December 20, 2005 |
The first quarter of the season for the Clippers went beyond expectations. But now it gets harder, as opponents take them more seriously and the battle for playoff positioning becomes a bit more defined. Coach Mike Dunleavy is satisfied that the Clippers are still committed to playing sound defense. Now there are some details on offense that require attention.
March 13, 2005 |
With 20 games left in a season that probably has already slipped away, the Clippers are starting to get healthy. Guard Marko Jaric, out since Feb. 11 because of a foot injury, is expected to return today against the Chicago Bulls. The timetable is less certain for the return of rookie Shaun Livingston (shoulder) and veteran Kerry Kittles (back), who have missed much of the season and might not play again.
March 7, 2005 |
With the Clippers closer to 12th place than to eighth place in the Western Conference standings, Coach Mike Dunleavy acknowledged Sunday that their playoff hopes had faded and that they should focus on a more immediate goal. "Like I said to our guys, 'The playoffs, to me, are a longshot until we do something about our play,' " said Dunleavy, who couldn't hide his disappointment in Saturday night's 105-89 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
January 3, 2005 |
Chris Wilcox, who played only five minutes in Friday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, played only seven in Sunday's victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. A starter in the season's first 19 games, Wilcox has played only 22 minutes in the last three. He neither scored nor took a shot against the 76ers, finishing with two rebounds, two fouls, one turnover and one blocked shot.
January 16, 2005 |
Corey Maggette, who made 526 of 620 free throws last season to rank first in the NBA in free throws made and third in free throws attempted, is on pace to increase those numbers this season. After making 11 of 13 free throws in the Clippers' 114-112 double-overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night, he'd converted 275 of 322. "A big part of what we do is trying to get him to the line," Coach Mike Dunleavy said of the Clippers' offensive strategy.
November 30, 2005 |
The Clippers haven't received much scoring from their bench recently, and didn't in Tuesday's 93-84 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since contributing a season-high 48 points Nov. 15 in a 109-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, Clipper reserves have combined for double figures only three times in the last six games with a high of 15 points.
October 26, 2005 |
Injuries have prompted the Clippers to reevaluate their season-opening roster. Starting small forward Corey Maggette (strained left hamstring), backup point guard Shaun Livingston (back injury), starting center Chris Kaman (sore left hand) and backup center Zeljko Rebraca (tendinitis in his left knee) have been slowed in the exhibition season, with Livingston sidelined indefinitely.
January 31, 2007 |
The Clippers are not expected to make a major move before the Feb. 22 trading deadline, so General Manager Elgin Baylor and Coach Mike Dunleavy have attempted to bolster the roster through the use of 10-day contracts. Seeking another long-range shooter, the Clippers brought in Luke Jackson, a former No. 1 draft pick from Oregon, who was playing with the Idaho Stampede of the Developmental League.
June 28, 2006 |
With only two second-round selections today in the NBA draft, the Clippers aren't expected to acquire an impact player. For a change, though, they said they didn't need one after the best season in their history. "Even if we had a pick in the first round, we don't think any player in this draft could break into our rotation because of the guys we have," General Manager Elgin Baylor said.
February 22, 2006 |
Coach Mike Dunleavy expressed frustration after Chris Kaman attempted only nine shots in Tuesday night's 93-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The 7-foot center had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and made six of his seven field-goal attempts in the first half, so he should have been a bigger part of the offense after halftime, Dunleavy said. "He did not get the ball enough that second half," he said.