Player News - Clippers

Date: Team: Pos:

Brice Johnson (back) is active for Thursday.

He is not likely to be active, but this is obviously a positive. Johnson had a rough start in Summer League and was actually pulled to get coached up in his first game, but he got it going later in the event. A Vertical report said the Clippers didn't want to trade Johnson, so they still value the first-round pick.
Feb 23 - 10:45 PM

Chris Paul (thumb) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday night.

The Clippers are on a back-to-back set, so CP3 has a decent chance to play on Friday against the Spurs. Coach Doc Rivers called his Hall of Fame point guard "iffy" for that game, though. He has been cleared to play in games, but he did beat his target date by about a week. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will get another go with an expanded role.
Feb 23 - 9:12 PM

Coach Doc Rivers said Chris Paul (thumb) is "out most likely" for Thursday against the Warriors.

He is technically listed as out in the game notes, but there is a chance he will play. The Clippers start their second half on a back-to-back set, so he may have a chance to play against the Spurs. For tonight, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton will handle the ball more while a lot of action will go through Blake Griffin.
Feb 23 - 2:21 PM

Chris Paul (thumb) remained listed as out in the game notes for Thursday against the Warriors.

He reportedly could play and has been cleared. For what it's worth, the game notes had him listed as out after the report came out that he could play. In other words, we're treating this report more like a "doubtful" to play.
Feb 23 - 1:40 PM

Chris Paul (thumb) has been cleared to play and could play Thursday against the Warriors.

It would appear he's almost certainly going to beat his target of early March. Coach Doc Rivers said Paul looked good in practice, but the team has yet to decide for sure on CP3's status in the "Cool Story, Glen" game to start the second half. CP3's return means Jamal Crawford, Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will all be taking massive hits and are drop candidates. Blake Griffin has also busted loose as a passer with 7.8 assists per game over his last five, so that stat will be dropping, as well.
Feb 22 - 3:05 PM

Basketball Insiders is reporting that Chris Paul and the Clippers have already "verbally agreed" to signing a new, long-term contract this summer.

CP3 has a player option of $24.3 million for the 2017-18 season. He is expected to opt out this summer and then sign a new, five-year deal worth north of $200 million. Paul turns 32 in May, so inking to him to a massive, long-term contract is somewhat risky, as he will be making over $30 million annually during his age-35 and age-36 seasons. However, he is still playing at a very high level and his game is not overly dependent on athleticism, so he will likely age better than other comparable point guards.
Feb 21 - 9:24 AM

The Celtics have reportedly "talked intermittently" with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, but a deal "is extremely unlikely."

Griffin is set to hit free agency this summer, so the Celtics aren't going to throw away assets at the deadline when they can simply pursue him during the offseason if they still have cap space. The Pacers aren't returning Boston's calls about Paul George, so it sounds like Jimmy Butler remains their primary target with the deadline looming.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 10:31 PM

Jeff Ayres has left the Lakers D-League affiliate and signed with Toyota Alvark in Japan.

Ayres played with the Clippers last season. He started this season in Russia with CSKA Moscow before returning to NBA D-League.
Feb 17 - 11:40 AM

Blake Griffin scored 17 points during a 99-84 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, nine assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

The Clippers won this game with defense to end their first half on a four-game winning streak. They were dominating with defense earlier this season and are 19-3 when they hold their opponents under 100 points this season. Griffin is also coming into the break on a roll, averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 boards, 5.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 treys on 53.4 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the line in his previous February games. He'll have a tough time keeping up these numbers when Chris Paul (hand) comes back and BG has been a little injury prone, so this may be a decent sell-high moment.
Feb 16 - 1:31 AM

Jamal Crawford made 1-of-7 from the field for five points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

He was on fire coming into the week, but this game and an 11-point game on Monday is enough to say his little heater his over. If you rode him while he was hot, it's probably not a bad idea to drop him and pick up someone as a potential trade deadline stash.
Feb 16 - 1:24 AM

Marreese Speights scored eight points with one assist in 12 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

Despite his four attempts from beyond the arc, Mo Buckets saw his 28-game streak with at least one 3-pointer get snapped during this win. Speights' playing time has dropped since Blake Griffin came back, which obviously hurts his fantasy value.
Feb 16 - 1:22 AM

J.J. Redick was held to nine points on 3-of-10 shooting vs. the Jazz on Monday, adding two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two triples in 25 minutes.

Redick is in a bit of a slump right and shot 31.1 percent from the field and 21.7 percent from 3-point range in his previous four games "Just missing shots," Redick said of his slump. "You don’t worry about it. You just do your routine. They’re going to go in." Redick added that he's not going to stop being aggressive and his owners just need to stick with him for his mid-round upside when he turns things around again.
Feb 13 - 11:58 PM

DeAndre Jordan double-doubled with 10 points and 13 rebounds on Monday vs. the Jazz.

DJ shot 5-of-7 from the field and 0-of-2 from the line, adding one assist, one steal and three blocks. He held Rudy Gobert in check for most of the night and helped limit the Jazz to 72 points on the night which was a season-low. The Jazz allow the second fewest fantasy points to opposing centers this season, so give Jordan credit for coming through for his owners.
Feb 13 - 11:52 PM

Blake Griffin scored 26 points to lead the Clippers to a 88-72 win over the Jazz on Monday.

Griffin was just named the Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 26.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists in his last three games, and he certainly looked the part tonight. He finished 11-of-18 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, adding 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal in 34 minutes. As good as Griffin has been, he has some tough games coming up agains the Hawks, Warriors and Spurs.
Feb 13 - 11:41 PM

Blake Griffin scored 20 points in a 107-102 win over the Hornets on Saturday, adding 12 rebounds, eight assists and one block in 35 minutes.

After an 11-point first quarter, Blake did not score in the second and didn't score again until 3:00 was left in the third quarter. He also picked up his eighth assist with 5:37 left in the third quarter, so Griffin probably should've had his second triple-double of the week -- he had one against the Raptors on Monday. BG is cooking with gas right now and is back to his early-round ways as the focal point of the offense. He's also on the table for DFS on any given night these days.
Feb 11 - 8:04 PM


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