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April 3, 2013
VS. PHOENIX When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 49-26, Suns 23-51. Record vs. Suns: 2-1. Update: The magic number for the Clippers to win their first Pacific Division title is two. The Suns, at the bottom of the Western Conference, are 7-29 on the road. The Suns average 94.5 points a game, tied for the 22nd in the NBA, and Phoenix gives up 101 a game, also tied for 22nd. —Broderick Turner
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April 2, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers want their mojo back because somewhere along the way they have lost it. They seem to have lost their purpose, drive and determination. The Clippers have seven regular-season games left to see if they can find what has been missing. "Really, we've got to win the rest of them," Blake Griffin said Tuesday after practice. "Obviously you are going to say that throughout the entire season. But this is really the time when our sense of urgency needs to be at its highest.
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March 31, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 49-25, Pacers 47-27. Record vs. Pacers: 1-0. Update: The Clippers have lost three of their last four games. The Pacers hold opponents to a league-best 89.7 points per game and lead the NBA in rebounds per game, averaging 46.4. They average 13 offensive rebounds, fourth-best in the league.
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March 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
MIAMI AT SAN ANTONIO: Sunday, 4 p.m. PDT. TV: None. Jerry West and Gail Goodrich may be resting easy, but LeBron James and Dwyane Wade certainly aren't. Now that the Miami Heat can no longer threaten the 1971-72 Lakers' NBA-record 33-game winning streak (at least until next season), it is left to terrify the rest of the league. San Antonio is among the few teams that can say "Boo!" back without eliciting laughter. The Spurs are on the verge of securing the top seeding in the Western Conference for a third consecutive season, making this a possible Finals preview.
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March 30, 2013 | By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
Kevin Johnson used a basketball analogy when discussing Sacramento's odds of keeping the Kings, saying they were like Steve Nash at the free-throw line. The implication, of course, was that the city has about a 90.4% chance of preventing the team from relocating to Seattle. For accuracy's sake, the Sacramento mayor probably should have picked a different Laker: Dwight Howard. It could easily go either way. Sacramento's chances certainly seemed to improve last week when the City Council approved a preliminary plan to help fund a new $447-million arena.
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March 30, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON - The Clippers finished their four-game trip with a whimper, showing such a lack of resolve that Coach Vinny Del Negro lit into his team in the locker room after the game. They may have been playing their fourth game in five nights, but it was a feeble attempt at playing with inspiration against a Houston Rockets team missing its best player. The Clippers return home having suffered a 98-81 beat-down by the Rockers on Saturday night at the Toyota Center. "We were terrible," Del Negro said.
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March 29, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS AT SACRAMENTO When: 7. Where: Sleep Train Arena. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 37-36, Kings 27-46. Record vs. Kings: 2-1. Update: Sacramento has had a good week, winning back-to-back road games at Golden State and Phoenix. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had a season-high 34 points and also 14 rebounds in a 117-103 victory Thursday over the Suns. The Lakers have lost their last three games in Sacramento by a surprisingly one-sided average of 14 points.
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March 29, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO - It's a statistic invented for hockey, where sticks, flying pucks and big guys on skates lead to a lot of injuries. But the Lakers would rival some hockey teams with their "man-games lost to injury" this season - 146 and counting after their 113-103 loss Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Athletic trainer Gary Vitti recently said this was the most injury-filled season he'd experienced in 29 years with the Lakers. That was before Metta World Peace went down Monday because of torn cartilage in his left knee, sidelining him at least six weeks.
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March 27, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS AT MILWAUKEE When: 5 PDT. Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 37-35; Bucks 34-36. Record vs. Bucks: 1-0. Update: The Bucks have lost four consecutive games and are experiencing some turmoil. Point guard Brandon Jennings was benched in the fourth quarter and failed to score in Milwaukee's 100-92 loss Wednesday to Philadelphia. Dwight Howard had 31 points and 16 rebounds while Kobe Bryant had 31 points and six assists in the Lakers' 104-88 victory over the Bucks in January.
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