Reggie Bullock doesn't make big impact in Clippers start

Reggie Bullock doesn't make big impact in Clippers start
Clippers teammates Blake Griffin, left, and Reggie Bullock, right, defend against Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum during the Clippers' preseason loss Sunday. (Don Ryan / Associated Press)

The starting small forward position for the Clippers remains in flux.

Second-year forward Reggie Bullock, one of the players auditioning for the job, got the start at the spot Sunday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.


Bullock didn't really stand out, scoring six points on two-for-four shooting, including two of three from three-point range.

He had three rebounds and one steal during the Clippers' 119-114 loss.

Bullock started in place of Matt Barnes, who started last season at small forward when he was healthy and in the first exhibition against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

Barnes had three points on one-for-seven shooting for the Clippers, who play their third exhibition Monday night in Salt Lake City against the Utah Jazz.

Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 23 points, and Wesley Matthews led Portland with 22.

Jordan hits, misses

It was one of those typical DeAndre Jordan games from his successful 2013-14 season.

He was the most active player on the court throughout the three quarters he played against Portland.

Jordan ran the floor, threw down dunks off lob passes, rebounded, blocked shots — and missed free throws.

He made his first three shots in the first quarter, had five rebounds and blocked a shot. But Jordan also missed five of his first six free throws; a few times the ball barely touched the rim. Jordan finished with 11 points on four-for-four shooting, eight rebounds and one block in 26 minutes. He was three for nine on free throws.

Griffin struggles

Blake Griffin struggled with his shot and his defense.

Griffin missed 12 of his 16 field goals against the Trail Blazers, finishing with nine points.

And he stayed in foul trouble during the 25 minutes he played through three quarters. He picked up three fouls in the first half — two in the first two minutes, 32 seconds of the game. He picked up two more fouls early in the third, giving him five, all of them coming against Portland All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 16 points.


Griffin was nine for 17 from the field against the Warriors on Tuesday night, finishing with 24 points.

Raining 3-pointers

The Clippers (19 for 39) and Trail Blazers (17 for 25) made a combined 36 three-pointers.

The NBA's regular-season record for combined three-pointers is 31.


Clippers reserve center Ekpe Udoh didn't play Sunday night against the Trail Blazers because he suffered a sprained right ankle during warmups. ... New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, who didn't attend his team's first exhibition last Tuesday night at Staples Center, watched his first game as owner Sunday night in Portland. Ballmer's home is in Seattle.

Turner reported from Los Angeles.