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Vinny Del Negro rips DeAndre Jordan after Clippers’ loss

May 1, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five Getty Images

We said this before the season and we said it before the start of the playoffs — the fate of the Clippers really hinged on two things:

1) Playing good defense (they allowed the Grizzlies more than 100 points In Game 5 and had a defensive rating of 111.3).

2) DeAndre Jordan needed to play big for them.

With Blake Griffin hobbled by injury Los Angeles especially needed Jordan on Tuesday night and he had a very pedestrian night — 6 points on 3-of-7 shooting and 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. And that line doesn’t address his defensive struggles against the Grizzlies bigs. Now the Clippers are down 3-2 in the best of seven and have to win Game 6 on the road.

Vinny Del Negro was frustrated after the game and vented a little, reports the Daily News.

“I don’t know if crossroads is the right (word) but there’s definitely a level you have to play at right now that is much different,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “He has a much different responsibility now. He understands it. I haven’t seen the consistency that I like. He hasn’t seen the consistency he would like….

“I didn’t see him controlling the game the way I thought he needed to, and at that stage you have to go with someone you feel can,” Del Negro said….

“Defensively, offensively, being a threat out there on the glass, using his length, athleticism,” Del Negro said. “But it’s up to him to get out there and earn his minutes and work through anything that’s thrown at him during the game.”

Now for some context. First, Del Negro’s job is on the line here, he doesn’t have a contract past the end of this season and if the Clippers are bounced the odds he gets a new contract drop. Ultimately, a nod from Chris Paul either way could decide Del Negro’s fate, but you know a competitive guy like CP3 is going to be frustrated.

Also remember at the trade deadline when there was a lot of “the Clippers would trade DeAndre Jordan for Kevin Garnett” talk? That was pushed by Del Negro talking to Danny Ainge, not the rest of the Clippers front office. The guys upstairs in the suits had no interest in moving Jordan (and the Celtics were not likely to make that deal anyway). But that created friction between Del Negro and the front office, and this little show is tied to that.

Just remember that as the fate of Del Negro is decided in the coming weeks. Unless Jordan has a monster game in Memphis for Game 6 and keeps his team alive.

  1. spthegr8 - May 1, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    *until he isn’t* typo

  2. soonerthunderviking - May 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Where was the “rip”….?

  3. kb2408 - May 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Guess “lob city” doesn’t really translate to playoffs basketball, huh?

    • truprof - May 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Yea, go Lakers, go fishin’!

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Eliminated Thursday, going fishing right along with them.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Eliminated Thursday, going fishing right along with them. Excuse me, Friday.

  4. scoocha - May 1, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Nope, teams actually defend against lobs in playoffs.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Exactly, scoocha.

  5. senorpapino - May 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I just don’t see how this team, as currently constructed, will ever become a top team in the NBA. Chris Paul is great but disappears far too often on defense. Blake Griffin can score and rebound but needs to be more physical and develop a reliable midrange game. Jordan needs more than just highlight dunks and blocks. CBill and Butler are too old/injured at this point in their careers. They have too many holes and their weaknesses really get magnified in the playoffs.

  6. sportsnut101 - May 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    He can’t shoot free throws
    He can’t shoot

    Only can block shots n dunk. Limited offense

    He got out muscled by bigger gasol n big zibo
    They are really good players n it’s not Jordan fault Where is Chauncey Where grant hill. Where Jamal in this series

    They have no inside threat Lamar odom sighting I saw was when he came to arena with kloe. Man how he has fallin off

    Cp3 gonna be rough few yrs in lalal land if u resign. Clips I would entertain griffin for Kevin love trade Love can shoot rebound n defend

  7. misterdreamer119 - May 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Sign jason collins vinny.

  8. stadix093 - May 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Yesterday may be the last time CP3 was in a Clipper uniform. LA basketball is not going as planned haha. Still love my Lakers though. Go Memphis.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Clippers have apexed. They can’t get any better with maxing out one trick pony Annie, overpaying Jordan and expecting to max out Paul, with no cap space after that.

  9. pistol7pete - May 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Where did all the clipper “fans” go?

    • unxpexted1 - May 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      back to where they’ve been the last 20 years……obscurity

  10. fearthehoody - May 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Let me repeat my earlier posts! “I said it 2 years ago, I said it last year, I said it before and after the 17 game streak. Clipps will never get past 2nd round with VDN as coach! Fire VDN.”

  11. jerdogthompson - May 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Look at all the Laker faithfuls hating. Lets see take your #1 or #2 best player out of the lineup and see what happens. Oh yeah, Lakers already found out getting swept.

    Fact is they may not beat Memphis Friday. They can and should but let’s say they don’t. They still have a much better future than the Lakers and 75% of the western teams. Oh yeah, CP3 will become a Laker. Keep dreaming Homers he ain’t going no where.

    Where are all the Clipper fans? Obscurity? NO. Their busy spending quality time with their families or working late unlike the rest of you minimum wage clowns. Instead of pining over a sports blog site. Get it, got it, GOOD MOTHAFU**KA’S

  12. louhudson23 - May 2, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Can we see that dunk off the lob one more time?

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