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Clippers' Reggie Evans to play against Bucks

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Reggie Evans, who missed the first five games with a sprained right foot, will suit up and is expected to play tonight when the Clippers host the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center.

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said the 6-foot-8 Evans was ready to play after feeling no ill effects during Saturday’s shoot-around at the team’s training facility following two days of practice.

“We want to see if we can get him out there, get him some minutes,” Del Negro said. “He practiced yesterday and he felt good today so hopefully we can get him a few minutes.”

Del Negro said Evans brings intensity and a strong work ethic.

Evans had been signed by the Clippers on Dec. 21 to provide the team with depth in the frontcourt and to help with rebounding and defense.

In his nine NBA seasons, Evans averaged 6.9 rebounds in 20 minutes. He averaged 11.5 rebounds in 30 games with the Toronto Raptors last season.

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Photo: Reggie Evans scores inside against the Orlando Magic while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2009 playoffs. Credit: Jim McIsaac / Getty Images

Holly Rowe elbows reporter out of the way to get postgame interview

Holly Rowe, one of ESPN's top sideline reporters, made sure she got the interview she needed with Michigan Coach Brady Hoke on Tuesday night following the dramatic conclusion of the Sugar Bowl, with a strong elbow move that would make a power forward in basketball proud.

After the Wolverines pulled out a 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech in overtime, Hoke greeted Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer at midfield for the usual postgame congratulations. As per usual, a flock of photographers and reporters moved in to capture the moment and to try to get a quick word with the coaches.

Rowe was not about to let any other media beat ESPN to the punch when it came to Hoke's postgame comments.

The clip above clearly shows Rowe driving another reporter away from Hoke by walking up from behind and physically removing her from the interview equation.

Rowe then wheels about to face the ESPN camera to begin her interview with Hoke.

The worldwide leader in sports will not be outmuscled when it comes to getting an interview.

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Mo Williams thanks David Stern for Clippers' easy start

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Another two days will pass before the Clippers play another game.

Since the shortened, 66-game schedule began on Christmas Day, the Clippers are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers for the fewest games having been played in the NBA, at five.

The down time has allowed the Clippers to get more practice time, something they needed with seven new players on the roster.

“I think [NBA Commissioner] David Stern really looked out for us,” Mo Williams joked. “Tell David Stern I gave him some love.”

The Clippers play again on Saturday night against the Bucks at Staples Center.

By that time, they will have played the fewest games in the league.

Portland will host the Lakers and Milwaukee plays at Sacramento on Thursday night.

The Clippers are 3-2 on the season.

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Photo: Clippers guard Mo Williams tries to beat Rockets guard Kyle Lowry to a loose ball during their game Wednesday at Staples Center. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

Clippers have four players on All-Star ballot

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When the NBA announced the players that would be on the All-Star ballot, the Clippers had four on the list.

Chris Paul, a four-time All-Star with New Orleans, is on the ballot.

Blake Griffin, who was voted onto the All-Star team in his rookie year last season by the coaches, also is on the ballot.

Chauncey Billups, a five-time All-Star, is on the ballot.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan also is on the ballot.

The All-Star Game will be Feb. 26 in Orlando.

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Clippers get some good news about Chauncey Billips, Solomon Jones

— Broderick Turner

Photo: Chauncey Billups, left, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press

Clippers get good news about Chauncey Billups, Solomon Jones

Photo: Chauncey Billups. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times. For the Clippers, two good things happened Tuesday.

Chauncey Billups said he will play Wednesday against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center after missing the last two games with a sore right groin.

And the Clippers officially signed free-agent Solomon Jones Tuesday to a veteran minimum non-guaranteed contract.

Jones worked out for the Clippers on Monday and was at practice Tuesday.

Jones, a 6-10 power forward/center, gives the Clippers added depth in the front court.

“I thought that this would be a good opportunity for me to come in and be a great fit,” Jones said.

Jones, 27, is a five-year veteran who played 39 games last season for the Indiana Pacers.

The 6-10, 245-pound Jones has career averages of 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds.

Billups practiced again Tuesday after a light workout Monday, saying he did “everything” and that he wasn’t “really too sore.”

“I intend on playing tomorrow,” Billups said. “I was so excited to practice today. Everything that we did live, I did it. So, I’m playing.”

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-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Chauncey Billups. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times.

Clippers sign big man Solomon Jones

Solomon-jones_350The Clippers signed free agent Solomon Jones to a nonguaranteed contract Monday worth about $1 million, said a person not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Jones is a 6-foot-10 power forward/center who the Clippers think will give them some depth in the frontcourt.

Jones spent last season with the Indiana Pacers, where he played in 39 games and averaged 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.5 minutes.

Jones has spent about four-plus seasons in the NBA and is known to be an athletic big man.

His career averages are 3.1 points, 2.9 rebounds in 10.9 minutes.

Jones worked out for the Clippers on Monday along with 7-footer D.J. Mbenga, 6-11 Hilton Armstrong and 6-11 Dan Gadzuric.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Solomon Jones tries to block a shot by LeBron James when the two played for the Hawks and Cavaliers, respectively. Credit: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

Clippers work out big men

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The Clippers, in search of more depth for their front court, worked out several big men Monday at the team’s practice facility.

They had in 7-footer D.J. Mbenga, 6-11 Hilton Armstrong, 6-10 Solomon Jones and 6-11 Dan Gadzuric.

The Clippers have a 13-man roster and have room to sign two more players.

The Clippers still have the mini-mid-level exception of $2.5 million and a $3.8 million trade exception from the Chris Paul trade from the New Orleans Hornets to use.

If the Clippers were to sign one of these players or somebody else, they also have the veteran’s minimum to use -- that salary is based on years of experience in the NBA.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: DJ Mbenga tries to cut off a drive by Lamar Odom during a game between the Hornets and Lakers last spring. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Clippers' Chauncey Billups hopes to play vs Portland

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Chauncey Billups took some shots after practice Saturday as a test to see how his sore right groin felt.

Billups didn’t play in Friday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls because of the injury, but he said he hopes to play Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.

Billups said he was injured during Thursday’s practice.

“I’m going to come in tomorrow and see how it feels,” Billups said. “I want to play, but we’ll just have to see how things go.”

Billups, 35, averages 16 points a game.

He’s playing in his 15th season in the NBA and knows his body well.

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Photo: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups battles Warriors guard Stephen Curry for possession of the ball during the season opener on Christmas Day. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images

Clippers excited for first regular-season home game

ClipperslogoThe Clippers have played two regular-seasons games, but both have been on the road.

They will play their first home game at Staples Center Friday night against the Chicago Bulls.

The Clippers did play an exhibition home game against the Lakers, and saw how their fans appreciated them.

But this time the game is for real.

And this time the Clippers’ fan will see newcomers Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler playing in a game that matters.

The fans also will see an improved Blake Griffin and a more developed DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers are 1-1, coming off a 25-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

“Hopefully it’s exciting,” Paul said after practice Thursday. “We’ve had one home preseason game, opened up with two road games and it’s good to come back and play in front of our home crowd for the first time.”

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Clippers' DeAndre Jordan laments his free-throw woes

Deandre-jordan_325When DeAndre Jordan was asked about his career-high eight blocked shots against the Golden State Warriors in Sunday night's game, the Clippers center talked about his free-throw shooting.

When Jordan was asked about the Clippers' next game -- against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night -- he directed the conversation back to his free-throw shooting.

It was clear what was on Jordan's mind after he went four for 12 from the free-throw line against the Warriors.

At one point, when Warriors Coach Mark Jackson intentionally had Jordan fouled four consecutive times in the third quarter, he went three for five from the line, with one of the misses an air ball.

During and after Monday’s practice, Jordan worked on his free throws.

"I have to obviously get better from the free-throw line when they pull a Hack-a-DJ, Hack-a-Shaq, or whatever you want to call it," said Jordan, referring to when Shaquille O’Neal was fouled often. "It’s fine. I’m going to continue to shoot them the way I shoot them. I’m either going to make them or miss them, and that goes for everybody else in the league. But when you get fouled four times in a row, after a while, it got kind of annoying."

Jordan's teammates, however, didn’t forget about his presence on defense.

"That is my role," Jordan said, "to be the defensive leader on this team."

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Photo: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan reacts after scoring against the Lakers in a preseason game last week. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Chris Paul to have first practice with Clippers

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Chris Paul can finally practice with the Clippers.

The NBA informed the Clippers on Saturday afternoon around 3:15 (PST) that the deal between them and the New Orleans Hornets was complete because all players involved in the trade had reported to their new teams.

Paul joined the Clippers on Thursday, but was unable to practice. But Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu, who were traded to the Hornets for Paul on Wednesday, arrived in New Orleans on Saturday and passed physicals.

That means Paul will practice with his new Clippers teammates for the first time Saturday night in the second of the two practice sessions.

Paul also will play in an open-to-the-public intrasquad scrimmage Sunday at USC's Galen Center.

 -- Broderick Turner

Photo: Chris Paul. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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