In a winner-take-all game, the Clippers came out flat, and were dominated by the Jazz from start to finish.
There really isn’t much to say about this game that hasn’t already been said in previous game recaps. The Clippers’ defense was effective only in very small doses, their offense struggled to generate anything, especially in the halfcourt, and their energy wasn’t great.
The L.A. Clippers, in a well-balanced effort, blew by the Houston Rockets for their 50th win of the season.
The L.A. Clippers reached 50 wins for the 5th straight season, won their 6th consecutive game, and Paul Pierce even reached 15th amongst the NBA’s all-time scoring leaders. And still, with just one game remaining in the regular season, the Clippers’ magic number remains 1 for securing home court advantage against the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs.
Led by standout performances from DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, the Clippers avenged their Christmas night loss to the Lakers.
The Clippers usually aren’t the kind of team that gets fired up to play early weekend games. Their Saturday and Sunday matinees are usually sluggish, hard-to-watch tilts that tend to leave you wondering whether watching the game was worth it, even after a win.
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.
The basketball was good tonight, folks.
Led for the second straight game by Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers stayed perfect tonight and improved their record to 2-0 as they absolutely crushed the Phoenix Suns, 130-88. Griffin didn’t play in the fourth quarter with the result decided, and finished with 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in 28 minutes. He was a hyper-efficient 7-13 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc, while converting 12 of his 14 free throw attempts. DeAndre Jordan played his role well, with 6 points and 13 rebounds.
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 Los Angeles Clippers opened their 2017-2018 season Thursday night by trouncing the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center 108-92.
In a September 2017 interview with Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball commented on the franchise’s rivalry with the Los Angeles Clippers.
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, without Blake Griffin, Pat Beverley, or Danilo Gallinari, beat a 17-8 Raptors team with the 3rd best point differential in the NBA
The Clippers scrapped a win together without three starters tonight, using the combined efforts of the team as a whole to make up for lack of star power. The Clippers trailed by as many as 13, and were down almost the entire game. They pulled ahead with 3 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, and never looked back, shutting down the Raptors and making clutch plays when needed.
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.
Denver will send one of its best players to the Clippers, but will get Paul Millsap in sign and trade deal.
The Denver Nuggets have agreed a three-team deal including a sign-and-trade that sends forward Danilo Gallinari to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal would be a rare double sign-and-trade that also sends Paul Millsap to the Nuggets and Jamal Crawford to the Atlanta Hawks.
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.
Kevin Durant has not only finally won his first NBA championship, but has also now won his first NBA Finals MVP!
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