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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With some help, the Los Angeles Clippers had already clinched their first playoff berth in five years before they tipped off against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Then they went out and earned it.
Nick Young scored 19 points off the bench, Blake Griffin added 17 and Randy Foye 13 to beat the Thunder 92-77 on Monday night.
“It is something that we’re happy about, but by no means is that all we want,” said Griffin, who like a lot of his teammates will be in the postseason for the first time. “That was one of our goals coming in, but it goes farther than that.”
Houston lost to Denver by three points earlier Monday night, ensuring the Clippers would end the second-longest active postseason drought in the league.
“I’m happy we can get Blake on TV in May,” DeAndre Jordan said.
Griffin had 11 rebounds and Jordan grabbed 12 in the Clippers’ fourth straight victory and 12th in their last 14 games. Their 38 wins are the most since the franchise had 40 in 2006-07.
“This is a great feeling,” said Paul, whose acquisition shortly before the lockout ended has played a key role in the Clippers’ changing fortunes. “We can celebrate it, be excited about it tonight but tomorrow we’re back at work.”
Mo Williams hit a 3-pointer for the Clippers’ first lead since they scored the game’s first basket. Eric Bledsoe came in for Paul and calmly ran the offense, feeding Williams and Young, who combined for 10 of their first 14 points.
“We’re one of the best second units in the league,” said Young, who joined the Clippers a month ago in a trade from Washington. “I’m excited. I was waiting for one of these type of games. To get it tonight against one of the league’s top teams was great.”
Griffin scored on back-to-back rim-rattling dunks that had the Clippers’ 32nd sellout crowd of the season on its feet roaring. Paul briefly came back in, but Williams and Foye made consecutive 3s to stretch their lead to 90-77, so the All-Star guard sat down again with the game in hand.
“We have enough offensive power to play with anybody, but our defense is what triggers us,” Paul said. “When we defend, we’re tough to guard.”
Foye dribbled out the final seconds with a smile on his face, although at the buzzer the Clippers did little more than smile and hug each other.
“We know that’s not the only thing we want,” Jordan said. “We still have a goal for this team, and this is just one of the steps towards it.”
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Channing Frye added 12 points as the Suns overcame a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Clippers for the 13th time in 14 meetings.
Blake Griffin scored 25 points for Los Angeles, which fell 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Lakers in the Pacific Division.
Phoenix has won nine of its last 12 games, the latest victory coming as veterans Steve Nash and Grant Hill were rested for the middle contest of a stretch of three games in three nights.
Brown hit two free throws with 1:33 left to give the Suns an 89-87 lead. He added two more free throws with 6.3 seconds remaining.
Phoenix trailed 75-64 entering the final quarter and fell behind by 12 before rolling off 10 consecutive points. The Suns eventually tied the score at 84 on two free throws by Jared Dudley with 2:52 left.
The Clippers led by 12 points after the opening quarter and used a 10-0 run to take a 47-30 lead with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second. Griffin scored three straight baskets during the run.
Phoenix roared back with nine straight points to end the half down 47-39.
Caron Butler added 14 points for the Clippers.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Clippers guard Chris Paul had 10 points and 11 assists for his 11th double-double of the season … Frye had four of Phoenix’s nine 3-pointers … Los Angeles was just 5 of 12 from the free-throw line … Sebastian Telfair started for Nash and had seven points and eight assists.
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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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L.A. Clippers Denver 103 95
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:30 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #52 Scott Twardoski, #57 Greg Willard, #40 Leon Wood
Attendance - 19163
Paul was 11 of 16 from the field and made 11 of 12 free throws.
The Clippers led 89-83 but Denver used a 7-0 run to take back the lead, 90-89 with 7:26 left. That was the final field goal the Nuggets (18-16) made as they missed their final 13 shots. Griffin scored six of the Clippers final 12 points as they pulled away.
DeAndre Jordan grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 10 for the Clippers (20-11), who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Jordan Hamilton had his best game of the season for the Nuggets, scoring a season-best 18 points, including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers, and grabbing seven rebounds.
Denver’s Arron Afflalo had 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
Nuggets reserve Al Harrington had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. Kenneth Faried had 12 points and nine rebounds.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said he is pleased overall with the Clippers as they heading into the All-Star break. “I’m pleased with the way the guys have kind of tried to come together with a lot of moving parts,” Del Negro said. “I think overall the guys have really stayed together and grinded some wins out for us, which has put us in a good position.” … Nene (calf injury) has played in just 23 of Denver’s 34 games and might not be 100 percent healthy until next season, according to coach George Karl. … Los Angeles’ Mo Williams was just 2 of 16 and made just 1 of 9 3-pointers.
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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.
SPURS 103, CLIPPERS 100 (OT): Recap of the Spurs Vs Clippers game:
Gary Neal hit the game-tying 3-pointer late in regulation and added a back-breaking 3 in extra time as visiting San Antonio ran its winning streak to 10 games Saturday afternoon.
A pair of Chris Paul free throws represented the lone offense through the opening 2:52 of the extra session. Matt Bonner sent the Spurs in front with a 3-pointer, but Blake Griffin drew a foul with 42 seconds left and connected on one of two foul shots to draw the Clippers even.
On the ensuing San Antonio posession, Neal gathered a Tim Duncan pass and buried a 3-pointer to give the Spurs the lead for good. Paul whiffed on a layup at the other end, San Antonio recovered the rebound and Tony Parker hit two free throws to put the game away.
Parker finished with 30 points and 10 assists for the Spurs, who improved to 6-0 on their annual rodeo road trip. Duncan added 11 points and 17 rebounds.
Griffin led the way with 22 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for the Clippers. Paul and Randy Foye poured in 21 points apiece.
Trailing by one with 32 seconds left, Parker was fouled and made both shots to put the Spurs back ahead. Paul returned the favor on the Clippers’ next possession to restore the L.A. lead, and Duncan missed a layup at the other end that would have given San Antonio the edge.
The Clippers regained possession and Paul knocked down a pair of free throws for a three-point lead. The teams exchanged turnovers in the final 10 seconds, giving the Spurs a chance for the tie – and Neal made good, knocking down a 25-footer with five seconds remaining.
GAME NOTEBOOK: San Antonio finished with seven blocked shots while the Clippers didn’t register any. Los Angeles came into the game ranked eighth in the NBA in blocks per game (5.4). … The Spurs won despite shooting just 11 for 21 from the free-throw line. The Clippers went 20 for 23. … All five of Neal’s field goals came from beyond the arc.
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San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Clippers
NBA / Western Conference
Staples Center, Los Angeles,
Saturday, February 18th, 2012. 3:30 PM EST
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Analysis of the San Antonio Spurs:
Like most years, the Spurs are quietly letting the league know that they’re one of the best teams of the year, already 21-9 and 1st in their division. Behind the veteran leadership of PG Tony Parker, C Tim Duncan, and SG Manu Ginobli, the Spurs are in great shape to make another deep playoff run this year. The only worry for this team is age, as all of their core players are in range to retire sooner rather than later.
Analysis of the Los Angeles Clippers:
Looking at the Spurs, if you were to try and find a team with the exact opposite qualifications as them you’d probably see the Clippers. The Spurs quietly win while the Clippers are loudly letting everyone know they’ve arrived on the scene. The Spurs pride themselves on a tough defense, the Clippers on an unstoppable offense. The Spurs have experience on their side, the Clippers more talent. Despite these differences, the results for both are very similar; the Clippers are 19-9 and 1st in their division as well.
Key players to watch:
San Antonio Spurs: Manu Ginobli
Ginobli will get an interesting matchup against fellow established G Chauncey Billups. Both are two of the more respected veterans in the league and both pride themselves on both their offensive and defensive abilities. Ginobli will have to show up and shut down Billups for the Spurs to come out of LA with a W.
Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin
PF Blake Griffin presents a matchup problem for the Spurs. They don’t have a true big man to matchup with him really (Duncan will probably cover C DeAndre Jordan) and rookie SF Kawhi Leonard may be their best option. Griffin always comes to play, but if he gets put up against an undersized rookie then expect him to go off for close to 30 points.
Key statistic: turnovers
These teams are two of the best at limiting their turnovers in every game. The both only turn the ball over about 14 times each game, putting them each in the top 5 in the league. The team that can either improve on this statistic or force more on their opponent’s end will be the one to come out victorious.
As outlined, these teams are very different yet very effective. On a Saturday afternoon in LA, not televised, I think it favors the Spurs style of play: quietly shutting down their opponent and leaving the league to think come May, “Wow, did they really play that well this season?” This game will just add to that feeling.
Prediction = San Antonio Spurs: 89 – Los Angeles Clippers: 80
Wizards Vs Clippers Preview
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
THE STORY: The Washington Wizards are becoming road warriors. Washington earned its second consecutive road win after starting 0-9, smashing Portland 124-109 on Tuesday. Nick Young led the Wizards with a season-high 35 points, going 7 of 8 on 3-pointers. The Wizards go for a three-game road winning streak as they take on the L.A. Clippers on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Clippers return home after going 4-2 on a six-game trip they felt they could have swept. “We could have won this whole trip out,” Chris Paul said.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet (Wizards), FS West (Clippers)
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (7-22): Young helped the Wizards record a season high in points. “It just felt good getting those 3s knocked down.” Young said. “We were all jelling off each other. I feel like we are turning into a good team.” JaVale McGee had his 10th double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. The Wizards are 5-7 under coach Randy Wittman, who replaced Flip Saunders after an awful 2-15 start. They also have won three of their last five games.
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (17-9): Caron Butler said he was caught up in the pregame ceremony when he received his 2011 championship ring from Dallas before Monday’s game. “I was very emotional. I didn’t think I was going to be as emotional. … It was a great feeling. I almost cried. I had to put my head down a couple of times to try to gather myself.”
1. Washington shot 60 percent from the field (48 of 80) and 52 percent on 3-pointers (9 of 17) in Tuesday’s victory.
2. The Clippers’ 17-9 start is their second best through 26 games in franchise history. The team started 18-8 in 1974-75 when it was based in Buffalo.
3. The Clippers’ 26-point win over the Wizards was their largest ever in Washington – and came despite the Clippers shooting just 6 of 17 from the line.
PREDICTION: Clippers 105, Wizards 94.