On a night marked by the fight between Nets and Celtics players, LA Clippers win a close game by six, to improve to a 9-6 record. The tension was really high at Boston, when with a little more than 30” before the finish of the first half and after Kevin Garnett was fouled by Kris Humphries, a fight started at Boston. Rondo immediately attacked Humphries pushing him off the court and it didn’t take too long before almost every player of both teams got into the fight. The result was the ejection of both of them and also Gerald Wallace. Rondo was suspended for two games.
Back to the Staples center, where the alley – hoops and the dunks were on abundance, the Clippers were glad to see Chauncey Billups make his season debut. The 15-year veteran watched his season end last February when he tore his left Achilles’ tendon. But after nine months, returned healthy and strong to give more power and scoring options for LA. Not bad at all for the five time all-star guard who finished with 7 first quarter points and 1 three-pointer.
The Game was close almost the whole way, with the Clippers finishing the first half with a slight 2 – point advantage. The game came down to the last minutes of the fourth quarter and it was tight. Minnesota was down 2 with almost one minute before the end and had possession but the Clippers locked down on D and came with the steal. On the break Paul fed DeAndre Jordan who slammed it down and got the foul. But Shved hit a clutch 3 pointer with just 24 second to go to trim the lead down to 2. But Lob City kept on going. They inbounded quickly and advanced to half court and before Minnesota was able to foul, Billups threw a long alley – hoop to Jordan who put the icing on the cake with a ferocious dunk.
Chris Paul finally had a good scoring outcome with 23 points on 7-13 shooting and also recorded 11 assists. Blake Griffin finished with 18 points and produced highlight materiel with his high flying and alley-hoop dunks. Jordan, Barnes and Crawford all finished with double digit points. As for the Timberwolves, Kevin Love scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and the rookie Alexey Shved had 17 points with 3-6 from beyond the arc.
“A great win for us in terms of getting some of our energy back and working Chauncey into the lineup. I thought everybody contributed.” said Clippers’ coach Vinnie Del Negro. Next for the LA Clippers, Saturday vs Sacramento Kings and for the Wolves, Tuesday at Philadelphia against the 76ers.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 2012-2013. UP TO DATE SEASON REVIEW
Which team comes in mind when you hear Los Angeles? Let me guess, the Lakers. Well, this is about to change, if it hasn’t already changed, at least this season in the NBA. The Clippers are making their presence felt for sure. They did so right from the start of the off-season.
The team seems to have found the missing pieces after last season’s rebirth. All-star point guard Chris Paul landed in LA, but wearing White and Red instead of Lakers purple-yellow. And it was a huge acquisition by the team. Lob city they’re called and for a good reason. It just makes sense having a strong duo at the front court, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and balancing it with top tier perimeter guard like Paul and Jamal Crawford and Caron Butler. Even the bench looks good, in fact really good and with lots of potential. A big question mark lies in the stakes of Lamar Odom. He watched his career melt down after the Lakers Trade fiasco, was sent to D-League and wasn’t utilized by the Mavericks. This year, he is trying to revamp his game but till now he hasn’t contributed much. If he founds his rhythm he can play a huge role in the Clippers’ chase of a top playoff spot.
The Clippers are getting quite a performance out of Jamal Crawford who leads the team in scoring with a little over 19 PPG followed by Griffin and Paul with 17 and 15 PPG. For a team with that much size and the lack of true Centers in the NBA, the team is not performing that good at rebounding, ranked 20th in the whole league but generally, defense is quite good as the team is 4th in blocking and 1st in steals. If fact we’ve seen some amazing blocks this far from DeAndre Jordan and Griffin. The 8-4 start shows that the team has much potential. It’s for sure a playoff caliber team and with and due to the youth of key players like Griffin, Paul and Jordan this team can have an even brighter future, with a couple of tweaks.
Head coach Vinnie Del Negro is a rather respected coach, who seems to know what the team needs to spark up and inherit a quick and energetic rhythm of play. He’s managed to make the team a strong presence in the Western Division and overcome the obstacle of having a giant rival in town (Lakers). Clippers’ game is just a joy to watch, with this fast-paced rhythm and the alley oops towards Griffin and Jordan. It’s a team which gives us pretty much highlight material almost every time and fills with enthusiasm fans watching at the Staples Center.
One thing is for sure. When people hear about the Clippers, it’s not going to be a joke any more.
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An MRI exam Tuesday revealed that Clippers guard Chauncey Billups has a torn left Achilles’ tendon. Billups, who was injured in Monday’s overtime victory over the Magic in Orlando, Fla., will be out at least eight months, ending his season.
Billups, 35, was a key figure in the Clippers’ rise to second place in the NBA’s Western Conference this season. He teamed with point guard Chris Paul to form an extremely talented backcourt for the Clippers, who are enjoying one of their most successful starts in franchise history.
Billups fell to the court midway through the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic and had to be helped from the arena. He was unable to put weight on his left leg.
THE STORY: After pulling out a gutsy 109-105 road victory at Denver on Sunday, the Los Angeles Clippers don’t have much time to celebrate as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Oklahoma City not only sports the best record in the NBA (16-3) but also has the best road record (8-2). Chauncey Billups lit up his former Nuggets team with a season-high 32 points, including 18 on 3-pointers. Chris Paul scored 25. Thunder coach Scott Brooks, a former point guard, is awed by Paul and cringes at the thought of defending him and Blake Griffin. “The guy is one of the best,” Brooks said. “He’s clever. He’s tough. He’s a coach on the floor. He will make Blake better because he finds him in the right spots.” Kevin Durant scored a season-high 37 in Oklahoma City’s 120-109 road victory against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, helping the Thunder win its fourth in a row and nine of its last 10.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS Oklahoma, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE THUNDER (16-3): Guard James Harden is one of the early favorites for NBA Sixth Man of the Year and is producing the best statistics of his career. He leads all reserves with a 16.8 scoring average. He has started only one of 19 games this season and scored in double figures 18 times. He has also scored 20 or more points in six games and is averaging 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 29 minutes. In his last five games, Harden is shooting 58.1 percent from the field.
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (11-6): Billups can only hope his return to his current home is as productive as his return to Denver, his hometown. In his first game back since a trade that sent him and Carmelo Anthony to New York last February, Billups received a standing ovation and several highlights of his Nuggets days were shown on video scoreboards. Backup guard Eric Bledsoe was called up from Bakersfield of the Development League but did not play against Denver.
THE STORY: Chauncey Billups will be making his first visit to Denver since being traded by the team to New York along with Carmelo Anthony last Feb. 22. This will be more than a simple return to a former team for Billups and his Los Angeles Clippers when they visit the Mile High City for Sunday night’s game against a Nuggets team riding a six-game winning streak. Billups grew up in Denver, played at Colorado and plans to retire to Denver when his career is over. “That’s my hometown,” Billups told the Los Angeles Times. “I am Denver. That’ll never change … I love the town.” The Nuggets, who lead the NBA in scoring (105.8 points), have won nine in a row at home against the Clippers. Los Angeles has lost four in a row on the road, and is coming off a 98-91 victory over Memphis in which it almost blew a 16-point lead. “Sooner or later we’re going to learn, because these little opportunities can slip away from you,” said Chris Paul.
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (10-6): Mo Williams is proving to be one of the best sixth men in the NBA this season. Williams is averaging 22.2 points in the last five games. Williams has been the speculation of possible trade rumors, possibly going to the Staples Center neighbor Lakers to team with Kobe Bryant. Guard Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) practiced with the Clippers on Saturday and will be available against the Nuggets. Bledsoe played two games with the Bakersfield Jam of the Developmental League.
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (14-5): Point guard Ty Lawson (sprained left ankle) plans to play against the Clippers after missing Denver’s game on Friday against Toronto. “It’s a big game and I want to be ready for it,” said Lawson. “I’m pretty optimistic. I’m feeling a lot better. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.” Lawson, who averages 15.7 points and 6.5 assists, will face one of the league’s best point guards in Paul.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Clippers), Altitude (Nuggets)
Standing tall outside on the Star Plaza are statues of Los Angeles sporting heroes Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, Oscar De La Hoya, Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, and, most lately, Jerry West, the literal “icon” for the National Basketball Association. Today 5 main sports organizations call the Staples Center property, such as the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, the WNBA L.A. Sparks, the NHL’s L.A. Kings, and now the NBA D-League’s L.A. D-Fenders. In the past, before the team’s dissolution, the AFL’s L.A. Avengers played in the Staples Center also. The Center was developed in just below a year, from 1998-1999, by the Staples corporation. There was some controversy regarding its founding, because the Los Angeles Occasions Magazine devoted an complete concern in October of 1999 to the opening in the massive new sports arena. The Times were discovered to become a “founding partner” from the Center in exchange for a hefty profit-share, cost-free advertising, and also other goodies. The question was raised: what’s the relationship among struggling print-media outlets and marketing sources that result in “profit-sharing”? 300 workers from the Occasions itself signed a petition in protest later that year, but little was ever accomplished about it plus the problem has practically been forgotten.
Aside of its controversial founding, the Center has gone on to quickly recover the $375 million dollar expense of construction. It has also been found that the L.A. Times was one of 12 profit sharing firms involved inside the founding. In truth, the Center tends to make so a lot money per occasion that it has been pretty a boon for the local community. Practically nightly it may home up to 19,000 fans with an average ticket price tag of properly over $60. The Center not too long ago got exposure inside the indie flick Drive starring Ryan Gosling, where, during a heist of some sort, makes use of site visitors from the aftermath of a Clipper game to disguise his getaway. With over 250 events year-round and more than four million visitors, the Staples Center is really a fixture for the Better L.A. region.
More recently, the Center has turn into portion of its parent company’s, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), L.A. Live complicated. Situated in downtown Los Angeles, the Live complicated is almost 6 million square feet of activity, including bars, theaters, restaurants, ballrooms, museums, and residences. A large secret to the rest from the country, L.A. Live is at the moment constructing Farmers Field, an NFL stadium set to bring qualified football back to L.A. Since the Staples Center is home to each of Los Angeles’ qualified basketball teams, the Lakers plus the Clippers, whenever the 2 teams battle for hometown dominance (a clash that has over naught ended in a Lakers victory), L.A. erupts. Bringing a competing NFL team back to L.A. would only serve to stir up even more fanfare for professional sporting events. Combined with the current promised ascension of th L.A. Clippers as “Lob City” featuring Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Los Angeles’ prized sporting Center will feature plainly on the minds of quite a few sports fans throughout the nation for years to come.
Maurice Williams was taken 47th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2003 NBA draft and was regretfully passed up by every single team in the NBA. After leading Alabama’s NCAA basketball team for two seasons, the shoot-first Poing Guard made a name for himself on the Milwaukee Bucks after the departure of T.J. Ford. Not only did he become a scary scorer who could score from anywhere on the court, he proved capable at running an offense. Although his style relies heavily on set shots and pick and pops, he’s been able to adapt throughout his career to fit the situation. In Cleveland, he played second fiddle to Lebron James whose abilities demanded that the Cavaliers played isolation basketball. As a result, Mo Williams began to play more off the ball and developed into a combo guard much in the mold of Damon Stoudamire and Scott Skiles. It was perhaps his destiny to become such a player.
Playing with the “King” allowed Williams to drastically improve his three point shooting. Williams has always been a solid three point threat but all of the isolation basketball with James gave him the room to blossom. In his two years as the “King”’s sidekick, Williams hit over 43% of his treys, easily surpassing his career mark of 34%. After the famous Decision to take his talents to South Beach, James left Williams behind on an awful Cavs team. However, the Clippers acquired Mo Williams and the expiring Jamario Moon for Baron Davis and an unprotected no. 1 pick, which became the Duke guard Kyrie Irving.
These days playing in “Lob City,” Mo Williams comes off the bench to relieve both Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups. He fits right in the with mentality of the Clippers as they would like to play small and create situations for Blake Griffin down low. During crunchtime, the Clippers may look to play Billups, Paul, and Williams together throughout the season in order to spread the floor, creating offensive mismatches in certain situations. Williams also gives the Clippers much-needed depth at guard since the departure of Eric Gordon. During the last two weeks, he has been playing heavy minutes (28) each night and shooting a killer 60% from the field. He has been striking from downtown as well, averaging 2 treys and a sizzling 19 points each game. Although Chris Paul will return from injury sometime soon, Williams will use this fast start to gel with his teammates and make a name for himself as a top tier sixth man. His skills may be slowly deteriorating, but the former second round pick in the NBA draft is determined to prove naysayers wrong by becoming arguably one of the best second rounders of all time. This determination fuels his hot-hand nightly in “Lob City.”
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Mo Williams scored 26 points and Blake Griffin added 18 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 103-91 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 16 rebounds and Caron Butler and Randy Foye recorded 15 points apiece as Los Angeles played without star point guard Chris Paul (hamstring) for the fifth straight game at the Los Angeles Staples Center.
Leandro Barbosa scored 19 points and Linas Kleiza added 16 for Toronto, which lost its eighth straight game.
The Clippers built an 18-point first-quarter lead and had little trouble against the Raptors, who were without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani (calf) for the sixth straight game. Los Angeles is just the second team to score at least 100 points against Toronto this season.
The trend was set early when the Clippers ran off 13 consecutive points to take a 22-6 lead just nine-plus minutes into the game. Jordan already had a double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) at halftime as the Clippers led 49-37.
Toronto trailed 86-73 early in the fourth quarter before Williams scored seven straight points to put the game away with 7:22 remaining.
Chauncey Billups had 14 assists for Los Angeles.
DeMar DeRozan added 15 points for Toronto, which shot just 35.8 percent from the field.
After star Point Guard Chris Paul missed his third consecutive game in a row, Chauncey Billups, for Finals MVP for the Detroit Pistons, stepped up to give the Los Angeles Clippers something they have rarely ever seen: a clutch three pointer with one second left on the clock to beat the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. Without Chris Paul, the Clippers are likely a borderline fantasy team reliant on scoring from a pair of over-the-hill point guards in Chauncey Billups and Mo Williams. Blake Griffin would, of course, supplement as needed with points and boards. With Paul, the Clippers are likely a top 4 seed in the Western Conference and have a chance to win it all within the next few years. Chauncey displayed Thursday what the Clippers are going to need a lot of come playoff time: grit. Showing grit without Paul, Chauncey Billups displayed the leadership qualities he has come to imbue for the various teams he has played on throughout his career.
After winning the NBA Championship in 2004, the Detroit Pistons, led by Chauncey Billups, attempted to build a dynasty. Over the next four-ish years, Detroit GM Joe Dumars was only able to get back to the finals once (where they lost in 7 games to the Tim Duncan led Spurs). In a desperation maneuver, Dumars sent Billups packing for his hometown in Denver. Dumars received the aging Allen Iverson and his giant expiring contract in return. However, Billups was angry. He loved Detroit and Detroit loved him. He loved his teammates and they had been through hell together. Bitter and motivated, Billups and Carmelo Anthony pushed deep into the playoffs together but were unable to reach the Finals. Billups was sent packing yet again. Arriving in New York, Billups, Anthony, and Amar’e Stoudemire formed a “Big 3″ that hoped would flourish under the offensive-minded Coach D’Antoni. During the offseason, the Knicks amnestied Chauncey’s contract, thus placing him on the waiver wire. From there, Los Angeles claimed him for $2,000,032, a bargain amount for a player of Billups’ caliber. The now-famous trade for Chris Paul made the Clippers an instant threat. Billups slid over to SG, perhaps a position more suited for him in his slower old age, thus pairing him with Paul, arguably the best PG in the league.
Once on the Clippers, analysts began to worry about replacing the production of the now-departed Eric Gordon. However, looking closer at Billups’ more recent numbers suggest that he is an apt replacement, albeit a temporary one because of his advanced age and Gordon’s youth. In each of the past four seasons, Billups has been among the elite of the league in True Shooting Percentage, possession one of .590 or better each year. The only other noteable players to do the same were Andrew Bynum, Steve Nash, and Dwight Howard. Impressive company. Last year, Billups shot just over 40% from downtown, higher than his career average, thus showing that he’s still a capable shooter off the dribble and from spotting up. One criticism of the Paul-Billups backcourt is that they cannot shut down opposing backcourts. While that may be true, and indeed Billups has not been a strong defender in many years, Eric Gordon would have been an equal liability. Clippers fans would assuredly, then, rather have a backcourt of Paul-Billups than Billups-Gordon. As shown by Thursday night’s gritty win over the Mavericks, Billups, in the twilight of his career, still has a few Big Shots left in him. And he is more than capable of maturing Paul to mold him into a leader for the future.