February 21, 2010 |
Wasn't that something? After last week's trades, in which some teams cleared the decks for this summer, and others, like the Lakers, stood pat because they're already in great (?) shape, everything is now imperfectly clear. We have a better idea of what the landscape will be, with Cleveland getting Antawn Jamison to help LeBron James, although he wanted Amare Stoudemire at first, and the Knicks getting their second maximum salary slot back after the shrinking cap had whittled them to 1 1/2 . What we await are the events that will take place on that landscape that will decide everything.
February 17, 2010 |
A day after their coach acknowledged they were out of the playoffs, the Clippers on Tuesday traded veteran Marcus Camby to Portland for guard Steve Blake, forward Travis Outlaw and $1.5 million in cash. The Clippers were willing to part with one of the NBA's top rebounders and defenders, General Manager Mike Dunleavy said, so they could acquire two younger players while giving more minutes to forwards Craig Smith and DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers also waived reserve guard Ricky Davis to clear a roster spot.
February 16, 2010 |
Anybody with basic math skills and a passing knowledge of NBA history had already figured it out. But with two months left in the season, it was still surprising to hear Clippers Coach Kim Hughes admit the obvious Monday. "We're out of the playoffs, clearly," he said. And with his Clippers heading into Tuesday's game at Portland 10 games under .500, trailing eighth-place Portland by 8 1/2 games in the Western Conference and having lost eight of their last nine, it's clear he's right.
January 4, 2010 |
His season was fast slipping away, getting lost in that dreaded status known as INACTIVE. Then, last week, two things happened to second-year center DeAndre Jordan . He had a chat with Mike Dunleavy , initiated by the Clippers' coach. Secondly, Marcus Camby had an ailing left knee, and sat out against the Boston Celtics last Sunday. Jordan came away with a better understanding of his role on the team, and Camby's temporary absence gave the high-spirited youngster an opportunity to emerge from the depths of the bunker.
January 3, 2010 |
The Clippers are entering a relatively appealing stretch of their NBA schedule that, among other things, should help injured players such as Marcus Camby get healthier. But it's an open question whether the Clippers (14-18) as a whole can find better form as well. The team plays only three games in the next nine days and all three are at Staples Center, starting Monday night against Portland. The Clippers play the Lakers on Wednesday night and then have three days to prepare for the Miami Heat on Jan. 10. "The schedule is definitely in our favor," said Camby, the veteran forward who is nursing a hyper-extended left knee even as he remains among the league leaders in rebounds and blocked shots.
December 28, 2009 |
Baron Davis was driving hard, pushing forward aggressively almost all night against the Boston Celtics, so why not do the same, verbally, in the Clippers' final timeout? So he spelled it out in clear, precise terms. "Coach, run this play for me. I'm gonna shoot and we're gonna win," Davis said he told Coach Mike Dunleavy. And what a wildly improbable story and finish. The Clippers scored five points in the final 8.5 seconds to defeat the Celtics, 92-90, the winning shot being a fadeaway jumper by Davis at the buzzer.