Tag:Baron Davis
Posted on: January 16, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Lakers, Clippers skirmish leads to 4 ejections

The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers got into a skirmish at the end of their game Sunday that resulted in ejections for Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Blake Griffin and Baron Davis. Posted by Ben Golliver.

The giant-killing Los Angeles Clippers did it again on Sunday, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in the same week that they toppled the mighty Miami Heat. But the Clippers' victory wasn't without some endgame drama, as a skirmish broke out in the game's final seconds that resulted in four players being ejected.

During a Randy Foye free throw that gave the Clippers a 98-90 lead with less than six seconds remaining in the game, Clippers forward Blake Griffin shoved Lakers forward Lamar Odom underneath the basket as they jockeyed for rebounding position. Considering the game was already in hand, it was an unnecessary play by Griffin, but it's fairly understandable because Griffin doesn't have an off switch. He goes hard. Always.

After Foye's free throw went in the hoop, Odom grasped Griffin's jersey and swung him, and the two stared each other down. Clippers point guard Baron Davis raced into the scrum to separate the two combatants, leading Odom to give Davis a slight shove in return, which led to more jawing. Lakers forward Ron Artest then entered the fray, attempting to extricate Odom from the group from behind, to no avail. That led Artest to swing his arms out a bit in the general direction of Foye. Eventually, the referees were able to separate the two teams and complete the game's final six seconds.

When all was said and done, Odom, Artest, Griffin and Davis were all ejected from the game.

Here's the Clippers feed video of the skirmish, courtesy of YouTube user nbafufu.




Here's the Lakers feed video of the incident, courtesy of YouTube user NBAPlaybook.



Back in December, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller took exception to Griffin in a similar situation, as Miller was upset that Griffin shoved him in the back while attempting to gain rebounding position on consecutive plays. Miller retaliated by body-checking Griffin at full speed, which resulted in a fine and one-game suspension by the NBA.

After the game resumed, the Clippers held on for a 99-92 victory. With the win, the Clippers improved to 14-25 on the season. The Lakers dropped to 30-12.
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 13, 2011 11:15 am
 

Baron Davis is dunking and the Clips are winning

Posted by Royce Young

It seems like it's been years since we've had a quality Baron Davis dunk. Seems like the last one stuck in my brain is his cram over Andrei Kirilenko when he was still with Golden State.

But last night against the Heat, Baron turned back the clock and stuffed one over Miami.



This makes three consecutive good games for Davis after starting the season relatively slow. Against the Heat, Davis had 20 points and nine assists and I think only one dribble-the-shot-clock-out-and-shoo
t-a-3 play. Progress!

But it's becoming evident as the Clippers start to win a little that Davis is absolutely vital in their success. He doesn't have to go for 20 and nine every night, but having him locked in and focused is big. He's got to be there to steady the ship when things get crazy. Like last night against the Heat, the Clippers led by 21. Naturally, they blew this lead.

Instead of completely wilting though, Davis was there to assert control and get his young guys where they needed to be. He hit a huge runner in the lane late, made some nice passes for easy looks and just played a stellar game.

The big knock on Davis has always been his desire and focus, but he looks rejuvinated to me. Playing with Blake Griffin and lobbing him all those oops seems to have Davis having fun again. The Clips' awful, horrible start to the season will essentially doom 2010-11, but there's a lot to play for. Los Angeles is now 13-24 and winner of eight of 11. They've beat six teams over .500. For reference, the Heat have beat eight. They have wins over the Thunder, the Heat, the Spurs, Chicago and beat New Orleans when it was the best in the league.

It's just about consistency for this young Clipper team. I thought Kenny Smith put it great last night on NBATV. He said that the Clippers have to start playing the course, not the opponent. In golf you don't worry about who you're paired with. You worry about the hole you're on. The Clippers clearly bring some extra focus and energy when they're playing a big name team. If they brought that against everyone, then they wouldn't have started the way they did.

But let's fantasize for a moment. What kind of record would the eight-seed in the West have this year? Right now Portland is eighth and hovering around .500. So let's say 41-41 gets you into the postseason. That would mean the Clips would need to go 28-17 the rest of the way. Doesn't that seem totally possible right now? Heck, I could see them going 30-15 at this point if they start playing every night.

Again, that's fantasy. The Clips could easily come back to earth and lose six straight at the drop of a hat. Young teams a like that. Combustible. There is a lot of talent there and while the hole might be too deep to get out of this year, there's at least a real reason to be excited about what's to come for the other tenant at Staples.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 2:30 am
 

LeBron James sprains left ankle, X-rays negative

LeBron James of the Miami Heat sprained his left ankle during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, but X-rays were negative. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Midway through the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers, Heat forward LeBron James sprained his ankle while driving to the basket. 

The injury occurred as James drove past Clippers forward Al-Farouq Aminu. Clippers guard Baron Davis dove down to offer help defense, and James' left ankle rolled over as he appeared to plant on Davis' right foot. James lost control of the ball and went hopping on one foot deep into the stands, but then recovered to come hobbling back on the court. He promptly received the ball, and with the shot clock running down, hit a corner three over Aminu off of one foot. 

After making the shot, which cut Los Angeles's lead to 94-92, James hopped to the bench and was attended to by Heat trainers. He re-entered the game and played down the stretch, although he limped at times.

After the game, the Los Angeles Times reported that "LeBron said he has an x-ray of his ankle and there was no damage." The paper also quoted James saying that he is "day to day." The Heat play the Nuggets in Denver on Thursday night on the second half of a road back-to-back.  
Here's video of the injury.


The Clippers held on for a 111-105 win. James finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes of action.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Bobcats' DeSagana Diop out for year with Achilles

Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Posted by Ben Golliver. desagana-diop

Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will miss the rest of the 2010-2011 NBA season after an MRI confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon, the team announced on Monday.
Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2010-11 season after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon. Diop suffered the injury during the second quarter of Friday’s game against Golden State.
The 7-0 Diop, who was acquired by the Bobcats via trade on Jan. 16, 2009, has appeared in 552 career NBA games spread between Cleveland, New Jersey, Dallas and Charlotte. He has career averages of 2.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while shooting .433 from the field. This season, he appeared in 16 games with averages of 1.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 11.3 minutes.
Diop, despite standing seven feet tall and being drafted in the lottery, isn't very good at basketball. He's played sparingly for the Bobcats this season, averaging 1.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and .9 blocks in 11.3 minutes in 16 appearances, all off the bench.

Diop is in his 10th season as a pro, and his current contract runs through the 2012-2013 season. He makes $6.5 million this season and will be paid $6.9 million next year and $7.3 million in the final year of his deal. 

The Bobcats have found themselves in a number of trade rumors this year (here, here and here), and Charlotte surely wouldn't have minded moving Diop's contract in a larger trade. Indeed, his name was brought up in recent rumored trades involving Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller

This injury news makes that trade possibility a bit more remote, although not impossible, because most teams would have traded for him as a salary number rather than as a player. 

In Diop's absence, the Bobcats and new coach Paul Silas will continue to use Nazr Mohammed and Kwame Brown in the middle.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Best of Blake Griffin, December edition

Posted by Royce Young

Another month, another batch of jaw-dropping highlights courtesy of Blake Griffin. So let's look back at his five best from December.

5. From 45 feet away...

I don't know what the Clippers plan on doing with Baron Davis, but there is one advantage to keeping him -- he throws a lovely alley-oop. Consider this 45-foot beauty that I'm not even sure Peyton Manning could put on the money like that.

A play like this kind of makes you wonder what Griffin would look like in pads though. It would be like a cross of Antonio Gates and DeMarcus Ware I think. Or it would just look like Blake Griffin in football pads. I think that's a little easier to picture.

4. A layup better than a dunk


The only thing that's Blake Griffin can do that we haven't already seen is to start upping the degree of difficulty. And that's what he did with a simple layup. Forget just jumping over people and dunking. Let's turn a simple layup into a spectacular, highlight worthy play.

That's the thing about Griffin. Even the routine play is so far from routine. Everything is flashy. Everything is exciting. I don't know if it's the way he plays or if it's just watching a man his size do what he does, but no matter what Griffin does, it looks special.

3. One hand, with emphasis

Heavens. Look at how he reaches back. The first thing I wonder is how in the heck he even caught the thing. That's some serious hand-eye coordination. Then there's the jumping. And then the power to finish it off. Heavens.

2. A little closer than 45 feet, but a little better

What makes one halfcourt alley-oop better than another? In this case it's the punctuation on the end of it. Any time you get a long pass finished off by Blake Griffin soaring through the air it's going to be good, but add in a little hanging and swinging on the rim like a little kid on a jungle gym? Well, you've got something special now.

What I love most is the vision from Davis though. Nothing is really there at first glance, but Griffin is weaving through defenders, makes eye contact with Baron and boom, the ball is in the air and Griffin is tracking it down for a stuff. It's a beautiful thing, really.

(Also, I really enjoy Ralph Lawler's almost-signature call of Griffin dunks now. Slaaaam dunk! Oh ME oh MY!

1. Face dunk



At some point, and I think everyone will agree with me here, Blake Griffin will kill himself dunking. It almost happened here against the Rockets where he nearly plowed his face straight into the rim. (If that would've happened and this were the NFL, I think the rim would've been fined $25,000. Amirite?)

But just look at Griffin's elevation. He jumped too early so when the ball got to his hand, he was too high. He didn't so much finish the dunk as he just tried to dunk and get out of the way. For a second there I thought Griffin was going to dunk himself. Maybe that should be his finisher in the dunk contest if he enters. He dunks the ball and just follows straight through the rim, dunking himself. That would be something we haven't seen.
Posted on: December 27, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: December 27, 2010 11:30 am
 

Baron Davis wants to stay with the Clippers

Posted by Royce Young

Most understand, including Baron Davis, that he's probably on borrowed time in Los Angeles. He's the veteran face of a young and rebuilding roster. He takes away playing time for some of the Clippers young guard. And mostly importantly, he makes a lot of money.

But despite talk off Davis being traded at some point, the bearded guard told FanHouse that he wants to stay with the Cllppers. That's a nice little twist, isn't it?
"It's tough because it's the nature of the business,'' Davis said in an interview with FanHouse before the Clippers' 108-103 win over Phoenix on Sunday about the trade rumors surrounding him. "But it's tough because I don't want to leave. I'm here. I came here for a reason. If I were to be traded, I just think that I just never really got a chance to do what I was signed here to do.''

[...]

"I just want to (have an) opportunity to establish something with this core unit and this group and then we'll keep going,'' he added.
Davis, a native of Los Angeles, signed a five-year $65 million contract as a free agent in the summer of 2008 with his hometown team. And he can likely sense the momentum the young Clippers are building. They've won four of five and are playing near .500 basketball over their last 16 games.

Plus, the future is oh so bright with talented bedrock pieces like Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon and Eric Bledsoe. Davis, who is still just 31, could certainly be a part of the turnaround. But he makes a lot of money and is taking playing time away from younger players. And on top of that, there's the perception that he tunes out half the time.

But any young team needs leadership, especially of the veteran variety. Davis thinks that's where he can help. His stats are down from when he averaged 15.3 points and 8.0 assists last season, but like the team, he's played better lately. Over the past six games, he's averaged 11.5 points and 7.2 assists, which includes 15 points and nine assists in L.A.'s win over Phoenix.

And he's developing a really nice chemistry with Griffin to go with it. The two have connected on a bunch of alley-oops and are running the pick-and-roll well together. So Davis could be part of Griffin's development, making him a valuable piece to the franchise in the near future.

Davis wants to see this through with the Clippers. He said, "I can see us, the second half of the season, towards the end of the season, being one of the talked-about teams going into next year." He knows the team is moving up some. The Clippers are likely going to look to trade him, but he might just get his wish and stay with the Clips. Not because the team has a change of heart, but because they can't move him and what he's owed.

But if that's what it takes to keep him with the team, I'm sure he'll take it.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

Posted by Royce Young

It's pretty clear that Michael Jordan is making some phone calls right now. On the heels of reports that Charlotte is interesting in trading for Baron Davis, there's another rumor via FanHouse that Jordan has discussed a trade with Portland sending Gerald Wallace, DeSagana Diop and D.J. Augustin to the Blazers for Andre Miller and Marcus Camby.

The Davis trade had a strong smell of desperation to it, but the possible deal with Portland makes a bit more sense. The Bobcats give up a lot more, but they don't jeopardize any long-term financial flexibility with the deal. Camby's contract is up after this season and Miller has a team option on his contract next season.

Obviously Jordan is interested in acquiring a more play-making oriented point guard. The Bobcats lost that when Raymond Felton went to New York over the summer. Most felt like Augustin might be able to handle that responsibility, but it hasn't worked out well. Plus, who knew the Bobcats would also miss the inside presence of Tyson Chandler. Camby would certainly be a solid addition in that sense.

But the Bobcats would lose a core piece in Wallace to get two veteran players. Much like the Davis deal, it's a bit of a now-or-never move, but the good news to this one is that it doesn't put a bunch of cash on the books for the next few years. Giving away Wallace hurts but if the Bobcats are considering a blow-up of the roster, this deal makes a lot more sense than the one with the Clippers. There's a chance the team could win with Miller and Camby (especially in the weak bottom half of the East), plus the Bobcats open up a number of new roster options with the new financial flexibilty.

The Blazers would certainly be interested in this deal as Brandon Roy has publicly voiced some issues he has playing with Miller in the backcourt. Plus there are reports Roy has even asked for either he or Miller to be moved because he doesn't feel they can co-exist in Portland's backcourt. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported last week that Portland is considering going young and trading Camby and Miller. Maybe this is a suitable deal for Rich Cho and company.

Wallace was an All-Star last season and one of the premier small forward defenders in the league. While he's a really good player, he's also under contract through 2012 with a player option in 2013 at around $9.5 million a year. Not a massive financial committment, but depending on where Portland is at, it's something long-term.

Portland isn't extremely strong at small forward with Nicolas Batum, but I'm not sure Wallace is that big of an upgrade. Batum has shown flashes of being a good scorer in addition to a premier defender. So what's better to do, cut into Batum's minutes but get Gerald Wallace or go with Batum as the future at small forward?

Just another rumored deal that probably isn't that close to getting anywhere near done, but it's clear that Jordan is on the move with his roster. And Portland makes a good candidate to play with.
 
 
 
 
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