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September 29, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Little wonder the kid was looking weary in Las Vegas during summer league. After all, leaving the hotel late at night and getting back after 1 a.m. can take its toll. Only small forward Al-Farouq Aminu, the Clippers' first-round draft choice in June, was shooting a thousand or so jumpers with veteran Pistons guard Ben Gordon at the gym, not posting up around blackjack tables. "I wasn't happy with his energy at times during summer league," said Neil Olshey , the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations.
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June 18, 2013 | By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times
The drama between the Clippers and Boston Celtics is over - at least for now. Both teams declared Tuesday that they had called off talks for a potential blockbuster deal that could have brought Boston Coach Doc Rivers and power forward Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles. But even with both sides saying they'd had their last conversation about the complicated deal, several NBA executives said it won't truly be over until the Clippers actually hire a coach who is not named Doc Rivers.
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December 31, 2010 | By Chris Foster
Clippers forward Al-Farouq Aminu has seen his playing go up the last three games, and he knows the reason is not so much about his abilities with the ball in his hands. "Coach always said, 'Defense is going to get you out on the court,' " Aminu said. The 6-foot-9 rookie has averaged 27 minutes the last three games. He is averaging 11 points and six rebounds in that stretch, while giving the Clippers a threat from beyond the three-point line. But it's the things he has done at the other end that have Coach Vinny Del Negro running Aminu onto the floor.
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April 12, 2013 | By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times
NEW ORLEANS - They were like the Three Amigos in the fourth quarter, playing all 12 minutes, doing their parts to help the Clippers finally get by the New Orleans Hornets. Jamal Crawford had 10 of his 15 points in the fourth, Eric Bledsoe all nine of his points in the final quarter and Matt Barnes had seven of his 16 points in the last quarter. That trio played as big a role for the Clippers as anybody else. "I think our biggest contribution to this team is our energy and our effort," Barnes said about the group.
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June 24, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Rebounding, presumably, will not be an issue for the Clippers next season. Al-Farouq Aminu, the 6-foot-9 forward from Wake Forest blessed with a 7-3 wingspan, will join Blake Griffin in the Clippers' frontcourt, giving them a formidable one-two punch. Not only could the Clippers have two first-round selections debuting in the starting lineup, but there could be three first-rounders from the last two drafts on the court next season. That intriguing scenario became possible not long after they, as expected, took Aminu with the No. 8 pick in the first round in the NBA Draft on Thursday.
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November 14, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Eric Bledsoe played on a team that lost three games last season. Blake Griffin ? All of six losses during his final collegiate season. Well, kids, we aren't in Kentucky or Oklahoma anymore. The NBA season is in its infancy, not even four weeks old, and the Clippers have lost nine games, two shy of the 11 losses suffered by rookie Al-Farouq Aminu last season at Wake Forest. (It should be noted the Clippers have played 10 games.) "It's totally different than college, a lot more games and lot less practice time," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said.
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March 26, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio 980, 1220. Records: Clippers 27-21, Hornets 12-36. Record vs. Hornets : 0-1. Update: Chris Paul returned last week to New Orleans to face the team he played with for six seasons. The Clippers lost that game. This time, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu, who were traded for Paul in December, return for the first time to L.A. Eric Gordon, also part of the trade, is out with a right knee injury.
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December 16, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Reporting from Philadelphia ? The usual suspects took down the Clippers ? turnovers and lack of defensive stops, among other things ? and their bench didn't lend much of a hand in the team's loss against the 76ers on Wednesday. Reserve forward Thaddeus Young had 12 points for Philadelphia, just two points shy of the entire Clippers bench. Clippers rookie forward Al-Farouq Aminu had two points in 15-plus minutes and veteran forward Rasual Butler , who played college ball locally at La Salle University, went scoreless in nearly 17 minutes, taking just two shots.
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April 1, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
A shortage of small forwards. Oh, that … again. It really never goes away for the Clippers. It was a lingering concern during the exhibition season. In November. And in March. April too? You get the idea. Coach Vinny Del Negro sighed when the subject was broached once again Thursday after practice. The Clippers, who play at the Phoenix Suns on Friday, have seven games remaining, five on the road. One thing Del Negro is considering: shutting small down forward Ryan Gomes for the rest of the season.
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December 11, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
  The Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets were working vigorously Sunday night to consummate a blockbuster deal that would send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers' cross-town rivals, said two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak on the matter. The deal hasn't been completed, but both sides were in the closing stages of the negotiations. The Clippers would send the Hornets center Chris Kaman, backup second-year guard Eric Bledsoe, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the No. 1 draft pick they got from the Minnesota Timberwolves that is unprotected in the 2012 draft, considered to be one of the best in recent years.
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March 26, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio 980, 1220. Records: Clippers 27-21, Hornets 12-36. Record vs. Hornets : 0-1. Update: Chris Paul returned last week to New Orleans to face the team he played with for six seasons. The Clippers lost that game. This time, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu, who were traded for Paul in December, return for the first time to L.A. Eric Gordon, also part of the trade, is out with a right knee injury.
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March 26, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
  Coach Vinny Del Negro's seat continued to cool Monday as the Clippers crushed the short-handed New Orleans Hornets, 97-85, in front of 19,060 at Staples Center. The win was the second consecutive for the Clippers after last week's season-high three-game losing streak started speculation that Del Negro might soon be out of a job. That talk was quieted as the Clippers dominated a team they lost to less than a week ago, building a lead by as many as 27 points.
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March 22, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
Reporting from New Orleans — The Clippers lost to the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night at New Orleans Arena because L.A. failed to execute in the fourth quarter. The Clippers lost to the Hornets, 97-90, because they didn't play defense. New Orleans shot 57.6% from the field. But in the fourth quarter, the Hornets ripped the Clippers defense for 63.6% (seven for 11) shooting. The Clippers were outscored, 21-11, in the fourth and made just 17.4% (four for 23, 0 for 10 from three-point range)
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March 19, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
Reporting from Indianapolis — It's back on the road again for the Clippers, part of their nine games away from Staples Center in March as they play a heavy schedule of 20 games this month. But this stretch of road games has to be considered the most harrowing, challenging and demanding physically and mentally for the Clippers. They will play back-to-back-to-back games for the second time this season — and all are on the road. The Clippers start at the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, then play at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday and finish at the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday.
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February 5, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
Reporting from Orlando -- The smile on Kenyon Martin's face said a lot. Martin had just joined the Clippers for practice Sunday in Orlando — he didn't take part in the session, however — two days after he signed a contract to play for team. Both Martin and Coach Vinny Del Negro said there is no timetable for him to play in a game, but Martin said he'd like to be in uniform playing before the team finishes a six-game, 10-day trip that continues Monday night against the Orlando Magic.
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February 4, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Another Cuban crisis Mark Cuban is back. The Dallas Mavericks owner who had been strangely restrained with his comments going back to last season's championship run lashed out at officials Wednesday for what he considered a rash of bad calls in the lockout-shortened season. "These were officials that have been part of the league for years, and it was just off-the-charts bad," Cuban told ESPNDallas.com after Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle had been ejected following a pair of fourth-quarter technical fouls in a loss to Oklahoma City.
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December 12, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The Clippers have been beyond charitable lately, giving opponents 47 extra possessions in recent one-point losses to the Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies. But Coach Vinny Del Negro is tired of the turnovers, partly a side effect of the Clippers' youthful core, so for Sunday's game against the Orlando Magic, he started veterans Baron Davis and Ryan Gomes over rookies Eric Bledsoe and Al-Farouq Aminu . "It's nothing against the rookies," Del Negro said. "It's just the right time to do it. " Del Negro praised his young players, given the situation they're in, but said, "They have to learn and try not to make the same mistake twice, try not to compound mistakes.
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October 27, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
The final difficult hurdle for Blake Griffin may have been Tuesday night when NBA action started. That's when he settled in to watch Miami-Boston and quickly felt that holiday feeling. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas ? well, Christmas in October. "Oh yeah, definitely," he said after the Clippers' morning shootaround Wednesday. "Last night, somebody texted me, 'This is like Christmas Eve for you, isn't it?' I was like, 'Exactly.' "Last night, I started watching the game, I guess it started at 4:30.
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December 23, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
These are not your father's Clippers. You know, the ones who were perennially lottery-bound or always done by April 15. The ones who have not played in the postseason since 2006 and who have qualified for the playoffs four times in the 30 years that Donald Sterling has owned the team. The ones who were 32-50 last season. These are the Clippers of your little brother, that little smart-mouthed dude who swore his Clippers would be good one day — you'll see, he repeated. That day is here.
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December 19, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
It was hardly the Battle of L.A. That was last week, when Chris Paul ended up with the Clippers instead of their sun-is-always-shining rivals down the hall at Staples Center. Score another one for the Clippers, though, who beat the Lakers in an exhibition opener, 114-95, Monday night. It was a small-scale victory to be remembered by nobody in a week, but the Clippers will take what they can get against the Lakers. PHOTOS: Lakers vs. Clippers They looked younger and hungrier after the long lockout layoff, and they'll get another chance to prove it Wednesday when the teams meet again at Staples Center.
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