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January 22, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
If nothing else, the Lakers' victories over the Boston Celtics last month and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday should reinforce in their minds the power of home-court advantage. . . . Kobe Bryant & Co. won't get the same backing, or maybe any at all, Feb. 5 at Boston and Feb. 8 at Cleveland. . . . LeBron James and the Cavaliers, 20-0 in Quicken Loans Arena, have a long way to go to match Michael Jordan and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who won their first 37 home games. . . .
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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.
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January 28, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
The top of the Western Conference standings never seems to change this season, the San Antonio Spurs gaining control of first place Nov. 14 and refusing to give it back to anybody. The Lakers, though, don't seem too concerned. They sit 6 1/2 games behind the Spurs (39-7) and haven't given much thought to home-court advantage in the playoffs . . . yet. "All of that kind of plays out after the All-Star break," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Friday. "Sometime in March you start seeing that you're six weeks, a month away from the end and those 12, 14 games are going to make a big difference.
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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.
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July 6, 1997 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
SHAQUILLE O'NEAL has purchased a Beverly Hills-area home with eight bedrooms and 14 baths--but no basketball hoop, yet--for $2.6 million, sources say. The star center, credited with bringing back full houses to the Forum, had been leasing a three-bedroom 5,000-square-foot penthouse on the Wilshire Corridor at $25,000 a month. He also had been staying in a Manhattan Beach house since leaving the Orlando Magic for the L.A. Lakers last summer.
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April 20, 1988 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
Forget those calls to the TV repairmen. There was nothing wrong with your picture tube, after all. Just when you thought your reception was hopelessly blurred, the Lakers came back in focus, as sharp and vivid as they've looked since the February sweeps period (Boston, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit), when their ratings were at their apex. And just in time, too.
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February 12, 1988 | BOB DROGIN, Times Staff Writer
Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis posed stiffly in the snow Thursday as the idle reactor buildings of the giant Seabrook nuclear facility shimmered in the distant morning mist across the town's small fishing harbor. "It's good to be home," said Dukakis, as cameras snapped and whirred away. "It's good to be back in New Hampshire."
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April 14, 2006 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
And the next "magic number" is two. That's what it would take for the Clippers, who play the Seattle SuperSonics tonight at KeyArena, to secure home-court advantage against the Denver Nuggets in an opening-round Western Conference playoff series. If the postseason began today, the Clippers would be seeded sixth and facing the Nuggets, who won the Northwest Division and have clinched the No. 3 seeding. The Clippers won the season series, 3-1.
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June 1, 1988 | Scott Ostler
Many questions were asked in Tuesday night's Lakers-Mavericks playoff game, and some of them were even answered. Such as: Why can't teams play on the road? The Mavs look sensational in both games in Dallas. Tuesday night at the Forum they looked like a slow jackrabbit on the fast lane of the Interstate. What gives? Who knows? This is the National Schizo League, that's the only explanation. In Dallas, the Lakers are lucky to run off two points at a time.
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July 27, 2000 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has put his Beverly Hills-area home on the market at just under $3.5 million. The former Lakers center first listed the home last summer at $3.8 million. He has owned the home, on nearly an acre, since it was built in 1992. The five-bedroom home has a library loft, sports court, gym and city views. The home also has 20-foot-high ceilings, extra-tall doorways and a guest suite that doubles as a writer's studio.
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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.
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April 11, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
NEW ORLEANS - The Clippers know how high the stakes will be when they face Memphis on Saturday, something Blake Griffin said he and Chris Paul and the rest of their teammates couldn't help but address in the locker room recently. By no means are the Clippers looking past the New Orleans Hornets at the start of their two-game trip on Friday night. It's just that the Clippers' game against the Grizzlies carries all the weight. When the Clippers and Grizzlies meet at the FedEx Forum, the outcome could determine who has the home-court advantage if these two teams continue to stay on course as first-round playoff foes.
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April 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (42-37) started the season as a terrible road team, but over the last 20 away games, they've won at the same rate as some of the better teams in the Western Conference. After completing their away schedule Wednesday night, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 113-106, the Lakers finished the year on the road at 16-25. With injuries and coaching changes complicating matters, the Lakers won just five of their first 21 road games (23.8%). Since then, the team has won 11 of 20 (55%)
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September 19, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: NBA TV, TWC 101. Records: Sparks 23-10, Lynx 26-5. Record vs. Lynx: 1-2. Update: In the Sparks' final game of the regular season, they will play the defending champion Lynx. The Sparks have clinched second place in the Western Conference and the Lynx have clinched the top spot, so both teams will have home-court advantage over their first-round playoff opponents, which will be San Antonio and Seattle, respectively. The Sparks will probably play their starters because if they win and Connecticut loses one of its two remaining games, the Sparks will have home-court advantage over any Eastern Conference team.
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April 28, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
They all know that the odds are stacked against them, that few give the Clippers any chance of defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Clippers didn't help themselves by giving up the home-court advantage in the last week of the regular season. Because Memphis is so physical with power forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol, because eighth-seeded Memphis upset the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs last year in the first-round of the playoffs without Rudy Gay and because Memphis is making back-to-back playoff appearances, many scouts and pundits say the Grizzlies are one of the scariest teams in the NBA. "Who cares?"
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April 25, 2012 | By Broderick Turner, This post has been updated. Please see note below
NEW YORK -- Chris Paul will not play against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night because of a mild left groin strain. Paul worked out before the game at Madison Square Garden and wanted to play, but Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro decided to rest his All-Star point guard so he'll be ready to play against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. [Updated at 5:08 p.m. April 25: Paul is in uniform on the bench, but he will not play. ] Paul was injured against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
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March 20, 1990 | LONNIE WHITE
Another Southern California team won the boys' state basketball championship in Division I last weekend. But does that mean the region always sends its best team to the state finals in Oakland? Since the current statewide playoff format began in 1982, Southern California teams have brought home the Division I championship. Saturday night, Santa Ana Mater Dei became the ninth in succession, holding on to defeat Northern California champion San Francisco Riordan, 62-60.
NEWS
April 24, 2012 | By Broderick Turner
  ATLANTA -- Blake Griffin finished with 36 points and teammate Chris Paul added 34 points and eight assists, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Clippers from falling to the Atlanta Hawks, 109-102, at Philips Arena on Tuesday. The Clippers are now tied at 40-25 with the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference standings, the team they will face in the Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Clippers have to defeat the New York Knicks on Wednesday night in their regular-season finale at Madison Square Garden to get the home-court advantage over Memphis.
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