Player News - Clippers

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Chris Paul dished out 17 assists with zero turnovers on Sunday, adding 15 points and nine rebounds in 41 minutes during an overtime win vs. Charlotte.

CP3 had never recorded seven assists and five rebounds in a single first quarter in his esteemed career, but he did it in the first quarter tonight. He also passed John Stockton with the most games of at least 15 points and 15 rebounds without a single turnover, having done it six times. He shot an uncharacteristic 4-of-18 from the field tonight, but needless to say, he's looked perfectly healthy since returning ahead of schedule from thumb surgery.
Feb 27 - 12:54 AM

J.J. Redick had it going early on Sunday, finishing 9-of-16 from the field with three 3-pointers to score 22 points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Redick typically starts games hot and assumes a less prominent role as the game progresses, and that was the case again tonight. Fortunately for his fantasy owners, his 16 first-half points were enough to buoy his value in almost any format, and his 38 minutes tonight tied a season high.
Feb 27 - 12:53 AM

Blake Griffin made a career-high three 3-pointers vs. Charlotte on Sunday to finish with 43 points (15-of-26 FGs, 10-of-16 FTs), 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Blake's 43 points were the most scored by a Clippers player this season. The Hornets are giving up a league-high 11.3 triples per game and Blake took full advantage of their perimeter defense. He also did plenty of work in the paint, including one soaring putback dunk, and concerns about his explosion after knee surgery are getting quieter on a nightly basis. The star PF even logged 42 minutes with just one turnover tonight, rounding out a stellar performance.
Feb 27 - 12:52 AM

DeAndre Jordan piled up 20 points and 19 rebounds during an overtime win on Sunday, making 9-of-10 shots with three steals, two blocks and one assist.

DJ played 43 minutes and he was a tolerable 2-of-4 at the FT line, even though Charlotte committed a few intentional fouls late in the game. He went through a fallow period without Chris Paul prior to the All-Star break, but with CP back Jordan's owners can expect his typically dominant production.
Feb 27 - 12:51 AM

Austin Rivers vanished during Sunday's game, scoring just five points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound, one assist and zero defensive stats in 20 minutes.

Rivers came in hot and foul trouble played a role tonight, so most owners should cut him some slack. He hadn't played fewer than 26 minutes in a game since Dec. 30, but owners obviously shouldn't expect the lofty playing time he got while Chris Paul was injured. Rivers is a low-end hold in most situations.
Feb 27 - 12:51 AM

Chris Paul returned to action on Friday night during a 105-97 loss to the Spurs on Friday, scoring 17 points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

In his first game back since Jan. 16, CP3 admitted there was some rust on the offense. "There’s no excuses," Paul said about the loss. "This was our first game with everybody. I probably threw some guys off, but we’re going to figure it out." Loss and low assists aside, Paul beating his timetable by a week and getting 33 minutes is encouraging. Expect him to be a first-round player after a very brief adjustment period.
Feb 25 - 3:19 AM

Blake Griffin scored 29 points with nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 38 minutes against the Spurs on Friday night.

He did take a Dewayne Dedmon shoulder to his cheek and ran to the locker room for about 10 seconds, but he had to come back out to shoot the free throws. Griffin just had a band-aid put over his cheek and it was enough to stop the bleeding, so he stayed in the game. As for his play, Griffin clearly has it going again and looks like an early-round player going forward. He needs to stay healthy.
Feb 25 - 3:15 AM

Jamal Crawford did not score in 19 minutes against the Spurs on Friday with one assist.

He had a nice run while Chris Paul was out, but he's a clear drop after this game with coach Doc Rivers trusting his son more than one of the best bench scorers of all time.
Feb 25 - 3:11 AM

Austin Rivers moved back to the bench on Friday with 23 points, three assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

He looks like he's going to still have a role as a combo wing for the Clippers. Rivers is still likely going to see a drop in overall production and he really won't do too much outside of scoring, he's better for points leagues or deeper leagues.
Feb 25 - 3:08 AM

Raymond Felton had one steal in 14 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

With Chris Paul back, Felton will see a major hit in playing time. He was kind of a letdown while CP3 was out, so his former owners will have no problem dropping him basically everywhere.
Feb 25 - 3:06 AM

Chris Paul (thumb) will return to the lineup to face the Spurs on Friday night.

He's back. CP3 tweeted out that he was going to return for this game, so this isn't a surprise despite the questionable tag. He has done some conditioning while he's been out and he was cleared a couple days ago, so there's no reason to think he'll have a hard limit. Austin Rivers and Ray Felton will take a backseat.
Feb 24 - 8:53 PM

Diamond Stone (left knee bone bruise) will not play against the Spurs on Friday.

It's a new injury for the rookie. Before the deadline, there were some reports of the Clippers not really wanting to give up Stone to get a short-term role player. He does have some shooting touch for his size, but Stone won't be in the rotation while the Clippers are healthy up front.
Feb 24 - 3:25 PM

Chris Paul (thumb) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

For what it's worth, Chris Paul tweeted "back at it" this afternoon, which suggests he'll be back out there. Paul is still about a full week ahead of his timetable, but he is medically cleared to play. This game won't tip until 10:30 EST, so we likely won't be getting anything concrete on his status until 9:00. If CP3 is back, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton figure to lose minutes.
Feb 24 - 3:23 PM

Brice Johnson (back) made his season debut on Thursday and played three scoreless minutes against the Warriors.

He's been laid up with a bad back all season so it was nice to see him on the court tonight. However, there's very little chance he'll be worth owning in any fantasy league this season, unless the Clippers decide to rest all their starters at some point in the final 10 days of the regular season.
Feb 24 - 1:39 AM

Jamal Crawford played 34 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, four assists and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Warriors.

Crawford has played well in Chris Paul's absence, although he was just 1-of-7 for five points in his last game before the All-Star break. However, with Paul due back as soon as Friday night, Crawford's likely going to see a few less looks. But unlike Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton, Crawford was relevant even when CP3 was healthy, so owners should just hang onto him unless there's a really hot free agent calling your name from the waiver wire.
Feb 24 - 1:36 AM


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