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first_imgThe thing is he wasn’t making his free throws and the Clippers still won.Defending hack-a-DJClippers coach Doc Rivers talked quite a bit about the hack-a-DJ tactic. He asked reporters in the postgame news conference what they think about it. One reporter replied, “It stinks,” and everyone seemed to agree.For his part, Popovich is just taking advantage of the rules of the game. Or the lack of a rule that would prevent teams from doing it.“It is a rule,” Popovich said. “I hate it. I hate doing it. But it’s a rule. Free throws are part of the game. It is a whole lot better than chasing Chris Paul around all day.”Spurs future Hall of Fame forward Tim Duncan had his coach’s back.“Unless it gets outlawed, it’s part of basketball,” Duncan said. “If he (Jordan) starts shooting better, people will stop doing it. But until then, it’s basketball strategy. It worked for us. It gave us an opportunity. Unfortunately … we couldn’t sustain our offense enough.”This and thatThe Clippers were fifth in the Western Conference standings following Thursday’s victory. … The Kings (18-34 before Friday’s game against Boston) have no shot at the playoffs, but they do have All-Star DeMarcus Cousins on their roster. The 6-foot-11 post is averaging 23.8 points and 12.5 rebounds. … Former Clippers guard Darren Collison is averaging 16.1 points and 5.6 assists. Try to tell Clippers guard Chris Paul that center DeAndre Jordan is not a terrific player, and he might punch you right in the mouth. Not really, of course, but you won’t find a bigger supporter of Jordan than Paul.It was late Thursday night and the Clippers had just defeated the San Antonio Spurs 119-115 at Staples Center to win their third game in four without the injured Blake Griffin. Paul was asked about Jordan, who once again had to deal with the ridiculous hack-a-DJ ploy, this time utilized by coach Gregg Popovich.Jordan managed to make just 10 of 28 from the free-throw line, but he still scored 26 points with 18 rebounds and three steals. Paul was amazed, but not surprised.“I tell people all the time that he is one of the most under-appreciated people in the league,” said Paul, whose team plays host to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Staples Center. “I think the biggest thing, when we talked at halftime, I told him, ‘We have been together for four years now and that fouling thing is a sign of respect.’ “It is one of the only ways you can stop him, or try. He did not let that faze him. He kept rebounding, he kept playing. He is unbelievable.”Jordan’s free-throw percentage this season is down to 40.8. Believe it or not, that’s not his worst. Jordan actually shot just 38.5 percent in his rookie season in 2008-09, 37.5 percent the following season and 38.6 percent in 2012-13. He shot a career-best 52.5 percent in 2011-12. He’s shooting 42.2 percent for his career.At one point Thursday, midway through the fourth quarter, Jordan got a bit miffed when Aron Baynes fouled him on purpose near mid-court. Jordan kind of pushed Baynes away, with Baynes wearing a perplexed look. Otherwise, Jordan kept his cool rather well.“They were trying to foul me early and the refs were not calling it,” Jordan said. “I guess they wanted to make it known that they were fouling me. It is something that teams are going to use as strategy to slow us down and to get me mentally frustrated.“But over the years, it has become something that I have gotten used to. As long as we are getting stops and making (free throws), it doesn’t really matter.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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