April 2, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Jared Dudley had started the first 29 regular-season games for the Clippers, struggling to find his way before eventually losing his small forward position to Matt Barnes on Jan. 20 at Detroit. Now Dudley is in the midst of just trying to get some playing time, but even with limited minutes, he hasn't complained. "You just got to stay ready," Dudley said. "I just think my game is suited for the playoffs. When you have two or three days to prepare for a guy, you know what you're going to get from me. " Things got worse for Dudley when the Clippers signed free-agent Danny Granger, who just happened to play the same small forward position as Dudley.
March 6, 2014 |
Two weeks have passed since the NBA trading deadline, two weeks for Matt Barnes to contemplate his future with the Clippers. Barnes has elevated his game during that time, but it still appears to weigh on the small forward that he was among Clippers mentioned in trade talks with the New York Knicks. Rather than sulk, Barnes has seemed to use that as fuel for perhaps his best stretch of games all season. In six games after the trade deadline passed, Barnes averaged 17.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists before the Clippers played the Lakers on Thursday night at Staples Center.
March 4, 2014 |
PHOENIX - They talked about their intense defense in the second half, about how Matt Barnes' big third quarter carried the Clippers, about DeAndre Jordan's big block in the fourth when the game hung in the balance and about Blake Griffin's clutch shot. When the Clippers added all that up, they had walked away with a 104-96 victory over the stubborn Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night at US Airways Center. After giving up 55 points in the first half, the Clippers held Phoenix to 41 points in the second half.
February 26, 2014 |
Matt Barnes has admitted that all the trade chatter bothered the Clippers' starting small forward. Since not being traded away at the trade deadline last Thursday, Barnes has played perhaps his best basketball of the season. In the three games since then, Barnes has averaged 17 points and 5.6 rebounds. He has shot 54.4% from the field, a sizzling 60% (12-for-20) from three-point range. Barnes had his best game last Sunday at Oklahoma City, scoring 24 points on eight-for-14 shooting, six-for-10 from three-point range.
February 26, 2014 |
Barnes & Noble reported a net profit of $63.2 million for the holiday 2013 quarter Wednesday. That is a significant change from a year earlier, when it reported a loss of $3.7 million. The difference is the company's e-reader, the Nook. Barnes & Noble has spun off the money-losing Nook into its own unit and has been taking cost-cutting measures, including clearing inventory and laying off workers. “The company looks like it's back on track” John Tinker, an analyst at Maxim Group in New York, told Bloomberg Businessweek.
February 13, 2014 |
Pottery Barn is opening its only outlet store west of Texas in the Outlets at Tejon, a 320,000-square-foot center north of the Grapevine set to begin operating in August . The 12,397-square-foot unit will be Pottery Barn's ninth outlet store in the United States. Pottery Barn had 193 standard stores as of Oct. 28. The chain is owned by Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco, which also runs an eponymous chain as well as the West Elm home furnishings business. In the third quarter, Pottery Barn same-store sales rose 8.4%, smaller than the 11.1% increase it saw during the same quarter in 2012.