Griffin: Durant, James in two-man MVP race

DENVER – Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named the Western Convention Player of the Week for the third time this season on Monday but do not search for him to start campaigning to win the MVP.

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"I believe the MVP race is a two-man race" between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin says.

"No, I think the MVP race is a two-man race," Griffin stated. "The stretch of games that we've played and we have been profitable has been an enormous crew effort. Jamal Crawford was taking part in out of his thoughts before he bought hurt and guys have stepped up and really performed their half. With our staff I don't suppose it's one guy that's making us go.

"I genuinely believe it's been a complete workforce effort."

Griffin believes the MVP will finally go to LeBron James or Kevin Durant but he has no less than vaulted himself into the conversation this season, averaging a career-high 24.three points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists whereas shooting 69.9 percent from the free throw line.

"I believe he is arguably the third-best participant within the NBA," Clippers forward Jared Dudley mentioned. "Clearly you've LeBron and Durant at one and two however you would be arduous-pressed to seek out somebody higher at three. He is one of many high three players in the NBA."

Griffin gained player of the week honors for games performed March 10-16. It marks the third time this season Griffin has captured the award after claiming it twice in November. He additionally gained the Western Conference Player of the Month award in February after being certainly one of solely two players in the league to average a minimum of 30 factors and 10 rebounds throughout the month.

The Clippers are currently driving an NBA-best 11-recreation profitable streak while Griffin has scored at the least 20 points in a franchise-finest 26 straight games.

For his half, Durant ran his streak of games with 25 or more factors to 32 on Monday, the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan did it in forty in a row through the 1986-87 season. He also chipped in with five assists in the Thunder's ninety seven-85 win over the Chicago Bulls.

After the sport, Bulls middle Joakim Noah solid his vote for Durant.

"He calls for lots of attention," Noah said. "And you got to present credit when credit is due.

"He's the very best participant in the world proper now."

 

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Irving, East get past Durant, Griffin to win All-Star Game

NEW ORLEANS – The Jap Convention lastly stopped Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin – then stopped its shedding streak on the NBA All-Star Game.

Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the game’s MVP, Carmelo Anthony made a file eight three-pointers and scored 30 factors, and the East rallied for a 163-a hundred and fifty five victory over the West on Sunday night within the highest-scoring All-Star Sport ever.

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Pacers’ West fined for elbowing Clips’ Griffin

West was assessed the flagrant foul 2 plus ejected at the end of the first half of Indiana's 106-92 win sunday. The NBA announced the particular fine Sunday.
The league furthermore fined Kings coach jordan Malone $25, 000 with regard to screaming at official Marc Davis after Sacramento's 91-90 loss to the Grizzlies upon Friday.

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Davis called a jump golf ball instead of a foul against Memphis with 1. 9 seconds remaining and Sacramento trailing by a point, and the Grizzlies received the jump ball.

Malone has been fined for verbal misuse of an official and not continuing directly to his locker space after the game ended.

 

Rivers calls Griffin-Anthony trade rumors ‘stupid’

Doc Rivers has himself a high horse to ride. (USATSI)
Doc Rivers has himself a excessive horse to journey. (USATSI)

When Doc Rivers was in Boston, rumors have been a pretty common commodity about attainable trades. Every week for three years, there have been discussions leaked to the media about doable trades. And every time Doc Rivers would deny that they had been going on. Ray Allen confirmed that a number of that the Celtics denied ever having taking place had been actually true.

Oh, and he denied right up until he left for the Clippers that he wished out of Boston, too.

But after all, that did not stop the parade of (falsely) righteous indignation on Saturday as Rivers sounded off in regards to the rumors of the Clippers and Knicks considering a commerce of Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin.

Woike had the perfect tackle this complete sequence:

Amen.

And Rivers can take this approach constantly because trades are uncommon in the NBA and this one can be extraordinarily tough for both teams to justify. However that does not mean it was “created.” Somebody on both teams spoke to create this rumor. In any other case, the rumor would have simply mentioned that one crew had thought about it.

Is a reporter for a significant outlet going to manufacture a rumor like that, damaging credibility? Is it worth it? Why these two players? Why not Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, or something? But then, as a result of it may’t be proven due to it being done on background, Rivers isn’t exposed in any respect in blasting the concept.

Simply know that that is customary working process. Trade rumor gets leaked, workforce instantly makes fun of it. That’s how these items happen. The deal is unlikely to happen, but not as a result of Rivers thinks “it’s silly.”

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Report: Knicks-Clips considering Melo for Griffin

Would the Clippers move Blake Griffin for Carmelo Anthony? (USATSI)
Would the Clippers transfer Blake Griffin for Carmelo Anthony? (USATSI)

ESPN reviews the Knicks have “discussed” the concept of proposing a commerce to the Clippers that would send Carmelo Anthony to LA in exchange for Blake Griffin.

With the looming possibility of Carmelo Anthony departing New York as a free agent this summer time, New York Knicks officials have discussed proposing a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers for Blake Griffin, in line with league sources.

Sources say Clippers administration has additionally had inner discussions about such a deal but that the golf equipment haven’t but spoken to at least one another about a potential trade.

As of now, neither staff is certain that it will make an Anthony-for-Griffin commerce, the sources said.

via Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin proposal mulled – ESPN.

So that is very a lot when the girl’s best friend tells the boy’s finest buddy that the girl likes the boy but is simply too shy to say something.

That New York would consider this is not surprising. The group’s been a catastrophe despite the signature win over San Anonio Thursday and with Anthony a prospective free agent, they’ve to contemplate their options. Whereas Anthony is likely to lean in the direction of re-signing to keep the $30 million the team together with his rights can provide him, there’s also the chance he leaves, or worse yet, opts in for next season and then pulls the same trade demand because the one which landed him in New York.

However for the Clippers, it’s a much more sophisticated downside. Their drawback isn’t offense, it is interior protection. Moving Griffin for Melo does not essentially help them in the areas they need. Nevertheless, a deal involving DeAndre Jordan together with Griffin gives the Knicks a younger core and a move for Tyson Chandler together with Melo offers the Clippers the rim protector they have been desperate for. The shut friendship between Chris Paul and Anthony should not be overlooked, either.

In 2010 at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding ceremony, Paul reportedly toasted to a future pairing wth Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire in New York. Now that that dream has been ruined, the following finest pairing can be in LA. Nevertheless it’s unclear whether Paul has the pull within the organization to push for such a deal. Additionally, there have been numerous reports last season that Paul and Griffin weren’t getting along, although these issues appear to have been resolved over the summer time.

It is an enormous threat for a Clippers workforce that was thought of as a championship contender getting into the season and have the resume to seem like one. However in actuality, it hasn’t felt that means regardless of the numbers. Would they really want to interrupt their season in such a dramatic manner? With Chris Paul on the shelf for a number of weeks, it’s seemingly the workforce shuts down any such talk.

But regardless, the truth that both sides have reportedly at the very least thought sufficient of it to confirm it to media says that the thought is not being immediately laughed out of the room.

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NBA Prediction Week 7 Game Preview/Pick- Clippers vs. Spurs

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San Antonio Spurs (19-4) @ Los Angeles Clippers (16-9) 12/16- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: SAS -1.5

Over/Under: 201

 

The Los Angeles are finally home Monday night after a long seven-game road trip and waiting for them will be one of the best teams in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs.

 

The Clippers (16-9) survived their road trip going 4-3 and now will be met with another challenge at home with their longtime nemesis.

 

It’s a test, a good test,” forward Blake Griffin said. “To be away for a long period of time and come home and play a top-notch team, a team that always executes and plays the right way, so that’s why I think it will be a good test for us.”

 

This will be the first meeting for the two teams with the Spurs go in having won four straight and the Clips having won three of their last five, but beating the Spurs is something the Clippers have struggled mightily with losing 34 of 39, with Chris Paul having lost eight of eleven, including a four-game sweep to the Spurs in the 2012 playoffs.

 

After a slow start in his first 13 games, Tim Duncan has been on his game since November 29 averaging 17.9 points on 56.9 percent shooting with 10.3 boards.

 

It’s not really that hard to do much better,” Duncan said of his early season struggles. “I’m still not shooting the ball well, but I’m trying to play hard and find ways to contribute.”

 

Duncan went for 22 and 12 in a 100-84 win over Utah on Saturday and has refused to sit out a game and rest with the road trip coming up.

 

We were never worried about Timmy. I’ve been saying (it) since the beginning of the season,” point guard Tony Parker said. “He’s the last guy we ever need to worry about. But now he’s getting aggressive and getting his shot back.”

 

Both teams can put point on the boards, but if the Clippers want to have a better chance to get a victory, they will need a better performance from Blake Griffin, who has been struggling with an average of just 16.0 points on 41.0 percent shooting over his last six games.

 

The Clippers go in scoring 103.7 points per game and the Spurs put up 103.3 points per contest, but the oddsmakers have made the Spurs a slight favorite of (minus -1.5) point on road with their long success on the Clippers. Get the latest spread on the game up until tip off right here at Wonder Punter.

 

San Antonio has owned the Clippers in recent years, but I predict the Clips putting together a complete game and sending the Spurs out of Staples Center with a loss.

 

Prediction/Pick- Los Angeles Clippers

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3

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With just about 3 full weeks of NBA action in the books after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games… let’s take a look the latest Power Rankings as some teams continue to surprise and others continue to fall. Indiana, the last of the unbeatens suffered their first loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.

 

San Antonio and Indiana are playing like the two best teams in the league while early top 10 Philadelphia is falling fast.

 

Teams 1-30 with records and last weeks rankings in parentheses are as followed:

 

1 Indiana Pacers (9-1 LW 1)- They lost to Bulls on the second of a back-to-back. Danny Granger expected back soon.

 

2 San Antonio Spurs (9-1 LW 2)- The Spurs have won 7 straight while Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.

 

3 Miami Heat (7-3 LW 5)- LeBron James is averaging 34 points per game during the Heat’s three game win streak.

 

4 Los Angeles Clippers (7-3 LW 7)- The Clippers have won four straight while Blake Griffin is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points and 10.9 boards.

 

5 Golden State Warriors (7-3 LW 8)- Warriors have won three straight while suffering through injuries.

 

6 Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4 LW 4)- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin have formed the league’s highest scoring-duo in the season’s opening month.

 

7 Portland Trailblazers (8-2 LW 13)- One of the league’s early surprises…. the Blazers have won six straight.

 

8 Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3 LW 3)- Thunder will be looking for revenge against the Clippers on Thursday night.

 

9 Houston Rockets (7-4 LW 10)- Back up center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has been benched the last two games since his request.

 

10 Chicago Bulls (5-3 LW 12)- Derrick Rose hits six 3’s in their big win against Indiana on Saturday night.

 

11 Dallas Mavericks (6-4 LW 11)- Mavs look to get back on track when Dwight Howard and the Rockets visit Wednesday night.

 

12 Phoenix Suns (5-4 LW 6)- Suns have dropped three straight by an average 2 points.

 

13 Atlanta Hawks (6-4 LW 17) Another early surprise team is getting it done with Al Horford, Ronnie Millsap and the return of Lou Williams.

 

14 Memphis Grizzles (5-5 LW 9)- They continue to struggle and have the Clippers and Warriors on the road coming up.

 

15 Charlotte Bobcats (5-5 LW 16)- Continue to surprise with Al Jefferson still nursing a bad ankle. Have five of their next six games at home.

 

16 Philadelphia 76ers (5-6 LW 14)- Back to losing but still in first place in a bad Atlantic Division.

 

17 Denver Nuggets (4-5 LW 28)- Have won of four but have OKC, Chicago and back-to-back against Dallas coming up.

 

18 New Orleans Pelicans (4-6 LW 15)- Ryan Anderson lit it up with six 3’s against the Sixers… can he continue?

 

19 Los Angeles Lakers (5-7 LW 19)- Steve Nash is still out… but good news is Kobe Bryant has begun practicing.

 

20 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7 LW 20) As Kyrie Irving goes, so do the Cavs. Averaging 27.5 in wins and 17.7 in losses.

 

21 Orlando Magic (4-7, LW 25)- Will Aaron Afflalo be traded? He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and playing well.

 

22 Toronto Raptors (4-7 LW 24)- Have lost three of four and still only getting scoring from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

 

23 Brooklyn Nets (3-6)- Too much talent to be struggling but dealing with various injuries.

 

24 New York Knicks (3-6 LW 23)- Disappointing start and Carmelo Anthony is unhappy.

 

25 Boston Celtics (4-7 LW 26)- Started 0-4, won four in a row now has lost three straight.

 

26 Washington Wizards (2-7 LW 22)- Turning into a major disappointment early on… not was expected.

 

27 Detroit Pistons (3-6 LW 18)- Josh Smith makes his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

 

28 Milwaukee Bucks (2-7 LW 27)- No Brandon Knight, no Caron Butler… now have lost five straight.

 

29 Sacramento Kings (2-7 LW 29)- Only one win in November and three of next four is on the road.

 

30 Utah Jazz (1-10 LW 30)- Avoided tying their worst start in franchise history by beating the Pelicans.

 

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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Clippers outshine Thunder following scuffle

Clippers Win Physical Battle With Thunder

 

LOS ANGELES – The Clippers are searching for defensive intensity under new coach Doc Rivers. They discovered it for the ultimate 24 minutes towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.

Blake Griffin had 22 factors and 12 rebounds after being concerned in a first-half scuffle that resulted in two ejections, sparking Los Angeles to a 111-103 victory Wednesday evening.

“You would have to say it woke us up somewhat bit,” J.J. Redick mentioned. “It damage both groups.”

Serge Ibaka of the Thunder and Matt Barnes of the Clippers were ejected, and Griffin obtained a technical foul for his half within the altercation with six seconds left in the second quarter.

“Just a little further after the play,” Griffin stated.

Kevin Durant had 33 points, making 15 of 17 free throws, and 10 assists to lead the Thunder, who had received four straight. Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 10 assists.

“They just beat us,” Durant said. “We’ve got to complete the sport out. No excuses, irrespective of who’s on the market. Of course we might quite have Serge out there, but it didn’t occur like that. We still had an opportunity to win the sport.”

Jamal Crawford scored 20 points off the bench for the Clippers, who had six players in double figures while successful their third in a row. DeAndre Jordan and Redick scored 15 each, and Chris Paul had 14 factors and sixteen assists.

The fireworks began when Griffin was attempting to put the ball up and his arms and Ibaka’s turned entangled. Barnes shoved Ibaka arduous within the chest. Griffin kept trying to get at Ibaka as gamers from both groups shaped a scrum.

“I didn’t suppose it was going to turn into that,” Griffin stated. “After I rotated and heard the oohs and aahs, (I) knew we were into one thing.”

Ibaka cocked his right fist however didn’t take a swing as Barnes smiled at him. As he left the court docket, Barnes reached over a barrier, grabbed his younger son and held his hand as he walked off. Later, Barnes left the locker room earlier than media members have been allowed in.

“I did not see the video after that, so I will strive to verify I watch it,” Ibaka said. “I was disillusioned, however I’ll be taught from my mistake. I do not need to think about it no more.”

Durant made the free throw on Griffin’s technical and Westbrook hit a three-pointer to present the Thunder a 62-53 lead at the break.

“I have no complaints about what happened,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We did not lose the game due to that incident, trust me. The bottom line is they outplayed us.”

The change certainly riled up the Clippers.

Down by 10 early in the third, they rallied with a 14-2 spurt to go up 74-71, their first lead for the reason that opening quarter. Redick had a pair of free throws and a three-pointer, Paul had two free throws and a basket, and Griffin capped it with five straight points.

He stole the ball and dribbled down the court, driving in for a layup. After a timeout, Durant misplaced the ball and Griffin scored again while getting fouled. He made the free throw.

The Thunder were outscored 30-16 within the third, by which they shot 29 percent and acquired outrebounded 13-7.

“What I beloved about the third quarter, each single man got here in and did something,” Rivers stated.

Throughout the Clippers’ run, Ryan Gomes, Nick Collison and Thabo Sefolosha all picked up their fourth fouls. Gomes began the second half rather than Ibaka.

Los Angeles shot 7-of-eight on free throws late in the interval to take an 83-78 lead into the fourth.

The Clippers forced turnovers and contested photographs in the fourth once they weren’t scoring. They opened with an eight-0 run to take a ninety one-seventy eight lead on the strength of their bench taking pictures.

The Thunder couldn’t get a sustained run collectively while turning the ball over in opposition to a team they swept in three games last season.

After his ejection, Barnes tweeted, “I like my teammates like family, but I am ACCOMPLISHED standing up for these n-as! All this s- does is value me cash. …” The tweet was later deleted.

“I believe he was very emotional,” Rivers stated, adding that he wasn’t a fan of the derogatory term Barnes used.

Griffin, Paul and Redick all described Barnes as a great teammate.

“I don’t know what he meant by it, however I do know what his intent is for his teammates,” Redick stated.

Paul said he hadn’t seen the tweet.

“I am going to have to learn that and analyze it myself,” he said. “We won, though.”

Griffin also said he hadn’t seen Barnes’ tweet, adding, “He does an ideal job of sticking up for us. We recognize what Matt does for us.”

Jared Dudley, who had 10 factors, stated he would have accomplished the same thing for Barnes.

“He’s a very robust man and sometimes he needs that (from) everyone,” Dudley mentioned. “It goes both methods. We’ve got to be a little bit tougher, and he’s received to be a bit of bit smarter.”

Ibaka had 13 points on perfect capturing earlier than his ejection. He hit all six photographs from the field and was 1-of-1 from the road. Barnes was scoreless in simply less than eight minutes.

Recreation notes

Paul grew to become the first participant in Clippers history to have at the very least 10 factors and 10 assists in each of the first 9 games of a season. The previous participant to do it was Magic Johnson of the Lakers within the first eleven games of the 1990-91 season… The Thunder play on back-to-again nights for the primary time this season when they go to Golden State on Thursday… Thunder C

Kendrick Perkins

wasn’t with the workforce after his grandfather died Monday. He was raised by his grandparents in Beaumont, Texas. Rivers, who coached Perkins in Boston, talked to him Tuesday.

 

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Wiggins’ goals: KU title, being ’14 top pick

Kansas better win now as a result of freshman Andrew Wiggins has acknowledged that he’ll most probably be heading to the NBA subsequent season.

In an interview for ESPN The Magazine’s school basketball preview issue, Wiggins was asked what he is loved most since he arrived at Kansas.

“I’d say just having the ability to get pleasure from my final yr of college,” Wiggins said.

The 6-foot-eight wing is extensively considered a lock to be the top pick within the 2014 draft if he declares.

He was requested his goals for this season.

“Win another championship, a national championship,” he mentioned. “Follow in Anthony Bennett’s footsteps of going No. 1.”

The previous 4 No. 1 picks (Bennett, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving and John Wall) performed just one year in school. Blake Griffin, the highest choose in 2009, performed two years, and Derrick Rose (2008) was one-and-carried out at Memphis.

So No. 1 is the plan, Wiggins was asked.

“Yeah, if that’s attainable if I can, yeah,” he said.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Sensible, projected as a high-three decide by ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford, stated Wiggins first has to show he is the most effective within the Big 12.

“A lot of people are saying he’s the perfect player now in school basketball,” Good said of Wiggins throughout the Big 12’s media day. “All I am saying is how will you be the most effective player in one thing you haven’t even performed but?”

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Paul has 42, Lob City returns in Clips’ win

Paul, Clippers Fly Past Warriors

LOS ANGELES – The Clippers finished nine games forward of second-place Golden State last season to win the franchise’s first division championship. That margin would have been larger had the Warriors not crushed them 3 times.

The teams renewed their intense rivalry Thursday evening as Chris Paul scored forty two points and had three of his 15 assists on consecutive alley-oop dunks by Blake Griffin throughout a 30-second span of the third quarter, serving to lead Los Angeles to a 126-115 victory in the Clippers’ dwelling opener.

“These three performs began with defense, and that is what obtained us going,” Griffin mentioned. “That is a optimistic factor, and we’ve to learn from that. We’ve got to know that we will extend a lead and put the sport the place we’d like it to be with our defense.”

The Clippers, coming off a club-report fifty six-win season, started their thirtieth season in Los Angeles on Tuesday with a 116-103 loss to the Lakers, that evening’s residence group in the shared area.

This is the primary season by which the Lakers’ championship banners and retired numbers will probably be coated up throughout Clippers residence games by banners depicting a few of their gamers in motion – an innovation by new coach Doc Rivers.

Griffin had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers earlier than fouling out with three:53 remaining. Reserve Jamal Crawford added 17 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 17 rebounds and nine factors.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who set an NBA single-season record with 272 three-pointers final season, made nine 3s against the Clippers and finished with 39 points and nine assists. David Lee scored 22 points earlier than fouling out with four:10 to play, and center Andrew Bogut had 17 factors.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who had a profession-excessive 38 factors on 15-for-19 taking pictures in a one hundred twenty five-94 rout of the Lakers on Wednesday night, did not try a field objective in opposition to the Clippers until he was awarded a basket on a goaltending call against Jordan with 5:04 left within the half. Thompson finished with 10 points.

“We’re not running our offense by way of Klay. That’s not who we are,” coach Mark Jackson mentioned. “We pick and select, find the new hand, we run our offense and we execute. Final evening he had it going and we made a gradual diet of Klay. Tonight we have been looking for a rhythm, after which Steph acquired it going.”

Trailing by as many as 19, the Warriors sliced the deficit to 110-102 on a four-level play by Curry, who was fouled by Jared Dudley on his fourth three-pointer of the fourth quarter with 6:05 remaining.

“It is crazy. I imply, you give him one or two inches, and he can nonetheless get his shot off,” Griffin stated. “I thought we did a decent job on him, however he was simply in one of those zones the place it appeared like he was hitting every little thing he put up.”

The Warriors, nonetheless, never received nearer because the Clippers responded with a 10-5 run capped by newcomer J.J. Redick’s 3-pointer with 3:12 left.

“Whenever you’re on the street taking part in towards a workforce like that, one which thrives off turnovers and straightforward baskets, you may’t give them a sport like that,” Curry stated. “It’s disappointing for me to let my capturing performance be overshadowed by my 11 turnovers. Nevertheless it’s not going to maintain me down.”

Lee dedicated his fifth foul with 6:38 left within the third quarter and went to the bench with the Warriors trailing seventy seven-sixty seven. Paul and Griffin then worked the sellout crowd of 19,060 into a frenzy with their sudden reprise of “Lob Metropolis,” serving to the Clippers draw back to an 88-70 lead with 4:31 left within the quarter.

Los Angeles led 68-fifty five at halftime with four players reaching double digits, including Paul with 18 points. The Clippers took their greatest lead, sixty five-forty seven, on a 21-footer by Redick that capped an 11-2 spurt with 1:forty three left in the second quarter. He completed with 17 factors.

“We had no business being in this game, however we fought, we battled and we hung in there. We just could not get over the hump,” Jackson said. “We simply lost to a good basketball staff. You may’t flip the ball over towards them as a result of they will make you pay the value.”

After getting in early foul trouble, Bogut picked up his third with 2:50 left within the half when he hacked Jordan on the arm because the Clippers middle backed into him whereas dribbling the ball within the paint. The 2 gamers got into a shoving match earlier than they every received technical fouls. The Clippers had been main 58-forty five on the time.

“It is just basketball,” Jordan stated. “He fouled me, and I assumed he followed through a little bit, so I want to shield myself always. It’s did not escalate any more, and that’s it.”

The Clippers did not elevate a banner signifying the primary division championship in franchise history, which dates back to the 1970-seventy one season once they have been the Buffalo Braves. Nor was it mentioned through the pregame introductions.

“I did not have a lot of say in that this summer,” Griffin mentioned with a smirk. “We did win the division, but whether or not there is a banner up there or not, now we have such bigger targets that that. Simply attending to the playoffs just isn’t enough. Our objective is to win 4 sequence within the playoffs.”

Recreation notes

The Clippers are 15-15 in residence openers since shifting from San Diego to Los Angeles for the 1984-85 season… The Clippers have beaten the Warriors at the least once in each of the previous 27 seasons, their longest such streak in opposition to any membership… Jordan recorded his 1,000th regular-season area purpose in the NBA on an alley-oop dunk arrange by Paul within the first quarter. Jordan’s league-greatest sixty four.3 capturing share last season was a franchise document, topping

James Donaldson

‘s outdated mark from 1984-eighty five, the Clippers’ first season in L.A… The Clippers franchise is 5-eleven on Halloween and 2-8 because the club moved to Los Angeles.
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NBA Game Preview/Pick- Clippers vs. Lakers Prediction

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NBA Game Preview/Pick- Clippers vs. Lakers Prediction

 

Los Angeles Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers 10/29- 10:30PM EST

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will take to the court Tuesday night at Staples Center against their in-house rival Los Angeles Clippers with one lingering question on their minds… when will Kobe Bryant return?

 

The Lakers after a 2012-13 season filled with high expectations of another championship title, instead became a season filled with injuries after injuries with some turmoil thrown in… Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and the worse injury of them all, a torn Achilles tendon by Kobe Bryant that all but sealed their chance of another NBA title.

 

Once the Lakers disappointing season was over, Dwight Howard decided to pack his bags for Houston and away from the L.A. spotlight.

 

There is still no exact timetable set on Kobe’s return despite him being ahead of schedule.

 

The new look Lakers of 2013-14 appear to be more athletic under second-year coach Mike D’Antoni and ready to right-the-ship under the leadership of veterans Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.

 

It’s really important for us to embrace these low expectations, try to find a chemistry and build ourselves into a team that has some confidence,” said Nash.

 

New additions through free-agency that will look to run a lot more under Mike D’Antoni’s system will be Nick Young, Wesley Johnson, Shawne Williams and the return of Jordan Farmar.

 

We may not be as talented at the top like last year, but I think we got younger, more athletic with more shooters who can space the floor,” Nash said.

 

As for the Clippers, they have Doc Rivers as their new coach now as he looks to instill a new mental and physical toughness along with a new identity to his Clipper team who seem to lack the fortitude to put teams away and close out a playoff series.

 

Last year, they held a 2-0 lead over the Memphis Grizzles before bowing-out.

 

We have higher expectations for ourselves than anybody else,” forward Blake Griffin said. “We don’t feel we’ve arrived until we win a championship.”

 

Clipper point guard Chris Paul likes the championship mentality coach Rivers has brought to the organization.

 

You always want someone to push you and motivate you,” said Paul. “In our first meeting, he told me I hadn’t really done anything in this league, and he’s right.”

 

The Clippers feel they have also upgraded their team with added depth shooters to their roster with the likes of J.J Redick, Jared Dudley and Darren Collison, who can spell Paul for a breather or two.

 

Last season the Clippers swept the Lakers winning all four games by an average of 13.2 points and I expect to the Clippers to take advantage of a Kobe-less Lakers team and win Tuesday night.

 

PICK: Los Angeles Clippers

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Lakers offended by Clips covering banners

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers were principally diplomatic when requested in regards to the Los Angeles Clippers’ new initiative, led by coach Doc Rivers, to cowl up the Lakers’ championship banners and retired uniforms during Clippers house games, nevertheless it didn’t sit so well with L.A. native, and former Clipper, Nick Young.

“He can do this?” Young stated after Lakers practice Sunday, the staff’s first since coming back from China. “For real? That’s disrespectful. We acquired to speak to Doc. He can’t have that. We acquired to do something about that.”

ClippersThe Clippers put banners of seven of their gamers over the Lakers’ sixteen championship banners and 10 retired numbers during a preseason recreation Friday night time.

The Clippers revealed their Staples Center redecoration during a preseason sport Friday, as they plastered giant posters of gamers Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick over the Lakers’ 16 championship banners and 10 retired uniforms.

“That’s lots of pull y’all are giving Doc,” Younger said, considerably facetiously. “I think he shouldn’t are available in and have a lot pull like that. He is acquired to earn his preserve.”

When a reporter argued that Rivers’ championship resume from his time with the Boston Celtics should give the coach the credence to take action, Younger retorted, “However he didn’t win no title in L.A. That is the place it is at. Look at all these banners in here, you may’t shadow those up.”

The Lakers and Clippers have shared the Staples Heart since it opened for the 1999-2000 season, making them the one groups within the league to have such an association.

“I suppose in case you had been within the Clippers’ organization you most likely wish to do that, too,” Lakers point guard Steve Nash stated. “It is their area on their night time, so I might attempt to make it really feel like house.”

Meanwhile, the Lakers are trying to make L.A. really feel like dwelling once more after spending nine days in China.

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni gave the workforce the time without work Saturday to recover from their cross-continental journey dwelling, which left most of the gamers jet-lagged. Younger stated he couldn’t go to sleep till 5 a.m. Saturday morning after the staff landed back in L.A. round 10:30 p.m. Friday evening.

Despite the fatigue, every Laker aside from Chris Kaman (stomach virus) and Kobe Bryant (Achilles rehabilitation) practiced Sunday, though D’Antoni lower the session brief, so as not push his players too much. Nash was additionally held out of the top of practice because of abdomen discomfort.

“They have been tired,” D’Antoni stated. “During movie session I believe a few them nodded off… In fact, that may very well be normal, too.”

Bryant was capable of do some on-courtroom sprinting and set taking pictures previous to the second of the Lakers’ two exhibition video games in China, but has but to ramp up that exercise with the staff’s regular-season opener towards the Clippers looming less than 10 days away.

“I don’t know,” D’Antoni stated when requested if he knew when Bryant would have the ability to return to observe.

Bryant’s teammates are starting to settle into the very actual risk of going into the season with out him on the courtroom. Younger, who has taken 15 extra pictures than the next closest Laker via the first six preseason games, is prepared to continue his Mamba impression.

“That’s one thing I’ve been trying to get in my thoughts and just working on my game and talking to coaches,” Young said. “I have been talking to Kobe, too, about where to be at and picking my spots out there.”

What does Bryant say to him?

“More specific sort issues, what I ought to have achieved right right here,” Young said. “He’s telling me to look at film more and attempt to examine the sport of basketball more.”

Gasol is also readying himself to choose up the slack without Bryant.

“I believe I’ve to be extra of a vocal chief on either side of the ground,” he said. “Make certain we arrange offensively and the ball tries to get by way of my hands quite a bit so I could make plays for others and get open pictures for my teammates, appeal to the defense, make the defense flip and make it simpler for the blokes.”

Like D’Antoni, Gasol merely doesn’t know when he’ll have Bryant again by his side.

“I feel he has an enormous need of coming back, however he understands there’s received to be a few steps that he needs to take to ensure that him to come again, and I do not think he is taken these steps but,” Gasol mentioned. “He’s going to come again when he will come again, whether that is in two weeks, three weeks, a month, two months. Who knows?”

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He’s Number 1: LeBron’s jersey is top NBA seller

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – LeBron James has the world’s best-promoting NBA jersey.

The Miami Warmth star and four-time league MVP tops the NBA’s global record of jersey gross sales for this previous season, in keeping with numbers launched Tuesday. James – who additionally has the highest-promoting jersey in the United States – outsold Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Warmth teammate Dwyane Wade for the No. 1 spot.

James stated having the world’s high-selling jersey “means everything” to him.

“To know that so many people look up to me, so many kids, that is what means greater than anything, that I continue to encourage the youth and so they have a look at me as a job mannequin,” James said after studying the news at Heat coaching camp in the Bahamas. “I understand, whenever you put on someone’s jersey, you actually like consider in them. You imagine they will do supernatural issues. It is like an extension of our household, and I really admire that.”

The league unveiled the rankings – primarily based on adidas’ global gross sales for the previous season – just days before the start of NBA World Games 2013-14, which includes eight preseason video games in seven countries, then regular-season games in Mexico City on Dec. 4 and London on Jan. sixteen.

Most of the top names on the global-sales checklist – together with Rose, Bryant and Durant – are on teams participating on this season’s worldwide matchups.

Carmelo Anthony is sixth on the global-sales record, adopted by Dwight Howard (his now-former Lakers jersey), Deron Williams, Blake Griffin and Rajon Rondo to round out the top 10. In U.S. gross sales, James is adopted by Rose, Bryant, Durant, Anthony, Wade, Howard, Williams, Griffin and Rondo.

Despite missing all of final season with a knee injury, Rose had the top-promoting jersey in China, Latin America and Europe. James had the top vendor within the Philippines.

To James, finishing atop these rankings further signified how things have modified since he made his choice to signal with Miami in 2010 after spending the primary seven seasons of his profession in Cleveland.

“I’ve come a good distance,” James said. “I’ve come a great distance. I’ve grown as a basketball player and as an individual off the floor in each side since 2010. I am undoubtedly humbled by it, appreciative. You all the time hear me say that I’m only a child from Akron, and to be able to have this stature and that accomplishment, I feel that’s pretty cool.”

 
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The 10-man rotation, starring Blake Griffin accepting that the Clippers’ hopes rest on him

The ball’s in Blake Griffin’s court docket now. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Pictures)

A look around the league and the Internet that covers it. It is also important to notice that the rotation order and beginning nods aren’t always listed so as of importance. That’s for you, expensive reader, to figure out.

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C: ESPN Los Angeles. In a current interview, Chris Paul said the Los Angeles Clippers will only go as far as power forward Blake Griffin — already a a number of-time All-Star at age 24, but with multiple holes nonetheless remaining in his sport — can take them. Griffin responds to his level guard’s feedback, and sounds able to take duty for L.A. making it previous the second round of the playoffs this coming season.

PF: RealGM. With 2010 No. 1 overall decide John Wall fresh off inking a max extension and several other classmates (Paul George, Larry Sanders, perhaps DeMarcus Cousins) looking more likely to be part of him, Jonathan Tjarks appears at seven ’10 draftees who find themselves with out an NBA employer as 2013 training camp approaches and tries to figure out where each went astray.

SF: SB Nation. Really sharp work from Scott Schroeder on the current historical past of “American draft-and-stash gamers” — those who have been drafted into the NBA within the second round out of high school, faculty or the D-League, who actually made their pro debuts abroad — and their considerably scattershot success rate, and what meaning for ’13 draftees Colton Iverson, Mike Muscala, Pierre Jackson, Erick Green, James Ennis, DeShaun Thomas and Alex Oriakhi, all of whom will start their pro careers outdoors the NBA this yr.

SG: The Two Man Recreation, in four parts. I dug Bryan Gutierrez’s fast-hit word-association breakdown of the complete Dallas Mavericks roster, summing up the roles gamers will be expected to play, the crew’s transferring and shaking this offseason, the challenges to be confronted in the season ahead and far more.

PG: HoopChalk. Jacob Frankel takes a look at how new head coach Mike Malone would possibly look to tighten up the Sacramento Kings’ league-worst choose-and-roll protection by using some of the techniques that helped the Golden State Warriors rise from the bottom of the NBA to the center of the pack over the past two seasons.

6th: Pro Hoops Historical past. Curtis Harris highlights Paul Johnson, “a very terrifying offensive drive” who led the NBA in scoring for 3 straight years in the mid-nineteen fifties but whom nobody remembers as a result of his peak fell between the eras of Mikan and Russell. I like how Harris puts it: “Dynasties get the glory, interregnums gets a shoulder shrug.”

7th: Grantland. Shea Serrano’s Textual content Messages to Dwight Howard might be the funniest running bit within the NBA writing game right now. I burst out laughing not less than once each installment.

8th: A Wolf Among Wolves. Steve McPherson teases out one strand from Jonathan Abrams’ nice profile on Jonny Flynn — which Our Fearless Leader mentioned earlier — into a longer meditation on how much it sucks when shifting from passion to occupation sucks the joy out of the thing you love. It is one thing to which I feel loads of us can relate, it doesn’t matter what our jobs or hobbies.

9th: r/NBA. These eight-bit headshots of five players from each NBA team are simply improbable.

10th: Scorching Hot Hoops. The Miami Warmth as soon as again look loaded and ready to make a run for a fourth straight NBA finals look and third consecutive championship, however given his shaky playoff performance and amid the slight shifts of their roster makeup — out goes Mike Miller, in comes Greg Oden — what sort of position can we count on Udonis Haslem to play this season?