Watch: Clippers week in review -- Austin Rivers makes history
Los Angeles Times’ Clippers blogger Melissa Rohlin discusses what happens with the team each week.
Over the last week, the Clippers had a big win over the Trail Blazers in Portland. They lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers at home. They beat the Sacramento Kings on the road. Then they defeated the Boston Celtics at home on Monday.
This week, the Clippers host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday before playing at Phoenix on Sunday.
Checkout the video above in which L.A. Times Clippers blogger Melissa Rohlin discusses the main headlines from last week, including some of the following subjects:
-- The Clippers acquired Austin Rivers, the coach’s son, in a three-team deal that sent Reggie Bullock to the Phoenix Suns and Chris Douglas-Roberts to the Boston Celtics. The younger Rivers made NBA history when he played in his first game for the Clippers on Friday, becoming the first NBA player to play in a game under his father.
“I think the biggest difference is now that I’m his coach, he has to actually listen to me,” Doc Rivers said. “On his part, he’s probably thinking any kid will listen to their parents if they pay them.”
-- Before Monday’s three-point performance on one for five shooting against the Celtics, Matt Barnes had a stretch of seven games during which he played very well. During that stretch, he averaged 15.7 points a game, well above his season average of 9.8 points. When Barnes is playing well at small forward, a position they’ve struggled with all season long, the Clippers have one of the best starting lineups in the league,
Said Blake Griffin: “It takes a lot of pressure off of all of us.”
-- NBA teams have started using the hack-a-Jordan strategy where they purposely foul the Clippers center, DeAndre Jordan, who struggles from the charity stripe. Jordan averages 39.4% from the free-throw line this season -- slightly below his 42.2% career figure and well below his career high of 52.5% in 2011-12 -- making him even more of a liability from the free-throw line. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he goes back and forth on whether to leave Jordan in the game when they’re hacking him.
“I think he handles it well when you take him out,” Rivers said. “I’ve left him in at times too. It’s just one of those game-to-game things. He works at it. He knows it’s something people are going to use. And I know going into every game it’s probably a decision I’m going to have to make.”
-- The Clippers signed Dahntay Jones to a 10-day contract on Jan. 13. At the time, Jones was playing with the Mad Ants, an NBA Development League team. Jones, 34, has played with seven NBA teams and understands how to be successful in this stint with the team.
Said Jones: “I have to lose myself in this team and do whatever they need me to do, whether that’s cheer on the bench, go in and play defense, talk through everything with guys, whatever we need to do,” Jones said. “If I lose myself in that overall goal then I’ll be successful, and I’ll have a chance to stay on the team longer. But if I worry about my individual game, that’s not going to work out for anybody on this team.”
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