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SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Aside from the constant refrain of whether the Clippers and Golden State Warriors dislike or hate each other, their first-round Western Conference playoff series has the potential to be very entertaining. The Clippers have two All-Stars in point guard Chris Paul and power forward Blake Griffin, who are considered among the best players in the NBA. The Warriors have a dynamic young backcourt of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who are considered perhaps the best-shooting guard combo in the league, earning the duo the nickname "Splash Brothers" because of their prolific outside shooting.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
A new drama inspired by the life of author Patricia Highsmith and written by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith will be among the offerings of the Geffen Playhouse's 2014-15 season, which was announced on Friday. The season will also include recent works by playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney, Conor McPherson and Stephen Belber. Murray-Smith's "Switzerland" will be a co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company and will debut in Australia this fall before running in Los Angeles from March 3 to April 12, 2015.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's springtime in Los Angeles, otherwise known as the season when the Clippers march merrily into the playoffs and the Lakers conduct exit interviews. OK, so maybe this isn't exactly an annual occurrence. The Lakers haven't missed the playoffs during a season in which the Clippers qualified since 1975-76, when the Clippers were located in Buffalo and the Lakers somehow finished two games below .500 with a roster that included Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gail Goodrich.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Just kidding! No way are the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat as bad as they've looked the last six weeks, when the presumed Eastern Conference finalists resembled teams that couldn't get out of the first round of their local rec-league playoffs. Three-peat? The Heat has had trouble winning three games in a row since early March. Indiana has gone 10-13 since March 4, failing to top 100 points 17 times and stumbling its way to that regrettable 23-point first half against Atlanta.
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
PORTLAND - The Clippers played out the string of an 82-game regular-season schedule on Wednesday night, knowing before they tipped off against the Portland Trail Blazers that their playoff opponent had been set. So with three starters back in Los Angeles resting, the Clippers rallied from 22 points down behind Jamal Crawford's 34 points only to lose, 110-104, to the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. The third-seeded Clippers (57-25) will open the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors (51-31)
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO -- Mike D'Antoni might coach his last game with the Lakers on Wednesday night. Or he might be back next season for the final guaranteed year of his contract. It's the biggest subplot of a Lakers' off-season sure to feature some twists and turns. "We'll sit down with Mitch and Jim at the end of the year and reassess everything and see where we are and see what their thoughts are," D'Antoni said Wednesday, referring to Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. "I don't have any thoughts yet. The biggest thing was trying to get to the end of the year and we got that done.
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 113 - San Antonio Spurs 100 (end of regulation) The Lakers ended a difficult 2013-14 regular season with an easy win over the NBA's best San Antonio Spurs. With Kobe Bryant (knee), Pau Gasol (vertigo), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Chris Kaman (calf), Xavier Henry (knee, wrist) and Kent Bazemore (foot) all sidelined, the Lakers finished the season with a 27-55 record after 113-100 victory on the road. The Spurs sat Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli, along with Tony Parker in the second half, as they prepare for their first-round matchup against the Dallas Mavericks (49-32)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
The Russians are coming ... again. "The Americans," FX's drama about Russian KGB  spies masquerading as a suburban American married  couple, has been renewed for a third season of 13 episodes. The series, which stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, is currently in its second season. PHOTOS: WGA's top 101 shows of all time "The Americans" was created by and is executive produced by Joe Weisberg, a former CIA agent who went on to become an author and screenwriter.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" probably wishes it could trade in the ratings for its third season premiere. According to early numbers from Nielsen, the Tuesday 10 p.m. reality show earned a rating of 1.0 among key 18- to- 49-year-olds and 3.1 million viewers overall for the episode that featured a spouse-switch between Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, it was down by more than half from last year's season opener (which aired at 8 p.m.) for the lowest "Wife Swap" or "Celebrity Wife Swap" premiere rating ever.   The better news for ABC came from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Joe Flint
So much for team loyalty. Ratings for the Los Angeles Lakers on SportsNet have taken a dramatic tumble this season, along with the team's win-loss record. According to Nielsen, Lakers games have averaged a 2.15 household rating on Time Warner Cable's SportsNet this season. That translates to 122,000 households and is a 54% drop from the previous season and is believed to be a new low for the franchise. The team's season ends tonight in San Antonio against the Spurs. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The previous low for Lakers games was a 2.71 rating for the 2004-05 season, when the team was on Fox Sports West.  Despite the woes of the Lakers, it's still their town.
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