first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He was hardly needed. Chris Paul had 21 points and eight assists, Blake Griffin had 20 points and the Clippers had no problem putting New Orleans away, 108-76.And while the Clippers (41-20) were rolling to their fourth consecutive win, Coach Doc Rivers could sort things out on where Granger, a 6-foot-9 forward, would fit in best.Granger is coming off a knee injury that forced him to miss virtually all of last season and has battled a strained calf this season.But Rivers liked what he saw with the former all-star.“I thought right before the trade he was starting to round into shape and make shots,” Rivers said. “What I see in him is length. He’s a long small forward who has the ability to add a different dimension to us. “I don’t know this yet because I haven’t coached him yet, but the way I look at him is that we can have a post game at the three spot as well now. It gives you another dimension, he can stretch the floor, he comes from a defensive organization that runs a lot of the same stuff we run. Defensively I thought he would be the easier fit of the guys out there.“The whole key is how quickly we can get him acclimated, how quickly we can figure out what he does well. He’s still coming back from the injury. He just needs more time and minutes so we’re going to try and do that.”The Clippers, looking for their fourth consecutive win, were having few problems with the Pelicans even without Granger, Jamal Crawford (strained calf) and J.J. Redick (bulging disc).Griffin and Paul each had 14 points as the Clippers took a 15-point halftime lead and they kicked that advantage to 35 points in the fourth quarter.Making it easier is New Orleans is playing without forward Ryan Anderson (bulging disc) and guard Jrue Holiday, who had knee surgery and is out for the season. Meanwhile, leading scorer Anthony Davis picked up two fouls in the first two minutes trying to guard Griffin. He picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and finished with only eight points.Guard Eric Gordon, who entered the game averaging 15.9 points, made only 1 of 13 shots and scored two points. Tyreke Evans scored 22 and Austin Rivers, Doc’s son, recorded his season high with 19 points to lead New Orleans (23-36).center_img Danny Granger has been the opposition of some of the Clippers teams that have struggled over the years, but he knows a good (current) thing when he sees one.The Clippers’ most recent acquisition, who was signed Friday, said he saw his new team as his best fit and is ready to help them challenge for supremacy in the Western Conference.“It’s a winning culture here,” Granger said before Saturday’s game against New Orleans at Staples Center. “Playing in the Western Conference is such a challenge because you have so many teams that are so good. In the East you really only have Indiana and Miami. Out here, you’re two games away from the seventh seed and three away from the first seed. It’s exciting basketball.”Granger was not activated for the game and was not on the Clippers’ bench only an hour or so after all indications were he would be in uniform.last_img

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