February 7, 2014 |
After four of his starters played over 40 minutes Wednesday night in their 116-112 loss against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers gave his team the day off Thursday. Jamal Crawford, starting at shooting guard in place of J.J. Redick (sore right hip) and also playing some backup point guard, played a team-high 46 minutes 38 seconds. Crawford finished with 31 points and six assists against the Heat. Blake Griffin logged 42:17 while scoring a season-high 43 points and having to defend LeBron James at times.
January 11, 2013 |
After playing three games in six days -- and five already in the new year -- the Clippers took the day off Thursday. Which is probably a good thing given the tough road ahead. And the emphasis there is on "road. " Because after Saturday's matinee against the Orlando Magic at Staples Center, the Clippers head out of town for three games in four days against teams that began Thursday a combined 14 games above .500. The last time the Clippers played consecutive games on the road against teams with winning records, they lost both of them, their only losses since November.
October 28, 2012 |
Looks like L.A. is going to need a few more paparazzi. You can't stroll Venice Beach or sit down to bacon-wrapped monkfish at Spago without spotting a superstar Laker or Clipper in the nation's new basketball capital. Here comes Dwight Howard, the latest in a long line of larger-than-life Lakers centers. There goes Steve Nash, the savviest point guard of his generation. And isn't that Kobe Bryant, the onetime star of stars who is now just one of the guys? Add the Lakers' Pau Gasol and the Clippers' Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and you have six All-Stars, three slam dunk contest champions and two most valuable players who call Staples Center home.
October 26, 2012 |
They had the look of a Clippers team that's ready for the real season to begin. They played their final exhibition game like a Clippers team intent on showing the Denver Nuggets that L.A. will be a serious team to deal with in the Western Conference. With five players scoring in double figures and two others one point shy, the Clippers wrapped up their exhibition season with a 106-94 victory over Denver on Thursday night at the Pepsi Center. On Wednesday night, the real season begins for the Clippers when they play the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center in the regular-season opener for both teams.
July 18, 2012 |
The Clippers continued to put together an impressive roster, getting free-agent forward Grant Hill to agree to join the team Tuesday, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Clippers still are working out the details on a two-year deal for the 6-foot-8 forward, but it's expected to be done soon. The Clippers could use the biannual exception that's a maximum two-year deal for $3.875 million on Hill. Or they could use the veteran's minimum that would be $1.3 million for a player such as Hill, who has 17 years of experience.
July 6, 2012 |
If there was any doubt that the Clippers remain serious about changing the culture of their franchise, perhaps they put it to rest Thursday. Free-agent guard Jamal Crawford agreed to a contract with the Clippers and the team reached a deal to re-sign veteran Chauncey Billups, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the situation. The deals will fill holes in the Clippers' backcourt. The Clippers used their full mid-level exception to offer the 6-foot-5 Crawford a four-year deal worth $21.7 million.