Game #18 | December 1, 2013
STAPLES Center | Los Angeles, CA

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LOS ANGELES – There are a couple of viewpoints on the Clippers’ 105-100 loss Sunday afternoon to the visiting Indiana Pacers.

On one hand, they were playing without J.J. Redick (hand/wrist) for the first time and had a somewhat listless opening few minutes yet put themselves in position to win the game in the final minute. However, they also fell behind by as many as 14 points to a team with the league’s best record and were unable to do enough to erase it.

The Clippers (12-6) allowed 17 offensive rebounds, including five in the last 1:16 of the game. Theparade of second chances started when David West missed a step-back jumper and Paul George grabbed the board and earned two free throws for Roy Hibbert to put Indiana up by four. The Pacers (16-1) grabbed four more in a 19-second span, including a board by Lance Stephenson that led to two free throws and one that got batted to West after Stephenson missed his second foul shot with 6.8 seconds left and the Clippers down just three.

“It was just a scramble,” Blake Griffin said of Indiana’s final, and most devastating, rebound. “We couldn’t get our hands on it. It was a tap out on the free throw and then another tap, so we’ve just got to do a better job on the initial [shot attempt].”

Griffin finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and two assists, while Chris Paul, who returned after a one-game absence with a strained right hamstring, scored 17 points with 10 assists.

Paul said after the game that he physically “was cool,” but sounded frustrated by a pair of missed shots that could have evened the score when the Clippers had Indiana on the ropes. He pulled up for mid-range jumpers from the nearly same spot on the floor on two the Clippers’ final three possessions with the game on the line, both rimmed out.

“It’s a loss,” Paul said. “They didn’t care who was out or how healthy I was. But we put ourselves in a position to win the game. I had two great looks and I make one of those and it ties the game up and puts some pressure on them, but I didn’t.”

The main reason the Clippers had an opportunity to put pressure on Indiana was the play of their second unit. After the Clippers fell down by 14 points in the third quarter, the bench, led by 20 points from Jamal Crawford and eight points and five rebounds from former Pacer Darren Collison, rallied.

Crawford had 10 consecutive points in one stretch and Collison lobbed a half-court alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan and capped the turnaround with a breakaway dunk on a steal and diving lead pass by Crawford that tied the game at 94. The Clippers bench outscored the Pacers, 41-17, and had 26 of the Clippers’ final 32 points.

“We were just flying around everywhere, covering for each other,” Crawford said. “I think you get easy baskets and it ignites your team and ignites the crowd.”

The Clippers started the game 2-for-10 from the floor and Indiana All-Star Paul George scored nine of his game-high 27 points in the opening quarter. By the time, the second unit entered the game in full Indiana was up by nine. The group cut into the lead with six points from rookie Reggie Bullock in the second quarter. But a put-back by West, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds, at the first-half buzzer was the first of several plays that went against the Clippers. They missed shots they usually make, had two untimely turnovers in the fourth quarter and were whistled for a tough foul call on a 3-pointer by George Hill with 3:04 left that extended Indiana’s lead from one to four after Hill made all three foul shots.

“There were some unfortunate bounces, some unfortunate calls and [if not] it’s a different game,” Griffin said. “I thought we missed a few shots early and let that affect us and we didn’t do a good job team-wise defensively.”


The Clippers were outrebounded 50-41… After scoring just 22 points in the first quarter, they had at least 25 in each of the final three quarters against the league’s stingiest scoring defense… Jordan had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double… Crawford has 51 points in two games… Bullock finished with a career-high 10 points… The Clippers outscored the Pacers, 46-40, in the paint and 12-2 in transition… The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Clippers.




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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on allowing offensive rebound on missed free throw by Lance Stephenson:

“I thought that they kind of rode us up under the basket and the ball was a little long. Then it got deflected out. It still went to the guy, it wouldn’t have mattered who we had in on that. The rebound before that was the one that really hurt us.”



Clippers guard Chris Paul on the team’s mindset:

“We just got off to a slow start. That happens on a Monday, doesn’t matter what day it is. We didn’t start running till late and then we finally started to get some stops. Their team [Pacers] is very methodical. You know what they are going to do; they are going to punch the ball inside or going to go to Paul George. Earlier, I felt like we were taking the ball out of the net and really couldn’t run like we wanted to.” 


Clippers guard Jamal Crawford on his overall impression of the game:

“It was a hard fought game; play here, play there, good change in complexion of the game. We got off to slow start for whatever reason in the first quarter then we got it going in the second quarter. In the third quarter we started a little bit slow and got it going in the fourth. They’re a good team.” 


Pacers forward Paul George on growing up a Clippers fan:

“It was a fun team. My whole family, everybody that I grew up around and grew up with, were all Lakers fans. I was a huge Kobe [Bryant] fan growing up. That was my favorite player. But the Clippers were just a fun team. They were the underdog, and I was into the fun, up-tempo type of basketball.” 



By: Ben Haber | Follow @HaberBen

Doc Rivers came to the Clippers to lead the franchise to new heights. Team success and championship banners are going to take time, but Rivers is already on the cusp of capturing historic individual success.

With a victory Sunday against the Indiana Pacers, Rivers can capture career win No. 600. Former Clippers leader, Mike Dunleavy Sr., sits in front of Rivers on the all-time list with 613 victories, while the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich and Rick Adelman are the sole active coaches ahead of Rivers. There are 22 NBA coaches in league history to earn 600-plus victories. Rivers hopes to make it 23 Sunday afternoon.

The Pacers (15-1) stand in the way, boasting the best record in the NBA. The numbers may be slightly deceiving because they’ve played the easiest schedule to date with an opponent win percentage of just .438. Frank Vogel has guided the Pacers to six-straight wins and nine in the last 10 games.

The positive momentum won’t deter the Clippers (12-5), who are also finding their stride. Despite the absence of Chris Paul and the loss of J.J. Redick in the second quarter, the Clippers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 104-98, in overtime on Friday.

“It’s one of those systems where it doesn’t matter who’s in, it’s the same game plan.” Paul said. “Whether it’s me, DC (Darren Collison) or whoever it is, if you stick to what we’re supposed to do, we’ll be in good shape.”


DeAndre Jordan vs. Roy Hibbert



The center position arguably isn’t as valuable as it used to be. The Miami Heat have won two consecutive championships without a traditional big man. The emergence of DeAndre Jordan and Roy Hibbert provides optimism for anchors in the middle, though. In the 2012-13 season, Jordan averaged 8.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. After an offseason of building confidence thanks to Rivers and a stint with Team USA, Jordan posts averages of 9.9 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. Jordan may be coming off his best overall performance of his career, collecting 10 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks in the win over the Kings. Rivers said the performance reminded him of Bill Russell.

On the other end of the floor, Hibbert represents the Pacers presence in the paint. He tallies 11.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and a league-high 3.8 blocks. The Pacers defense garners tons of praise, and Hibbert is the backbone of their scheme. Hibbert almost carried the Pacers by the Heat in the 2012-13 Eastern Conference Finals, when his size altered nearly every game.

Jordan and Hibbert are both consistent on defense, yet their scoring output tends to waiver. Therefore, the winner of the matchup should be easy to decipher, the more points the merrier.


1. Contrasting strengths. Glance at the standings and it will seem like the Clippers and Pacers are eerily similar, tacking on wins simultaneously. However, each side crosses the finish line reliant upon different aspects of basketball.

The debate of great offense against great defense carries on from year-to-year. The Clippers facing the Pacers is a perfect example. The Clippers put up 106.8 points per game, ranking second. Meanwhile, the Pacers surrender only 85.6 points per game, ranking first.

The scoreboard obviously decides the outcome, but it will be particularly telling on Sunday. The higher scoring affairs are more favorable to the Clippers. The lower scoring affairs are more favorable to the Pacers. The Clippers are 9-0 when scoring at least 104 points, while Indiana is 11-0 when holding their opponent to 90 points or fewer.

2. Physical play. Jordan and Blake Griffin team up against Hibbert and David West. There are no preexisting hard feelings from either side, yet it may feel that way because of their physical play. When big bodies are colliding down low for 48 minutes, tensions tend to grow. The tandem of Jordan and Griffin are known for high flying dunks, which overshadows their combined 23.9 rebounds per game. Hibbert and West are considered tough inside, yet the duo averages 7.9 rebounds less than the Clippers front line. Marquee players embrace the opportunity to face other members of the club, and that should bring about some hard-fought battles.

3. Injury update. Paul was unable to play against the Sacramento Kings on Friday due to a strained right hamstring. During the contest, Redick left early after suffering a sprained right wrist. Paul and Redick are questionable to suit up against the Pacers.

“The X-rays are negative, so that's good news," Rivers said in Sacramento. "But it did swell up quite a bit and it's his right hand (shooting hand).”

Meanwhile, Matt Barnes (retinal tear in his left eye) remains out.


The Clippers’ 12-5 record ties the franchise best marker from 2005-06… All-Star Paul George was born in Sun Valley, California, and reportedly grew up a fan of the Clippers… Griffin and George are both top 12 in scoring for the 2013-14 season… Antawn Jamison needs 20 points to become one of only 20 players to reach 20,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists…. Since 2012-13 begun, the Clippers are 32-0 when holding opponents to 42 percent or lower from the field… The Clippers bench is providing 20.4 points per 48 minutes, ranking third in the league… The Clippers will be #BackinBlue for the second time in the regular season, wearing their baby blue alternate uniforms.

COMING: Rasual Butler (Tulsa 66ers); Chris Copeland (Knicks); Solomon Hill (Arizona); Luis Scola (Suns); Donald Sloan (Cavaliers); CJ Watson (Nets)

GOING: D.J. Augustin (Raptors); Gerald Green (Suns); Tyler Hansbrough (Raptors); Ben Hansbrough (Free agent); Jeff Ayers (Spurs); Miles Plumlee (Suns); Sam Young (Free Agent)



Clippers Leaders:
Pts: Crawford 31
Ast: Crawford 11
Reb: Jordan 15

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Pacers Leaders:
Pts: George 23
Ast: Stephenson 10
Reb: Stephenson 11