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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The dollar menu TNT analyst Charles Barkley, speaking with late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien about some of his chintzy millionaire friends: "There's nobody cheaper than Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. Oh, yeah, [Jordan is] cheap. I always give homeless people money and he will always slap my hand [and say], 'If they can ask you for spare change, they can say, "Welcome to McDonald's, can I help you, please?" ' " A costly alternative Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, on his team's efforts to end its recent slide: "We've had plenty of players-only meetings.
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March 18, 2007 | BEN BOLCH
No. 4 TEXAS vs. No. 5 USC * at Spokane, Wash. -- If USC has an advantage, it would seem to be that the Trojans are a veteran group, while the Longhorns start four freshmen and a sophomore. --BEN BOLCH
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January 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA 1. INDIANA (29-7)  ABC doesn't want Pacers in the Finals even with 141% local TV ratings jump. (2) 2. SAN ANT. (28-8)  Spurs lead West but have ground to make up in Texas (0-2 versus Rockets). (5) CORNER ROOM AT THE W 3. MIAMI (27-10)  Heat receives anti-flopping warning after losses to Knicks, Nets. (1) 4. OKLA. CITY (28-9)  Thunder starting to wear down with Kevin Durant continually going one on five.
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May 18, 2004 | Ben Bolch
Update -- Alvarez, a veteran left-hander who has a 0.00 earned-run average in two starts and a 17 1/3-inning scoreless streak, appears to be the ideal candidate to help the Dodgers end their four-game losing streak. Philadelphia has recovered after a slow start, pulling within 1 1/2 games of the Florida Marlins in the NL East. Padilla has rebounded since losing his first four decisions. -- Ben Bolch
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February 9, 2010
Clippers tonight VS. UTAH When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime. Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 21-29, Utah 31-18. Record vs. Utah: 0-1. Update: The Jazz has an eight-game win streak, but six were at home. It has a losing record on the road. Carlos Boozer (19.2 points a game) is expected to return from a strained calf. -- Ben Bolch
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December 12, 2010
vs. UC Davis, Monday at Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket: The Aggies (4-5) will be playing their first game since Dec. 4, when they defeated Division II Notre Dame de Namur, 80-53. Senior guard Joe Harden leads UC Davis in points (15.3) and rebounds (6.1). ? Ben Bolch
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January 31, 2010
Clippers tonight AT CLEVELAND When: 3 PST. Where: Quicken Loans Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 20-26, Cavaliers 37-11. Record vs. Cavaliers: 0-1. Update: The Clippers meet an Eastern Conference power that's on a seven-game winning streak. Cleveland is expected to be without guard Mo Williams, who has a sprained shoulder, and possibly guard Delonte West, who is recovering from a broken finger.
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February 24, 2010
Clippers tonight VS. DETROIT When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime. Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 23-33, Detroit 21-35. Record vs. Detroit: 1-0. Update: The Pistons were missing guard Richard Hamilton and forward Tayshaun Prince when the Clippers beat them, 104-96, on Nov. 27, but both have returned to their lineup. The Clippers are 10-2 at home against teams under .500 and are seeking their first three-game winning streak since winning four straight from Dec. 31 to Jan. 10. -- Ben Bolch
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October 28, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
PLAYOFF-BOUND 1. Miami 2012-13 finish: 66-16. Coming: Michael Beasley, Greg Oden. Going: Mike Miller, Juwan Howard. The Heat propped up its three-peat hopes with two balky knees and a whiff of controversy. Oden has already encountered knee swelling in his bid to play for the first time since 2009, enshrouding his return in further doubt. 2. Indiana 2012-13 finish: 49-32. Coming: Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, C.J. Watson, Solomon Hill.
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October 28, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
PLAYOFF-BOUND 1. San Antonio 2012-13 finish: 58-24. Coming: Marco Belinelli, Jeff Pendergraph. Going: Gary Neal, DeJuan Blair. Before anyone asks the Spurs to appear en masse on the next episode of "Derek," Ricky Gervais' thoughtful look at retirement home living, let's assess a few benefits of being old and reliable: San Antonio has finished first-first-second in the West over the last three seasons. Plus, the Spurs aren't really all that old; Kawhi Leonard, the team's new No. 3 option, is barely out of his Nickelodeon Jr. stage.
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September 16, 2013 | Ben Bolch
Three-peat is so 1988. The term purportedly coined by Byron Scott and definitively trademarked by Pat Riley amid the Lakers' failed bid for a third consecutive NBA title in the late '80s should be discarded like the faded T-shirts bearing the slogan that were once standard attire inside the Great Western Forum. It's time for a new Rileyism, particularly with the current team president of the Miami Heat chasing another championship to go with the ones his team won in 2012 and '13. In the spirit of the quest, here's a trio of alternatives for the Heat this season: Big Three for Three . An homage to the collective success of Heat stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh since joining forces in 2010.
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June 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Chris Paul and Dwight Howard became free agents at 9:01 p.m. PT on Sunday. At 9:02 p.m., all but a handful of NBA teams stopped daydreaming and resumed their pursuit of more realistic options. If Paul and Howard represent the Rodeo Drive of this year's free-agent class, available to a select few, then there is still plenty of quality shopping to be done at nearby mega-malls. Andrew Bynum, Al Jefferson and Nikola Pekovic are all available. And those are just some of the top centers.
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