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The Los Angeles Clippers can usually count on a huge edge in bench points behind Jamal Crawford, who helped key a victory over the Detroit Pistons earlier this season.
The host Clippers are hopeful that Crawford will return from a sore ankle Sunday night when they look to defeat the Pistons for the fourth straight time.
Los Angeles (44-20) is averaging 40.8 points off the bench, among the best in the league, but sorely missed Crawford and his average of 17.2 points that leads all NBA reserves in a 107-92 loss at Denver on Thursday. Crawford injured his left ankle in a 117-101 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday.
The Clippers opted to rest him and managed a 36-35 edge in bench points Thursday, with backup forward Matt Barnes scoring 19.
"We have plenty of capable guys on this team, so when one guy goes down someone else has to step up," Barnes told the Clippers' official website. "We just ran out of gas tonight."
Crawford and Blake Griffin each scored 15 in an 88-76 victory at Detroit (23-41) on Dec. 17. Barnes added 10 as the Clippers finished with a 37-21 cushion in points from reserves.
The Los Angeles bench has more depth now with former Pistons guard Chauncey Billups back in the starting lineup after missing the first matchup. Willie Green had been starting in his place.
This marks the third meeting at point guard between the Pistons' Brandon Knight and Clippers star Chris Paul. Knight averaged 11.0 points and 26.7 percent shooting in the first two, but he's averaged 20.0 points in five games since missing three with a hyperextended knee.
Detroit is beginning a four-game trip against Western Conference opponents. It's lost 30 of 31 on the road versus the West, including 13 straight.
Brian Hill has filled in as the Pistons' coach for the last two games with Lawrence Frank away from the team due a personal matter. It's unclear when Frank will return.
The Pistons have dropped four straight, falling 102-99 at home to Dallas on Friday. Knight scored 21 and Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe posted double-doubles.
Rookie Khris Middleton was another bright spot with a season-high 14 points.
"None of us are going to give up no matter how the game is going," Middleton said. "They went on a nice little run with 3s, and we answered right back."
The Clippers have allowed 24 3-pointers over their last two games, with Denver shooting 47.8 percent from beyond the arc Thursday. Los Angeles is among the worst teams in the NBA in that department, allowing teams to shoot 37.2 percent.
"Yeah, our 3-point defense has been terrible and part of it tonight, we know how many points they score in transition and in the paint," Paul said.
The Pistons may not be in position to take advantage, shooting 33.0 percent on 3s during their slide.
Griffin matched a career low with two rebounds against the Nuggets. He's averaging 12.5 in four games against Detroit.
The Clippers have won six straight over East foes.
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Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan finished an alley-oop from Chris Paul with a nasty one-handed dunk that took down Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight during the second quarter of Sunday night's game at the Staples Center.
The play put an exclamation point on the Clippers' crushing 129-97 victory over the Pistons, and to add insult to injury, Knight was called...
The Clippers, who have been dealing with injuries in their backcourt of late, signed guard Maalik Wayns to a 10-day contract Saturday.
Wayns, an undrafted rookie from Villanova, started the season with the Philadelphia 76ers but was waived in January before signing a 10-day contract with the Sixers. He played in 21 games, including one start, and averaged 2.7 points and 1.0 assists...
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is not going to play tonight against the Denver Nuggets because of a sore left ankle.
Crawford said he rolled his ankle in the second quarter of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at Staples Center.
He got treatment throughout the day but shook his head no when asked if he could play against the Nuggets.
Crawford averages 17.2 points...
DeAndre Jordan threw down a powerful alley-oop from Chris Paul Sunday that has him as our front-runner for NBA dunk of the year.
During the second quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 129-97 beatdown on the Detroit Pistons, Jordan charged down the paint, took a lob from Paul and threw it down with amazing force that knocked would-be defender Brandon Knight to the ground.
DeAndre Jordan is right where he belongs--as part of the high flying dunk-tastic team affectionately known as Lob City, but officially known as the Los Angeles Clippers.
He proved that on Sunday with this dunk--a powerful, dominating jam that Brandon Knight is going to see in his sleep for at least the next few days.
Brandon Knight wasn’t just posterized on Sunday night. He was Jadeveon Clowney’d. He was highlight reeled for all time when Chris Paul threw DeAndre Jordan the alley-oop of all alley-oops. You’ll likely see this about 100 times on ESPN’s SportsCenter, but here it is anyway:
Gotta love the reaction from the Clippers players. Ouch.
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By Mike Elworth: Publisher and Editor of HoopStuff
Everyone loves watching the Los Angeles Clippers play basketball, as they are simply an incredibly entertaining team. There is no better show in the NBA than Lob City. They have the best point guard in the NBA, in Chris Paul, another star in Blake Griffin, who is the NBA’s most explosive dunker, the NBA’s soon to be Sixth Man...
While Blake Griffin gets all the hype and highlights for his dunks, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers may have upstaged anything his teammate has ever done with this epic, brutal, hide-yo-kids-hide-yo-wife posterization of Detroit's Brandon Knight...
While Jordan's dunk is one of the highlights of the NBA season, the interwebs quickly turned their attention...
Blake Griffin led seven players in double figures with 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Detroit Pistons 129-97 on Sunday night for their 10th win in 13 games.
Chris Paul had 20 points and 14 assists, and Caron Butler added 15 points before leaving in the third quarter with a left elbow contusion. Matt Barnes had 16 points, DeAndre Jordan added...
It wouldn't be a week here at That NBA Lottery Pick without a couple of high-flying slam dunks by Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin.During Sunday night's first half against the Detroit Pistons, Griffin had two spectacular dunking efforts including this nice alley-oop from Caron Butler:Only a couple of seconds later, watch as Blake juggles the ball but throws down the...
DeAndre Jordan dunks on Brandon Knight, lays him out to rest
DeAndre Jordan, of Los Angeles Clippers fame, put an exclamation point on his season by dunking (slam dunking, to be exact) on Detroit Pistons guard, Brandon Knight.
It was the kind of situation players fear most — the posterization.
This one is instantly legendary, though.
Take a look for yourself…
Blake Griffin led seven players in double figures with 22 points
on 9 of 12 shooting and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Detroit
Pistons 129-97 on Sunday night for their 10th win in 13 games.
Los Angles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan completely disregarded Pistons guard Brandon Knight’s presence Sunday at the Staples Center. Brandon Knight was at the wrong place at the wrong time getting posterized by Jordan on this alley-oop from Chris Paul. Cleanup on aisle 3.
DeAndre Jordan!!!! Dayyyuummmm!! Dunk of the year #littletikeshoop
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March...
Remember when Blake Griffin posterized Pau Gasol multiple times in one game, well DeAndre Jordan might of just outdone him (and with only one dunk). During the Los Angeles Clippers home game against the Detroit Pistons DeAndre got a lob from CP3 and this was the result: I’ve watched the video at least 20 times, [...]