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August 20, 2012 | By Mark Medina
With the roster changes pretty much finalized, it's safe to envision how the Lakers will fare in the 2012-13 season. Sure, the Lakers will have to thin their 14-man roster during training camp, and no one can be sure how any potential deals might change the NBA landscape. But in the spirit of seeing how things have evolved for the Lakers since the 2012 NBA playoffs , this is one in a series breaking down potentially troublesome opponents. Team: Clippers Lakers' record vs. Clippers last season: 2-1 How Clippers fared last season: Finished fifth in the Western Conference with a 40-26 regular-season record.
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April 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The Clippers have never won more games in a season. They've also never been better at home. All of which may not mean much depending on how the next few months go. There was no denying that the Clippers' 117-105 triumph over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center gave them franchise records of 57 victories and 34 home wins in the same season. BOX SCORE: Clippers 117, Nuggets 105 Of course, those aren't the ultimate goals for a team seeking to make it past the second round of the playoffs for the first time.
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March 11, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
On Sunday evening, DeAndre Jordan's name was trending on Twitter, the Clippers' center was leading the NBA with the most mentions per hour on NBA.com, and NBA superstars were tweeting about him.  It happened after Jordan sprinted down the middle of the lane, caught a lob while he was midair and dunked the ball hard with his right hand (which happens to be his "off-hand"), posterizing Detroit Pistons ' point guard Brandon Knight, who decided to contest the play and ended up flat on his back.
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April 13, 2014 | Broderick Turner
It was a win. That was all that mattered to the Clippers. The intensity was lacking for the most part, but the Clippers still worked hard enough for a 117-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. No one really expected the Clippers to play with the same passion against a Kings team going nowhere as they displayed Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that had playoff implications. "Certain games are a little tougher than others just because one team might not be playing for anything and one team might," said Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 27 points on nine-for-15 shooting and nine assists.
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December 6, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
It appears as if defense is the first and last thing on the mind of the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan these days. “That's my job on this team, to be the last line of defense for us,” the 6-foot-11 center said. “And I have to make sure we all play defense as a team.” Jordan is averaging 2.15 blocked shots a game, sixth-best in the NBA. But it's more than just that. Jordan is active on defense and he is constantly talking, barking out the Clippers' defensive assignments.
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December 19, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Wednesday's game wasn't looking good for the Clippers. Blake Griffin felt tired after playing just two minutes. Chris Paul said he was sluggish. But then there was DeAndre Jordan. Jordan opened the game with a quick six points, all on dunks. But what he did on the other end of the court was even more impressive -- he played tenacious defense and finished with 14 points, 20 rebounds and five blocked shots in the team's 108-95 win over New Orleans.  Jordan's standout performance came on the back end of a seven-game trip.
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June 5, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said he has been invited to the USA Basketball national team camp in Las Vegas. The mini-camp will run July 22-25, concluding with an intrasquad game on the 25th at Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of Nevada Las Vegas. “I'm glad to have this opportunity,” Jordan said in a text message. “I've got to take advantage of it.” Jordan averaged 8.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.37 blocked shots this season. ALSO: Heat vs. Spurs: How they matchup The amazing grace and longevity of Spurs veteran Tim Duncan Hawks' marketing blunder regarding Dwight Howard, Chris Paul tampering?
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November 10, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
DeAndre Jordan was a rebounding machine for the Clippers on their three-game trip. Jordan, the Clippers' 6-11 center, had 51 rebounds -- 18 offensive -- against the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and Houston Rockets. On Saturday night in the final game of the trip against the Rockets he had 18 rebounds, seven offensive. Jordan had 19 rebounds (seven offensive) to open the trip at Orlando and had 14 rebounds (four offensive) at Miami. “Everybody has a role,” Jordan said. “We have guys who are scorers.
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November 1, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The NBA has downgraded DeAndre Jordan's foul on Nick Young from a flagrant 1 to a standard personal foul. Jordan fouled Young with 1:25 left in the second quarter of the Clippers' 116-103 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. The officials ruled it flagrant during live action, then confirmed it on review -- awarding the Lakers two free throws and possession of the ball. Young hit one of two from the line. The Lakers were unable to score on the ensuing possession. According to the NBA, the League Office reviews all flagrant fouls, reclassifying them as necessary.
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November 3, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
They are close friends, but Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will be foes Monday night. They both faced adverse circumstances last season, but Jordan and Howard are in better situations now. With Jordan and Howard having a better season, Jordan said it'll be a bigger “challenge” for him to deal with the dominating Howard when the Clippers play the Rockets at Staples Center. When Jordan was asked about his problems last season, about his issues with former Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro, Jordan paused and chuckled before answering.
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April 10, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
DeAndre Jordan, the 6-foot-11, goateed center for the Clippers, operates on defense like an NFL middle linebacker. His eyes dart, from the opposing coach to his point guard to try to see what play might be coming. His long arms extend in the air, signaling for his teammates' attention. His deep, booming voice then bellows out the play. Jordan is the captain of the Clippers' defense, and he's intent on putting his team in the best possible position. "When I know this play is going at Blake [Griffin]
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April 9, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The word on Blake Griffin has changed. All he does is debunk. Lest anyone is still clinging to the ridiculous belief that he is just a dunking marvel, the Clippers forward offered another retort Wednesday night at Staples Center. He led fastbreaks. He made midrange jumpers. He flung smart passes to open teammates. Problem was, not enough of those teammates showed up during the Clippers' too-little, too-late 107-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Griffin and Chris Paul came to play, but they aren't going to take the Clippers anywhere playing two on five.
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April 6, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
He was booed at Dodger Stadium and two days later wasn't even the most fawned over Paul in his own building. Whoever cued up the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" inside Staples Center on Sunday might as well have been playing an ode to Chris Paul. The song was intended as a tribute to Paul McCartney, who rose from his seat across from the Clippers' bench in the first quarter of their 120-97 victory over the Lakers and obligingly danced when shown on the scoreboard. But there was certainly an undercurrent of truth to the words as they relate to the point guard, who somehow still irks giant swaths of a city simply because he plays for the Clippers instead of its beloved Lakers.
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April 3, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Seventy-seven games and a Pacific division title into this season and Clippers Coach Doc Rivers is still learning about who and what he has - and how far this team might go. He knows tendencies and traits from watching slumps and hot streaks. He has collected cold, hard facts by observing players' reactions to adversity and good times. The picture is becoming clearer for Rivers, but it still wasn't complete after a late push by the Clippers fell agonizingly short in a 113-107 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday at Staples Center.
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April 3, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It was the Clippers versus the Dallas Mavericks, so it almost seemed predetermined when the Clippers fell behind by double figures and trailed late in the fourth quarter. Then something unexpected happened, at least if you used the team's three previous meetings this season as a script. And it wasn't good for the Clippers. Dallas actually held on this time, emerging with a 113-107 victory Thursday night at Staples Center that bolstered the Mavericks' playoff hopes. BOX SCORE: Mavericks 113, Clippers 107 Of course, given the teams involved, there was nothing easy about it. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki made a pair of three-pointers as part of a 10-0 run that transformed a tie score into what looked like a mild runaway midway through the fourth quarter.
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April 1, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
PHOENIX - Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford are considered doubtful to play against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, the Clippers said. Griffin missed a game for the first time this season Monday in Minnesota because of back spasms and is considered a longshot to play against the Suns. Crawford also missed the game against the Timberwolves because of a sore left Achilles' tendon. Earlier in March, he missed eight of nine games because of soreness in his left calf. "It all depends on getting treatment and getting some work in," Crawford said after Monday's game.
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October 28, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Don't tell Clippers center DeAndre Jordan that the Clippers and Lakers are rivals, because he's not buying any of the “hype.” Yes, Jordan said, the Clippers and Lakers play in the same city, share the same arena and are both in the Pacific Division. Yes, the Clippers open the regular season Tuesday night against the Lakers in their designated home game. But in Jordan's eyes, it takes more than that for the Clippers and Lakers to have a rivalry -- like meeting in the playoffs, which the two teams have never done.
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January 7, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
It was his "mind-set" that changed everything for Clippers center DeAndre Jordan this season. Jordan told himself that he would be a better defender and rebounder, and that his offense would be the least of his worries. That's also what Clippers Coach Doc Rivers and his staff demanded from Jordan, and he has not let them down. "They put a lot on me," Jordan said. "And really I'm just embracing it. " The entire NBA has taken notice of the 25-year-old's performance this season.
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March 31, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
MINNEAPOLIS - Down two more injured players, the Clippers just stayed the course, sticking with their “next man up” mantra. They didn't have that many men to step into the void, but the 10 players the Clippers had healthy Monday night were more than enough for them to overwhelm the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-104, at the Target Center. Blake Griffin missed his first game of the season with back spasms. BOX SCORE: Clippers 114, Timberwolves 104 Jamal Crawford didn't play because of a sore left Achilles' tendon.
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March 29, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON  - Losing All-Star power forward Blake Griffin with back spasms had already put the Clippers in a tough predicament, but it got more difficult when Coach Doc Rivers grew so upset at Glen Davis that he had the backup forward escorted from the game. The Clippers just pressed on, walloping the Houston Rockets yet again, 118-107, Saturday at Toyota Center, to sweep their four-game season series. Even with Griffin and Davis back in the locker room, the Clippers effort in the face of adversity.
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