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March 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
SALT LAKE CITY -- Defense. Defense. Defense. Once the Clippers decided to play defense, they overwhelmed the Utah Jazz in pulling out a 96-87 victory Friday night at Energy Solutions Arena to extend Los Angeles' winning streak to 10 games. The Clippers were indifferent about playing defense in the first half, allowing the Jazz to score 51 points, shoot 50% from the field, 55.6% (five for nine) from three-point range and outrebound them, 24-14. But the Clippers clamped down on the Jazz in the second half, holding Utah to just 36 points and 40.5% shooting.
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March 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
SALT LAKE CITY - Darren Collison is listed as 6 feet tall and 175 pounds, but the Clippers point guard appears to be shorter and slighter. But Collison plays bigger than his measurements. Collison has been forced to start at shooting guard because 6-5 Jamal Crawford is out with a strained left calf and 6-4 J.J. Redick is out with a bulging disk in his back. "I think playing against bigger guards this year has been real helpful for me, in terms of improving my defense and getting me better any way that I can," Collison said.
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March 14, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
In early February, the Lakers ran out of players in an odd win at Cleveland over the Cavaliers, 119-108. On Thursday, Joe Borgia, the NBA's vice president of referee operations, gave his perspective (via NBA TV ) on the strange final minutes that saw Lakers center Robert Sacre finishing the game despite collecting his sixth personal foul. "We have to have five players on the court at all times," Borgia said. "If there are no available substitutes to come in the game, the player who fouls out has to remain in the game" The Lakers started the game short-handed, with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Jodie Meeks all out with injuries.  Nick Young bruised his knee during the game.
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March 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5:30 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 22-42, Spurs 48-16. Record vs. Spurs: 0-1. Update: The Spurs have won 11 of their last 12 games, including victories over Miami, the Clippers and Portland (twice). The Spurs haven't played the Lakers since Nov. 1, when Tony Parker scored 24 points in a 91-85 victory. Including Friday's game, the teams play each other three times between now and the end of the season.
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March 13, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Does Adam Silver think we're that dumb? The new NBA commissioner rejected the notion that teams have been tanking this season, telling reporters in Boston on Wednesday that he didn't think coaches or players were intentionally losing games. Uh, duh. It's management that stocks its team's won-loss ledger with Ls. It does so by failing to sign star free agents and trading players such as Paul Pierce, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner, leaving behind a mishmash of nobodies who increase a team's chance of obtaining a top draft pick by bottoming out in the standings.
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March 13, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers were still waiting to hear from the NBA on Thursday to see whether the league would take any action against forward Blake Griffin and Golden State backup center Jermaine O'Neal. A squabble between the players began during the Clippers' 111-98 victory over the Warriors on Wednesday night and it carried over after the game. A league official said that Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, may decide that no action is warranted because no punches were thrown by Griffin and O'Neal.
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March 12, 2014 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS  - Kyle Anderson has that look again, the one he wears as he warms up before every basketball game. It's a predator's glare. Hungry. Determined. A little angry. The sophomore guard's UCLA teammates say he is fun to be around. But as he prepares to compete, he doesn't look like fun. "He likes to dance," said guard Jordan Adams, his roommate. "His favorite is the Dougie. But that's for behind the scenes. " For public consumption, Anderson paces around the court like a boxer in a ring, just waiting to get at that other guy. His head typically down, his face stoic, a you're-dead-to-me look emanates from his eyes.
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March 11, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
VS. GOLDEN STATE When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 45-20, Warriors 40-24. Record vs. Warriors: 1-2. Update: The Clippers need a victory to even the season series. The Warriors won the 2012-13 season series, 3-1. Golden State has a 20-14 road record this season. broderick.turner@latimes.com
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March 11, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Blake Griffin sat in his chair in the Clippers interview room after their victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night with his lips pursed and jaw tight. Griffin was still ticked about the takedown by Suns forward P.J. Tucker in the fourth quarter that left the two of them wrestling to get free of each other while down on the Staples Center court. It was yet another game in which an opponent had taken a shot at Griffin, but he maintained his composure instead of fighting back.
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March 10, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers will probably be mathematically eliminated next week from a playoff spot, four weeks before the regular season ends. That's what happens when you go 10-29 since Dec. 21. But Coach Mike D'Antoni still wants some consistency from them over their final 18 games. They got drilled by the Clippers last week, lost a home game to New Orleans and were no-shows in Denver. Yet they beat Portland and Oklahoma City in the span of seven days. It's fine to be confused.
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