March 3, 2014 |
The Clippers didn't overlook the Suns during their first meeting last December at Staples Center, but Los Angeles was surprised at just how good Phoenix was. The Clippers, who play the Suns on Tuesday night in Phoenix, recalled what happened during that 19-point loss to the Suns. "They killed us," Blake Griffin said after practice Monday. "They dominated almost every aspect. They got all the '50-50' balls. Offensive rebounds. Ran on us. Hit threes. Everything. " The Suns scored 107 points on the Clippers in that game and they shot 12 for 31 (38.7%)
March 2, 2014 |
On Dec. 30, the Clippers got rocked by the Suns at Staples Center, a surprising turn of events because Los Angeles didn't see that coming from a Phoenix team few expected to be that good. Now the Clippers and the rest of the NBA are fully aware of how good the Suns are, L.A. knowing first-hand after that 19-point beat-down. The Clippers get to see the Suns again when the two teams meet Tuesday night in Phoenix. So when asked if there was a revenge factor for that game, Coach Doc Rivers smiled and replied, "No, I don't think so. " "I mean, they just only came to our place and beat our butts," Rivers said.
February 25, 2014 |
VS. HOUSTON When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket, ESPN; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 39-20: Rockets 38-18. Record vs. Rockets: 2-0. Update: If the Clippers beat the Rockets, they will own the tiebreaker for home-court edge in the playoffs if they finish the season with the same record. The Clippers have defeated the Rockets five consecutive times at Staples Center, including scoring a season-high 137 points in the Nov. 4 victory in L.A. email@example.com
February 15, 2014 |
HOUSTON AT LAKERS: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. TV: ESPN. Dwight Howard might be able to hear the boos as soon as the Rockets' charter flight enters Los Angeles airspace. He was last seen as a Laker inside Staples Center walking into a tunnel after his ejection from a season-ending playoff loss to San Antonio. Howard continued to turn his back on the Lakers when he signed a four-year contract with Houston, becoming the most high-profile free agent to spurn the franchise. He then pretended to be asleep earlier this season when asked about the Lakers.
February 12, 2014 |
The most compelling number to watch in the Lakers' box scores the rest of the season could be home attendance. The Lakers failed to sell out a game Tuesday for the second time this season when they drew a season-low 18,209 against the Utah Jazz, ending a 17-game sellout streak dating to November. The previous non-sellout against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 12 ended a far more impressive streak of 270 consecutive regular-season games (and 320 including the playoffs) going back to December 2006.
February 11, 2014 |
Home bitter home. The Lakers used to consider Staples Center a haven of victories, a bedrock of five championship runs since the building opened in 1999. Now they might as well play at a local park. They lost to the lowly Utah Jazz on Tuesday, 96-79, falling to 8-15 at home and losing six consecutive games at home for the first time since 1992-93. BOX SCORE: Utah 96, Lakers 79 It's the cherry on top of several scoops of problems. Steve Nash left the game for good at halftime, felled again by the same nerve irritation in his back that sidelined him almost three months.