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.
October 19, 2012 |
After a disastrous season with the Dallas Mavericks, former Lakers star Lamar Odom is back in town with a new team: the Los Angeles Clippers. That's not all that's new: Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian, the stars of E!'s reality show "Khloe & Lamar," just announced their new holiday fragrance "Unbreakable Joy. " The timing of the announcement is a bit off, since there's not much joy for Odom so far with the Clippers. He may have "Unbreakable Joy," but he's not exactly breaking a sweat on the basketball court.
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 14, 2009 |
When so little went right -- as it did for the Clippers and their fans last season -- the temptation is to go overboard when there are the slightest signs of promise. The incumbent Chris Kaman , veteran of those flickers, urged caution after back-to-back exhibition wins and a fresh air of hope in Clippers' training camp. It took one word to get that thought across: Fresno. "Don't read into it so much," Kaman said Tuesday after practice. "It's basketball. See how it goes.
March 24, 2013 |
It has been a season in which the Clippers rarely seem to avoid talking about injuries, and Sunday was no different. But at least Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro had positive reports about the injuries involving Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe . But not so much about Chauncey Billups . Paul bumped his left knee while setting a screen on Keith Bogans during the Clippers' victory against Brooklyn on Saturday night. The Clippers didn't practice Sunday, but Paul went to the team's practice facility for treatment on his knee.
February 19, 2012 |
The last sight of Chris Paul was of him shaking his head leaving the Clippers locker room and walking down the hallway inside Staples Center with his brother C.J. Paul after Saturday's tough overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Less than 24 hours later, when the Clippers arrived at practice Sunday, Paul still was feeling the pain of his mishaps that played a role in his team losing a game the 6-0 All-Star and his teammates thought was wrapped up. Instead, Paul's turnover — a pass that went to San Antonio's Gary Neal with the Clippers leading by three points — allowed Neal to make a three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to tie the score of a game L.A. lost in overtime.
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]