February 2, 2010 |
It was a New Year's resolution that sounded familiar: Craig Smith wanted to get more active. Only it didn't involve treadmills or weight loss, just being more assertive coming off the bench. January was a time of progress for the Clippers forward, although not for his team, which had a 6-9 record last month. Smith averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds last month after averaging 3.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in December. He was productive even on nights when the Clippers struggled, scoring 21 points in a blowout loss at Denver and 18 in a dispiriting setback last week against the New Jersey Nets.
January 10, 2013
William Haines Designs, the company that carries on the design legacy of the legendary Hollywood decorator-to-the-stars, fittingly chose Oscar season to bring back a classic: the Avalon. The 1950 Billy Haines chair and bench designs are being reissued this month with some 2013 tweaks. Whereas the original Avalon chairs were painted with oil enamel, production manager Greg Bianchini said, the reissues will be zinc-plated and powder-coated for weather resistance. Modern, fast-drying foam has replaced 1950s foam rubber that eventually hardened or disintegrated.
December 4, 2013 |
For now, at least, Willie Green will be the Clippers' starting shooting guard in place of the injured J.J. Redick, and Jamal Crawford will come off the bench. Coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday at the team's shootaround that he likes to have Crawford provide the Clippers with an offensive burst off the bench. Redick is expected to be out six to eight weeks with a broken right hand and torn ligaments on his right wrist. “Willie will play unless something else happens,” Rivers said.
January 17, 2013 |
Pau Gasol returned after a five-game absence on Thursday night in the Lakers 99-90 loss to the Miami Heat. Gasol came off the bench in his first appearance since suffering a concussion on Jan. 6 against the Denver Nuggets. "I've been a starter my entire career. I think this is my first games as a Laker, coming from the bench," said Gasol. "It's not something that I would enjoy I think. " Gasol said he understood the circumstances, "coming back from the concussion" against the Heat after almost two weeks off. Would he be open to coming off the bench moving forward?
August 18, 2012 |
Remember when Lakers forward Robert Horry drilled that game-winning three-point shot in Game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference finals against the Sacramento Kings? Or when Brian Shaw made those crucial three-pointers in Game 7 of the 2000 conference finals to bring the Lakers back from a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit in a stirring victory over the Portland Trail Blazers? Now think back to May of this year, when Steve Blake missed a wide-open, potential game-winning three-pointer in Game 2 of the conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder - a shot that was a microcosm of the dreadful year the Lakers' bench had. But the worst bench in the NBA production-wise has improved markedly on paper in the off-season.
October 11, 2012 |
Alex Rodriguez was removed from the New York Yankees' lineup at a key moment of Game 3 of the American League division series Wednesday night. It was a bold move by Manager Joe Girardi and one that paid off -- pinch hitter Raul Ibanez hit the game-tying home run in the ninth inning and the game-winning homer in the 12th to give the Yankees a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. But even with those spectacular results, don't expect to see the Yankees' slumping superstar on the bench for the start for Game 3. When Girardi was asked Thursday if he expected Rodriguez to be back in the lineup for the 4:37 p.m. Pacific time game, Girardi said : "Yeah.
November 21, 2009 |
Lamar Odom wasn't entirely thrilled when he found out he was no longer a starter last year in training camp, saying Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was "out of his . . . mind" for making him come off the bench. Times change, people mature and championships get won. Now it's Odom who approached Jackson about returning to the second unit, seemingly eager to go back to reserve status after 11 games as a starter during Pau Gasol's absence. "He came to me about a week and a half ago and said, 'You know that bench really needs me on the floor with them,' " Jackson said Thursday.
March 22, 2013 |
Few Lakers fans knew Earl Clark's name at the start of the season. When injuries hit the team's big men, Clark found himself in the starting lineup. Now Pau Gasol's return from a 20-game absence means a return to the bench for Clark, who has averaged 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds as a starter. "I'm going to be fine, man," the easy-going Clark said Friday. "I think I did my job well. Pau, he's a Hall of Famer. He makes a lot of money. The guy's a two-time champion and I don't know how many All-Star games [four]
June 10, 2010 |
When it came to the heavy lifting Thursday, it was the bench press of Boston that decided Game 4. That was excellent game management by Doc Rivers, leaving the bench in just long enough in the fourth quarter to take control down the stretch, but not so long as to ice the starters on the sideline. There's a fine line you have to walk as a coach to make sure all the egos are massaged. In this case, everybody got in, everybody played a role, and nobody could go home thinking, "The coach doesn't believe in me."
December 30, 2011 |
Instead of Bryant, Gasol and Fisher, the names that mattered most in the fourth quarter Thursday night at Staples Center were Blake, Barnes and Murphy. Gut-check time became name-check time for the Lakers when their reserves helped secure a 99-82 victory over the New York Knicks. Steve Blake hit a pair of three-pointers. Matt Barnes added a dunk and a three-pointer. Troy Murphy grabbed five rebounds. The Lakers' bench accounted for 15 of the team's 19 points in the fourth quarter, thwarting the Knicks' comeback bid. All told, the reserves combined for 40 points, with Blake collecting 11 and Metta World Peace and Jason Kapono adding nine apiece.