November 26, 2009 |
The Indiana Pacers lost their leading scorer to injury before the game yet managed to hang around and ultimately rally from a 13-point, second-half deficit. Their opponents got their second-leading scorer back on the court, which should have provided some sort of cosmic lift but instead produced a monumental clunker. And the identity of the team behind door No. 1? That would be the Clippers. Actually, "identity" is probably the wrong word since the Clippers seem to be desperately searching for one, flailing and grabbing at the wind.
January 30, 2010
What happens to the Clippers in New Jersey apparently isn't confined to the Northeast. Two days after losing to the worst team in the NBA, the Clippers ventured to the Target Center and stumbled against another franchise already looking forward to the draft lottery. Minnesota moved into double digits for victories thanks to a 111-97 triumph Friday night that left the Clippers in need of a novel approach to reverse their sagging fortunes. A players-only meeting earlier in the day did little to help the team regroup from a 16-point loss to the woeful Nets.
November 14, 2009 |
How do you blow a 22-point lead? Watch. The Clippers are proving capable of blowing all varieties of leads -- big, medium and small -- in excruciating and creative ways. This time, the meltdown came early, not late. The Clippers had a 22-point lead dwindle to nine by the end of the first half, and vanish by the start of the fourth quarter. Which turned the final 12 minutes into a genuine cliff-hanger. Not quite all of it. The Clippers didn't score in the final 6:58, as the Raptors won, 104-89, Friday night at Staples Center.
March 15, 2010 |
Two streaks. One long and another even longer were about 71/2 minutes from vanishing into thin air. (Well, maybe just that thin air in the uppermost reaches of Staples Center, only visible by binoculars.) It all unraveled in a barrage of three-point baskets by the Hornets as New Orleans went on a 13-2 fourth-quarter run on the way to a 108-100 victory over the Clippers on Monday night. The Clippers have lost eight games in a row, and still can't solve the puzzle of David West and the Hornets, having lost to them 13 consecutive times.
March 9, 2010 |
Welcome to two-stage firing ... Clippers' style. The Clippers put a new twist on that old phrase: They thought Mike Dunleavy was so nice, they fired him twice. Technically speaking, Dunleavy stepped down as coach last month when he seemed unable to penetrate the deep malaise of his players. On Tuesday, the other part of his job description, general manager, vanished with about five weeks left in the regular season. Talk about the long (delayed) goodbye. The news blindsided Dunleavy.
January 24, 2010 |
A White House visit with the Clippers seems pretty far removed from long bus rides and cheap motels. JamesOn Curry doesn't need to win a championship to live his dream; merely walking onto an NBA court is enough of a pinch-me moment for the guard who has spent his professional career shuttling around the Development League. Calling himself "very blessed and very thankful" for the opportunity after signing a 10-day contract, Curry worked out with the Clippers on Saturday and held his own in a post-practice shooting drill with Baron Davis . He could make his NBA debut today against the Washington Wizards.
February 7, 2011 |
Injured shooting guard Eric Gordon has returned to Los Angeles for another round of visits to doctors, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. Yes, that's right. Doctors. There is the Clippers' doctor and then the one he is seeing, apparently, at the suggestion of his management team. Del Negro said Gordon, who has been sidelined since Jan. 22, flew to Los Angeles from Miami on Monday. Gordon is dealing with a sprained right wrist and bone chip fracture. "He's getting looked at [Tuesday]
March 26, 2011 |
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan made an uncommonly swift recovery from his bout with pneumonia, having missed two games after a short stay in the hospital. Jordan, who moved into the starting lineup when Chris Kaman went out with a long-term ankle injury, came off the bench late in the first quarter Friday against the Lakers. He entered with 4:55 remaining in the first quarter and played limited minutes in the first half, nicely blocking a jump shot. Jordan had two points, making one of two shots in just under 10 minutes.
November 25, 2009 |
The Clippers make one trip to Indianapolis in the regular season, just as they made a lone appearance, recently, in Oklahoma City. Call it an unfair quirk of the basketball schedule, which is severely messing with the homecoming hoop plans of the Clippers' youngsters. It'll be next season before Oklahoma City fans get to see native son Blake Griffin , who is out because of a stress fracture of his left kneecap. Folks in Indiana are hoping it won't be the same with Clippers shooting guard Eric Gordon , who has not played since Nov. 7. He missed seven consecutive games because of a strained groin and was on the active roster in Monday's four-point win against Minnesota but did not play.