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April 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Paul couldn't stop watching the play. Once. Twice. Again. Another time. It bothered him that he didn't make the right call in a late three-on-one, getting his shot blocked by Harrison Barnes instead of passing to J.J. Redick. That didn't even compare with the two free throws he missed with 11 seconds left in the Clippers' 109-105 loss to Golden State in Saturday's playoff opener. Long night for Paul. Long Sunday too. "I looked at it, I think, six different times [Sunday]
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April 20, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers can point to their 17 turnovers, two in the final 37.7 seconds of the game, as a reason they lost Game 1 to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. The Clippers can look at their poor free-throw shooting as another reason for their 109-105 loss to the Warriors in the first game of the Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Clippers were 23 for 35 (65.7%) from the free-throw line, including two misses by Chris Paul with 11.9 seconds left and the Clippers trailing by three points.
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April 19, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Jamal Crawford made a three-point basket from half court to beat the first-quarter buzzer, giving the Clippers a five-point lead, sending the crowd at Staples Center into a frenzy. But that was a short-lived good feeling for Crawford and the rest of the Clippers reserve unit Saturday against the Golden State Warriors during Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series. The Clippers bench went eight for 30 shooting from the field, scoring only 26 points. "We're trying to find our rhythm," said Crawford, who was two for 11 shooting from the field, one for five from three-point range.
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April 19, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The moment was right in front of the Clippers and Golden State Warriors, there to be seized by two teams that have much disdain for each other. When the time came to grab hold of that moment, when Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series hung in the balance, the Clippers failed. The Warriors, the team the Clippers despise more than any other, didn't shy away from the moment, earning a 109-105 victory Saturday, as the home team simply wilted away at Staples Center.
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April 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Golden State Warriors choked. One of them did, anyway. Klay Thompson was talking to reporters after the game when he accidentally inhaled the deodorant spray Draymond Green was using two lockers away. Thompson's eyes watered and he coughed for a bit as he touched his throat. It was a momentary setback, nothing compared to what the Clippers experienced in a 109-105 loss Saturday to Golden State in a playoff opener. The Warriors were supposed to get beat without shot-blocking rebounder Andrew Bogut.
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April 18, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Corey Perry thought he knew the type of effort that was coming from his close friend and first-line mate Ryan Getzlaf. Just in case, he was braced to produce in a big way, too. Getzlaf, in extraordinary circumstances, pulled off a legendary performance of playing like his old self Friday with a goal and assist in the 3-2 victory that lifted the Ducks to a 2-0 lead over the Dallas Stars in the first-round Western Conference playoff series at Honda...
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April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
1. INDIANA 56-26 (Home: 35-6; Road: 21-20) vs. 8. ATLANTA 38-44 (Home: 24-17; Road: 14-27) Season series: Tied, 2-2. Key stat: Even with its epic late-season slide, Indiana still ranked second in the league by giving up only 92.3 points per game. Outlook: Atlanta is a tough matchup for the Pacers because of its ability to space the floor with three-point shooters Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Lou Williams and Jeff Teague. The Hawks also won't be lacking for confidence after beating Indiana by 19 points on the road in the teams' last meeting.
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April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's springtime in Los Angeles, otherwise known as the season when the Clippers march merrily into the playoffs and the Lakers conduct exit interviews. OK, so maybe this isn't exactly an annual occurrence. The Lakers haven't missed the playoffs during a season in which the Clippers qualified since 1975-76, when the Clippers were located in Buffalo and the Lakers somehow finished two games below .500 with a roster that included Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gail Goodrich.
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April 17, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE - This was like a nasty flashback, one bad journey into the darkness for Kings fans. The loyal old-timers have scar tissue around the old wound - long ago playoff blowouts, losses to the likes of the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames in the late '80s and early '90s. Undoubtedly, the latest cut will take time to heal. The Kings were thoroughly outplayed in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals as the San Jose Sharks defeated them, 6-3, at the SAP Center on Thursday night.
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April 16, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
PORTLAND - The Clippers played out the string of an 82-game regular-season schedule on Wednesday night, knowing before they tipped off against the Portland Trail Blazers that their playoff opponent had been set. So with three starters back in Los Angeles resting, the Clippers rallied from 22 points down behind Jamal Crawford's 34 points only to lose, 110-104, to the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. The third-seeded Clippers (57-25) will open the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors (51-31)
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