February 12, 2014 |
Maybe J.J. Redick could play with his sore right hip, but Clippers Coach Doc Rivers is taking no chances with his starting shooting guard, who will sit out Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Redick said his injury has improved, but he will listen to Rivers and miss his fourth straight game. "I don't think that I'll play tomorrow. That's what Doc says," Redick said. "It's a day-to-day thing. " With the All-Star break coming up Thursday through Sunday, Redick will have had two weeks off to make sure his hip is 100% healthy.
February 8, 2014 |
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.
February 7, 2014 |
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will become the first player to compete in five events during All-Star weekend in New Orleans. Lillard, the reigning Rookie of the Year, will do the slam dunk contest, the Rising Stars Challenge, the Skills Challenge, the three-point contest and he made the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve. "A lot of people don't get the opportunity," Lillard told USA TODAY. "So I just felt like it was something that had never been done, and I'm capable of doing all the things that need to be done in all the competitions, so I figured why not go out and be the first one to do everything and get that experience.
December 27, 2013 |
One shot or one play doesn't necessarily determine the outcome of a game, coaches and players like to say, because there are so many shots and plays during the course of a game. But there was one shot Thursday night, by Portland's Nicolas Batum, that had the Clippers talking after the game, all of them lamenting how they should have done something different to prevent the game-tying three-pointer with 5.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Coach Doc Rivers said he should have had his team commit a foul to put one of the Trail Blazers at the free-throw line.
December 26, 2013 |
After an emotional, drama-filled game that led to two ejections, the Clippers are forced to turn their attention to playing a very good Portland Trail Blazers team Thursday night. It'll be interesting to see how Blake Griffin responds after he was ejected from the rumble-and-tumble Golden State Warriors game Wednesday night in Oakland. The Clippers lost, 103-105. Griffin cannot afford to let his mind linger back to the Warriors game because he'll be facing a tough opponent in power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who is averaging 23.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
December 1, 2013 |
The Lakers (9-8) return home from a three-game trip to host the Portland Trail Blazers (13-3) on Sunday night at Staples Center. The Blazers have been one of the best teams in the NBA through the first month of the season, already with seven wins in nine road games. Portland is a very different team than the Lakers, relying heavily on the offensive production of four players (LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum) -- each scoring at least 14.1 points a night.