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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The NBA's regular season ends April 16, and for the bottom-dwellers the draft lottery May 20 looms large. Below are standings of the eight worst teams after Friday's games, their odds to land the No. 1 overall pick and mock draft picks from current position: TEAM/W-L/Pct./Odds/MOCK DRAFT SELECTION 1; Milwaukee/14-62/.184/25%/Jabari Parker, F, Duke 2; Philadelphia/17-59/.224/19.9%/Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas 3; Orlando/21-55/.276/15.6%/Dante Exum,...
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April 8, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers know that their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on Wednesday night is important. "It's a big game," Blake Griffin said Tuesday before practice. "You can't really dance around that. They are right in front of us. But at the same time, it's still going to go up to another level in the playoffs. It's not going to be quite like it is in the playoffs, but it will be an intense game. " If the Clippers defeat the Thunder, Los Angeles still has a chance to move past Oklahoma City in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
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March 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Four, three, two … The Derrick Williams position countdown goes on, the No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft still trying to find his spot in the NBA before time runs out. The Minnesota Timberwolves tried him at power forward and small forward before deciding neither worked and trading him in November to the Sacramento Kings. Williams now plays both positions as well as occasional stints at shooting guard. Like a 300-pound man shopping for pants, the right fit has been elusive.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It could always be worse. The Lakers could have been pounded into a sad corner of team history with Dwight Howard in Houston's lineup. So they got hit with the next worst thing, losing to the Rockets without the injured Howard, 145-130, and clinching their most miserable win-loss record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. With four games to go, the Lakers (25-53) already outdid the 1974-75 team that went 30-52. The Lakers keep seeking stability, a main reason team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak recently sat down with Kobe Bryant for a clear-the-air meeting, The Times has learned.
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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The dollar menu TNT analyst Charles Barkley, speaking with late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien about some of his chintzy millionaire friends: "There's nobody cheaper than Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. Oh, yeah, [Jordan is] cheap. I always give homeless people money and he will always slap my hand [and say], 'If they can ask you for spare change, they can say, "Welcome to McDonald's, can I help you, please?" ' " A costly alternative Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, on his team's efforts to end its recent slide: "We've had plenty of players-only meetings.
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November 30, 2013
Sweet nothings New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace , on what lured him to make Madison Square Garden home: "I honestly didn't even know who the coach was when I was coming to New York. I just wanted to win a championship; I didn't even know who was coaching. I didn't care. It could have been Aunt Jemima. They could have had the syrup coaching. I was coming here regardless. " Moving quickly Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol , on his recovery from a sprained knee ligament: "They try to give me a week [count before returning]
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August 21, 2012 | By Mark Medina
It may be the dog days of the NBA offseason, but that just leaves Laker fans even more time to discuss persisting topics. The pressing question, of course, involves whether the Lakers will an NBA championship in the 2012-13 season. That's the only standard the Lakers and their fans live by. And with the purple & gold acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, it's left plenty of pundits and fans alike optimistic the Lakers will collect their 17th Larry O'Brien trophy next June. What will be the keys to make that happen?
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January 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
GOLDEN STATE AT OKLAHOMA CITY: Friday, 6:30 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN. If you can tune in for only a minute of this game, make sure it's the final 60 seconds. Both meetings between these teams have come down to the final play, with the Warriors pulling out a 116-115 victory Nov. 15 on Andre Iguodala's fallaway jumper at the buzzer. Two weeks later it was Oklahoma City's turn to beat the clock, with Russell Westbrook making a corner three-pointer with 0.1 of a second left in overtime to give the Thunder a 113-112 triumph.
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December 15, 2013
The heartbreak kid Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce , on leaving the Boston Celtics: "I'm a person that's always when it's time to move on, you move on. You can ask any girlfriend I've ever had. " No biggie Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert , on beating the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in their first regular-season meeting: "We're not going to run around chest-bumping and stuff like that. It's not like three years ago, when if we got a win like this it was the highlight of our season.
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January 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Nice to see you too Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe , to the media gathering around his locker after a loss to the Toronto Raptors: "You guys are gonna aggravate me tonight, huh?" Parental guidance Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng , on the difficulties caused by the trade that forced him to leave the Chicago Bulls, the only NBA team he had known: "My mom doesn't really understand being traded. To me, that was one of the hardest things I had to do, explain to her that the organization that I've been with for nine years no longer wanted me there.
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April 7, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
A season of epic losses continued for the Lakers, who are dropping players almost as fast as they are games. Kent Bazemore was the latest to go down Monday after an MRI exam revealed the shooting guard had suffered a torn tendon in his right foot the previous day against the Clippers. He will miss the season's final five games and undergo surgery to repair the tendon. A timetable for his recovery will be given after the surgery. Bazemore joined Kobe Bryant (fractured knee)
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April 7, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
vs. Houston Where: Staples Center. When: 7:30. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes, TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-52, Rockets 51-25. Update: Houston's Dwight Howard has missed the last five games because of a strained left ankle but has reported improvement and is listed as day to day. The Rockets have gone 2-3 during Howard's absence and hold a two-game advantage over Portland for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
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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 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers just can't let go of the loss on Oct. 29 to the Lakers, using that season-opening defeat as fuel to wreak havoc whenever they play them. The Lakers remember the embarrassment of their last historical defeat to the Clippers, not wanting to feel that kind of pain again. So when the Clippers and Lakers encountered each other Sunday at Staples Center, both teams were on a course to see where this game would take them. The Clippers took what has become their normal path this season, blowing out the Lakers, 120-97, in their home game.
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April 6, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The thought has crossed the mind of Clippers Coach Doc Rivers . Should he hold out All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in any of the four regular-season games the Clippers have left? "Yeah, I have, but I don't know if I'll do it or not," Rivers said. "But it's a thought. We do have this interesting schedule, where we play a game. We have two days off. That's unusual. " The Clippers don't play again until Wednesday against Oklahoma City at Staples Center and then again Saturday against Sacramento at home.
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April 6, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kent Bazemore cried a little bit. Nick Young planted his face in a towel for a long time. Sunday was rough on them, the latest two injured Lakers. In another sign of a bad season, the Lakers have more hurt players (eight) than healthy ones (seven). Bazemore crumpled to the court and rolled around after sustaining a sprained right foot in the second quarter against the Clippers. The weird part was how it happened: Bazemore was merely dribbling near the three-point line, trying to keep the ball away from Darren Collison , when he felt a pop. He was helped off the court and scheduled for an MRI exam Monday.
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September 26, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The fractured wrist Kobe Bryant played with continued to throb. But that didn't stop him from playing. Not when he'd compete against the Phoenix Suns, a team he still hates for beating the Lakers in the 2006 and 2007 NBA playoffs. Not when he has the wrist still attached to his body. Not when he has another opportunity to showcase his drive. Not when he still can score at a prolific rate. Not when he could prove an off-shooting night the previous week against Denver would simply become an anomaly.
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February 8, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Looking ahead OKLAHOMA CITY AT PORTLAND, 7 p.m. PST Tuesday. TV: NBA TV. Neil Olshey can never get enough credit. The Mike Dunleavy protégé turned the Clippers into big winners and now has built the Portland Trail Blazers into a Western Conference power in only his second season as the team's general manager. New additions Robin Lopez and Mo Williams have bolstered the core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum while making Portland one of the NBA's breakthrough teams.
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April 5, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers lost their season opener to the Lakers by 13 points. In the next two games against the Lakers, the Clippers won by 36 points and 48 points. The 48-point margin of victory was the largest in Clippers' franchise history and the largest loss in Lakers' history. "Obviously that was a huge wakeup call for us, that first game," Paul said. "It's funny because Doc [Rivers ] says it to us just about every game. You're just not going to walk in there and win just because you've got Clippers going across your shirt.
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April 5, 2014
Clippers-Lakers today When: 12:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: ABC; Radio: 980, 1330, 710. Records: Clippers 54-23; Lakers 25-51. Record vs. Lakers: 2-1. Update: If the Clippers beat the Lakers, they will have won the season series in back-to-back seasons, but just for the third time since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles for the 1984-85 season. In their two victories over the Lakers, the Clippers have won by an average of 42 points.
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