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Blake Griffin scores 11 at Clippers' intrasquad scrimmage

DeAndre Jordan has eight points at USC's Galen Center. Griffin says the team's defense has been 'the best part about camp.'

October 03, 2012|By Broderick Turner
  • Clippers power forward Blake Griffin goes in for a dunk during a game last season.
Clippers power forward Blake Griffin goes in for a dunk during a game last… (Michael Robinson Chavez…)

On the first play of Wednesday night's intrasquad scrimmage, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan displayed his low-post skills, scoring down low.

Though the scrimmage was a little choppy at times, the Clippers showed the fans at the Galen Center on USC's campus just how deep this team is.

Blake Griffin dived onto the floor several times for loose basketballs. He finished with 11 points in the scrimmage that ended in a 31-31 tie.

Jordan had eight points for the starters' blue team and Matt Barnes had eight points for the white team.

"I thought everybody looked good," Griffin said. "I thought our defense was pretty good. We were a little sloppy on offense, but for the most part our defense has been great. That's been the best part about camp."

The Clippers' first team ran through some drills with point guard Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups.

But afterward, Paul (right thumb) and Billups (left Achilles' tendon) both sat on the sideline because of their injuries.

Willie Green and Eric Bledsoe started in the backcourt.

Butler feeling healthy

Caron Butler's right knee is healthy now, good enough for him to say he'll be more productive this season as the Clippers starting small forward.

"My main purpose prior to last season was just getting the knee strong enough to participate and be back active on the court," Butler said. "This season, I was able to get into a nice conditioning and get a good feel and get my legs under me."

He had surgery in January 2011 to repair a ruptured right patellar tendon, forcing him to miss the final 53 regular-season games and all of the Dallas Mavericks' championship run that year.

Last season with the Clippers, Butler struggled to regain his form after the surgery.

His 12-point average and 40.7% shooting last season were the second lowest of his 10-year career, and his 3.7 rebounds were the lowest.

It didn't help Butler to enter camp last season weighing 245 pounds. Butler said he dropped to 226.

Griffin on flopping fines

After the NBA announced Wednesday that it had adopted an anti-flopping rule that will fine repeat offenders, Griffin said, "It's one of those things where after the fact it's not going to win any games for anybody. So it's a good way for the NBA to get more money."

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