July 1, 2012 |
While the Clippers continued putting the final details on a contract extension for Blake Griffin, they spent Sunday on the phone talking to the representatives of their own and other free agents. The Clippers offered Griffin a five-year, $95-million extension when the free-agency period began Saturday night. Though the team has been given every indication that Griffin will agree to the deal, the Clippers and the All-Star power forward's agent are working on finalizing things. Griffin, who will make $7.2 million next season, can negotiate a five-year deal with an opt-out clause after the fourth season or he can get a four-year deal and get the opt-out clause after three seasons.
May 23, 2012 |
Listen to what Chris Paul offered as a key step for the Clippers to improve next season after a successful 2011-12 campaign. "First of all, I know one thing that can get us better is I have to get better," Paul, a first-team NBA all-defensive selection, said Monday. "It starts with each one of us individually. " Translation: There are times when the best improvements a team can make come from within. That means every player taking stock in his physical condition, and to be ready when training camp begins in October.
May 19, 2012 |
Slow and steady. Nice and easy. Efficient and unspectacular. That's what impressed the Clippers so much about playing against the San Antonio Spurs. "They play the same way whether they are down 20 or up 20," Blake Griffin said. "And they always play hard. " In fact, the Clippers had the Spurs down by 24 points in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals at Staples Center on Saturday. The Spurs cut it to 10 by halftime and took the lead in the third, never turning back.
May 11, 2012 |
Noooooooooooooo. Not back to Memphis again. The Clippers have been eliminated, so why are we going back to that sewer? It's over. The Clippers were physically spent Friday night; they probably will be emotionally empty Sunday. The big moment has eluded this team all season long. The Clippers could not beat the Lakers with the tiebreaker on the line, couldn't win the home-court advantage down the stretch and failed to take advantage of 3-1 edge against the Grizzlies.
May 7, 2012 |
Chris Paul scored eight points in overtime and Mo Williams made two free throws with 7.2 seconds left in the OT to help the Clippers escape with a 101-97 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Monday night at Staples Center. The Clippers lead the best-of-seven series, 3-1, and can close it out with a victory Wednesday night in Memphis. Paul, the closer the Clippers can't seem to live without, nearly had a triple-double with 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
May 5, 2012 |
A sea of red-clad Clippers fans watched their team play a home playoff game for the first time since 2006, and they were taken on a wild ride that was exhausting and exhilarating. They watched a Game 3 that seemed to be won by the Clippers, lost by them, then won again, and then came down to a last-second shot that had the entire Staples Center rocking Saturday afternoon. When the crazy ride had come to an end, when the Clippers had finished standing up to the physical Memphis Grizzlies, when they had finished being miserable at the free-throw line, and when they had finished riding the coattails of Chris Paul again, Los Angeles escaped with an 87-86 victory only after Rudy Gay missed a final shot attempt.