It’s now 14 and counting for the LA Clippers who now hold the longest winning streak in the NBA this season and of course they have already recorder the longest winning streak in the history of the franchise. This time it was the Denver Nuggets who fell to the top formed LA team, 112-100 on the last game of the Christmas Day.
As usual, the Clippers bench turned on fire but this time they didn’t wait till the last quarter, as they usually do. Instead they picked up their performance right from the start. They managed to score a season-high 42 points in the second quarter, while holding their opponents to just 22. The bench scored 28 of those 42 points and the lead was extended to 67-48 by halftime. That outburst was enough to give LA the win and all they really had to do was to just maintain their advantage through the next half. Crawford with 22 points, Barnes with 20 and Eric Bledsoe with 12 points led the way for the Clippers. The starters also performed well but didn’t have to do anything more than to just keep the engine warm, as the reserves had already done the dirty job. The exciting crowd in the Staples Center had the opportunity to enjoy a perfect Christmas Day game that included several highflying dunks and breakaway highlight moments, with Blake Griffin being the protagonist once again. He finished with 13 points while Chris Paul had 14 to go along with 8 assists. Lamar Odom had a smooth performance with 6 points and also 10 rebounds. “We had good bench production tonight, especially in that second quarter, and at the end of the third a little bit to withstand their run. Just a good, overall team effort.” Said Clippers Coach Vinnie Del Negro.
The Clippers are now lying at the top of the Western Conference with a 22-6 record and also have the best record in the entire league, after Oklahoma City fell to the Miami Heat a few hours before. “It’s nice, but it’s Christmas and we have a long way to … a lot of games to play and a lot of improving to do.” , said Coach Vinnie Del Negro, meaning that the team shouldn’t rest on their up to this point successful run.
For the Nuggets, starting center Kostas Koufos had a great game with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ty Lawson finished with 15. However, their star forward Danillo Gallinari was ice-cold shooting just 1-10 from the field to finish with 7 points.
The game at Staples Center started just 7.30 hours after the Lakers game was finished and it was really challenging for the stadium’s staff to have everything set up till tipoff. The Clippers have now improved to a 13-3 record at home.
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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Typically an NBA club would be ecstatic over a 5-2 start that includes a big win over the San Antonio Spurs. The Los Angeles Clippers find themselves in that position, leading the Pacific Division six games in. Unfortunately for Clippers fans those two losses are head scratchers, both at home to Golden State and Cleveland.
This proves that once again the Clippers are nothing but consistent in their lack of consistency. Even with that lack of consistency the Clips are in a solid position in the Pacific division, especially with the heavily favored Lakers occupying last place in the Pacific.
Of course it’s that lack of consistency that puzzles Clippers fans as well as a handful of other lingering questions marks like:
The Coaching Situation: Like his former Staples Center colleague Mike Brown, Vinny Del Negro is the target of constant criticism and bemusement from the pundits. A large part of the Clippers inconsistency is a perceived lack of effort at times and some real ups and downs on the defensive end. Any time a team with the sheer athleticism of the Clippers struggles as much as they do on the defensive boards and defending the basket (opponents shooting 60% at the rim) the coach is going to receive some heat. The Clippers can likely coast to a fifty-win season based on their sheer depth and athleticism inside. Unfortunately it’s during playoff basketball that you become exposed, exhibit A being the San Antonio Spurs series last season. Until the Clippers make a deep playoff run and beat a team like San Antonio the question marks regarding Del Negro’s coaching ability will remain.
Effort: Of course a lack of success on the defensive end can only partially be blamed on the scheme and head coach. The Clippers are consistently being outrebounded even though they boast arguably two of the top ten most athletic post players in basketball in Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. As Dennis Rodman and Kevin Love have shown rebounding is about a lot more than athletic ability, a huge part of it is hustle and desire. If the Lob City went after defensive boards like they did Chris Paul lob passes they wouldn’t be in a negative rebounding margin.
The Rotation: Beyond the defensive end another area where critics of Del Negro are constantly scratching their heads is his rotation. A prime example this year is the disparity in minutes between Willie Greene and Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe has been one of the Clippers bright spots with his energy and ability to push the basketball, but for some reason his minutes have been half of those of Willie Green, with Bledsoe nearly doubling Greene in PER.
Admittedly it’s way too early to rip the rotation. This early in the season teams are typically trying to find out what their ideal rotation is. Still the construction of the Clippers roster can be a bit head-scratching at times. There are three guys whose best position is small forward in Matt Barnes, Grant Hill, and Caron Butler. Combine those three with two guys who also can play the three in Jamal Crawford and Lamar Odom and you have quite a glut at the swingman spot. At the point guard spot Chris Paul is clearly the team leader and top three NBA point guard—but behind Paul are two others guys that need minutes in Eric Bledsoe and Chauncey Billups (when he returns). It’s clear that Del Negro will have his work cut out for him in finding a consistent winning rotation while keeping everyone happy.
Question marks aside the Clippers are still 5-2 and in a great position. If they can overcome the occasional off-nights against poor clubs they are a real threat to win the Pacific Conference. Considering their still very much a young team it’s important they gain one of the top four seeds out west and avoid an early matchup against a team like San Antonio or Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers proved they have what it takes to make a playoff run last season. Now they need to prove they can make a deep run into the playoffs.
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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The Clippers are back and better than ever, giving you plenty of reasons to get out and show your support as they look to make a big move in the West. They have had some great players come through their roster, but now they have some superstars ready to help them make the leap to the next level. The Los Angeles Clippers have plenty of reason to be optimistic this postseason, with stars all over the court and players that have a knack for clutch situations.
So after about 4 months of NBA basketball, how do the Clippers playoff chances look?
The playoffs are the ultimate zero sum game. You can’t analyze any one team’s playoff outlook in a vacuum -you have to look at the entire Western Conference, because 8 teams are going to make the playoffs, whether there are 12 really good teams or only 4 really good teams. In this season, we’ve seen surprises, disappointments, and injuries that will likely affect the overall playoff picture.
LA Clippers have been struggling for over a month now. Like the infamous ‘busted water pipe’ game in Memphis that soured an entire season two years ago, the Clippers seemed to lose their mojo this year on February 18, when Ryan Gomes’ inbounds pass led Chris Paul into the backcourt with the Clippers leading by three and just seconds remaining. The Clippers had played well in that game to that point, well enough to beat a Spurs team that they never beat — but in those few seconds, Paul threw the ball to Gary Neal to avoid a violation, Neal sank a three pointer to force overtime — and the Clippers haven’t been the same since.
Beginning with that game on February 18, the Clippers lost 12 out of 19 games. But even in their 7 wins over that time, they never looked sustainably good. A win in San Antonio on March 9 looks great on paper, but the simple fact is that the Clippers shot a ridiculous percentage from deep that game, which is not a recipe for long term success. The other recent wins have tended to be hard-fought — a lot of fourth quarter comebacks, a lot of Chris Paul heroics.
Until Saturday that is. Saturday was different. For one thing, the sputtering Clippers offense scored more than 100 points again after being held below the century mark for nine straight games. But most importantly, the Clippers played a full 48 minute game, avoiding the lulls that have constantly let opponents back into games over the past five weeks.
Four home games this week:
•New Orleans Hornets
•Portland Trail Blazers
Four opponents with poor road records. Plenty of motivation to help a sometimes unfocused Clippers team come out with purpose and urgency. Taken together, it’s an opportunity to build some momentum, to put some distance between the team and their recent poor play, to solidify their position in the playoff race. The Clippers have not been a particularly good home team recently, and they’ve continually experienced lulls that have cost them in winnable games, and that could easily happen here as well. But if the Clippers can take care of business this week, the season will be back on track.
Amazingly, despite the 7-12 stretch, the Clippers remain in fourth place in the Western Conference, in position for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
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L.A. Clippers 97, New Orleans 85
Monday, March 26, 2012 10:30 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #26 Pat Fraher, #10 Ron Garretson, #28 Tommy Nunez Jr.
Attendance - 19060
CLIPPERS Vs HORNETS 97, 85: Chris Paul turned in a stronger effort against his former team this time with 25 points and 10 assists as host Los Angeles moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference.
Blake Griffin added 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting and chipped in seven rebounds and five assists for the Clippers, who lost at the Hornets last week.
Paul struggled to 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting in his return trip to New Orleans but seemed much more comfortable at the Staples Center, going 9 for 17 from the floor and committing only one turnover.
Turnovers were hard to avoid for the Hornets on Monday as the Western Conference’s worst team coughed the ball up 27 times en route to their third loss in four games.
The Clippers shot 57 percent from the floor in the first half to grab a 49-38 lead and put the game away in the third quarter. Paul scored 10 points during a 17-5 run to close the frame, giving Los Angeles a 74-55 edge heading into the final period.
Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points off the bench for New Orleans, which did not have a starter reach double figures.
GAME NOTEBOOK: One area where the Hornets had the advantage was on the glass, with a 38-23 rebounding margin. … Both teams shot 50 percent for the game (Los Angeles 37 for 74, New Orleans 31 for 62). … Nick Young scored 17 points for the Clippers, his highest total since joining the team.
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Pistons Vs Clippers
When: 3:30 PM ET, Sunday, March 18, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
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THE STORY: The Los Angeles Clippers should think about asking the Los Angeles Lakers for a tutorial on how to hold serve at the Staples Center. The Clippers needed a late rally to defeat the woefully undermanned Houston Rockets on Saturday, giving them a chance to salvage their six-game homestand with a .500 record when the Detroit Pistons visit on Sunday. Detroit has won four of six and is coming off back-to-back 100-point games for the first time this season.
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, FSD, FSSD
ABOUT THE PISTONS (16-28): Although Detroit ranks 28th in the league in scoring, its offense has picked up noticeably in the past month. The Pistons have cracked 100 points seven times in their last 17 games after reaching the century mark only once in the first 27. During the eight-game streak in which Detroit has gone 5-3, Rodney Stuckey is averaging 25.1 points. Guard Brandon Knight seems to be regaining his long-range touch, burying four 3-pointers in Friday’s loss at Phoenix.
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (25-18): After scoring only two points and sleepwalking through the first half, Chris Paul came alive to rescue Los Angeles on Saturday. Paul scored 12 points in the final 2:42, including 10 straight to help the Clippers erase a six-point deficit. Paul tied a season high with five steals and finished with 23 points, matching his output in the opener of the five-game homestand. In his previous three games, he had scored a total of 39 points.
1. Nick Young, acquired from Washington at the trade deadline, could suit up Sunday but is expected to make his Clippers debut Tuesday.
2. Knight leads NBA rookies with 67 3-pointers. He needs three more to pass Lindsay Hunter for the team rookie record.
PREDICTION: Clippers 102, Pistons 97
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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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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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