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January 31, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers, 11-3 since Chris Paul went down with a separated right shoulder on Jan. 3 in Dallas, have impressed many with their recent play. They lead the Pacific Division and have the fourth-best record (33-16) in the tough Western Conference. Reggie Miller, TNT's NBA analyst who watched the Clippers play at Golden State on Thursday night, indicated that he liked what he saw out of the L.A. team despite their 111-92 loss to the Warriors. “I think their schedule sets them up well,” Miller said during the game.
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January 31, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Of all the surprises this season, this wasn't one of them: Pau Gasol was left off the All-Star team. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni thinks he knows why. The Lakers (16-30) are 14th in the Western Conference. "When you're not in the top eight, top nine, I'm a firm believer that, you know what, numbers don't mean a whole lot if you're not winning," D'Antoni said Friday. "So you've got to be very careful about putting somebody on the All-Star team that doesn't have [victories]… unless you're in the East, probably.
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January 31, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Magic Johnson will no longer complain about the Lakers. He promises. Johnson took to Twitter to call a cease-fire on himself after weeks of probing, questioning and even haranguing the Lakers. "I'm going to stop complaining. I'm going to support and encourage [team executive] Jim Buss and Coach [Mike] D'Antoni because I love the Lakers!" Johnson wrote Thursday night. "It doesn't do the Lakers players, coaches or ownership any good for me to complain. " He also added, "I want to give Coach D'Antoni credit because offensively he's put the Lakers' players in positions to be successful!"
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January 30, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND - To no one's surprise, Clippers guard Chris Paul was selected to the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve by the NBA West coaches. Paul, who is out because of a separated right shoulder, said he's aware of the NBA rule that states a player has to play in a game with his team before he can play in the All-Star game. The timetable for Paul to return had been around the time of the Feb. 16 All-Star game in New Orleans, meaning he probably would play for the Clippers in a game Feb. 9 against Philadelphia.
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January 30, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers will be represented at the NBA All-Star game, but not on the court. Kobe Bryant was recently voted in by the fans as a starter but a knee injury will force him to sit out on Feb. 16. No other Lakers were named to the Western Conference squad, including four-time All-Star Pau Gasol. Instead, the Western Conference will be represented by Chris Paul (Clippers), Dwight Howard and James Harden (both with the Houston Rockets), LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
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January 30, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Doc Rivers' recruiting efforts didn't pay off. The Clippers coach lobbied his fellow Western Conference coaches to vote for DeAndre Jordan as an All-Star reserve, but Jordan was not among the seven players selected Thursday. The West reserves are Clippers point guard Chris Paul, Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard and guard James Harden, Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki and San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker.
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January 29, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Doc Rivers' message had a nice ring to it: Vote for D.J. The Clippers coach said Wednesday he had lobbied his fellow Western Conference coaches to cast an All-Star vote for center DeAndre Jordan , who has become one of the game's elite big men in his sixth NBA season. "I got a great response," Rivers said, "but that's why you go under a curtain and you vote for real because [they say], 'Yeah, I'm going to vote for him' and then they [pull] that other lever. " The coaches will select the seven reserves from the West who will be announced Thursday afternoon on TNT: three frontcourt players, two backcourt players and two wild-card players from any position.
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January 28, 2014 | By Ben Bolch and Melissa Rohlin
It was the best of teams, it was the worst of teams. The Lakers surprisingly stayed with the team holding the best record in the NBA for about three quarters Tuesday night before predictably fading to fall into a virtual tie for the worst record in the Western Conference. Technically, the Lakers stayed out of the bottom spot by percentage points after a 104-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center, about the only positive spin that could be put on a season spiraling out of control on multiple fronts.
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January 27, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When the Clippers went on their last seven-game trip in December, they finished with a 4-3 record. They are hoping to do better than that on this seven-game trip. They are 4-2 going into Monday night's game against Milwaukee. “Whenever you can go over .500 on the road, it's good,” Jamal Crawford said. “We went 4-3 on our last trip and we weren't satisfied. Now we're 4-2 with an opportunity to go 5-2. It shows growth.” The Clippers have won 10 of their last 13 games against Eastern Conference teams.
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