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August 20, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With the roster changes pretty much finalized, it's safe to envision how the Lakers will fare in the 2012-13 season. Sure, the Lakers will have to thin their 14-man roster during training camp, and no one can be sure how any potential deals might change the NBA landscape. But in the spirit of seeing how things have evolved for the Lakers since the 2012 NBA playoffs , this is one in a series breaking down potentially troublesome opponents. Team: Clippers Lakers' record vs. Clippers last season: 2-1 How Clippers fared last season: Finished fifth in the Western Conference with a 40-26 regular-season record.
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April 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
VS. DENVER When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket, TNT; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 56-24, Nuggets 36-44. Record vs. Nuggets: 1-2. Update: The Clippers need one more win to set a franchise record for most victories in a season. The Clippers, playing in their final regular-season home game, are 33-7 at home. The Nuggets are 14-26 on the road. Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson won't play because of a sprained left ankle.
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April 30, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Once  Sunday evening arrived, the Lakers could relax. They had just coasted to a double-digit Game 1 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Andrew Bynum's 10 blocks tied an NBA playoff record. The Lakers raved about their team effort and Mike Brown's preparation. But the learning hadn't stopped. No, Brown didn't hold a lengthy film session or practice. Instead, many of the Lakers watched the Clippers overcome a 27-point deficit in their Game 1 win Sunday night over the Memphis Grizzlies.
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April 13, 2014 | Broderick Turner
It was a win. That was all that mattered to the Clippers. The intensity was lacking for the most part, but the Clippers still worked hard enough for a 117-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. No one really expected the Clippers to play with the same passion against a Kings team going nowhere as they displayed Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that had playoff implications. "Certain games are a little tougher than others just because one team might not be playing for anything and one team might," said Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 27 points on nine-for-15 shooting and nine assists.
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April 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
1. The Lakers closed out properly against the Clippers. OK, so maybe it's frustrating the Lakers coughed up a 12-point lead. So what else is new. But they demonstrated how experience pays off over the Clippers mainly by closing out in appropriate fashion. Kobe Bryant's jumper gave the Lakers a 105-104 lead with 2:58 remaining. Metta World Peace's swipe on the next possession ensured the advantage. Ramon Sessions punished the Clippers for doubling up on everyone else, as he extended the lead to 108-104 with 47.4 seconds left.
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July 2, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the fourth in a series of profiles focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Nick Young Most recent team: Clippers Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The Lakers have seen up close how Young can instantly tear apart a defense. The USC product is a Lakers killer, averaging 25 points per game on 48.7% shooting, 14 points above his career average. Every one of those performances provided a reminder that the Lakers remain in dire need of a reliable wing scorer besides Kobe Bryant.
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June 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports the Clippers are pursuing former Laker Lamar Odom.  Stein also reports the Lakers are interested in Clippers guard Mo Williams. -- The Times' Roger Vincent details MSG's recent purchase of the Forum. -- Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico reports the Lakers are trying to trade Metta World Peace for a first-round pick. Love to see which team falls for that offer. Amico is also reporting the Lakers are trying to trade Pau Gasol to the Washington Wizards for the third overall draft pick.
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November 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Blake Griffin said he had the bursa sac in his right elbow drained after Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. Griffin's swollen elbow was really noticeable when the Clippers played at Oklahoma City last Thursday night. It's an injury Griffin said he has dealt with every year he has been in the NBA. “It's still a little big,” Griffin said after practice Tuesday. “But they put some anti-inflammatory fluid in there. It should go down in the next couple of days.” Griffin said he was told that it wouldn't be a good thing to have surgery on the bursa sac right now. “If you do, there's an increased chance of arthritis,” Griffin said.
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September 24, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin announced on Monday that he and former USC basketball player Brynn Cameron have had a baby boy named Ford Wilson Cameron-Griffin. “We are very happy to have a healthy baby, but respectfully request to keep our personal affairs private and let us focus on parenting our son,” Griffin said in a statement to The Times. Griffin and the Clippers will have their media day next Monday at the team's practice facility and then head to San Diego for the start of training camp the next day on the campus of UC San Diego.
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January 29, 2011
Clippers tonight VS. CHARLOTTE When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 17-28; Bobcats Record vs. Bobcats 2009-10: 1-1. Update: Since Bobcats owner Michael Jordan named Paul Silas to replace Larry Brown as head coach Dec. 22, the team has revived. Charlotte had a 10-6 record under Silas entering Friday's game and is in the chase for a playoff spot in the East. Bobcats center Kwame Brown, a former Laker, has had four double-doubles this month; guard Stephen Jackson leads the team in scoring with 18 points a game.
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April 12, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Jamal Crawford missed five of his first six shots Saturday, a clear sign the Clippers reserve shooting guard was out of rhythm after sitting out the last five games recovering from a strained left calf. But Crawford made his next two shots, a clear sign he is confident enough to take shots when the result hangs in the balance, even if he's still trying to find his way after being out for so long. "I think in the second half, I got more comfortable," Crawford said after scoring 10 points on three-for-eight shooting.
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April 11, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
It appears as if Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford will play Saturday after completing a two-hour practice Friday, though the team still has him listed as a game-time decision. Crawford, who has sat out the last five games because of a strained left calf, said there was "definitely a chance" he would play against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Crawford said the decision will be made after he wakes up Saturday morning and sees how the calf responded to practice.
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April 10, 2014 | Broderick Turner
It was an intense game that clearly meant something to both the Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder. It was such an intense game that neither team seemed able to take control, the Clippers falling behind by 17 points, the Thunder blowing almost all of its lead. In the end, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant game up big to help the Thunder get by the Clippers, 107-101, Wednesday night at Staples Center. Chris Paul (25 points, eight assists) and Blake Griffin (30 points, 12 rebounds)
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April 10, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
DeAndre Jordan, the 6-foot-11, goateed center for the Clippers, operates on defense like an NFL middle linebacker. His eyes dart, from the opposing coach to his point guard to try to see what play might be coming. His long arms extend in the air, signaling for his teammates' attention. His deep, booming voice then bellows out the play. Jordan is the captain of the Clippers' defense, and he's intent on putting his team in the best possible position. "When I know this play is going at Blake [Griffin]
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April 9, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Jamal Crawford said he wants to be back playing in a regular-season game with the Clippers, who have only three games left before the playoffs start next weekend. Crawford couldn't say whether he is aiming to be back for Saturday's game against Sacramento, Tuesday's game against Denver or Wednesday's season finale at Portland. He missed his fifth consecutive game with a strained left calf. "I'm trying to have positive thoughts," Crawford said. "I'm optimistic with the rehab that we have been doing and that I can come back.
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April 9, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The word on Blake Griffin has changed. All he does is debunk. Lest anyone is still clinging to the ridiculous belief that he is just a dunking marvel, the Clippers forward offered another retort Wednesday night at Staples Center. He led fastbreaks. He made midrange jumpers. He flung smart passes to open teammates. Problem was, not enough of those teammates showed up during the Clippers' too-little, too-late 107-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Griffin and Chris Paul came to play, but they aren't going to take the Clippers anywhere playing two on five.
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March 1, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
Three decades ago, the Lakers had an unofficial mascot who got too big for his tuxedo. He was an entertaining fan who became so popular, he eventually wanted money to continue being that fan. The Lakers tried paying him but couldn't pay him enough to keep him happy, so he stopped coming to games and eventually faded into anonymity. Remember Dancing Barry? He's about to be joined by Clipper Darrell. The Clippers' unofficial cheerleader, the rotund dancing guy in a red and blue suit named Darrell Bailey, caused a stir this week when he issued a statement on his website claiming that the Clippers, "no longer want me to be Clipper Darrell.… I am devastated!"
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April 8, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers know that their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on Wednesday night is important. "It's a big game," Blake Griffin said Tuesday before practice. "You can't really dance around that. They are right in front of us. But at the same time, it's still going to go up to another level in the playoffs. It's not going to be quite like it is in the playoffs, but it will be an intense game. " If the Clippers defeat the Thunder, Los Angeles still has a chance to move past Oklahoma City in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
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