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February 2, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
It was a New Year's resolution that sounded familiar: Craig Smith wanted to get more active. Only it didn't involve treadmills or weight loss, just being more assertive coming off the bench. January was a time of progress for the Clippers forward, although not for his team, which had a 6-9 record last month. Smith averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds last month after averaging 3.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in December. He was productive even on nights when the Clippers struggled, scoring 21 points in a blowout loss at Denver and 18 in a dispiriting setback last week against the New Jersey Nets.
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November 9, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
The kids, cutting against conventional — if not accepted — wisdom, were not the biggest problem for the Ducks in their latest loss, a long list of defeats. Rookies and other newcomers to the Ducks' system weren't the ones getting outworked on goals, often beaten to the puck at key junctures in the Nashville Predators' 4-2 victory Wednesday night at Honda Center. The Ducks' winless streak stands at six games, and Anaheim has won once in its last 10 outings. It became a fight against the record and discouragement when Nashville's first two shots went in the net. "It's hard.
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April 11, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
He wants to finish the job. Really. Baron Davis isn't the only Clipper who returned to his hometown, hoping to help remake the organization, hoping to own part of the city … only to find out the team is owning the lottery. Craig Smith sighed. Losing has a way of clouding even the most brilliant of sun-splashed days in Beverly Hills, marring the mood of an upbeat power forward with the fun, cartoonish nickname, the Rhino. "I've never been to the playoffs in four years," Smith said, shaking his head.
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February 14, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Reporting From Milwaukee Almost every day, without fail, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro is asked about the status of the long-term injured threesome: Chris Kaman , Eric Gordon and Craig Smith . Days go by ? no change. Weeks go by ? little change. Finally, Smith was the one moving the needle ever so slightly, saying after the Clippers' loss to the Bucks on Monday that he had been cleared to practice. Smith has not played since suffering a herniated disk in his lower back on Dec. 18, which required an epidural.
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October 17, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
Question of the day: If there is a collision involving Craig Smith and another player, who usually ends up walking away untouched? Smith. And if the Clippers didn't know the answer to that question before Smith arrived back home in Los Angeles, well, it hasn't taken them long to find out. "He's a bull," said Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy. In fact, Smith's nickname is "the Rhino," but you get the general idea. Apparently "the Rhino" was a creation from Smith's days with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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August 18, 1988
I just want to know one thing. If the confidential memos from Berman and D'Agostino had not been made public, would Yaroslavsky still have repudiated them? Or was it just because the memos were leaked and Bradley decided to make political hay out of it first? CRAIG SMITH Los Angeles
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September 12, 1987 | SCOTT WOLF
Anaheim 23, Fullerton 0--Joaquin Garcia rushed for 135 yards in 13 carries and scored a touchdown in Fullerton District Stadium. The Colonists scored all their points in the first half in Coach Ted Mullen's Anaheim debut. Fullerton managed just 36 yards in total offense in the first half to Anaheim's 276. Garcia had 120 yards rushing in the half, including runs of 46 and 41 yards. Anaheim scored early on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Robert Aldaz to Richard Ramirez.
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February 22, 2001
Craig Smith scored 25 points and Evan Burns added 19 as second-seeded Fairfax defeated Washington, 69-64, in a City Section boys' basketball playoff quarterfinal Wednesday night at Fairfax. The victory earned Fairfax a semifinal showdown with third-seeded Fremont, a 92-62 Wednesday night over Gardena. "[Fremont] is quick and they bring a lot of pressure, which is something we saw when we played Westchester," Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani said.
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January 30, 2003 | Robyn Norwood
The best freshman from Los Angeles this season might be one who could hardly be farther from home. Consider Craig Smith, the lightly recruited former teammate of Evan Burns at Fairfax High who is averaging 21.8 points and 8.5 rebounds for Boston College. Burns was everybody's all-star. Smith? He couldn't get much closer to playing in the McDonald's All-American game his senior season than ordering a Quarter Pounder.
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January 31, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Clippers forward Craig Smith , who hasn't played since Dec. 18, should get a good read on his progress when he visits the doctor Wednesday. Smith suffered a herniated disk in his lower back and nerve damage in his right leg, which required an epidural. If all is deemed to be going well, Smith won't require more drastic measures. "The way I'm feeling, I feel close," he said Monday before the Clippers played Milwaukee at Staples Center. "Hopefully, no surgery. I don't wish that on anybody.
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January 31, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Clippers forward Craig Smith , who hasn't played since Dec. 18, should get a good read on his progress when he visits the doctor Wednesday. Smith suffered a herniated disk in his lower back and nerve damage in his right leg, which required an epidural. If all is deemed to be going well, Smith won't require more drastic measures. "The way I'm feeling, I feel close," he said Monday before the Clippers played Milwaukee at Staples Center. "Hopefully, no surgery. I don't wish that on anybody.
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December 21, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Big men, suddenly, are in extremely short supply around here. Two games on consecutive nights took out two Clippers forwards on their recent trip and the news regarding both players was not encouraging Tuesday. Craig Smith (herniated disk) and Brian Cook (sprained right ankle) won't be back until next month, and Smith's longer-term availability will depend on how he responds to the epidural he received Tuesday. "We're going to have to find a way to weather the storm here for the next couple of weeks," Clipper coach Vinny Del Negro said, not aiming for a clever weather-related line.
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December 20, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Just when a Clippers bench player appears to be gaining traction, gathering the slightest bit of momentum ? guess what happens. An injury. It happened to Brian Cook in the last minute against Detroit on Friday when he suffered a sprained right ankle. It is a high sprain and he will be out for at least a week and then will be reevaluated. Craig Smith was effective off the bench in the Clippers' one-point victory at Chicago on Saturday with 13 points and six rebounds.
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November 2, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
The Clippers' already thin bench took yet another hit early in the second quarter Monday when Craig Smith was ejected for a flagrant two foul, shaking up the San Antonio Spurs' George Hill for a few minutes. Yes, that would be the very definition of clotheslining. Hill did not get up quickly and had his neck looked at on the bench. It led to Smith's automatic ejection, which will cost him a $6,000 fine and a possible suspension from the league, as the NBA reviews all flagrant fouls.
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October 2, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Unless you are thrilled by free-throw shooting, there have been precious few in-action glimpses of Blake Griffin , or any of the Clippers for that matter, in training camp. Media access is limited to the last few minutes of each session. Suspense about the progress of the Clippers will officially end Tuesday in Portland, the first of their eight preseason games. But forward Craig Smith , most helpfully, provided something of a shortcut, a guest primer on all things Griffin.
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April 11, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
He wants to finish the job. Really. Baron Davis isn't the only Clipper who returned to his hometown, hoping to help remake the organization, hoping to own part of the city … only to find out the team is owning the lottery. Craig Smith sighed. Losing has a way of clouding even the most brilliant of sun-splashed days in Beverly Hills, marring the mood of an upbeat power forward with the fun, cartoonish nickname, the Rhino. "I've never been to the playoffs in four years," Smith said, shaking his head.
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November 2, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
The Clippers' already thin bench took yet another hit early in the second quarter Monday when Craig Smith was ejected for a flagrant two foul, shaking up the San Antonio Spurs' George Hill for a few minutes. Yes, that would be the very definition of clotheslining. Hill did not get up quickly and had his neck looked at on the bench. It led to Smith's automatic ejection, which will cost him a $6,000 fine and a possible suspension from the league, as the NBA reviews all flagrant fouls.
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December 20, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Just when a Clippers bench player appears to be gaining traction, gathering the slightest bit of momentum ? guess what happens. An injury. It happened to Brian Cook in the last minute against Detroit on Friday when he suffered a sprained right ankle. It is a high sprain and he will be out for at least a week and then will be reevaluated. Craig Smith was effective off the bench in the Clippers' one-point victory at Chicago on Saturday with 13 points and six rebounds.
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February 2, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
It was a New Year's resolution that sounded familiar: Craig Smith wanted to get more active. Only it didn't involve treadmills or weight loss, just being more assertive coming off the bench. January was a time of progress for the Clippers forward, although not for his team, which had a 6-9 record last month. Smith averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds last month after averaging 3.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in December. He was productive even on nights when the Clippers struggled, scoring 21 points in a blowout loss at Denver and 18 in a dispiriting setback last week against the New Jersey Nets.
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