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October 6, 2009 | Helene Elliott
Rob Blake was frustrated after the top-seeded San Jose Sharks were upset by the Ducks in the first round of the playoffs last spring. The way he and his teammates are handling it suggests they're ready to shed the tag of being postseason flops. "The anger part is going to be there, but this falls directly on our shoulders," the veteran defenseman said Monday before the Sharks flew to Los Angeles to face the Kings tonight at Staples Center. "It's not often you play on a Presidents' trophy team.
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April 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The thought has crossed the mind of Clippers Coach Doc Rivers . Should he hold out All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in any of the four regular-season games the Clippers have left? "Yeah, I have, but I don't know if I'll do it or not," Rivers said. "But it's a thought. We do have this interesting schedule, where we play a game. We have two days off. That's unusual. " The Clippers don't play again until Wednesday against Oklahoma City at Staples Center and then again Saturday against Sacramento at home.
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November 26, 2009 | By Michael Ordoña
Looking very much like the fashion plate celebrated in magazines, complete with stylishly unruly blond mane and plunging black leather-like jacket, Blake Lively sits semiformally on a couch in a suite at the Luxe Hotel. Piled on the table before her: posters of her new movie for signing. Piled on her lap: fruit and dark chocolate. "Want some?" she asks, true to her last name. "It tastes like Easter." Heretofore known for teen-ish roles, Lively covers 10 turbulent years of the title character's younger incarnation in "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee."
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April 3, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It was the Clippers versus the Dallas Mavericks, so it almost seemed predetermined when the Clippers fell behind by double figures and trailed late in the fourth quarter. Then something unexpected happened, at least if you used the team's three previous meetings this season as a script. And it wasn't good for the Clippers. Dallas actually held on this time, emerging with a 113-107 victory Thursday night at Staples Center that bolstered the Mavericks' playoff hopes. BOX SCORE: Mavericks 113, Clippers 107 Of course, given the teams involved, there was nothing easy about it. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki made a pair of three-pointers as part of a 10-0 run that transformed a tie score into what looked like a mild runaway midway through the fourth quarter.
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March 23, 2002
The booing of Rob Blake needs to stop. Let's not forget the many years of commitment (and hip checks) he gave for the Kings, and helped the Kings to get to their only appearance in the Stanley Cup finals. Be true fans of the game and respect Blake--not boo him. Chio Baldocchi Hermosa Beach
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January 15, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
With little emotion or inflection in his voice, Blake Griffin said the dreaded thought already had been in his head. One day after the Clippers said their rookie power forward would need knee surgery that would delay his NBA debut until next season, Griffin said Thursday that the decision was "the best choice" for his nascent career. "This has been a possibility in the back of my mind that it might have to happen, so it made it a little bit easier to process," he said. In a nine-minute news conference at the Clippers' training facility in Playa Vista, Griffin said he was "obviously disappointed" but that "it's better to take care of it now and not have to deal with it in the future."
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January 26, 2002 | Jerry Crowe
Former King Rob Blake and the Colorado Avalanche will make their first appearance of the season today at Staples Center--and Blake still hasn't forgotten the nasty reception that greeted him here during the playoffs last May. The all-star defenseman blames the Kings for the boos that rained down on him, believing management portrayed him unfairly in contract negotiations that eventually broke down, leading to his trade to the Avalanche last February.
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December 13, 2009 | By Dylan Hernandez
Blake DeWitt spent last winter preparing to become the Dodgers' starting second baseman and what did it get him? Only 31 games in the majors. Constant shuttling back and forth from the Dodgers' triple-A affiliate in New Mexico. A hectic schedule that prevented him from establishing a rhythm at the plate and resulted in a .204 average. Again preparing himself to be the Dodgers' second baseman this off-season, DeWitt said he knows that next year could turn out the same way, that the team could find another veteran free agent to push him out of the lineup and into limbo.
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October 7, 2000
So let me see if I get this right. In all the letters The Times receives, not one was in favor of Rob Blake and his stance against an ultimatum? I find that very hard to believe. I saw true Kings' fans at the last preseason game against Phoenix cheering for Blake when he came out brandishing the "C" on his sweater. The Times seems to be continuing the grudge you have against hockey and Kings' hockey in particular. TRISH CASTRO Montebello
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January 27, 2001
Rob Blake is one of the top three defensemen in the NHL. The entire hockey media talk about his dominance and his ability. However, no one talks about King management with the same reverence. The hockey community seems to take it for granted that the Kings will never win and that it is only fitting that Blake be allowed to win the Cup with a true contender. What is wrong with this picture? The Kings have a very exciting team this year and are in the playoff hunt. The talk should be about what it will take to make them a true Stanley Cup contender.
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April 1, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
PHOENIX - Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford are considered doubtful to play against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, the Clippers said. Griffin missed a game for the first time this season Monday in Minnesota because of back spasms and is considered a longshot to play against the Suns. Crawford also missed the game against the Timberwolves because of a sore left Achilles' tendon. Earlier in March, he missed eight of nine games because of soreness in his left calf. "It all depends on getting treatment and getting some work in," Crawford said after Monday's game.
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March 31, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
MINNEAPOLIS - Down two more injured players, the Clippers just stayed the course, sticking with their “next man up” mantra. They didn't have that many men to step into the void, but the 10 players the Clippers had healthy Monday night were more than enough for them to overwhelm the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-104, at the Target Center. Blake Griffin missed his first game of the season with back spasms. BOX SCORE: Clippers 114, Timberwolves 104 Jamal Crawford didn't play because of a sore left Achilles' tendon.
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March 31, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
MINNEAPOLIS  - Blake Griffin stood erect with his back up against the basketball stanchion for support, contemplating whether it was wise to push through back spasms that forced him from the game Saturday night in Houston or to rest. Griffin decided to rest rather than play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. He probably won't play at Phoenix on Wednesday. The Clippers have seven regular-season games left before the playoffs start in about three weeks, and they want make sure Griffin is 100% healthy.
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March 30, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
MINNEAPOLIS - Sunday was a day of rest and no practice for the Clippers, giving Glen Davis time to reflect on his run-in with Coach Doc Rivers and allowing Blake Griffin time to get more treatment for back spasms. The drama-filled moments from Saturday night's game between the Clippers and Houston Rockets also included reserve guard Jamal Crawford suffering from a sore and tight left Achilles' tendon. Davis had gotten into an argument with Rivers during the game Saturday night and was eventually escorted off the bench and into the Clippers' locker room after Rivers told the team's security to remove his backup power forward.
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March 30, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Upon further review . . . Teammates were more than impressed with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick's incredible kick save on Blake Wheeler with just under a minute remaining in their 4-2 win over Winnipeg on Saturday night. Quick was on his stomach and kicked his right leg back to make the save on Wheeler, who was shooting from a sharp angle from the right corner. The view on the ice was one thing. But it looked even better when the Kings were finally able to watch the replays afterward.
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March 29, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON  - Losing All-Star power forward Blake Griffin with back spasms had already put the Clippers in a tough predicament, but it got more difficult when Coach Doc Rivers grew so upset at Glen Davis that he had the backup forward escorted from the game. The Clippers just pressed on, walloping the Houston Rockets yet again, 118-107, Saturday at Toyota Center, to sweep their four-game season series. Even with Griffin and Davis back in the locker room, the Clippers effort in the face of adversity.
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January 6, 2001
How about this, Dave Taylor? You go to Toronto instead of Rob Blake, and stay there. Now, we all understand, Mr. Taylor, that you are doing this for "the good of the sport," but how about signing Blake for the good of the team and the fans. King brass, take a good look around the league at all the other teams that are salivating and waiting for you to make this mistake. DEAN FORSYTH Highland It has become apparent that Dave Taylor is in way over his head in the Rob Blake situation.
OPINION
March 18, 2005
Re "Actor Robert Blake Acquitted in Shooting Death of His Wife," March 17: Some jurors told reporters after their verdict had been read that Blake could be guilty but that the prosecution didn't prove his guilt to their satisfaction. Although the accused in a crime is rightly presumed innocent, there is nothing inherent in that presumption that precludes the suspicion of guilt. Why would anyone be prosecuted for a crime if his accuser did not feel confident of his guilt? A jury has the responsibility to decide.
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March 28, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON - Blake Griffin seems to relish telling his critics how wrong they are about the perceived holes in his game. On Thursday night the Clippers power forward put the clamps on Dallas All-Star Dirk Nowitzki during the most important moments in the Clippers' 109-103 win over the Mavericks. Nowitzki missed all six of his fourth-quarter shot attempts, one of which was blocked by Griffin, who also pressured Nowitzki into throwing the ball into the backcourt for a turnover with 38.9 seconds left and the scored tied.
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March 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 48-21, Pistons 25-42 before Friday. Record vs. Pistons: 1-0. Update: Chris Paul is four assists shy of reaching 6,000 in his career. Only six NBA players have reached that mark before the end of their ninth season. Blake Griffin has scored 20-plus points in 27 consecutive games, the sixth-longest streak in the NBA since the 2008-09 season.
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