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April 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In the Clippers' eyes, there's only one way to slow down the backboard-attacking Memphis Grizzlies. "Everybody has to rebound," Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. That's what helped the Clippers win Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference playoff series as the Clippers outrebounded Memphis in both games. But when the Clippers didn't generate a collective rebounding effort in Game 3, it led to the Grizzlies outrebounding them, 45-33, and it led to a defeat.
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April 26, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The Lakers will have a most valuable player in their backcourt Friday. It won't be Kobe Bryant. It may not be Steve Nash. That could leave Andrew Goudelock, selected as MVP of the NBA's Development League on Thursday after a season's worth of memorable performances against such teams as the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Maine Red Claws. Next up for Goudelock: the San Antonio Spurs, in Game 3 of the Lakers' Western Conference first-round playoff series at Staples Center. A Lakers season that has included some surprising backcourt combinations - Bryant as a point guard, Nash as a hybrid shooting guard - could yield an even more unlikely union after another wave of injuries to Nash, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks.
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April 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The stats don't lie. And in the case of the Clippers, the statistics told so much about why they lost, 94-82, to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series on Thursday night at the FedEx Forum. The one statistic that now matters most to both teams is that the Clippers lead this best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 4 is Saturday back here. After the game, the Clippers had written down many of the stat lines on the grease board inside their locker room.
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April 26, 2013
Every game, someone different steps up for the Miami Heat. Well, someone different and LeBron James. Ageless Ray Allen scored 23 points, setting the NBA career playoff record for three-pointers in the process, and James had seven of his 22 points during a decisive run that closed out the third quarter — and maybe the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat's 104-91 victory Thursday night at Milwaukee gave the defending champions a 3-0 lead, with a chance to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon at the Bradley Center.
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April 24, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol won his first NBA defensive player of the year award after anchoring the league's stingiest defense. Gasol received 212 points and 30 first-place votes to beat the Miami Heat's LeBron James, who had 149 points and 18 first-place votes, the NBA announced Wednesday. The 7-foot-1 Spaniard averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals for a Memphis defense that gave up a league-best 88.7 points per game. The five-year veteran ranked 12th in the league in blocks.
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April 24, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - - Maybe Kobe Bryant should go back to tweeting during games. Maybe Metta World Peace should try harder to get in touch with the Dalai Lama. Maybe the Lakers' injuries will finally recede, because they're quickly running out of backcourt players. The sky continued to fall amid too many maybes Wednesday, the Lakers losing to the San Antonio Spurs, 102-91, in Game 2 of their first-round Western Conference series. BOX SCORE: Spurs 102, Lakers 91 Then they lined up in the trainer's room, seemingly one by one. Steve Blake will get an ultrasound exam Thursday after sustaining a strained right hamstring on a fourth-quarter drive.
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April 21, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
It didn't figure to be a thing of beauty when the Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies played Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs Saturday night at Staples Center. But beauty is what a team makes it, and the Clippers found their beauty in pulling out a 112-91 victory over the Grizzlies behind the steady play of Chris Paul. With Paul scoring 23 points on seven-for-11 shooting, six for six from the free-throw line, and handing out seven assists, the Clippers opened a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that resumes with Game 2 here Monday night.
SPORTS
April 17, 2013
One more victory and the Clippers will have home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs. They moved into position to host a first-round playoff opener by running past the Portland Trail Blazers, 93-77, on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The fourth-seeded Clippers and fifth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies have identical 55-26 records, but Los Angeles owns the tiebreaker and would play host to Memphis if the two teams stay on course to meet in the playoffs. The Clippers won the Pacific Division and the season series, three games to one, over the Grizzlies.
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April 17, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
SACRAMENTO - For just the second time during his 11-year career, Caron Butler has played in as many as 78 regular-season games. And for Butler, being injury-free for the playoffs, which start Saturday for the Clippers, is key. When the Clippers met the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs in 2012, Butler suffered a broken left hand in Game 1. He missed Game 2 but played in the rest of the Clippers'...
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April 16, 2013
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: ESPN, TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 44-37; Rockets 45-36. Record vs. Rockets: 1-2. Update: Houston has lost three of its last five, including Monday's surprising 119-112 loss in Phoenix. The Rockets' offense, though, is potent and averages a league-best 106.1 points. Their defense? Not so awesome. The Rockets allow an average of 102.5 points, third-worst in the league.
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