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Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:13 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Clippers G Eric Gordon out 3-4 weeks with wrist

Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon is expected to miss at least three weeks with a wrist injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. eric-gordon

Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon is one of the league's most improved, underrated and overlooked players, and he's also one of the league's most prolific and consistent scorers. Unfortunately for those in Southern California, he's also now officially sidelined due to injury and likely won't return until after the All-Star break.

The Clippers reported Tuesday that Gordon is expected to miss "three to four weeks" with a "sprained right wrist combined with a small bone chip fracture." Ouch.
Los Angeles Clippers' guard Eric Gordon did not travel with the team to Dallas for tonight's game against the Maverick's so he could remain in Los Angeles for further examination on his right wrist, injured in a fall this past Saturday in a game versus the Golden State Warriors.
Gordon was examined today by Dr. Steve Chin at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. He was examined previously by Clippers' team physician/orthopedist Dr. Steven Shimoyama and Dr. Roy A. Meals, a orthopedist specializing in hand-related injuries.

Their joint diagnosis is that Gordon is suffering from a sprained right wrist combined with a small bone chip fracture. He is expected to return to action in three to four weeks.
Gordon, a third year off guard out of Indiana, has improved his numbers in just about every statistical category this season, putting up 24.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. At age 22, this would make him one of the most hyped young players in the league, if not for the fact that he plays alongside surefire Rookie of the Year and dunk machine Blake Griffin.

Gordon has thrived as the outside counter when teams pay too much attention to Griffin down low, as he's both a reliable three-point shooter and an effective scorer off the dribble. 

Gordon leads the Clippers in minutes per game this season, so he won't be easily replaced. LA's backcourt depth isn't great, so guys like Randy Foye, Eric Bledsoe, and Rasual Butler will probably all see their minutes hiked. 

It's tough timing for the Clippers, as they play 12 games in the next three weeks and 13 games prior to the All-Star break. That stretch includes an 8-game road trip immediately prior to the break, which features games against the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, and New York Knicks in succession. Wow. Good luck with that.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Game Changer: Clippers drop Heat in a wild one

LeBron James and the Miami Heat finally lose, Elvis Night in Detroit, Blake Griffin throws down a double-pump dunk past Dwyane Wade, and the San Antonio Spurs run a gorgeous play for a big basket. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 

THE BIG ONE: MIAMI HEAT FINALLY LOSE

The numbers were starting to get ridiculous. Nine straight wins. 13 straight wins on the road. 21 wins out of their last 22 games. Finally, karmically, the Miami Heat lost a game on Wednesday night, dropping a thriller in Los Angeles to the Clippers, 111-105.

The pre-game scene was reportedly a circus, as LeBron James provided a wishy-washy explanation for a tweet seemingly directed at his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. And while James, his teammates and his coach tried to play it off, the Clippers were busy playing out of their minds, running out to a 44-26 first quarter lead. 

The Clippers' energy on both ends was something special, and they were able to maintain it for 48 minutes, avoiding a late collapse like that one that befell the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this week. The Heat mounted a late push, but James was slowed by a sprained ankle (video here) suffered midway during the fourth quarter, and was noticeably dragging through the game's final minutes.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin has had about 238 coming-out parties so far this season, but Wednesday night was another one, as he rose to the challenge against marquee competition, finishing with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Griffin got into a heated exchange with Heat point guard Mario Chalmers, which drew a technical, but he responded to the emotion of the moment in the best way he knows how: throwing down a ridiculous double-pump dunk that sent the Staples Center into a tizzy (see below for video). And let's not overlook his gorgeous turnaround jumper off the glass that made him look more like a two guard than a four or his continued ownership of the backboards. He's an All-Star, case closed. 

It wasn't just Griffin, though. Baron Davis was rising up to dunk too, and laying it out to dive on the floor for loose balls. Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe had a number of nice defensive plays and dimes, including an exceptional swat of James (see below). And Eric Gordon, perhaps the most unheralded scorer in the NBA, quietly put up 26 points, five rebounds and six assists to almost single-handedly offset 27 points from James. Put it together, and this was about as entertaining and theatric as January NBA basketball gets.  

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:

So, so many ridiculous stat lines last night.

Zach Randolph: 34 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal in 46 minutes in a Memphis Grizzlies road win over the Detroit Pistons.

Dwight Howard: 29 points, 20 rebounds, two blocks, one steal in 48 minutes in an Orlando Magic road win over the New Orleans Hornets.

Russell Westbrook: 23 points, 8 rebounds, 13 assists and two steals in 37 minutes in an Oklahoma City Thunder road win over the Houston Rockets.

Steve Nash: 23 points, seven rebounds, 16 assists and one steal in 42 minutes in a Phoenix Suns home win over the New Jersey Nets.

Kobe Bryant: 39 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals in 36 minutes in a Los Angeles Lakers road win over the Golden State Warriors.

Blake Griffin: 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block in 43 minutes in a Los Angeles Clippers home win over the Miami Heat.

D.J. Augustin: 22 points, three rebounds, 12 assists in 39 minutes in a Charlotte Bobcats home win over the Chicago Bulls.

DON'T MISS:

WHIMSY:

The Memphis Grizzlies came to town so it was "Elvis Night" in Detroit. Oh, dear.
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HIGHLIGHT REEL PART ONE:


Here's Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin throwing down a double-pump dunk to avoid Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and electrify the Staples Center crowd.



HIGHLIGHT REEL PART TWO:


Here's Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe getting way up to swat a layup attempt by LeBron James. via YouTube user thehoopscene.


FINAL THOUGHT:

It wasn't flashy like the Heat and Clippers, but it was oh so effective. You really must take a look at this inbounds set play, charted by NBAPlaybook.com, from the San Antonio Spurs, which brilliantly uses misdirection, confusion and multiple screens to free up Tim Duncan for an uncontested dunk.
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 12:33 pm
 

The Game Changer: LeBron explodes on Portland

LeBron James and the Miami Heat come back to defeat the Trail Blazers in Portland, a star-studded courtside scene in Los Angeles for Lakers vs. Knicks, Nicolas Batum swats James, the latest on the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors, and a whole lot more. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 

THE BIG ONE: LEBRON LEADS HEAT COMEBACK IN PORTLAND

I'm not sure what it is about Portland's Rose Garden this season. The stadium drew a brilliant stretch of play from Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard back in December, an offensive array I didn't think would be matched this season. Silly me, overlooking the team that dominates NBA coverage on a daily basis. 

The Miami Heat strolled into the Rose City on Sunday night, and both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James topped Howard's effort. It was Wade early (he had 20 by halftime) and James late (he finished with 22 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter and overtime), ridiculous bookend performances to cap off an uneven, charged game for Miami.

The rumors about the bad body language, bench disputes and mistreatment of NBA officials? All true. LeBron James spanking himself after making a big three-pointer? Also, sadly, true. Miami plays spoiled and entitled basketball, there's no other way to put it, but they delivered on it, mounting a steady, overwhelming comeback in the last two minutes of regulation to force overtime, then crushing Portland's resolve in the final period.

While the Blazers had two Andre Miller jumpers in the last 10 seconds of regulation to win it, it wasn't meant to be, and the home team found itself scratching its collective head, proud of the defensive job it had done on James and Wade and knowing it hadn't quite been enough.

I recently wrote off James as an MVP candidate this season, based mainly on the idea that he had poisoned the well, but the final seven minutes of his performance on Sunday showed that he is not only the best basketball player in the country, but that he is continuing to do it his way, regardless of the repercussions or response. As boos rained down, James soaked it in, raising his arms to the crowd and mugging as he poured in big shot after big shot. 

God save us all if he ever wins a title.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:


LeBron James: 44 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 46 minutes in a Miami Heat road win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Dwyane Wade: 34 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in 43 minutes in a Miami Heat road win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

LaMarcus Aldridge: 31 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists in 45 minutes in a Portland Trail Blazers home loss to the Miami Heat.

Kevin Love: 18 points and 17 rebounds in 35 minutes in a Minnesota Timberolves road loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

J.J. Hickson: 23 points,17 three rebounds, three assists, two steals in 35 minutes in a Cleveland Cavaliers Raptors road loss to the Phoenix Suns.

DON'T MISS:

COURTSIDE SCENE:

The stars come out when the Los Angeles Lakers play the New York Knicks, and here actor Denzel Washington and recording artist Will.I.Am rub shoulders with the Lakers' mysterious billionaire minority owner, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong.
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WHIMSY:

Los Angeles Clippers rookie point guard Eric Bledsoe displays an interesting new straightjacket dribbling technique.

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HIGHLIGHT REEL:


James decimated the Blazers late, but earlier in the game Portland's young French wing, Nicolas Batum, made a perfectly-timed, perfectly-clean block on a James lay-up attempt, much to the Rose Garden crowd's delight.

 

FINAL THOUGHT:


It may be time to unthink what we thought we knew in the Western Conference. With the Denver Nuggets poised to move Carmelo Anthony and the New Orleans Hornets coming back to Earth, what looked like a four team (Portland, Memphis, Houston, Phoenix) race for the final playoff spot has now expanded into a six team race for the bottom three slots. You might even be able to throw the Golden State Warriors into the mix as well, and call it a seven-team race.
Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:14 pm
 

Report: Clippers put Baron Davis on the block

Posted by Royce Young

Have you seen Eric Bledsoe so far this season? The rookie from Kentucky has looked pretty terrific, most recently putting up 12 points and 13 assists in a loss to Denver Friday night. The Clippers have been watching obviously. And because of Bledsoe's play plus the fact Baron Davis is out of shape and potentially part of something the Clips want to begin moving past, Yahoo! Sports reports Davis may be on the trading block.

So who wants him? Who him, his out of shape body and his nearly $42 million contract that has three years left on it? Come, not everyone at once.

The Clippers may have Davis on the block, but that doesn't mean he'll be moved by any means. Not too many teams out there are interested in a washing up point guard that is often a locker room problem and only plays when he wants to. Plus, you've got to pay him big time for the next three seasons. Honestly, I can't think of a single team that would or should be interested.

Maybe there's potential to get a third team involved. Or maybe there's potential that Davis could be part of a Carmelo Anthony trade since the money works. Unlikely, clearly, but since I'm looking for something here, that's all I could come up with.

Davis has been out for a few games this season with a sore knee and as a result, Bledsoe has shown flashes of being able to handle the point guard duties while the Clippers rebuild. Because really, there's an exciting core there with Bledsoe, Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin. The Clips need to start moving on from some of the dead wood, but the problem is, they paid them too much to move them.

The shame is, when he's keyed in and ready to play, Davis can be as good as any point guard in the league. He can be a guy worth that remaining $42 million and someone to be part of building a contender in Los Angeles. Except, he came into the season out of shape and already appears to be tuning out Vinny Del Negro.

So while Davis may be up for grabs, I don't think you're going to see many hands go up to try and get him.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 11:58 am
 

Randy Foye to miss a week or two

Posted by Royce Young

Per ESPN Los Angeles , backup Clippers point guard Randy Foye will be out one to two weeks with a strained left hamstring. This comes after starter Baron Davis is listed as day-to-day with a knee injury, who missed Monday's game against the Spurs because of it.

Because of the injuries, rookie Eric Bledsoe got the starting nod. And he actually didn't fare too badly in his first NBA start. In 40 minutes, he had nine points, three assists, five rebounds and four steals.

Bledsoe ended up playing a lot off the ball with Eric Gordon assuming the point guarding duties for most of the night. Gordon compiled a career-high 11 assists against the Spurs to go along with 23 points (and two massive dunks).

Foye has played in two games so far, averaging six points and three assists in 24 minutes a game.

For the Clippers though, this is not great news. Some felt they could be a surprise playoff contender in the West but even at full strength they got off to a slow start. Now a couple injuries have hit and they could be digging themselves into a bit of a hole before the season even gets going. Vinny Del Negro will have to do some shuffling and hope that between Gordon and Bledsoe, the team can play somewhat coherently on the offensive end.

Though if Monday's game against the Spurs was any indication, there might be some rough stretches. And next up for the Clips is a game against the Thunder, one of the league best defensive teams that hasn't performed well on that end thus far and will be looking to make a statement.
Posted on: September 23, 2010 12:13 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 12:15 pm
 

Preseason Primers: Clippers

Posted by Royce Young

Coming in to last season, there were higher hopes than usual for the Clippers. Top pick Blake Griffin was on the squad and Baron Davis had supposedly gotten in shape and was eager to play. But then Griffin was injured, missed the whole year and Davis stopped caring in January. But this year, they get a do-over. They're next in our Preseason Primer series.

Training camp site:
Los Angeles, CA

Training camp starts: Sept. 28

Key additions: Blake Griffin (back from injury), Ryan Gomes (free agent), Al Farouq-Aminu (draft)

Key subtractions: Steve Blake (free agent), Travis Outlaw (free agent), Drew Gooden (free agent), Brian Skinner (just kidding)

Likely starting lineup: Baron Davis, PG; Eric Gordon, SG; Ryan Gomes, SF; Blake Griffin, PF; Chris Kaman, C

Player to watch: Blake Griffin. Remember him? Yeah, this guy? Supposedly, he's back to his old, dunk-on-your-face self. With a full season already under his belt in which he didn't play, you can bet he's hungry. Griffin is a tremendous talent that's been compared to players like Karl Malone and Carlos Boozer. He's going to be ready and he's going to be a monster.

Injury watch: Well, I guess this is going to be pretty much the same as "Player to watch."

Camp battles: The Clippers' roster is pretty close to completely set, but if there's one interesting battle to watch it's at small forward. The Clips took Al Farouq-Aminu in the lottery and plan for him to be a small forward scorer. They also signed Ryan Gomes in the offseason. Aminu could potentially beat out Gomes for the starting spot, especially because the Clippers have an eye toward the future right now. More than likely Gomes has the job, but if you're looking for a position competition to watch, that's the one.

Biggest strength: Starting five. On paper, as Rodney Stuckey would say, it doesn't look that bad. Baron Davis, Eric Gordon (who was fantastic in Turkey), Gomes/Aminu, Griffin and All-Star Chris Kaman. That's a pretty quality unit right there. They probably lack that go-to scorer, but there's enough divvied up among Davis, Kaman, Gordon and Griffin that the Clips should be able to put the ball in the basket.

Glaring weakness: Defense, experience and depth. Last season, the Clippers ranked near the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency (22nd). (They actually ranked lower in offensive efficiency, but I'm banking on that improving with Griffin.) Baron Davis has never been a great defender and Kaman is a score-first center.

They're extremely young with Griffin, Gordon, Aminu, backup point guard Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan. So this group is youthful.

As for depth, DeAndre Jordan is their backup 5 at this moment. So yeah, that's not good. And there's no one behind him. If Kaman gets in foul trouble of has an injury, DeAndre Jordan is seeing big time minutes. Again, not good.
 
 
 
 
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