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.
November 24, 2009 |
Welcome to "As the Clippers Turn." Has there been a more, well, interesting 6-9 team? Undoubtedly, yes. But the Clippers are inching toward respectability, and .500, in a most novel way. In the span of four days, they beat a Western Conference powerhouse (Denver) and survived a genuine fright against weak-link Minnesota, which has lost 13 consecutive games. The latter, a 91-87 victory against the Timberwolves on Monday night at Staples Center, came with a certain point guard sitting on the bench for most of the third quarter and a decent portion of the fourth.
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.
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.
January 11, 2010 |
Momentum, that's the new (old) word of the day. Yes, the modern-day Clippers have heard rumors of that condition afflicting individuals, and at times, sports teams. They even flirted with it but only in the faintest, slightest of ways. Until now. The Clippers won their fourth consecutive game, and sixth in a row at home, defeating the Miami Heat, 94-84, Sunday afternoon at Staples Center behind Chris Kaman's 22 points and 14 rebounds, and kept the damage contained to the Heat's Dwyane Wade (24 points)
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.
January 30, 2013 |
The "Kobe Bryant as de facto point guard" experiment will continue Wednesday night as the Lakers visit the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are tied with the New Orleans Hornets for the worst records in the Western Conference at 15-30. Phoenix recently fired Alvin Gentry, and former Lakers guard Lindsey Hunter has taken over coaching duties. The Lakers are coming into Phoenix on the second night of a back-to-back. It's a game they need to win if the team has hopes of climbing back into the top eight in the West.