January 30, 2014 |
Doc Rivers' recruiting efforts didn't pay off. The Clippers coach lobbied his fellow Western Conference coaches to vote for DeAndre Jordan as an All-Star reserve, but Jordan was not among the seven players selected Thursday. The West reserves are Clippers point guard Chris Paul, Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard and guard James Harden, Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker.
December 8, 2009 |
Clippers center Chris Kaman had too much energy to sleep. But he didn't have enough energy to stay active and avoid lying around at home watching his DVD collection. Kaman had enough energy to remain on the team's active roster. But he didn't have enough energy to replicate the string of seven consecutive games earlier this season in which he scored at least 20 points. Kaman missed practice Nov. 12, but it wasn't until two weeks ago during a doctor's visit when he discovered why he felt listless: doctors diagnosed he was deficient in Vitamin D, which increases the flow of calcium into the bloodstream and helps prevent bones from becoming brittle.
January 11, 2012 |
He has played in only two games so far, but Reggie Evans already has had an effect on the Clippers. They have seen his energy, effort and intensity. They have seen how hard he works on defense and rebounding, two areas in which the Clippers would like to improve. Evans is averaging 6.5 rebounds a game in 17.5 minutes, and he's still trying to work himself into basketball shape after missing five games recovering from a sprained right foot. "Reggie is constant energy," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said before Wednesday's game against Miami.
June 26, 2013 |
When they write the history of the Clippers, a laughable concept until recently, the date of June 26, 2013, may be the centerpiece. Until Blake Griffin showed up, followed by Chris Paul, any history of the Clippers was a knee-slapper. How about a chapter on Benoit Benjamin. Another on blown lottery picks. Jim Mora could write one. Playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? Maybe Jon Stewart could giggle his way through the narration. This wasn't a franchise. It was a train wreck. Coaches came, coaches went.
October 8, 2012 |
The hitch is not in Blake Griffin's giddy-up, but in his shooting motion. Just as the Clippers' star forward is about to release the ball, he pauses, a hiccup he has tried to stop by working with the team's new shooting coach, Bob Thate . During warmups before the Clippers' 106-104 exhibition loss against Denver on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Griffin's shooting release looked smoother than before. But during the game, the holdup in his release reappeared when Griffin went to the free-throw line, where he shot 52% last season.
March 5, 2012 |
Reporting from Minneapolis -- The Clippers need Caron Butler's offense now more than ever. But the small forward was ineffective Monday night in the Clippers' 95-94 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler missed all six of his shots and failed to score in 18 minutes 43 seconds. He didn't play in the fourth quarter, when the Clippers mounted their charge. "Part of that is my fault," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "I played him too many minutes last night, maybe.
February 4, 2013 |
It is difficult to tell when Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe is up or down because he is so quiet. But Bledsoe acknowledged he has struggled with his confidence recently. On Sunday against the Boston Celtics, Bledsoe played as if he wasn't having any doubts in his abilities. Bledsoe tied his career high in points with 23 and field goals made at nine - he took 15 shots. He tied his season high in assists with 10, to go along with seven rebounds, in the Clippers' 106-104 loss.
November 4, 2009 |
Turn, turn, turn. That is, as in turning the ball over. One consistent thread through the Clippers' first five games has been inconsistent ballhandling. They've had 78 turnovers in those five games, four of them losses, an alarming average of 15.6 turnovers a game. There was a season high of 21 against Dallas on Saturday and a low of 11 at Utah on Friday, although there were other assorted issues in the loss to the Jazz, which featured a fourth-quarter collapse. The same problem surfaced in the lone Clippers' victory, a 93-90 win against the Timberwolves on Monday at Staples Center.
December 28, 2010 |
This is what we know for sure after 32 games of the NBA season ? Yes, the Clippers really have figured out how to beat the Kings. Then again, so has most of the NBA, with few exceptions. Three of the Clippers' 10 victories this season have come against Sacramento. "We've had enough bad luck during the year, hopefully it evens out," said Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro, whose team had lost 11 straight on the road before winning the last three. "We were fortunate in a way we played well enough to win [Monday at Sacramento]
November 15, 2010 |
Lasting image of a Clippers season: Chris Kaman limping off the court with a sprained left ankle in New Orleans. Kaman's house of pain quickly expanded to a world of hurt for the Clippers, who dropped that game against the Hornets last Tuesday and went on to lose the next night at San Antonio and at home Friday against Detroit. Unfortunately, for Kaman, there is no fast-track healing process for an ankle. "Not really much else I can do ? can't heal it overnight," Kaman said before Monday night's game against the New Jersey Nets.