With only six games remaining in the regular season, the L.A. Clippers must find some pre-playoff rhythm as they face the lottery-bound Phoenix Suns.
The Big Picture
Despite all of the injury woes, defensive collapses, and chemistry disruptions that have occurred over the course of the season for the L.A. Clippers, there is still a chance to build some timely momentum heading into the playoffs.
In a game with its share of groans, the Clippers break the law and get a hard fought victory.
Man, this game.
This game was absolutely loaded. It was mostly an offensive display from both teams aside from a nice defensive effort from Portland during a chunk of the second quarter, but it was quite a show to watch.
The Grizzlies tried to muck it up on Hawaii night, but the Clippers beat Memphis at its own game.
No Chris Paul, no problem. Austin Rivers stepped into the star’s void and through the Memphis Grizzlies’ defense for a season-high 28 points as the Clippers toppled their rivals, 115-106.
In the second game of their East Coast road trip, the Clippers match up with a Miami team that has won two in a row.
After a disappointing stretch of 2-5 ball, the Clippers have reeled off three straight wins to right the ship and keep pace in an increasingly top-heavy Western Conference. Those wins may not have come against the most grueling competition (Pelicans, Blazers, and Magic), but an ability to beat the teams that you’re supposed to is one of those key characteristics of a contender, and the Clippers have been doing it well, winning 11 of 12 against teams under .500.
So much energy had been exerted by the Clippers on Friday night in Sacramento that they were forced to summon whatever they had in reserve for a back-to-back game Saturday night.
It was going to require a supreme effort by the Clippers after they got down by 19 points in the second quarter, and it was an effort they put forth to pull out a 102-95 win over the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center.
Marreese Speights was the main reserve who triggered the Clippers’ returned effort with 11 of his season-high 16 points in the fourth quarter.
The L.A. Clippers stretched their win streak to 7 following a rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder
Entering tonight’s matchup, the second between the L.A. Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center this season, most were prepared for a typical Western Conference showdown. When these two teams last met back in November, the Clippers were handed their first home loss of the season in a close, grueling game that ended 83-85. Despite the Clippers entering the game without leading scorer Blake Griffin, and the Thunder without defensive anchor Steven Adams, who suffered a concussion during last night’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings, there was still so much to look forward to.
The Clippers get solid performances across the floor, recapturing that early season form that has eluded them for a long time.
The Los Angeles Clippers came into Memphis sputtering and leave on a very encouraging note, dominating the Grizzlies from the start and finishing with a convincing 114-98 win.
The Clippers outplayed the Jazz for 45 minutes, but almost blew it in the final minutes. They held on for the victory, and the series now returns to LA
A mostly boring game ended with WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON????!!!! The Clippers were up by double digits late, but two consecutive awful Chris Paul turnovers put the Jazz right back in it. It was the ultimate Clipper moment: they made poor decision after poor decision on both ends, and it all culminated with Joe Johnson shooting to tie the game with 5 seconds left.
The Clippers notched win number 48 and climbed back to within a half-game of fourth-seeded Utah.
The postseason begins in 10 days, and even with the fourth seed still in contention, the Clippers weren’t likely to show us a playoff-ready A-game. And they didn’t, at least, not defensively, but with the scoring rhythm they’re rolling with right now, it takes an opponent with more talent (and rest) than the lottery-bound Dallas Mavericks to capitalize.
Every Clipper will have to step up during Blake Griffin’s absence.
The Big Picture:
So, with the “if they stay healthy” tag now lying in the gutter with other discarded preseason qualifiers like “if DeMarcus Cousins stops being a child”, the Clippers again focus their attention on excelling without Blake Griffin.
James Harden goes full MVBeard in the game’s closing moments.
James Harden scored 39 points, including a coast-to-coast layup with just 2 seconds left on the clock, to send the Rockets to a 125-124 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
BARANGAY Ginebra has won a championship and runner-up honors in the last two conferences.
Gin Kings’ coach Tim Cone believes that his squad can go further as they look forward to the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup.
The Sacramento Kings agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, just two weeks after publicly proclaiming that the All-Star center was off the market.
Pelicans get: Center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi Kings get: Guard Buddy Hield, guard Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, New Orleans' 2017 first-round pick and 2017 second-round pick (via the Sixers).
Serbia is heading to the semifinals of the 2016 Olympic men's basketball tournament after topping Croatia, 86-83, in the quarterfinals Wednesday night. The team will face Australia for a chance to reach the gold medal game.
Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross hits a 3-point shot at the buzzer against the Sacramento Kings that was later waved off by the officials Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The shot would have sent the game into overtime. The Kings won 102-99.
Golden State Wins Fifth-Straight Game
Golden State won its fifth consecutive preseason game, earning a 123-112 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in San Diego on Wednesday night.
Some good news for a son of Memphis.
#GTG has now officially transitioned to #GNG. Shams Charania with Yahoo's The Vertical is reporting that the Grizzlies have signed former Memphis Tiger and Memphis fan favorite D.J. Stephens to a 2-year partially guaranteed contract.
Freed from the shackles of last year’s Lakers, the second-year point guard is off to a flying start under Luke Walton.
D’Angelo Russell’s resilience appeared tangibly in the form of a single fourth-quarter assist to an open teammate for three in Sunday’s preseason victory over the Nuggets.
Whoa, Damian! Lillard hit nine three-pointers, and the Blazers beat the Heat to complete a 4-1 road trip.
The salary numbers reported by Joel Brigham do not agree with the Basketball Insiders salary page maintained by Eric Pincus. Per Pincus' numbers, Lillard's contract is actually for $139.9 million, which would give Lillard the third richest contract ever.
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