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.
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.
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.
May 19, 2012 |
Slow and steady. Nice and easy. Efficient and unspectacular. That's what impressed the Clippers so much about playing against the San Antonio Spurs. "They play the same way whether they are down 20 or up 20," Blake Griffin said. "And they always play hard. " In fact, the Clippers had the Spurs down by 24 points in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals at Staples Center on Saturday. The Spurs cut it to 10 by halftime and took the lead in the third, never turning back.
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.
December 28, 2012 |
SALT LAKE CITY - Caron Butler is the starting small forward for the Clippers, but his backup is averaging more minutes per game. But Matt Barnes has been playing so well in the reserve role as Butler's backup that Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro seemingly has no choice but to use Barnes a little more. It's not an issue for Butler. "No matter what, I come in on days off and keep my rhythm and keep encouraging the younger guys," Butler said. "It's just staying in the moment.
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]