November 17, 2013 |
DeAndre Jordan can ice the aching feet. He can wrap the tired knees. Soothing his newest defensive asset requires a more creative remedy. "A lot of tea," the Clippers center said late Saturday night. "Something with a lot of honey in it. " That's right, nothing says quality defense quite like Jordan's motormouth, which is running from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Just go to a Clippers game and listen. He's often talking on defense even before the ball crosses halfcourt, letting his teammates know what's happening and what they need to do about it. "I'm out front and I can't see everything behind me," Clippers point guard Chris Paul said.
November 16, 2013 |
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said the meeting he had with free agent Lamar Odom at the team's practice facility Friday went well and that the organization is interested in the forward. No deal was imminent between the Clippers and Odom, but the team will continue to monitor things. "I've always had interest in him," Rivers said Saturday. "I've always liked him. The teams he has played on, the coaches who have coached him have always liked him… I hadn't seen him. I just wanted to see him. " Odom has said the Clippers are the only team he would play for, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
November 14, 2013 |
The first real test of the Doc Rivers era has appeared, and it can appropriately be described in less than 140 characters. Can the new Clippers coach practice the same toughness that he preaches? Less than a month into his first season as the Clippers' $7-million savior, Rivers must start by repairing his own locker room after one of his players threatened to blow it apart. The player's name is Matt Barnes, his motive was anger, his weapon was Twitter, and 20 seconds worth of his insensitive typing could rattle this team for weeks.
November 13, 2013 |
Clippers guard J.J. Redick is one of the NBA's top scorers in the first quarter. Through the first eight games, Redick has averaged 8.3 points per game in the first quarter. He averages 16.3 points per game overall. That ranks him as the fourth-best scorer in the first quarter behind Minnesota's Kevin Love (9.1 points), Minnesota's Kevin Martin (9.0) and Utah's Gordon Hayward (8.4). "It just opens it up for everybody," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said about going to Redick early.
November 12, 2013 |
At first, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers offered up a cliche, saying the matchup Wednesday night at Staples Center between L.A. and the Oklahoma City Thunder was "just another game. " But in the same breath, Rivers talked about how good the Thunder is and the challenge Oklahoma City will present for his Clippers. "When you play Miami or Oklahoma City or San Antonio they're special, fun games," Rivers said. "And for me, everything is new as a coach. I have a new team. So they're all new experiences and you're trying to just get as much out of each game as you can. You learn stuff that you can do the next time with this group.
November 7, 2013 |
MIAMI - It was a simple statement by Clippers Coach Doc Rivers that told the story about why his team lost, 102-97, to the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Thursday night. "They're better than us right now," Rivers conceded. "They are. But we're going to work on that. That's what this season is for. You keep working. We knew before the year they were better. "By the way, they've won back-to-back titles. So our job is to keep getting better and by the end of the year, see if we can catch them.