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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L.A. Clippers 94, Minnesota 95
Location – Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials – #56 Mark Ayotte, #41 Ken Mauer, #72 J.T. Orr
Attendance – 19509
Monday, March 5, 2012 8:00 PM
Love registered his league-leading 33rd double-double and came up a point shy of his second straight 40-point game as the Timberwolves beat the Clippers for the third straight time.
Rookie Derrick Williams had 15 points and nine rebounds and Darko Milicic added 13 points to lift Minnesota (20-19) above the .500 mark.
Blake Griffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead Los Angeles, which was playing for the fourth time in five nights. He also missed four free throws and committed a technical foul in the final four minutes.
Mo Williams scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Chris Paul added 18 for the Clippers, who dropped one-half game behind the Los Angeles Lakers atop the Pacific Division.
Love sparked an 18-8 run to close the third quarter as the Timberwolves pulled away from a 57-57 time to take a 75-65 lead into the fourth.
Los Angeles could not get any closer than three points until Paul hit a pair of foul shots with two seconds to play.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Love had a personal 11-0 first-quarter run in a span of under 2 1/2 minutes. That’s one more point than he scored in the last matchup against the Clippers. … Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic sat out the game with a sore foot, so Milicic made his first start – and only sixth appearance – in 16 games for Minnesota. … Griffin registered his 23rd double-double of the season. He had scored 14, 17 and 14 points in his previous three games, marking the first time this season he has failed to score 20 points at least once in a three-game span.
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Preview: Minnesota At L.A. Clippers
When: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
THE STORY: Minnesota, one game out of a playoff spot, begins the second set of three games in three nights when it meets the Clippers in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The game features two of the best young All-Stars in the league. Kevin Love (25 points, 14 rebounds) and Blake Griffin (21.4 points, 11.4 rebounds) are the only players averaging at least 21 points and 11 rebounds. Minnesota is 46-41 all-time against the Clippers, and the 46 wins is its most against any opponent.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS North (Timberwolves), FS Prime Ticket (Clippers)
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ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (17-17): Love won the 3-point Shootout on Saturday at All-Star weekend. Love’s 3-pointer at the buzzer capped a fourth-quarter comeback that gave Minnesota a 101-98 victory over the Clippers on Jan. 20. The Timberwolves stay in Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Wednesday and play at Phoenix on Thursday. “We’ll need a lot of guys to step up if we’re going to maintain what we’ve done so far,” coach Rick Adelman said. “Our schedule becomes really difficult in March.” The Timberwolves play 13 of their next 19 games on the road.
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (20-11): Minnesota’s victory in January over the Clippers came with Chris Paul and Caron Butler out. Both should be in the lineup Tuesday. “After the break, that’s when it gets serious” Paul said. “(There’s) definitely a lot of room for improvement. Obviously we haven’t peaked yet and we can keep getting better.” The Clippers agreed to a 10-day contract with Bobby Simmons on Monday. Simmons, 31, played two seasons with the Clippers from 2003-05. He won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award in 2004-05.
1. In 17 career games against the Timberwolves, Paul is averaging 21.1 points and 10.5 assists.
2. Minnesota is 7-1 when forward Wes Johnson scores at least nine points.
3. Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio leads all rookies in assists (8.4) and steals (2.35).
PREDICTION: Clippers 98, Timberwolves 89
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Recap: Warriors defeated LA Clippers (104-97)
WARRIORS Vs CLIPPERS 104-97: Brandon Rush hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Monta Ellis scored 32 points for host Golden State.
David Lee had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Ekpe Udoh added a career-best 19 points as the Warriors scored the game’s final nine points to snap a three-game losing streak.
Chris Paul scored 24 points, Mo Williams had 22 points and drained a season-best six 3-pointers and Blake Griffin scored 21 for the Clippers.
Williams scored 13 final-quarter points and put Los Angeles ahead 97-95 on a basket with 3:15 to play. Rush hit the decisive 3-pointer with 2:07 remaining and the Clippers never scored again while suffering their second consecutive loss.
Ellis drove for a hoop, Stephen Curry hit two free throws and Nate Robinson floated in a driving basket to finish off Los Angeles.
Reggie Evans had a season-best 12 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan grabbed 11 boards and Griffin added nine as the Clippers had a 46-38 rebounding edge.
The Warriors led 74-67 after a 3-pointer by Ellis with 4:16 left in the third quarter. The Clippers cut the margin to three points entering the final stanza and took a 78-77 lead on a 3-pointer by Williams with 10:49 to play.
Golden State led 29-23 after one quarter and increased the lead to 10 points early in the second quarter. The Clippers battled back and Paul hit back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to conclude a 12-0 surge that gave Los Angeles a 38-35 advantage with 7:26 left in the half.
The Warriors responded with an 11-3 run, taking a five-point lead on a hoop by Ellis with 3:35 remaining. The game was tied 56-56 at halftime.
Paul had 20 points in the first half and Ellis had 18.
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Udoh reached double figures for the third time this season and made his first start of the campaign because Andris Biedrins missed the game with flu-like symptoms. … Williams has made seven 3-pointers in a game three times in his eight-year career. … Golden State forward Dorell Wright was scoreless for the second straight game and has missed 13 shots in the two contests. … The Clippers committed 17 turnovers to Golden State’s nine.
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)
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.