January 2, 2013
OAKLAND - Clippers forward Caron Butler did not play Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors because of personal reasons, the team announced. Butler was not with the team but is expected to be back for the game Friday night against the Lakers at Staples Center in the Clippers' designated home game. Matt Barnes , who was averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds, started at small forward in place of Butler. Butler was averaging 10.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 31 starts.
January 24, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Rather than talk about his disappointment in not being selected as a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford let others do the talking. Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said Crawford should have been on the team as a reserve. But when the seven reserves were announced Thursday, Crawford's name was not called. "Obviously, we've got two guys in it," said Del Negro, referring to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin , who were voted in by the fans as starters.
January 29, 2014 |
Doc Rivers' message had a nice ring to it: Vote for D.J. The Clippers coach said Wednesday he had lobbied his fellow Western Conference coaches to cast an All-Star vote for center DeAndre Jordan , who has become one of the game's elite big men in his sixth NBA season. "I got a great response," Rivers said, "but that's why you go under a curtain and you vote for real because [they say], 'Yeah, I'm going to vote for him' and then they [pull] that other lever. " The coaches will select the seven reserves from the West who will be announced Thursday afternoon on TNT: three frontcourt players, two backcourt players and two wild-card players from any position.
December 26, 2012 |
Join our live Google+ Hangout today at 11:45 a.m. when Times Lakers reporter Mike Bresnahan and Clippers reporter Brad Turner discuss their respective teams. The Clippers are suddenly the dominant team in L.A., currently riding a franchise-record 14-game winning streak. As Turner wrote earlier this week, "This winning streak has delivered the Clippers to a place few could have imagined. "The Clippers have the best record in the NBA . "To repeat, the Clippers have the best record in the entire NBA. "They got to this 22-6 record by extending their franchise-best winning streak to 14 consecutive games, a 112-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center another of the wins along the way. "The victory allowed the Clippers to move a half-game ahead of Oklahoma City (21-6)
December 12, 2012 |
Sam Bowie is probably best known for being drafted ahead of Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft. Bowie was chosen by Portland with the second overall pick, one spot ahead of Jordan. Bowie broke his left leg in 1985 and had, at best, a disappointing NBA career. Jordan went on the become the greatest player in NBA history. Bowie missed two seasons at Kentucky because of leg injuries but had a strong final season. Of course, if the Trail Blazers had known the day of the draft that Bowie still had a bum leg, they never would have taken him. But who knew?
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.
January 13, 2012 |
Blake Griffin was asked whether the Clippers, coming off a hard-fought win over the Miami Heat in overtime, planned to make another "statement" against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Saturday night. "These statement games — I mean, it's big in college," the power forward said. But speaking of the NBA's abbreviated 66-game schedule this season, Griffin said: "We could win 10 statement games and lose the other 56. " Indeed, the Clippers downplayed suggestions that they have an advantage or even momentum going into the Lakers game at Staples Center merely because the Clippers topped a strong Miami team or because they twice defeated the Lakers in pre-season.
January 14, 2012 |
Clippers third guard Mo Williams didn't play against the Lakers on Saturday night at Staples Center because of an injured right foot. Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said Williams is listed as day to day after suffering the injury Tuesday night in Portland. Williams played Wednesday night against the Miami Heat but was in pain. "I strained a ligament on the outside of my foot," he said. "I have to wear soft shoes now. " Williams was the Clippers' fifth leading scorer, averaging 10.4 points off the bench.