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.
November 30, 2013 |
Techno team The core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum is approaching Big Three status. Newcomers Mo Williams, Thomas Robinson and Dorell Wright have added quality depth that was missing last season. Shooting guard Wesley Matthews has made an insane 50.5% of his three-pointers. There's also the iPads. The what? That's right, one of the reasons the Portland Trail Blazers (13-3) bring the second-best record in the Western Conference into Staples Center on Sunday against the Lakers is their use of hand-held devices often associated with playing video games and surfing the Internet.
July 15, 2013 |
The Lakers, playing their second summer league game in Las Vegas, improved to 1-1 on Sunday with an 81-63 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Lester Hudson led the Lakers with 15 points on five-of-eight shooting in just over 22 1/2 minutes of action. Marcus Landry contributed 14 points, and while he shot just five of 14 from the field, he led the Lakers with a plus-minus of 26 points. Landry, brother of Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry, has the look of a possible camp invitee for the Lakers.
July 4, 2013 |
People familiar with the trade say Sacramento, New Orleans and Portland have agreed to a three-team deal sending guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings. The people, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because NBA rules prevent confirmation of trades until July 10, say Portland is sending second-round draft pick Jeff Withey to New Orleans and a future draft pick to Sacramento as part of the deal.