NEW YORK — Jared Dudley is frustrated with his play.
He's so frustrated that Dudley said he would "bench" himself for his poor play.
That's probably not going to happen, but after going one for seven from the field, one for four from three-point range and scoring just four points during the Clippers' 102-93 loss to the Nets, Dudley was very critical of his play.
"For me, personally, I have to play better," Dudley said. "There's no doubt about it. If I was the coach, I'd bench me the way I've been playing, the way I've been shooting the ball. But it's something where I have to just get in the gym and keep working."
Dudley has been playing with a sore right knee that has limited him from logging heavy minutes.
But he won't use that as an excuse for his play.
"When you win and you shoot badly, it doesn't really matter," Dudley said. "Stats and all the other stuff doesn't matter. You want to help your teammates. Certain shots that I normally make throughout my career, I'm not making them now, so that's frustrating."
Rivers likes format
Adam Silver, the NBA deputy commissioner who is expected to take over the head position for Commissioner David Stern in February, said the NBA's competition committee will discuss whether divisions should be discontinued.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he is opposed to that happening.
It has become a subject of debate because teams in the Eastern Conference have been playing so badly this season. Only two teams in the East have winning records.
The Atlanta Division doesn't have a team with a winning record, the Central Division has the league-best team in the Indiana Pacers (19-3) and the Southwest Division has the Miami Heat (16-6).
The Western Conference, made up of the Pacific, Northwest and Pacific divisions, has nine teams with winning records.
"I don't think they should" eliminate divisions, said Rivers, who is on the competition committee. "I think it would be hard to do."
"I think obviously this year you look at it and you say, 'Wow, it would be nice to have the top 16 teams,'" Rivers said. This has been going around for a while. At the end of the day, I think it's fine just the way it is right now. It won't be this way forever."
When the NBA announced its first returns Thursday from the All-Star ballots, the Clippers were right in the mix.
Chris Paul, six-time All-Star, received the second-most votes (393,313) for Western Conference All-Star backcourt-players behind Kobe Bryant (501,215).
Blake Griffin, a three-time All-Star, received the third-most votes (292,92) for the West front-court-players behind leader Kevin Durant (607,407) and Dwight Howard (295,120).
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan wasn't ranked in the top 15 vote-getters from front-court players in the West.
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