Tag:Los Angeles Clippers
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:32 am
Edited on: January 21, 2012 1:38 am
 

Kevin Love hits game-winning, buzzer-beating 3

Posted by Ben Golliver 

All-Star forward Kevin Love hit a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to push the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Los Angeles Clippers, 101-98, at the Staples Center on Friday night.

Love's 3-pointer came on a side out of bounds play after Clippers guard Chauncey Billups missed a lay-up with just seconds to go and the Timberwolves called timeout. Love came open, caught the inbounds pass from Luke Ridnour at the top of the circle and let fly from well behind the 3-point line. He hit nothing but net, sending the Timberwolves bench into hysterics.

Love's winner came after Timberwolves rookie guard Ricky Rubio hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to tie the game at 98. It was Rubio's first made field goal of the evening, and he finished 1-for-11 with 9 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds.

Love finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in 36 minutes. Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 38 minutes.

Here's the video of Kevin Love's game-winner to send the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Los Angeles Clippers at the buzzer.


Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:51 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 6:06 pm
 

Chris Paul to buy Avril Lavigne's $8.5M mansion

Posted by Ben Golliver

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Hey, hey, you, you, I can sell you a multi-million dollar mansion.

Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne has reportedly agreed to sell her Bel Air mansion to Los Angeles Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul for $8.5 million.

TMZ.com has the details.
Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul is planning to stay in town a while because he's about to drop $8.5 million on a sick Bel Air mansion that he's buying from Avril Lavigne. Sources tell us Paul fell in love with the 12,184 square foot place, which Avril originally listed for $9.5 mil and decided he had to make a move.

The mansion -- located in a hoity-toity private community called Bel Air Crest -- includes 8 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms, a wine cellar, 10-car garage, gym, sauna and a covered outdoor living room.  
Paul married wife, Jada, back in September. The couple has a 2-year-old son.

Paul was traded from the New Orleans Hornets to the Clippers during the December free agency period for a package that included Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and a first round draft pick. The trade gave the Clippers a pair of All-Stars in Paul and franchise forward Blake Griffin. Los Angeles is currently 8-4 on the season, good enough for first place in the Pacific Division and third overall in the West.

Basketball-Reference.com reports
Paul's career NBA earnings top $43 million. ShamSports.com reports that Paul, 26, is on the books for $16.4 million in 2011-2012 and $17.78 million in 2012-2013.

Paul has been sidelined with a hamstring injury this week.
 
Images via: TMZ.com.

Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:02 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 9:18 pm
 

Chris Paul (hamstring) out vs. Wolves

Posted by Ben Golliver
  
Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Friday that All-Star guard Chris Paul is "unlikely" to play in a Friday night game against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a left hamstring strain, according to Clippers.com. The Los Angeles Times reported shortly before gametime that Paul was officially out but that he might play on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.

Paul suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 102-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul underwent an MRI last Sunday which revealed no major results and was listed as day-to-day by the Clippers. Since then, he sat out all three games of a back-to-back-to-back against the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers went 2-1 without him.

In Paul's absence, the Clippers will have veterans Chauncey Billups and Randy Foye, recent D-League call-up Courtney Fortson, and reserve guard Mo Williams, who returned WEdnesday after missing three games with a foot injury.

On the season, Paul, 26, is averaging 18.0 points, 8.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game in 37.3 minutes per game.
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:55 am
Edited on: January 19, 2012 2:20 am
 

Report Card: Big Shot Billups beats Mavs

Posted by Ben GolliverMatt Moore, and Royce Young



Chauncey Billups and the Los Angeles Clippers

One week ago, we noted that the easy start -- just six games in 16 days -- was over for the Los Angeles Clippers. Since then, wins over the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets. That's four wins to go with just one loss, to the Utah Jazz on the road, during a brutal 5 games in 7 days stretch that had to be managed without All-Star point guard Chris Paul. It doesn't, reasonably, get much better than that, as the Clippers sealed their magical win thanks to a last-second jumpshot by Chauncey Billups, who stepped up as primary ball-handler in Paul's absence and finished with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes against the Mavericks.  -- BG

Jason Terry and the Dallas Mavericks

it would have been an A+ on any other night, but Jason Terry's resume was robbed of a dramatic game-winner thanks to Billups' heroics. Terry had an uneven game on Wednesday but was huge in the fourth, sinking a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to cut it to a one possession game and then burying another one with 5 seconds remaining, see below, to improbably put the Mavericks up by one. The lead lasted just four seconds. The Mavericks fall to 8-7 and continue to search for a sense of certainty. What a difference a shot would have made in that regard.-- BG



Old Man Games

Andre Miller with 28-10-8. Steve Nash with 26-5-11. Chauncey Billups going Mr. Big Shot. It was a night for the old guard, literally, to step up and deliver. There's something to be said for having a guy out there who knows what he's doing, and while none of those guys are going to lock down Dwyane Wade or give you 40, they're still contributing for their teams, all past the age of 35. -- MM

Denver Nuggets

Getting a road win against Philadelphia is A-worthy. But they could have closed it out in regulation had they just played a bit tighter. After looking a bit shaky over the weekend, Denver gets a huge win in overtime on the back of their depth, against a team that had over half their points from the bench. A little tighter play and Denver could have saved itself a later departure.  -- MM

Nick Young

In the end, Young put up 24 points, hit 5-10 from 3 and helped the Wizards pull off the upset of the season with a 105-102 win over the Thunder. But Young started the game 0-7 and even the shots he ended up making weren't of the smart variety. He was hoisting contested 3s, fadeaway jumpers over the outstretched arm of Kevin Durant and never attacked the basket. Again, it worked out for him and he was a big part of Washington's win, but I don't think Flip Saunders wants to see that kind of shot selection routinely. -- RY

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies were out-rebounded, gave up a 49 percent field goal mark, and had 16 turnovers. But on a night where Rudy Gay was not prominently featured, the still got the win. The Grizzlies are back to "finding ways to win" which is such a huge part of their game. Lionel Hollins should get some pop for how he's managing minutes night to night based on who is thriving and who is struggling on any given night. You would have liked to have seen a wider margin of victory against the Hornets and some better defense, but more than enough for a passing grade. the end. -- MM

Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers lost to the Hawks in Atlanta, 92-89, losing their sixth straight to the Hawks and dropping to 1-3 on their current 6-game road trip. They lost forward Nicolas Batum to a scary eye injury during the game and, afterwards, the team reportedly held a players only meeting to discuss accountability. That's not good, considering this team's captain, LaMarcus Aldridge, was touting his squad as a Western Conference contender just a few weeks ago. The only thing keeping this from being an "F" was the play of point guard Raymond Felton, which has been terrible of late. Felton shot just 3-for-9 but finished with 10 points, 8 asssists, 1 steal and just 1 turnover, after committing 8 in a Monday win over the New Orleans Hornets. Hey, it counts for progress right now. Jamal Crawford, who finished with 22 points on 22 shots and added 5 assists, was another (sort of) bright spot. -- BG

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder hit 48 percent from the field and held their opponent to 38. And they lost? How? Because they gave the Wizards 40 free possessions. With 21 turnovers and 19 offensive rebounds for Washington, Oklahoma City completely fell asleep in the second half, allowing 59 points while losing to the league's worst team. Remember, the Wizards have had trouble breaking 70 lately. And they just beat the West's top team? Somebody failed, big time. -- RY

Glen Davis


Keep your pants on, bro. -- BG





Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:49 pm
 

Clippers PG Chris Paul (hamstring) out vs. Mavs

Posted by Ben Golliver
  
Los Angeles Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul will not play in a Wednedsay night game against the Dallas Mavericks due to a left hamstring strain, according to ESPN.com.

Paul suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 102-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul underwent an MRI on Sunday which revealed no major results. He was listed as day-to-day by the Clippers. 

The Mavericks game marks the third game of the Clippers' first back-to-back-to-back of the season. The Clippers beat the New Jersey Nets on Monday night and lost to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Paul sat out both games.

In Paul's absence, the Clippers will have veterans Chauncey Billups and Randy Foye, recent D-League call-up Courtney Fortson, and reserve guard Mo Williams. ESPN.com reports that Williams will return to the lineup after missing three games with a foot injury. Second-year guard Eric Bledsoe is sidelined with a longer-term knee injury.

On the season, Paul, 26, is averaging 18.0 points, 8.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game in 37.3 minutes per game.
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:22 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 7:56 pm
 

Clippers PG Chris Paul (hamstring) out vs. Jazz

Posted by Ben Golliver
  
Los Angeles Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul will not play in a Tuesday night game against the Utah Jazz due to a left hamstring strain, according to Jazz.com.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said that Paul has "no timetable" for a return at this point.

Paul suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 102-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul underwent an MRI on Sunday which revealed no major results. He was listed as day-to-day by the Clippers. 

The Jazz game marks the second game of the Clippers' first back-to-back-to-back of the season. The Clippers beat the New Jersey Nets on Monday night and will face the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. 

In Paul's absence, the Clippers are expected to use a starting backcourt of Chauncey Billups and Randy Foye with recent D-League call-up Courtney Fortson used sparingly off the bench. Reserve guard Mo Williams is expected to sit with a minor foot injury and second-year guard Eric Bledsoe is sidelined with a longer-term knee injury.

On the season, Paul, 26, is averaging 18.0 points, 8.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game in 37.3 minutes per game.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:15 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 9:40 am
 

Howard denies Clippers on his list

Posted by Royce Young and Matt Moore

Update Wednesday 9:36 a.m.: Howard denied that he had added the Clippers to his list Tuesday, via the Orlando Sentinel. SheridanHoops.com responded to the report by indicating that the Clippers are on his list but that due to the CBA, he woul be unable to join the Clippers until later this summer:
The key word in that question is “now.”

Because right now, he wants to play for the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers — and the Lakers are a distant third on that list. The Clippers would be something to consider if circumstances over the next several months make those first three destinations unattainable, and as I reported in my story on the Howard-Clippers possibility, it would only happen next summer through a sign-and-trade (a detail too many people are overlooking).
via More on Dwight Howard and the Clippers. 

Whether you believe Howard as a flat denial or that the Clippers could be a possibility if he reaches free agency, don't expect Howard to be joining Lob City this season, if ever. 

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It's the power of Blake. It already brought Chris Paul to the Clippers and it could have Dwight Howard interested in joining Lob City.

Howard has a list of teams he's reportedly interested in and it includes the Nets, the Lakers and the Mavericks (along with the Magic, I guess). But you can add one more: the Clippers. Via Sheridan Hoops:
SheridanHoops.com learned exclusively Monday that Howard recently expanded his list of preferred future destinations, adding the Clippers to a list that already included the Nets, the Mavericks and the Lakers.

“He’s been watching them a lot. He’s intrigued by the Clippers,” said the source, who is privy to the trade talks that have taken place between all of the aforementioned teams.

That source also said it now appears more likely that Howard will play out the season with the Magic, who improved to 9-3 Monday afternoon by defeating the New York Knicks 102-93 while making 17 3-pointers and getting just 8 points and 10 rebounds from Howard.

Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, already has been given permission to speak to the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers about possible trades. It was unclear if similar permission has been granted in regards to trade talks with the Clippers.

But the source said the most likely scenario that would land Howard in Lob City would be an offseason sign-and-trade deal.

The Clippers aren't really in need of a big man as they just signed DeAndre Jordan to a long extension, but you don't say no to Howard. Especially to the idea of a trio of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. If the Clips are Lob City now, that would be Lob Universe, Dunk Continent or Oop Galaxy. It would be... something.

It doesn't seem to be the most plauisble destination for Howard as the Clips are fairly structured right now and Howard could be a fit elsewhere. But if he doesn't get traded before the deadline -- and it's looking less likely that will happen -- his options will be open to a whole lot of places, including both Los Angeles teams.

Howard has options. The Mavs have positioned themselves to make a strong run at both him and Deron Williams this summer. The Nets could do the same. The Lakers might offer Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol to get him at the deadline. Or maybe the Clippers decide to go all out and try and work that sign-and-trade, which could include Jordan.

Whatever the case, one thing seems to be a constant right now: These scenarios most definitely do not include Orlando.
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:59 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 6:12 am
 

Paul (hamstring) day to day, MRI results negative

Posted by Eye on Basketball staff

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul is listed as day to day with a hamstring injury after an MRI Sunday revealed no major results. Officially the injury is being called a strained hamstring.

Paul suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 102-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The injury comes at a particularly inopportune time, with the Clippers embarking on a back-to-back-to-back with games Monday afternoon at New Jersey, Tuesday night at Utah before returning home Wednesday against the Mavericks.

The Clipppers started the season with four point guards: Paul, Chauncey Billups, Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe. They may be down to only Billups by next week. Williams (foot) sat out Saturday's game and Bledsoe (knee) is still 2-3 weeks away from returning.

 
 
 
 
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