Player News - Clippers

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The Clippers assigned Brice Johnson to Salt Lake City of the D-League on Sunday.

Johnson was a quality offensive weapon during his college days at North Carolina, but he has a long way to go before cracking the regular rotation in the NBA.
Mar 26 - 7:38 PM

DeAndre Jordan notched 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting on Sunday, adding 11 rebounds, one steal, one block and zero turnovers.

Jordan is shooting better than 75 percent in March, pushing his season average to a league-leading 70.6 percent. He's shot 70+ percent twice before in his career, and he joins Wilt Chamberlain as the only qualifying players to do that in a full season. He's winning three categories for his owners on a weekly basis.
Mar 26 - 7:15 PM

Austin Rivers started Sunday's game in place of J.J. Redick (sprained right ankle), shooting 4-of-13 with a pair of 3-pointers for 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 43 minutes.

In 28 starts this season, the coach's son has averaged 16.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting, 2.3 triples, 2.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 0.7 steals in 34.3 minutes. He played well tonight, other than the shooting, and would be worth a look if Redick misses more games.
Mar 26 - 7:13 PM

Chris Paul missed a potential game-winner vs. the Kings on Sunday, but he still finished with 17 points (4-of-9 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), nine assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointer, one steal and one block.

The Clippers came in half a game behind Utah for the No. 4 seed and homecourt advantage in the first round, but they blew a huge lead for an inexplicable loss at home today. The good news is that the tight race should encourage Doc Rivers to play his key veterans heavy minutes down the stretch, reducing the likelihood of DNP-CDs.
Mar 26 - 7:12 PM

Jamal Crawford followed up Saturday's big game with only nine points on 2-of-12 shooting, adding two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

Crawford dropped a season-high 28 points against Utah's tough defense yesterday, and fatigue might have played a role here -- thanks to a quirk in the schedule, the Clips were playing their second straight matinee game. "Back-to-back 12:30 games are brutal," Doc Rivers said. "Players are creature of habits, and the first game you take them out of it and then you do it again the next." Crawford has been scoring efficiently over the past few weeks, with plenty of 3-pointers, but that's about the extent of his value.
Source: L.A. Times
Mar 26 - 7:10 PM

Blake Griffin shot 6-of-11 from the field to score 17 points on Sunday, adding six rebounds, four assists, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers.

Griffin did his damage in 32 minutes and the shooting was a welcome sight -- in his past three games he was a combined 17-of-48 from the field (35.4 percent). The Clippers struggled to find him down the stretch, however, as their offense sputtered and they gave up a double-digit lead, resulting in a crushing loss that leaves them a full game behind the No. 4 seed Jazz in the standings.
Mar 26 - 7:07 PM

Paul Pierce scored two points with six rebounds and one turnover in 16 minutes off the Clippers' bench on Sunday.

Pierce has been a DNP-CD more often than not this season, but he's been in the rotation for each of the past seven games. Doc Rivers might be trying to find him some rhythm with the playoffs on the horizon, but either way he's no longer a fantasy asset.
Mar 26 - 7:05 PM

Austin Rivers will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with Sacramento, with J.J. Redick (ankle) unavailable.

Rivers could have a nice game tonight going up against Sacramento's weak defense, so he's on the radar as a potential streamer. Chris Paul, Luc Mbah a Moute, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will join Rivers in the starting five, and there will be some more opportunity for Jamal Crawford in the second unit sans Redick.

Diamond Stone (knee) will not play Sunday vs. Sacramento.

If it wasn't the knee, it'd be a DNP. Stone belongs on the waiver wire in all formats.
Mar 26 - 2:26 PM

J.J. Redick (ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Kings.

He actually landed on the basketball and it caused his right ankle to turn just a bit on Saturday, but it doesn't look like it's bad. With Redick out, both Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford should get a nice bump, but Rivers will draw the start.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Rivers has averaged 25.0 FD points across 28 starts this season. Of course, most of those were without at least one of the big three. He’s started nine games alongside Chris Paul and maintained a 24.4 FD average. However, he’s only started two games with all three; in the first, he exploded for 25 points and 33.8 FD points, but the follow up was a dud (seven points, one rebound, one assist). His usage drops 8.0% to 13.4% and his fantasy production dips 22.1% on a per-minute basis with the big three, but the sample isn’t huge (110.2 minutes). Given his price, he’s worth a tournament flier.
Mar 26 - 1:54 PM

Chris Paul made 5-of-18 from the field for 14 points during a 108-95 win over the Jazz on Saturday, adding three rebounds, five assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

He is in a rough shooting slump right now, making just 7-of-31 from deep in his last five. He has been solid as a midrange guy with 11-of-21 (52.4 percent) in that span, so it's really just about the long-range stuff. CP3 has struggled in particular on pull-up treys, so that's the missing piece right now. Despite his subpar play, Paul should still be an elite option.
Mar 25 - 7:27 PM

Blake Griffin scored 15 points with six rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer against the Jazz on Saturday.

It was a big game for the Clippers and Griffin said having the tiebreaker over the Jazz could be important. Griffin also talked about how the Clippers will use the last part of the season to get better as a team, so that's an encouraging sign about him not getting rest. He's not playing his best, but his owners just have to keep rolling him out there.
Mar 25 - 7:23 PM

Marreese Speights scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

Buckets can get some boards with his fourth double-double of the season. He actually had a dribble drive to the basket for a dunk, so that was cool (video in the link below). He's still not a fantasy option unless the Clippers rest their frontcourt.
Mar 25 - 7:13 PM

Jamal Crawford got hot late to help get a win on Saturday, finishing with a season-high 28 points against the Jazz.

He scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to earn a huge win against a team they're battling with for playoff positioning. Crawford was very efficient in this game, making 8-of-12 from the field, all nine free throws and three treys to go with two boards, three dimes and two steals in just 25 minutes. Terrific game aside, he's not really a fantasy option after he caps his five-game week on Sunday night at home against the Kings.
Mar 25 - 6:57 PM

Chris Paul scored 15 points with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer during a 97-95 loss to the Mavs on Thursday.

He did suffer what looked like a minor left arm injury, but Paul stayed in the game. After the game coach Doc Rivers said he liked the Clippers pushing the ball more, so maybe that'll help out CP3 with some better output in a more fantasy-friendly setting. He's a stud regardless of pace, of course.
Mar 23 - 11:43 PM


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