plantar plate of his right big toe. Griffin will visit a foot and ankle specialist when the Clippers return to Los Angeles.
It is the 2nd straight year that Griffin has suffered an injury that has knocked him out of the playoffs. Last year against Portland, Griffin injured his quad, and was out for the remainder of the series, in which the Clippers were eliminated in six games.
He also missed 18 straight games earlier this season after undergoing surgery on his right knee. Griffin was the Clippers’ leading scorer and second-leading rebounder this season, averaging 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
Griffin could potentially be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has one year remaining on his contract for $21 million. However, he has he has an early-termination option on his contract this summer, allowing him to test the free agent market, or re-sign with LA for potentially another 5 years and up to $180 million.
Clips Win But Lose Blake
April 21, 2017
Chris Paul put the Clippers on his back in the 4th quarter, scoring 9 straight points during one stretch as LA defeated Utah 111-106 in game 3 of their 1st round playoff series. The Clippers now have a 2-1 lead in the series.
Paul finished the game with 34 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds for the Clips. However, they also lost Blake Griffin, who left the game in the 1st half after bruising his right big toe. The injury took place late in the 2nd quarter after Griffin scored on a fast break. He went to the locker room shortly after, undergoing X-rays that came back negative. He’ll be evaluated for further tests.
DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had a playoff career-high 15 points, and Jamal Crawford finished with 9 points.
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with a playoff career-high 40 points. However, the Jazz went scoreless for 6:06 of the 4th quarter, which allowed the Clippers to go on a 15-0 run.
With 4 minutes left, Paul nailed a 3-pointer to give the Clippers a 97-96 lead, their first lead since the 1st quarter of the game.
At the 3:23 mark, Paul went behind his back and eluded two Jazz defenders for a driving layup to make it 99-96 Clippers. That forced Utah to call a timeout to regroup.
“He has an amazing will,” Doc Rivers said. “He’s just a tough guy. He’s stubborn in a very, very positive way. All the great ones have that in them. They’re stubborn like they aren’t going to lose.”
“I’m just always looking at the scoreboard trying to manage the game,” Paul said. “I was just trying to pick my spots. That’s a good team over there. They stick to their principles.
Game 4 will be on Sunday in Utah. The Clippers will try to take a 3-1 lead in the series. They’ll be awaiting word on the severity of Griffin’s injury between now and then. Meanwhile, the Jazz will be awaiting word on whether center Rudy Gobert will return to their lineup.
Clippers Get Even With Jazz
April 18, 2017
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 24 points while DeAndre Jordan added 17 points and 15 rebounds, as the Clippers defeated the Jazz 99-91 at Staples Center. The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1, and will head back to Utah for the next two games.
Chris Paul scored 21 points and added 10 assists, and the Clips pounded the Jazz in the paint, outscoring them 60-38.
The Jazz were led by Gordon Hayward, who scored 20 points in the loss. Joe Johnson provided 13 points off the bench. The Jazz played without Rudy Gobert, who sat out with a hyperextended knee.
LA jumped out to a 12-point lead after the 1st quarter. After a DeAndre Jordan dunk off a lob pass from Jamal Crawford, the Clips had a 9-point lead at halftime.
“We got into movement. We went downhill a lot more,’’ said Doc Rivers. “Every time they made a run, we pushed the ball up the floor.”
Both teams scored 28 points in the 3rd quarter, but the closest the Jazz would come to take the lead was a 3-point deficit in the period. The Clippers took a 79-70 lead into the 4th quarter.
In the 4th quarter, the Jazz got within 6 points of the Clippers, but LA answered. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute pull down an offensive rebound that led to the Griffin’s three-pointer. That put the game away.
“They raised their level tonight,” said Jazz Coach Quin Snyder. “They played with an intensity from the beginning of the game, It was impressive. That’s who they are.”
“This is what we should do,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said afterward.
Game 3 of the series will be Friday night in Utah against the Jazz.
Clippers Fall To Jazz At Buzzer
April 15, 2017
Joe Johnson hit a game-winning runner that bounced into the hoop to give the Utah Jazz a 97-95 victory over the Clippers in Game 1 of their 1st round series at Staples Center on Saturday night. Utah has a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.
“I just wanted to get as close as I could to the basket, and it was a good thing it went down,” Johnson said.
Johnson scored 21 points on the night off the bench to lead the Jazz. The Clippers were led by Blake Griffin, who scored 26 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Chris Paul had 25 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds.
Paul banked in a floater with 13 seconds left in the 4th quarter to tie the game at 95-95. The Jazz didn’t call a timeout, and went the other way with a chance to win the game. The left Johnson isolated against Jamal Crawford, who drove the lane for the game-winner.
“We’ve got to be better,” Paul said. “They played harder, they were more physical.”
The Jazz lost starting center Rudy Gobert just 18 seconds into the game, when he bumped knees with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Gobert left the game after being helped into the locker room. The good news for the Jazz is that an MRI exam showed no structural damage to the knee, and Gobert was diagnosed with a hyperextension.
Utah outscored the Clippers 16-10 to open the third, before Crawford’s jumper put the Clips ahead 70-69. Gordon Hayward, who finished the game with 19 points, scored 6 straight points to give the Jazz a 74-70 lead heading into the 4th quarter.
In the first half neither team led by more than 6 points. The Jazz went on a 14-2 run in the 2nd quarter to take their own 6-point lead. However, the Clips answered with a 14-8 spurt of their own.
The real difference in the game was the benches. The Clippers got just 20 points from their bench, and only 8 from Jamal Crawford. The Jazz on the other hand, received 46 points from their reserves.
Now the Clips will have to fight to regain home court advantage. “We fought until the end of the year to get it, and now we’ve given it right back,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
Game 2 will be on Tuesday night at Staples Center, where the Clips will try to even the series before heading to Utah.
Clippers Clinch Home Court
April 12, 2017
The Clippers secured home court advantage on Wednesday night with a 115-95 win over Sacramento in the final regular season contest.
LA needed to win after the Jazz defeated the Spurs at home. The Clippers and Jazz will open the 1st round of the playoffs at Staples Center on Saturday night. The Clips won the season series 3-1, and as a result, won the tie-breaker over the Jazz in the standings.
“I wanted to win the game,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought it was good for our guys to win. But honestly, home court was still more important. We got that, so that was nice to get for us. That’s a bonus.”
DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead LA, while Chris Paul added 17 points and 9 assists. The Clippers had 6 players in double figures, which included all 5 starters and Jamal Crawford off the bench.
“Maybe a few weeks ago, our spirit just wasn’t the same,” Paul said. “Our defensive intensity wasn’t there. I think the past couple of weeks we picked that up. It’s nice to finish the season strong, but all that was to build habits for the playoffs.”
The Kings were led by Willie Cauley-Stein, who scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Arron Afflalo had 18 points as well.
The Kings were the last team to defeat the Clippers back on March 26th. Since then, the Clippers have reeled off 7 straight wins, and piled up 11 victories in their last 13 games.
Game 1 of the Clippers and Jazz will be Saturday night at Staples Center, with tip-off schedule for 7:30 pm.
Clippers Blow Out Rockets
Apri 10, 2017
Chris Paul led the way with 19 points, and Blake Griffin had 18 as the Clippers hammered the Rockets 125-96. It was the Clippers 6th straight win and kept them tied with Utah in the race for 4th place in the West.
The Rockets were led by Eric Gordon, who scored 19 points. James Harden had 14 points on just 2-9 shooting.
The Jazz and the Clippers each have one game left. Utah won on Monday night at Golden State, and they’ll host the Spurs on Wednesday night, while the Clippers will face Sacramento at Staples Center.
After an even 1st quarter, the Clippers managed to take a 4 point lead into halftime. Jamal Crawford would score the final 5 points of the 1st half.
By the 3rd quarter, they would break it open, outscoring the Rockets 36-12 in the period. The quarter was highlighted by a 24-3 run, which included a DeAndre Jordan dunk off an alley-oop from Chris Paul, and a steal and a 3-pointer from J.J. Redick. Griffin had 8 points in the quarter.
The 4th quarter was highlighted by Paul Pierce scoring 10 points in the game’s final five minutes. He moved into 15th on the NBA career scoring list with 26,397 points, which fired up all of his teammates on the bench.
If the Clippers win on Wednesday night at home against the Kings, they will earn home court advantage in the 1st round against Utah. They own the tie-breaker with the Jazz, after winning the season series 3-1.
Clippers Too Much For Spurs
April 8, 2017
The Clippers got 19 points from Chris Paul and took down the Spurs 98-87 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. LA improved to 3-1 on the season vs San Antonio, and inched closer to 4th place in the West.
The Clips had 6 players in double figures, including all 5 starters. Blake Griffin had 18 points and 8 rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan had 17 points to go along with 17 rebounds. They also dominated San Antonio in the paint, outscoring them 48-32 for the game.
Kawhi Leonard had 28 points to lead the Spurs, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18. San Antonio has already secured the #2 seed and will be playing a first round matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies.
After an even first quarter that saw the Spurs finish the period with a 1 point lead, the Clippers would make their move toward the end of the 1st half. A 13-3 run over the final 4:07 of the half gave the Clippers a 52-43 lead going into the locker room.
The Spurs cut the lead to 82-78 after a jumper by Leonard. However, the Clippers countered with an 8-0 run and pushed the lead to 82-70 heading into the 4th quarter.
Neither team shot well in the 4th quarter. The Spurs wouldn’t get any closer than 92-83 however, and the Clips assured themselves of a 1st round matchup with the Jazz. The only question is who will get home court.
The Clippers will return to action on Monday night against the Rockets. Then they’ll wrap up the regular season on Wednesday vs Sacramento.
Clippers Move Closer To 4th
April 5, 2017
Blake Griffin scored 32 points and the Clippers won their 4th straight game by beating the Mavs 112-101 at Staples.
J.J. Redick scored 25 points, DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds, and Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists. The Clips have won 8 of their last 10 games.
Harrison Barnes led the way for Dallas with 15 points. The Mavs have lost 6 of their last 7 games, and are out of the West playoff race. They have just four games left in the regular season.
It was the 3rd straight game that Griffin has scored 31 or more points. “We keep forgetting he missed a huge part of the season,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s getting ready.”
The Clippers made their first nine shots of the game. After the first quarter they shot 61% from the field and had built a 17-point lead.
Dallas got within seven in the second before the Clippers extended their lead to 18 and went into halftime ahead 62-49.
The 3rd quarter saw Yogi Ferrell score 9 points, which helped cut the Clippers’ lead to 6. “They just kept fighting,” Rivers said. “They had a lot of reasons to say `game over’ and that made us keep playing.” The Clippers would re-group and go on a 17-6 run. That pushed the lead back to 17 heading into the 4th quarter.
After a Mo Speights 3- points, the Clippers had their largest lead of the game, 20 points. The Mavs would rally again, but they never got closer than 9 points.
The Clippers moved to within a half game of idle 4th place Utah. The Clippers have three regular-season games remaining while the Jazz have four.
Up next for the Clips will be Saturday night against the Spurs in San Antonio.
Clippers Win Another Season Series Over Lakers
April 1, 2017
The Clippers continued their dominance of the Lakers on Sunday at Staples Center, defeating the Lakers 115-104.
Blake Griffin scored 36 points, Chris Paul poured in 29, while Doc Rivers earned the 800th victory of his career.
J.J. Redick contributed 19 points for the Clips as well, who are now 1 game behind the Jazz for 4th place in the Western Conference.
Since 2012-2013, the Clippers have won 18 of the last 20 meetings between the Staples Center co-tenants. It’s also the 5th straight year that the Clippers have won the season series with the Lakers.
David Nwaba led the Lakers with 19 points off the bench, while Brandon Ingram scored 10 of his 18 points in the 4th quarter. Thomas Robinson added 16.
The Clips started quickly in this one, jumping out to a 17-0 lead before the Lakers would answer. A Robinson basket broke a string of 11 consecutive misses for the Lakers. Robinson held his own against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and his early efforts actually brought the Lakers to within 28-22 after the 1st quarter.
The Lakers took a brief lead in the 2nd quarter, but the Clippers would take control again by halftime, leading 55-50. Paul had scored 11 points and dished out 7 assists at that point.
The 3rd quarter however, saw the Clippers up by as many as 22 points, and after being outscored 38-22 in the period, the Lakers trailed 93-72 entering the 4th quarter.
The Lakers got within 8 points in the 4th quarter behind a strong effort from Ingram. Much of that was the result of the Clippers bench giving up that lead, which has been a common occurrence this season. However, Paul and Griffin scored the Clippers last seven points to secure the victory.
It was a rough game for D’Angelo Russell, who had just 2 points on 1-9 shooting. Jordan Clarkson didn’t fare much better with 7 points on 3-12 shooting.
The Lakers have lost 18 of their last 20 games, and will now take on the Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. Meanwhile, the Clippers are off until Wednesday, when they host the Mavs at Staples.
Clippers Too Hot For Suns
March 30, 2017
Blake Griffin led the way with 31 points and Chris Paul poured in 29 to go along with 10 assists, as the Clippers beat the Suns 124-118 on Thursday night in the desert.
The win was the 2nd in a row for the Clippers, who pulled within 1 game of the 4th place Utah Jazz in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Suns lost their 10th straight game.
Phoenix was led by Devin Booker’s 33 points and season-high 9 assists. However, the 2nd year guard fouled out with just under five minutes to play in the game.
The Clippers took a 67-59 lead into halftime after wrestling the game away from the Suns in the last 6 minutes of the 2nd quarter. They closed the half on a 13-4 run, capped by a 23-foot jumper from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
The Suns would fight back in the 3rd quarter, and finished the period on a 9-0 run over the last 2:25. TJ Warren’s put-back after an Alan Williams miss cut the Clippers’ lead to 93-92 heading into the 4th quarter.
Phoenix tied the score 102-102 after Booker’s layup with 7:50 left in the game. However, they could never take the lead after that. Griffin countered with a made basket and got fouled moments later, converting a 3-point play. Chris Paul made a 10-footer, followed by 2 more free throws, and suddenly the Clippers regained control with a 7-0 run. The Suns shaved the lead to 114-112 after Booker fouled out, but the Clips would hold them off again.
The Clippers will return home and continue to battle for playoff positioning. Up next will be another meeting with the Lakers, which will be Saturday afternoon at Staples, in which the Clippers will be the designated home team.
Redick’s Return Helps Clips Top Wiz
March 29, 2017
J.J. Redick returned from injury to score 31 points, and the Clippers outlasted the Wizards 133-124 on Wednesday at Staples Center.
Redick had missed the Clippers game on Sunday against Sacramento with an ankle sprain. On Wednesday night, he hit a season-high 7 three-pointers.
The other 3 members of the Clippers core also played well. Blake Griffin scored 26 points, had 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. DeAndre Jordan had 23 points and 18 rebounds. Chris Paul had 27 points and dished out 13 assists.
The Wizards were led by John Wall’s 41 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. They also received 27 points from Bradley Beal.
The Clippers led by as many as 19 points midway through the third period. The Wizards chipped away in the fourth and pulled to within five points, 129-124, after Beal hit a three-pointer with 31 seconds left. That gave the Clippers fear of blowing another big lead for the 2nd straight game.
However, Griffin made two free throws with 18 seconds left. That put the game out of reach, as the Clippers led 131-124.
“We got some key stops down the stretch and kept playing offensively,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “We moved the ball around, got the ball in the right hands and made shots. That was the difference. We didn’t hesitate.”
The news wasn’t all good for the Clips though. Austin Rivers left the game with a strained left-hamstring. The injury is likely to keep him on the sidelines for at least a couple of games.
Utah also won on Wednesday night, which meant the Clippers didn’t pick up any ground in the race for 4th place in the Western Conference. The Clips are back in action on Thursday night in Phoenix, against the Suns.
Clippers Blow 18-Point Lead & Lose To Kings
March 26, 2017
The Clippers gave back an 18-point lead at Staples Center on Sunday, and lost to Sacramento 98-97. The rally was capped by a put back from Willie Cauley-Stein. Chris Paul missed a 21-foot jumper with 1.2 seconds left that sealed the fate of the Clips.
“It’s a bad loss. It’s probably the worst one in the regular season in my career, probably,” said Paul, who had 17 points and nine assists. “Yeah, that’s tough. That was a bad one. That’s a bad loss. Yeah.”
With Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan resting early in the 4th quarter, the Kings mounted a furious comeback. A Buddy Heild 3-pointer pulled Sacramento to within 94-85 with 3:22 left.
Heild hit two more 3-pointers just nine seconds apart, and Sacramento was only down 96-93 with 2:10 left. After Griffin made 1 of 2 free throws, the Kings continued their 3-point onslaught. Langston Galloway’s 3-pointer made it 97-96 with 1:23 left. That set the stage of Cauley-Stein’s last second heroics.
The Clippers have lost 10 of their last 19 games overall, and they fell behind the Jazz by 1 game in the race for 4th place in the Western Conference.
Jordan had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, and Griffin finished with 17 points.
“These games should mean so much more to us than to them. Nothing against them. But just being out of the playoff picture… We have something to play for,” Blake Griffin said about the loss to the Kings. “And tonight it looked like it was the opposite, the other way around in that last little bit… It’s over now. Can’t do much about it now except try to move on.”
The Clippers played without J.J. Redick, who injured his right ankle when he stepped on a basketball in the game against Utah on Saturday.
There’s only 9 games left in the regular season. The Clippers will try to get back in the win column on Wednesday, when they host the Wizards at Staples Center.
Clippers Clinch Playoff Spot
March 25, 2017
The Clippers clinched a playoff spot on Saturday with a 108-95 win over the Jazz at Staples Center. Jamal Crawford led the way with 28 points off the bench, Blake Griffin added 15, and Chris Paul scored 14.
The win moved the Clippers to within .5 games of the 4th place Jazz in the Western Conference. Utah got 26 points and 14 rebounds from Rudy Gobert, while Joe Johnson had 17. However, the Jazz have lost four of their last five games.
The Clips took control early, building a 15-point lead in the first quarter. They shot 52% from the field, and finished the first twelve minutes with a 28-14 lead.
“Right from the beginning they jumped us, and we weren’t ready,” Gobert said. “That’s what happened the last few games and we came out the same way.”
The Jazz tried to make a run in the 2nd quarter, but the Clippers took a 49-41 lead into halftime.
The Clippers lost a 16-point lead in the third quarter and their tempers went with it. Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul were whistled for technical fouls and suddenly, Utah had made a game of it.
“My emotions got the best of me for a second,” Crawford said. “I had to get it off my chest and settle down going into the fourth quarter.”
Crawford responded with 17 of his 28 points in the final period, and the Clips regained control.
Utah’s top scorers struggled. Gordon Hayward had 13 points on 5-12 shooting, while Hill had 9 points on 4-11 shooting. Hayward also asked to be taken out of the game in the 4th quarter with what appeared to be a knee bruise. He was seen with an ice pack on his knee while sitting on the bench.
The Clippers will try to tie the Jazz in the standings on Sunday at Staples when they take on the Sacramento Kings.
Barnes Beats Clippers Late
March 23, 2017
Harrison Barnes made a jumper with 1:06 left, and the Mavericks beat the Clippers 97-95 on Thursday night in Dallas.
Barnes also picked up a steal off of Blake Griffin in the final seconds to help secure the win. Wesley Matthews made a free throw with under a second left to play, and then J.J. Redick missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, which would have won the game for LA.
“We had a great shot on the last play,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “That was great execution, and it was a 3, would have been a game-winner. Make, miss, we will live with that.”
Griffin scored 21 points on the night, despite missing his last 3 shots. DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 18 rebounds, Chris Paul scored 15, and Austin Rivers had 13.
The Clips went on a big 22-4 run at the end of the 1st half to take a 54-48 lead at halftime. The Mavericks went on a 13-2 run to start the 3rd quarter, and took a 79-77 into the 4th quarter.
Seth Curry led the Mavs with 23 points and Harrison Barnes added 21. The Clippers had their 3- game win streak snapped.
The Clips fell 1.5 games behind the Jazz for 4th place in the Western Conference. The Jazz will come to Staples Center on Saturday to take on the Clippers. It will be the first of a 3-game home stand.
Clippers Maul The Lakers
March 21st, 2017
The Lakers were the designated home team in their showdown with the Clippers on Tuesday, but it wasn’t much of a contest, with the Clips winning 133-109.
Chris Paul led the way for the Clippers with 27 points and 8 assists, J.J. Redick had 24, and Austin Rivers scored 18 off the bench in a game that was virtually decided by halftime. The Clips were up 70-40 at the half.
Although the Lakers didn’t play much defense, they did get some productive performances from their young players. Brandon Ingram scored 21 points and D’Angelo Russell had 18. Ivica Zubac had 17 and 7 rebounds, while Julius Randle added 19.
The Clippers shot 53% from the field and outscored the Lakers in the paint 60-36. They got whatever shot they wanted, and the Lakers couldn’t do anything about it. The Clippers also hit 3-pointers.
One of those 3-pointers was a 46-foot bomb from Jamal Crawford to end the 3rd quarter. That gave the Clippers a 108-74 lead heading into the 4th. Crawford finished the game with 15 points, and passed Calvin Murphy for #69 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list
Laker coach Luke Walton wasn’t please about his team’s effort at times, and benched his starters to open the 2nd half. “Playing without a certain amount of effort isn’t going to be acceptable or tolerated,” he said. “A lot of guys it’s more about the individual success rather than the team success.”
For the 2nd straight game, the Clippers starters sat out the entire 4th quarter. The game was so out of hand that Chris Paul was watching the 4th quarter with his son on the bench.
“Until the team more than individual, it’s going to be really hard to win,” Walton explained. “I would say we played harder in the second half but not as hard as we should play. To come out in front of our home fans and give that kind of effort wasn’t ok.”
The Clippers have now defeated the Lakers in 17 of their last 19 meetings. The win moved them a little bit closer to Utah, who is now just .5 games ahead of them for 4th place in the West.
The Lakers on the other hand picked up their 51st loss of the year. With Phoenix’s loss to Miami, the Lakers remain two games worse than the Suns for the 2nd worst record in the league, and the race for better lottery odds.
Clippers Strike Early Against New York & Hold On
March 20, 2017
The Clippers made it two in a row on Monday night at Staples Center with a 114-105 victory against the Knicks.
Blake Griffin scored 30 points, while DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick had 14 each. The Clippers had 6 players in double figures, including Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford, who combined for 31 points off the bench. Chris Paul had 13 points and 13 assists.
For the Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Derek Rose scored 18, and Carmelo Anthony with 16.
The Clips built a lead as large as 25 points after outscoring New York 34-19 in the 3rd quarter. However, the Knicks used their bench to cut the deficit to 7 by the last few minutes.
The Clippers’ starters sat out the entire 4th quarter. Despite the strong showing from Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford, LA’s bench was outscored 43-39.
There’s 11 games left in the regular season and the Clippers are now within one game of the 4th place Utah Jazz in the Western Conference.
Up next, the Clippers will have a designated road game on Tuesday night against the Lakers. The teams have split their two games so far this season.
Clippers Beat Shorthanded Cavs
March 18, 2017
The Clippers will take wins any way they can get them right now, and they got one Saturday night against a shorthanded Cavaliers team, 108-70.
The Cavaliers played without Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, who all sat out to rest. The NBA certainly will not be happy about that given that the game was on national television.
Blake Griffin scored 23 points, and JJ Redick added 16, which helped LA snap a 3-game losing skid. It was Griffin, along with DeAndre Jordan, who sat on Thursday night’s road game against Denver, which the Clippers lost.
The large margin of victory also allowed the Clippers to rest Chris Paul, Griffin, and Jordan for the entire 4th quarter.
The Cavaliers were led by Richard Jefferson’s 12 points. However, they shot just 38% from the field, while the Clippers shot 51%. LA also hammered Cleveland on the boards, outrebounding them 54-40.
The win allowed the Clippers to maintain their hold on 5th place in the Western Conference. Not only are the Clippers trying to move up, but they are trying to hold off the Thunder and the Grizzlies, who are right behind them in the standings.
The Clippers will be back in action on Monday night at Staples Center against the Knicks.
Clippers in Disarray After Loss To Nuggets
March 17th, 2017
The Clippers troubles continued on Thursday night in Denver with a 129-114 loss to the Nuggets. It was the 3rd straight loss for LA, and their 8th in the last 13 games.
The Clips played without both Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, who were resting back in LA. However, Nuggets power forward Nikola Jokic took advantage of their absence by dominating in the paint. Jokic scored 17 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists for his 5th triple- double of the season. Will Barton also scored a career-high 35 points for Denver.
Chris Paul had 18 points and 14 assists, J.J. Redick scored a team-high 22 points and Austin Rivers had 17 for the Clippers. Defense was the issue again though. Denver shot both 53% from 3-point land, and 53% from the field.
“That’s on us,” Chris Paul said. “We’ve got to give more effort, be better all around.” Paul also questioned what the Clippers identity was at this point in the season. “Yeah, you would hope to not be trying to figure that out at this point of the season,” he said.
The Nuggets didn’t give the Clippers much of a chance to make a run. Denver built a 103-80 lead heading into the fourth. The advantage grew to as much as 25 and the Clippers never threatened. Barton’s seventh 3-pointer, which tied a career high, capped a 20-point half for the guard.
J.J. Redick doesn’t like where things are going either. “I don’t know what to expect from this team anymore,” he said. “It’s just — we’re in a bad place right now. We’re losing games. We’ve been [a mess] since the All-Star break.”
To make matters worse, the Clippers are losing ground in the Western Conference playoff race. They are now 3 games back of the Jazz for 4th place in the conference. They also have Oklahoma City and Memphis right behind them in the standings, so they could find themselves in 7th place in no time.
Things won’t get much easier for them. They’ll return home on Saturday to take on the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Griffin & Clips Fall Short At Buzzer
March 16th, 2017
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton had 16 points apiece, and the Bucks hung on for a 97-96 victory against the Clippers on Wednesday night at Staples Center.
DeAndre Jordan had 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Blake Griffin added 18, but missed a shot at buzzer that would have won the game. Griffin drove the lane and put up a shot that just rolled off the rim.
The Bucks led by seven with less than three minutes to play, but Jordan scored to bring the Clippers within a point. Then with 5.1 seconds left, LA called timeout and ran a play for Griffin moments later.
“It was a decent look,” Griffin said. “Wish we had two more seconds to let it develop.”
It was an off-night for Chris Paul, who shot just 2-10 from the field, while scoring six points and turning it over six times.
Milwaukee scored 30 points in the fourth quarter, giving the Clippers their second consecutive loss.
The Clippers are just 5-6 in their last 11 games, but head Coach Doc Rivers isn’t too worried. “It’s just a point in the season. Cleveland’s lost four of five, but if won then it’s a different (reaction). Maybe because they won a world championship. I have a lot of confidence in where we’re headed,” he said.
The Clippers will travel to Denver tomorrow night to take on the Nuggets. They plan on leaving Griffin and Jordan home to rest.
Jazz Finally Beat Clippers At Home
March 13th, 2017
The Clippers shot well in the 1st half, but the Jazz had a big 3rd quarter, and defeated LA 114-109 on Monday night in Salt Lake City.
Gordon Hayward had 27 points and George Hill added 19 as Utah defeated the Clippers for the first time in nine tries at home. Chris Paul had 33 points for LA in a losing effort.
The victory gave the Jazz a two-game lead over the Clippers in the race for the No. 4 playoff seed in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round.
“They wanted this game,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They took the game. We played great in the first half and had a lead. I thought we should have had a bigger lead at halftime to be honest. I thought that was our chance to separate and we didn’t.”
The Clippers had a 56-49 lead at the half, behind 18 points from Paul, and 8 straight points from Austin Rivers. It was just a 7 point lead despite shooting 56% from the field, and 50% from behind the arc.
The Jazz exploded for a 40 point quarter in the 3rd, which was a season-high for any quarter. Hayward, whose back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Jazz a 103-92 lead. Hill finished with 19 points and Joe Ingles scored 18 off the bench.
Chris Paul was still fairly optimistic despite the loss. “We got to get it together,” Paul said. “I’d much rather be playing the right way and be playing consistently on both ends and lose a couple of games, but know going into the playoffs we’ve got our principles. We’re still working on them.
“It sucks, but you got to do it. If we were ready for everything right now, we might be peaking too soon, so hopefully we hit it at the right time.”
The Clippers return home to face the Bucks on Wednesday at Staples Center.
Clippers Take Care of 76ers
March 11th, 2017
Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan came up big on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center, and the Clippers took down the 76ers 112-110.
Paul scored 30 points and had 7 assists, while Jordan had 19 points and 20 rebounds to help LA win their fourth game in the last five tries.
The Clipps were somewhat sluggish for the first three quarter of this one, trailing at halftime 57-56, and then trailing heading into the 4th quarter 79-75. However, a 10-0 run to start the final 12 minutes of the game was the spark they needed to secure the win.
Blake Griffin also had a nice game for LA with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The win was the Clippers 10th in the last 11 games against Philadelphia.
The 76ers were led by Richaun Holmes, who scored 24 points off the bench. Rookie Dario Saric scored 16 points, and Jahlil Okafor had 14.
The Clippers got some help from Oklahoma City, who defeated Utah on Saturday afternoon as well. That means LA is just 1 game back in the loss column from 4th place Utah in the Western Conference.
That couldn’t have come at a better time because the Clippers will travel to Utah on Monday to take on the Jazz in the next game. There’s just 16 games left and these two teams look like they are on a collision course to meet in the 1st round, so they’ll be fighting to secure home court advantage over the next month.
Clippers Find Their Game Against Memphis
March 9th, 2017
The Clippers returned to the win column on Thursday night in Memphis. LA beat the Grizzlies 114-98 behind a big game from Austin Rivers.
Rivers scored 20 points, while Chris Paul added 19 and 7 assists to help the Clipps maintain their hold on 5th place in the Western Conference with the Grizzlies breathing down their neck.
JJ Redick scored 15 points as well, while Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin each scored 14. The Clipps shot 51% from the field, and outrebounded the Grizzlies 47-34.
LA outscored Memphis 31-20 in the 3rd quarter, including a buzzer beating 49-foot shot from Jamal Crawford.
The Grizzlies never got close from there. The Clippers opened a lead as much as 22 points in the 4th.
Memphis was led by Marc Gasol who scored 20 points, as well as Zach Randolph, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The win comes after the Clippers held a team meeting on Thursday morning, after Wednesday’s loss to the Timberberwolves. “It was a long meeting, but it was a truthful meeting,” Doc Rivers said. “We just talked. There wasn’t any screaming. It was just a good team discussion about what we want to be and what we need to do.
Blake Griffin knew their effort against Minnesota was poor. “We know we haven’t played the way we should,” He said. “So sometimes just scrapping the film, scrapping the walk-through and just talking and letting guys get some frustrations out, talk about what they’re seeing. “Sometimes you miss something.”
The Clippers return to action on Saturday night against the 76ers.
Clippers Don’t Bring Much Fire In Minnesota
March 8th, 2017
The Clippers didn’t put up all that great of a fight in Minnesota on Wednesday night. LA suffered a 107-91 loss to the Timberwolves at the Target Center. It was their 5th loss in the last 8 games since the All-Star break.
This one got out of hand early. After taking a 2-0 lead, Minnesota went on a 15-0 run. The Clipps were down by 15 points in the 1st quarter and then against in the 2nd. The lead ballooned to 18 points with 2:24 left in the 4th.
The Timberwolves got a huge game from Karl Anthony Towns, who scored 29 points to go along with 14 rebounds in the win. Andrew Wiggins had 20, and Shabazz Muhammad had 17. Ricky Rubio got loose too, scoring 15 points while racking up 12 assists and 6 rebounds.
The Clippers were led by DeAndre Jordan, who scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 16 points, and JJ Redick had 14. The Clippers shot just 42% from the field and were dominated on the glass, getting out rebounded 50-36. They also committed 17 turnovers.
The Timberwolves pulled within 2.5 games of Denver for the final playoff spot in the West. Meanwhile, the Clippers fell to 22-11 when all five of their regular starters were healthy.
Clipper coach Doc Rivers was not happy with his teams effort. “We cannot allow our offense to dictate how we’re going to play,” Rivers said. “And today, you could see it all over the floor. Guys were missing layups. Wide-open threes, wide-open shots and they let it take their spirit away. That’s what young teams do. Not veteran teams.”
Rivers pulled starters DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and Luc Mbah a Moute and replaced them with reserves Jamal Crawford, Marreese Speights and Austin Rivers with 5:32 left in the first quarter.
“It wasn’t quick enough,” Rivers said. “No, I’m serious, it wasn’t quick enough. I should have done it literally four minutes earlier than that. … I honestly waited too long.”
The Clippers fell further behind the Jazz, in the race for 4th place in the Western Conference. LA will be back in action on Thursday night against the Grizzlies.
Clippers Pull Away From Celtics In 2nd half
March 6th, 2017
The Clippers got their act together on Monday night. Doc Rivers got a win against his former team, the Celtics, 116-102 at Staples Center. They did so behind the strength of a huge second half.
Blake Griffin scored 26 points, and Chris Paul added 23, as LA scored 63 points on 84% shooting over the final 16 minutes. The first 32 minutes saw them score only 53 points.
The Celtics had a 13 point lead at one point in the 2nd half, but Jamal Crawford was a huge part of the Clippers rally. Crawford scored 17 of his 19 points in the final 24 minutes. “He made some tremendous shots,” Brad Stevens said. “That’s what he does.”
Boston was led by Isaiah Thomas, who scored 31 points, as well as Marcus Smart, who went for 21. However, the Celtics shot just 41% from the field. They were also hammered on the boards, 47-37.
DeAndre Jordan also scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds for LA, which won their second straight game. The Clippers remained 1.5 games behind Utah for 4th place in the Western Conference.
Chris Paul went to the bench late in the 3rd quarter with an elbow injury. Paul bumped into Kelly Olynyk, and grabbed his right elbow after falling to the floor. For much of the 4th quarter, Paul had his elbow wrapped in ice. He re-entered the game in the final two minutes.
“That second unit was great” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I stuck with them for a long time. That was good for us too. Anytime we can win a game and get guys down in minutes, it’s never a bad thing.”
The Clippers will now hit the road for a couple of games. Up next will be Wednesday night for a game against the Timberwolves.
Crawford Leads Clippers Past Bulls
March 5th, 2017
Jamal Crawford helped the Clippers break their losing skid on Saturday night. Crawford had 25 points off the bench as the Clippers beat the Bulls 101-91.
The Clippers also got 17 points from Chris Paul, and 16 from Blake Griffin. The win snapped LA’s 2 game losing skid.
Crawford scored 10 points during a 14-7 Clippers run in the 4th quarter. He scored in single digits in 5 of his last 6 games, but finally broke out.
”He’s going to always break out,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ”I always tell him to give yourself a shooter’s chance. If you don’t shoot it, you have no chance of breaking out of it.”
Jimmy Butler led the way for the Bulls with 16 points in a losing effort. Chicago had won 5 of the last 6, including wins against Golden State and Cleveland.
The Clippers are back home Monday night to take on the Celtics.
Clippers Struggles Continue In Milwaukee
February 15th, 2017
The Clippers extended their win streak to 4 in a row, as they took down the Hawks at Staples Center on Wednesday night, 99-84. Blake Griffin scored 17 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds to lead the way for LA.
JJ Redick scored 15 points and Austin Rivers added 13, as the Clippers beat the Hawks at Staples for the first time since March 8th, 2014.
The Clippers started to pull away from Atlanta in the 2nd quarter, sparked by a 29-12 run, which included a stretch of 5 3-pointers. That gave LA as 54-40 lead at the half.
Atlanta was led by Dennis Schroder with 15 points, along with Dwight Howard, who had 11. However, they trailed by as many as 22 in the 3rd quarter.
Both teams rested their starters in the 4th quarter, but the Clippers defense had another great night. They held Paul Milsap to just 8 points, and Kent Bazemore to 2.
Its a nice run for the Clippers but things won’t be easy after the All-Star break. They’ll have to play the 1st place Golden State Warriors in Oakland on February 23rd. They can worry about that another day, and enjoy their streak for now.