February 23, 2006 |
Four-time All-Star Vin Baker was considered among the NBA's top power forwards in the 1990s. Of course, it's no longer the '90s. Baker's career took a major downturn this decade, and the 6-foot-11 player has not appeared in a game since last season, when he averaged 1.3 points in 27 games with the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks. General Manager Elgin Baylor and Coach Mike Dunleavy considered trade proposals for post players, team sources said, but couldn't find a match.
March 13, 2006 |
Apparently, Vladimir Radmanovic has fit in well. In 11 games with the Clippers, the 6-foot-10 forward is averaging 12.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and shooting 49.2% on three-pointers. A force off the bench, Radmanovic had 30 points, 11 rebounds and made seven of 15 three-point shots in consecutive road victories over the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. He has had at least three three-pointers in seven games. "For us, the fit is a great one," Coach Mike Dunleavy said.
March 8, 2006 |
The Clippers have been among the NBA's best on defense, ranking first in blocked shots and third in opponent field-goal percentage. But they haven't been sharp recently, especially early in games, and things must change soon, the Clippers said. "We've had stretches this year, for whatever reason, where we just don't play the way we're capable of playing," center Chris Kaman said.
March 20, 2006 |
Yao Ming has been a big problem for the Clippers. The 7-foot-6, 310-pound Houston center scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds Feb. 22 in a 106-102 Rocket victory at the Toyota Center. In nine games this month, Yao is averaging 28.9 points and 11 rebounds. Tonight at Houston, the Clippers begin a three-game, five-day trip, so they again have focused much of their attention on Yao. "Yao Ming has been playing incredibly well," Coach Mike Dunleavy said.
January 2, 2006 |
Maintaining confidence is important for the Clippers, who acknowledged they have reason for concern. They were riding high during a 14-5 start, but injuries and poor play have tempered enthusiasm at Staples Center.
January 12, 2006 |
The good news for the Clippers is that Elton Brand is expected back in the lineup Saturday for their next game, against the Seattle SuperSonics. The bad news for the 6-foot-8 forward is that he has failed again in his quest to play all 82 games of the regular season. Brand sat out Tuesday night's 90-73 victory over the Orlando Magic because a hip injury suffered three weeks ago at Charlotte had become aggravated, causing a noticeable limp.
January 1, 2006 |
The Clippers have struggled on offense without starting small forward Corey Maggette and backup center Zeljko Rebraca, who are injured and not expected to return until the end of January, and they've also experienced some matchup problems on defense. Shooting guard Cuttino Mobley and backup point guard Shaun Livingston have faced bigger players during Maggette's absence, and their workload has increased recently because backup small forward Quinton Ross (sore back) is sidelined indefinitely.
January 11, 2006 |
Another day, another Clipper injury. Already playing without starting small forward Corey Maggette and backup center Zeljko Rebraca, the Clippers learned Tuesday that starting power forward Elton Brand would be sidelined because of a bruised right hip. Brand, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, sat out Tuesday's 90-73 victory over the Orlando Magic. Coach Mike Dunleavy said the Clippers hoped to have Brand back in the lineup Saturday against the Seattle SuperSonics at Staples Center.
November 11, 2006 |
Reserve forward Aaron Williams practiced Friday and might make his Clippers debut Sunday against the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center. Williams, 6-foot-9, sat out most of the exhibition season and the team's first five games because of a sore lower back. After participating in drills Friday, Williams said he hoped to contribute against the Hornets, with whom he played last season.
November 26, 2006 |
Center Chris Kaman sat out the Clippers' 104-96 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday and is sidelined indefinitely because of a sprained left ankle. Kaman, who suffered the injury in practice Friday, wore an air cast on his heavily wrapped ankle. The injury occurred as Kaman appeared to be regaining his form in consecutive games with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds.