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April 19, 2012 | By Mark Medina
While Lakers Coach Mike Brown has juggled his various day-to-day responsibilities, he also has insisted on keeping in mind the big picture. He wanted to teach as much information in practice, but not enough to make his players feel as if they're cramming. Brown played his starters heavy minutes in hopes of jump-starting team chemistry but hoped it didn't come at the expense of contributing to fatigue. He believed his lengthy film sessions would build a strong foundation and not risk having his players simply tune out. The big picture involved entering the playoffs full of health and energy.
April 24, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND -- At some point, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers told his players repeatedly this season, they were going to have to win a playoff game on the road. That time came Thursday night for the Clippers in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Clippers made that stand behind another monster game from Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan's strong all-round effort and a tremendous three-point defensive performance that pushed them to a thrilling 98-96 victory over the Warriors.
Stuart Thomas, five years' removed from Mater Dei High School, returned to a familiar basketball court, scored 37 points, his collegiate career-high, and helped Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to a 98-75 victory over Chapman on Friday. When Thomas played for Mater Dei from 1984 to 1986, the Monarchs played most of their home games in Chapman's Hutton Center and judging from his performance Friday, he hasn't lost his touch.
April 19, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The moment was right in front of the Clippers and Golden State Warriors, there to be seized by two teams that have much disdain for each other. When the time came to grab hold of that moment, when Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series hung in the balance, the Clippers failed. The Warriors, the team the Clippers despise more than any other, didn't shy away from the moment, earning a 109-105 victory Saturday, as the home team simply wilted away at Staples Center.
January 4, 2001 | MIKE TERRY
They don't practice in the Sports Arena. In fact, they don't get inside the building except on game day. But the Trojans have been making their points on their home court--lots of them. USC has won its last eight games in the arena, including six games this season. And the Trojans have averaged 91 points a game at home, compared with 73.3 points on the road or on neutral courts. Four times this season USC has scored 90 or more points in a game, and all four have come at the Sports Arena.
July 13, 1995 | SHAV GLICK
Rony Seikaly, the Golden State Warrior center, may have a future in real estate when his NBA playing days are over. According to Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle, after he was traded by the Miami Heat, Seikaly sold his island mansion off the Florida coast to a South American businessman for a little more than $7 million. He bought it in 1991 for $2.5 million.
March 4, 2000
On Feb. 29, you ran a statistical blurb saying that "home-court advantage in the playoffs . . . is a considerable edge" and showing the annual percentages of NBA playoff series won by the home team. In total, since 1990-91, 74.8% of playoff series have been won by the team with home-court advantage. This is not evidence of home-court advantage. The team with home-court advantage is often simply the better team, as indicated by their superior regular-season record. The fact that these teams win 74.8% of their series may be attributed to their superior talent rather than home-court advantage.
March 14, 1987
Is there any logical explanation for Arizona being rewarded by the NCAA by playing on its home court in the first round of the tournament? It would have been so easy to flip-flop Arizona and UCLA, and have Arizona play at Salt Lake City and UCLA at Tucson. It doesn't seem right for any team to play on its home court when so many neutral sites are available. No team should have an advantage en route to a national championship. BEA KASS Los Angeles
March 12, 1988
With regard to USC's lack of success in basketball, I am inclined to give Coach Raveling the benefit of the doubt. No program can be successful in the Pac-10 without a real home court, and I believe USC is the only school without one. The Sports Arena is totally inadequate and is at the whim of the Coliseum Commission. USC should build a facility on campus, or get out of the sport. JOHN McPHERSON Manhattan Beach
August 12, 1999 | RUTH RYON, Times Staff Writer
NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who took a job this year as assistant basketball coach at Alchesay High School on the White Mountain Indian Reservation in northeastern Arizona, has listed his Beverly Hills-area home at $3.8 million. The former Lakers center, who became the NBA all-time leading scorer in 1984, co-wrote the book "Black Profiles in Courage" (William Morrow, 1996), and he wrote the bestsellers "Kareem" (1990) and "Giant Steps" (1983).
January 15, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
When: 7 p.m. PST. Where: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC 9-7, 0-3 in Pac-12 play; Utah 12-4, 1-3. Update: The Trojans are still looking for their first Pac-12 Conference win as they come off their worst offensive showing of the season. USC scored its fewest points this season in a 73-53 loss to No. 1-ranked Arizona on Sunday despite 18 points from junior guard Byron Wesley. Although the Utes lost close games on the road last week to Washington and Washington State, Utah is 12-1 on its home court.
May 4, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Area basketball coaches are seeing a lot of off-court action these days. Now that the Lakers are out of the playoffs, head coach Mike D'Antoni can turn his attention to moving into the house he and his wife, Laurel, just bought in Manhattan Beach for $6.9 million and working on his tan. Set on a walk street, the ocean-view home features a three-stop cherry-paneled elevator, which should come in handy for carting beverages from the...
April 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The stats don't lie. And in the case of the Clippers, the statistics told so much about why they lost, 94-82, to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series on Thursday night at the FedEx Forum. The one statistic that now matters most to both teams is that the Clippers lead this best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 4 is Saturday back here. After the game, the Clippers had written down many of the stat lines on the grease board inside their locker room.
April 25, 2013 | T.J. Simers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - I've put my life on the line to be here in this rathole with our Clippers. And so I expect more than what I got from them Thursday in a rather flat 12-point loss to Memphis in Game 3. The Clippers played a step slow, as if hesitant to go on the attack, even though that's just a way of life here if you want to survive. True story, and I shouldn't be trashed for reporting the facts: They just put up billboards at the Memphis city limits that read: "Danger: Enter at Your Own Risk.
April 17, 2013
One more victory and the Clippers will have home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs. They moved into position to host a first-round playoff opener by running past the Portland Trail Blazers, 93-77, on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The fourth-seeded Clippers and fifth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies have identical 55-26 records, but Los Angeles owns the tiebreaker and would play host to Memphis if the two teams stay on course to meet in the playoffs. The Clippers won the Pacific Division and the season series, three games to one, over the Grizzlies.
April 17, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
SACRAMENTO - The Clippers were fully aware that the home-court advantage was at stake as soon as they took the court Wednesday night against a Sacramento Kings team playing out the string of another porous season. It took all the energy and effort the Clippers had to beat the energized Kings, 112-108, in what was perhaps the final NBA game at Sleep Train Arena. By winning their seventh consecutive game, the Clippers will open the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against the Memphis Grizzles on Saturday at Staples Center.
The girls' basketball team from Mt. Carmel High in San Diego journeyed more than 2 1/2 hours Tuesday to play Hart, which had not lost a home game in more than two years. So what happened? Mt. Carmel ran the Indians right out of their own gym--and the state playoff tournament--with a 65-42 victory in a Southern California Division I regional. So much for home-court advantage.
To Cal State Northridge, a road-weary independent in its first season of Division I battles, there is no place like home. Winless in eight games on the road, the Matadors returned to the magic of the Matadome on Wednesday night to post their third victory and maintain an unblemished mark at Matador Gymnasium. Northridge all but wrapped up its 69-64 triumph over Canisius College of Buffalo, N.Y., when Kyle Kerlegan hit a free throw with 20 seconds left to push the lead to three points.
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