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February 18, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Both teams had five days off for the All-Star break, but clearly the Clippers didn't bring their game back with them and the San Antonio Spurs did. The Spurs were the more energized and efficient team, the Clippers the team that lacked focus and was flat at times. That was a big reason why the Clippers dropped a 113-103 game to the Spurs on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Spurs had five players score in double figures, led by reserve Patty Mills' 25 points. "I thought they were more ready for the game than we were," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said.
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February 18, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's not true that the San Antonio Spurs have been playing together since the Stone Age. The Bronze Age, perhaps, but definitely not the Stone Age. The Spurs' cohesiveness and heady play is largely a result of such familiarity. It's why guys like Tony Parker can go down and Cory Joseph can step up and it's as if nothing has changed at all. The Spurs gave the Clippers another lesson in togetherness Tuesday night at Staples Center throughout a 113-103 victory that revealed a template for playing through less than ideal circumstances.
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February 17, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The All-Star break is over, and now the Clippers will get back to work for the second half of the season -- starting with practice Monday afternoon. The Clippers have 27 regular-season games left, beginning Tuesday night with a game against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center. At 37-18, the Clippers lead the Pacific Division, five games ahead of both the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors. But the Clippers have the fourth-best record in the Western Conference, their .673 winning percentage right behind the Houston Rockets (36-17)
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February 17, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick won't play against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night because of a sore right hip. Coach Doc Rivers said Willie Green “might be out too” for the San Antonio game because of a sore right hip. Redick missed the last four games before the All-Star break because of the hip injury. “J.J. is out [Tuesday] and probably at least until the Memphis game, too,” Rivers said. The Clippers play at Memphis on Friday night. Rivers said before the Clippers practiced Monday that Redick saw team physicians Monday, but “we don't know what the results are yet.” With two guards injured, Rivers said the plan is to sign another player to a 10-day contract, but he wouldn't say whether it would be Sasha Vujacic, whose 10-day contract with the Clippers expired last Thursday.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 37-18, Spurs 38-15. Record vs. Spurs: 1-1. Update: The Spurs' Manu Ginobili has been out since Jan. 28 because of a left hamstring strain but is probable for Tuesday's game. Center Tiago Splitter has sat out three games because of a bruised right calf, but he will probably start against the Clippers.
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February 7, 2014 | Broderick Turner
After four of his starters played over 40 minutes Wednesday night in their 116-112 loss against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers gave his team the day off Thursday. Jamal Crawford, starting at shooting guard in place of J.J. Redick (sore right hip) and also playing some backup point guard, played a team-high 46 minutes 38 seconds. Crawford finished with 31 points and six assists against the Heat. Blake Griffin logged 42:17 while scoring a season-high 43 points and having to defend LeBron James at times.
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February 4, 2014 | By Matt Wilhalme
Tracy McGrady is trading in the hardwood for the baseball diamond. McGrady, 34, announced his retirement from the NBA in August, but the seven-time All-Star is trying to keep his athletic career alive as a pitcher with the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the Atlantic League. Once a dominant scorer, winning consecutive scoring titles with Orlando, McGrady doesn't quite have the heat needed to overpower hitters, but he's getting there, according to pro baseball scout Scipio Spinks.
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January 25, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
SAN ANTONIO AT MIAMI: Sunday, 10 a.m. PST. TV: Channel 7. The Spurs return to the scene of their self-inflicted crime, an indelible implosion in the final 28 seconds of Game 6 of the Finals that cost them a championship. Deflated, they returned two days later and lost Game 7. San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich has conceded that he remains haunted by that collapse. His team won't be anywhere close to full strength in the rematch, with Kawhi Leonard (finger), Danny Green (finger)
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January 25, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Welcome back? San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich , on returning Sunday to AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, where his team lost Games 6 and 7 of the Finals last season: "Uh, it'll be a horrible memory walking in that gym. If I said anything different, I'd be the biggest liar that ever lived. How could I say, 'Yeah, no problem, well, it was a tough night.' That's … We all know that. " The biggest loser Hall of Fame point guard Gary Payton , addressing top draft pick Anthony Bennett , who is averaging 2.4 points and shooting 25.9% while barely playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers: "You came in overweight.
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January 18, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
BROOKLYN AT NEW YORK: Monday, 11:30 a.m. PST. TV: ESPN. The Nets and Knicks must have tired of seeing themselves on "Late Show" top-10 lists. They're starting to play better basketball after dreadful starts that provided daily fodder for comedy writers. Brooklyn has won six of its last seven games and actually would make the playoffs if they started Sunday (though that says more about the awful Eastern Conference than the mediocre Nets). New York has won six of its last 10, including victories over Miami and San Antonio, while shrugging off the quirks of Shoelace Bandit J.R. Smith.
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