Player News - Clippers

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Austin Rivers is starting over Mo Speights in Game 6 against the Jazz on Friday.

Coach Doc Rivers said he was going to start either Paul Pierce or Speights, but he'll go with his son. This almost certainly means Rivers will see much more than his 18 minutes in Game 5, and he could even get into the 30s. The Clippers will do their best to push the pace here and get Utah out of their halfcourt rhythm on both ends.
Apr 28 - 9:58 PM

Mo Speights will move to the bench on Friday for Game 6 against the Jazz.

He has not been very good on the defensive end and the Jazz have held their defensive integrity with Speights out there spreading the floor. He could be a DNP-CD.
Apr 28 - 9:58 PM

The Clippers are committed to signing Blake Griffin to a long-term contract this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Despite a rash of injuries in recent years that have derailed him in the postseason, Griffin is still just 28 years old and supremely skilled. The current core of Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan has yet to get over the hump; however, losing a player as talented as Griffin in his prime and having nothing to show for it would be devastating to the franchise. The safest course of action may be re-signing Blake and then trading him down the line if the results remain unsatisfactory.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 28 - 9:19 AM

Coach Doc Rivers said Paul Pierce or Marreese Speights will start Game 6 on Friday.

If Pierce does start, he has played 35 of his 58 postseason minutes next to Chris Paul. The Truth has not been very good in that small sample as far as fantasy performance goes with only a 10.5 usage rate and a 30.0 true shooting percentage, but the Clippers do have a +6.7 net rating -- also a snail's pace of 84.8. Even if Pierce does start, he's still a risky DFS play.
Apr 27 - 3:13 PM

Austin Rivers vowed to be more aggressive in Game 6 in Utah on Friday.

"All I needed was that one game just to get my rhythm back," Rivers said. "I’m not going to be out there trying to figure stuff out next game. I’m going to be aggressive." The rust was very apparent in his return from an 11-game absence on Tuesday, as he missed all four of his shots and brought very little to the box score in his 18 minutes off the bench. He should be able to flirt with 20 minutes again in Game 6, but given the matchup, he's not a great guy to target in fantasy hoops.
Apr 26 - 11:29 AM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) returned to action in Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the Jazz, scoring two points with two boards and one assist in 18 minutes.

Coach Doc Rivers was only expecting him to play around 12 minutes and the rust was obvious as the SG missed all four of his shots from the field. With that said, he did play some solid defense and his minutes will likely be in the 20s for Game 6 in Utah on Friday. He will be tough to trust in fantasy leagues until his restrictions are lifted.
Apr 26 - 1:52 AM

Chris Paul's 28 points weren't enough in Tuesday's 96-92 Game 5 defeat, as the Clippers fell to 2-3 against the Jazz.

He has a lot on his plate with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs, but his impressive fourth quarter effort wasn't enough -- he scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth and sparked an 11-0 run at the beginning of that quarter. CP3 finished 10-of-19 from the field in 38 minutes with nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers, but the Clippers will need even more magic from him if they hope to avoid elimination on Friday for Game 6 in Utah.
Apr 26 - 1:44 AM

J.J. Redick scored 26 points in Tuesday's 96-92 Game 5 loss to the Jazz.

Redick scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, finishing 7-of-12 from the field with three rebounds, one assist and three triples in 34 minutes. Redick played a whopping 42 minutes in his previous outing and it's clear that he's going to get a nice bump with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs. The return of Austin Rivers (hamstring) shouldn't really hurt him either because the Clippers played a ton of small ball tonight.
Apr 26 - 1:36 AM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play about 12 minutes in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

Additionally, Rivers will come off the bench and Mo Speights will remain in the starting lineup. If Rivers' hamstring holds up well tonight, his minutes should quickly trend up and he will eventually have some nice DFS appeal with Blake Griffin (toe) out for the postseason.
Apr 25 - 9:14 PM

Doc Rivers confirmed that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will play with a minutes limit in Game 5 against the Jazz on Tuesday.

Rivers hasn't taken the court since March 29, so his minutes will likely be in the lower-20s on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton will likely lose some minutes with Rivers back in the rotation.
Apr 24 - 5:15 PM

Austin Rivers said his hamstring has made "significant improvement," and he will return to the court for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz.

This falls in line with an earlier report from Adrian Wojnarowski that stated Rivers was expected to play on Tuesday, so we should get official confirmation following Tuesday morning's shootaround. With Rivers back in action, Raymond Felton won't play as much.
Apr 24 - 3:36 PM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

This is huge for the Clippers because Rivers is one of their best perimeter defenders and could potentially move into the starting lineup. He also gives them more flexibility to use smaller lineups. Rivers has been out for weeks and will likely have restrictions, so he will be tough to trust right out of the gate.
Apr 24 - 1:06 PM

J.J. Redick played a game-high 42 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 loss, but he finished with just 12 points, two 3-pointers, four turnovers and no other stats to his credit.

Redick's owners know that he doesn't provide more than scoring and 3-pointers, but even his 4-of-4 free throws tonight were tainted by a 3-of-11 mark from the field. The fact that his dozen points tonight marked a playoff-high is another cause for concern. Utah's defense has shut him down through four games, and the Clippers really need him to heat up as a tertiary offensive weapon.
Apr 24 - 12:12 AM

Chris Paul did it all during Sunday's tough Game 4 defeat, posting 27 points, 12 assists, nine rebound, one steal, one 3-pointer and just two turnovers in 38 minutes.

The Clippers need CP3 to be extra aggressive with Blake Griffin (toe) done for the postseason, and he obliged tonight with 10-of-21 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs. He was particularly effective in pick-and-roll sets, for which Utah had few answers, and Jazz coach Quin Snyder is sure to throw new wrinkles at him in Game 5. Paul has seen it all, of course, so we're anticipating another big game from the future Hall-of-Famer on Tuesday.
Apr 24 - 12:11 AM

Jamal Crawford scored 25 points during Sunday's 105-98 loss in Utah, making 9-of-13 field goals with two assists, one rebound and one steal in 31 minutes.

Crawford went 5-of-7 from downtown and this was easily his highest-scoring game of the postseason. The veteran has always been an offensive microwave, and tonight's game is a reminder that even at age 37 he's capable of getting red-hot at a moment's notice. The Clippers need his scoring with Blake Griffin (toe) on the sidelines, so expect Crawford to post a hefty usage rate for the rest of the series.
Apr 24 - 12:09 AM


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