Clippers Update – May 12th
The Los Angeles Clippers entered the week with their Conference Semifinals series
with the Oklahoma City Thunder knotted at two games apiece. Game 5 was a huge game to see who could take control of the series,
and the Clippers let their lead slip away right at the end of the contest. There were a few tough calls that did not go the
Clippers' way, but they missed some opportunities to close out the game and ended up ceding control of the series to the Thunder
as a result. Game 6 was played back in Los Angeles, as the two teams took the floor at the Staples Center. The Clippers entered
halftime with a lead, but against the Thunder stormed back, this time on the back of superstar player Kevin Durant, who scored
25 points in the second half alone. The Clippers had some chances to close the gap late in the game, but some offensive fouls
The Clippers obviously wanted to advance further in the postseason this year, but they have to view this
season as somewhat of a success thanks to the progress they made. Head coach Doc Rivers had a great effect on this team, especially
Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. The team will head into 2014-15 with essentially the same squad and should be a contender
in the competitive Western Conference. With the core of Paul, Griffin and Jordan, the Clippers have one of the best trios
in the league, though they'll need to figure out how to close out games a bit better. The Clippers will have the chance to
add some smaller pieces to the mix in the offseason via the draft and free agency. The foundation of this team is laid, but
some complementary pieces could help push the team over the top next year.
Clippers Update – May 5th
about everyone who follows the National Basketball Association expected the Clippers' first-round series with the Golden State
Warriors to be a fantastic set of games, and it proved to be just that. The two teams matched up at the Staples Center for
Game 7, and the Clippers were able to come through when they needed to most. Chris Paul was the leader that the team needed
him to be in a crucial Game 7, as the point guard notched 22 points and 14 assists. Paul has been fantastic this season, even
better than seasons past, and one has to think that head coach Doc Rivers has had a lot to do with that. Rivers has experience
leading a team to the NBA Finals, and that's exactly why the club brought him in from Boston.
Los Angeles has a really
tough task on their hands in the second round, however, as they're matched up with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder
posted the second-best record in the Western Conference this season and have the 2013-14 Most Valuable Player in Kevin Durant.
OKC has another star player in Russell Westbrook, giving them a one-two punch that could be unmatched in the entire league.
The Clippers started the series strong, however, notching a win on OKC's home floor in Game 1. Chris Paul could not miss in
this contest, as he hit eight three pointers on his way to 32 points and 10 assists in less than 30 minutes of playing time.
Blake Griffin was able to add 23 points, while Jamal Crawford played well off the bench. The Clippers dropped Game 2 to the
Thunder, but they did their job and took one of the first two games on the road. The series will head back to Los Angeles
for the next two games.
Clippers Update – April 28th
The Los Angeles Clippers are currently locked
in a heated battle with the Golden State Warriors. While the Clippers earned the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs
and the Warriors the sixth, most people expected the Warriors to give the Clips a real series. Golden State has delivered
in that regard. After the Warriors tied up the series at 2-2, it was obvious that Los Angeles was going to have to bring their
best to advance to the second round. The Clippers responded in Game 5 with a big victory by a score of 113-103. Center DeAndre
Jordan was a monster in this game putting up 25 points to go with 18 boards and four blocks. Jordan would be the key to winning
this series with starter Andrew Bogut hurt and now backup Jermaine O'Neal ailing. Jordan has had the best season of his career,
and one has to think that head coach Doc Rivers has been a big part of his development. Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison
gave the Clips great minutes off the bench in Game 5, as they have done for much of the season.
However, Golden State
showed a lot of pride when they rebounded in Game 6 and took down Los Angeles at Oracle Arena. The Golden State crowd is one
of the best crowd in the National Basketball Association, and it really comes out in the playoffs. Steph Curry got hot for
the Warriors early and the team pulled out the victory despite the Clippers taking it down to the wire. No Clippers player
was able to go off in this game, as nobody scored 20 points in the contest. Game 7 will be played at the Staples Center, and
the Clippers need their biggest stars to show up in a big way.
Clippers Update – Week of April 21st
Los Angeles Clippers won the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and that resulted in them being faced with a tough
first-round playoff matchup with the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers and Warriors have had some run-ins over the last
couple of seasons and many expected this to be a heated series. Thus far this series has been hotly contested with a couple
of close finishes. The Clippers were upset by the young Golden State team in Game 1, but bounced back with a convincing victory
in Game 2. It was an offensive explosion for Los Angeles in this one, as the Clippers racked up a huge 138 points in the game.
Blake Griffin rebounded from a sub-par Game 1 performance by leading the Clips with 35 points on the night. Chris Paul notched
10 assists in the game and the bench performed well for the Clippers.
The Warriors looked much better in their home
arena for Game 3, mounting a comeback in the fourth quarter, but the Clippers were able to fend them off at the last minute
to earn their second victory of the series and take control. Griffin came up big in this contest as well, putting up 32 points.
Griffin struggled from the free throw line in this game, and the crowd was relentless every time he stepped to the line, but
he did sink an important freebie late in the game that may have made all the difference. A couple of deep threes from Golden
State point guard Steph Curry late in the game had it come down to a final play, but Curry was unable to sink another long
trey that would have own the game. The Clippers escaped with a two-point victory and moved on with a 2-1 advantage in the
Clippers Update – Week of April 14th
The Los Angeles Clippers put together a very solid
regular season and have their sights set on a deep playoff run. The Clippers were able to rack up 57 wins in the ultra-competitive
Western Conference, good enough for the third seed in the postseason. A big offseason move paid off when the Clippers traded
for head coach Doc Rivers, who has championship experience from his days with the Boston Celtics. Rivers has done wonders
with a very talented team, turning them into a club that looks like a real contender to represent the West in the NBA Finals.
Blake Griffin had himself a fantastic first season under Rivers, notching loads of double-doubles and highlight dunks. Chris
Paul also put together yet another magnificent campaign, running the show on the floor like the general that he is. The players
who saw the biggest uptick this season was center DeAndre Jordan, who has become a defensive force and one of the best rebounders
in the National Basketball Association. With these three players leading the charge, the Clippers are hoping to sail deep
into the playoffs.
Los Angeles faces a tough test in the first round of the playoffs, as they'll have to match up with
a talented Golden State Warriors team. The Warriors and the Clippers have some bad blood between them thanks to some altercations
over the last couple of season, so this series promises to have some serious fireworks involved. The Warriors have one of
the best players in the NBA in point guard Steph Curry, who is capable of putting up a huge game on any given night. When
Curry gets hot, there is simply not stopping him, and he and Paul had one heck of a battle earlier in the season. This should
be a fantastic series.
Clippers Update – Week of April 7th
The Los Angeles Clippers have a very
good chance at earning the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs, which would give them home court advantage in the
first round of the postseason. The Clippers are having a fine season under the tutelage of new head coach Doc Rivers, who
has championship experience both as a player and a coach. Rivers has made this Los Angeles team a more confident bunch, and
they look like a real contender to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals this season. The Clippers got a big
win over a playoff hopeful when they took down the Phoenix Suns last week. The Suns are looking to earn one of the final spots
in the conference standings by the end of the regular season, but the Clippers certainly did not go easy on them in this game.
Darren Collison played very well in this contest, dropping 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting. Chris Paul added 20 points of his
own, and Blake Griffin chipped in 23.
Later in the week the Clippers took down the Los Angeles Lakers, their biggest
rival and the team they share the Staples Center with. The Lakers are having a tough year without Kobe Bryant, and the Clippers
did not make things any easier when the two teams squared off. CP3 was electric in this game, hitting eight of his 10 field
goal attempts, which included a perfect four of four from distance. Griffin scored 23 points in the game while adding seven
boards and five assists. Griffin is having what most people think is the best season of his pro career, and one would think
that Rivers has been a big part of this. The Clippers will look to close out the regular season on a high note to get some
nice momentum heading into the postseason.
Clippers Update – Week of March 31st
The Los Angeles
Clippers have not only clinched a spot in the postseason in the Western Conference, but they have also wrapped up the Pacific
Division title this season. Los Angeles is storming toward the postseason with their sights set on one of the top seeds in
the Western Conference playoffs. The team helped the cause last week by winning three of their four contests. The Clippers
got two of their three wins last week against playoff hopefuls out West, showing that they are ready to defeat playoff-caliber
opponents. The first of those wins came against the Dallas Mavericks in Big D. Clippers point guard Chris Paul dominated in
this contest, notching 31 points and nine assists. Every Clippers starter scored in double figures in this game, and Jamal
Crawford was able to contribute some scoring off the bench even though his shot was not falling with great regularity.
Angeles got another victory later in the week when they were able to defeat the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are looking to
secure the fourth seed in the conference standings, which would give them home court advantage in the first round of the postseason.
However, Paul proved to be too much to handle in this particular game. Paul notched 30 points and 12 assists in the game,
and DeAndre Jordan contributed in a big way with 20 points, 12 boards and six blocks. Jordan is having a breakout season,
and one has to think that head coach Doc Rivers has a great deal to do with that. Before the season Rivers was championing
Jordan and building his confidence, and the results have been fantastic, as Jordan has become one of the best rebounders in
the entire National Basketball Association.
Clippers Update – Week of March 24th
The Los Angeles
Clippers found themselves with the third-best record in the Western Conference following their winning one of their two games
last week. It was a light week for Los Angeles last week, and the team got several days to rest. The Clippers kicked off the
week with a loss to the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets have been up and down this season following a coaching change and some
personnel turnover in the offseason, and they've experienced some major injuries as well. The Nuggets got a big game from
Kenneth Faried in this game, as the Morehead State product was able to notch 18 points and 16 boards against the Clippers.
Faried has been playing very well as of late, resembling the player that dominated on the glass last year. The Clippers saw
point guard put up a nice game against Denver, as the veteran notched 29 points and seven assists. Blake Griffin added 26
points of his own, but it was not enough a fourth quarter surge that put the Nuggets over the top.
Los Angeles rebounded
later in the week with a victory over the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons have not been the epitome of consistency this season,
as they've struggled to gel as a unit, but they do possess some very talented players. Paul was fantastic in this game, putting
up 28 points (10 of 15 from the floor), six rebounds and 15 assists. Paul is general considered to be the top point guard
in the National Basketball Association, and he reminded people why with this performance. Griffin added 25 points, seven boards
and seven assists, continuing his excellent season. This duo has been quite dynamic for the Clippers this season, and they've
got fans thinking that an NBA Finals appearance is within reach.
Clippers Update – Week of March 17th
Los Angeles Clippers continued their strong play last week by winning all four of their contests. The team kicked off the
week with a victory over the Phoenix Suns, a team that is fighting for a spot in the postseason in the Western Conference.
The Clippers got a huge game from forward Blake Griffin, who scored 37 points in the contest. Griffin has been on a tear lately,
giving the Clippers the reliable scoring presence on the inside that they need next to DeAndre Jordan. Chris Paul notched
a double-double in the game with 17 points and 11 assists, and Darren Collison took advantage of a starting spot in the lineup
to the tune of 20 points on eight of 12 shooting. Phoenix saw seven players score in double figures, led by Goran Dragic's
23 points, but it was not enough to sink the Clippers in this contest.
The Clippers won another big game later in the
week when they faced off with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are in the hunt for a playoff spot, but have had an
up and down season thus far. The Clippers again saw Griffin go off, this time to the tune of 30 points and 15 rebounds. Six
other Los Angeles players were able to score in double figures, giving Los Angeles the double-digit victory. Both DeAndre
Jordan and Chris Paul notched double-doubles in this game, as both players are known to do. Klay Thompson led the Warriors
in scoring in this contest, dropping 26 points thanks in part to four of six shooting from deep. The Clippers were able to
overcome a solid effort from Golden State, giving them a big victory as they jockey for position among the top teams in the
Clippers Update – Week of March 10
The Los Angeles Clippers entered last week
on a four-game winning streak, and they extended that run to seven games thanks to their winning all three contests. The Clippers
kicked off the week with a victory over the Phoenix Suns, a team that is fighting for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
All five Clippers starters scored in double figures in this game, and forward Matt Barnes exploded for 28 points in the contest.
Barnes is not known for his scoring prowess, and is known as more of a role player, but he hit 12 of his 17 shot attempts
in this one to lead all scorers. Blake Griffin chipped in 22 points of his own while adding five rebounds and six assists.
Chris Paul struggled from the floor, but was able to dish out nine assists. Griffin got tangled up with Suns forward PJ Tucker
and Tucker threw an elbow in the face of the Clippers star, resulting in Tucker being suspended for one game.
in the week Los Angeles took on the Atlanta Hawks, who are trying to earn one of the final spots in the Eastern Conference
postseason. This game was tight one, and the Hawks played very well in the fourth quarter, but the Clippers were able to prevail
by a single point. The Hawks saw six different players score in double figures, but that proved to be just shy of what the
team needed to take down the Clips. Blake Griffin led all scorers with 27 points in the game, adding eight boards and five
assists. Every Clippers starter scored in double figures this season, and the team saw double-doubles from both Chris Paul
and DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers are riding high right now as they look to climb in the conference standings.
Update – Week of March 3rd
The Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a strong week in which they won all three
of their contests. The Clips kicked off the week against the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that has a lot of young talent.
Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, the number one pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, is quickly turning into a star player, and the
former Kentucky Wildcat did not disappoint in this game. Davis dropped 26 points and 11 rebounds in the contest, doing everything
he could to keep this game close, but the Clippers used solid first and third quarters to stop the Pelicans from topping them.
Chris Paul had a standard Chris Paul night, notching 19 points and 13 assists in the game. The fact that Paul puts up numbers
like these all the time doesn't make it any less impressive; in fact, one could argue that it makes it more impressive. Blake
Griffin chipped in 22 points while DeAndre Jordan cleaned up on the glass on his way to a double-double. Jordan continues
to be the defensive force that many scouts envisioned when he first came into the league, and a lot of the credit for his
improvement this season has to be given to head coach Doc Rivers.
The Clips followed that victory up with a big win
over the Houston Rockets later in the week. The Rockets have been playing great basketball lately, but Los Angeles stopped
them in their tracks anyway. The Rockets saw center Dwight Howard put up 23 points and 11 boards in the game, but Blake Griffin
outdid him with 24 points and 16 rebounds of his own. Griffin is thriving this season, looking like the superstar that he
has been dubbed as since coming into the league as the top overall pick in the NBA Draft.
Clippers Update –
Week of February 24th
The Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a week in which they dropped two of three games following
the All-Star break. The Clips started out the week against the San Antonio Spurs, a team that Los Angeles will likely have
to go through if they hope to advance to the NBA Finals this postseason. The Clippers led by a small margin after the first
quarter, but San Antonio slowly took control of the game as it wore on. Spurs point guard Tony Parker was injured and unable
to go in this one, but his replacement, Patty Mills, filled in nicely in this contest, dropping 25 points on the Clippers
to go with five boards and five dimes. He did not start the game, but logged 27 minutes and continued his fine play of late.
Mills is looking to be a great stopgap for the Spurs while they wait for Parker to heal. The Clippers got nice games out of
Blake Griffin (35 points, 12 boards, 4 assists) and DeAndre Jordan (7 points, 18 rebounds, 6 blocks) but got a rare off game
from point guard Chris Paul. Paul show just 1 for 10 from the floor in the loss.
The Clippers rebounded nicely later
in the week, though, as they were able to take down the team with the best record in the Western Conference, the Oklahoma
City Thunder. The Clippers saw all five of their starters log at least 18 points in this contest, and Los Angeles was able
to total 125 points on the night as a team. Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant dropped 42 points on the night, but it wasn't
enough to take down the Clips thank to Los Angeles's all-around effort. This was a huge win for the Clippers, as the Thunder
are viewed by many as the favorite to come out of the West in 2013-14.
Clippers Update – Week of February
The Los Angeles Clippers are looking great lately, and with Chris Paul back in the lineup they're back to near
full strength. The team will be without J.J. Redick for the foreseeable future, which deprives the Clips of some nice outside
shooting, but Paul's absence had been leaving a much bigger hole in this squad. Paul recently returned and has hit the ground
running for the Clippers. Heading into the All-Star break the Clippers took on the Portland Trail Blazers, another top team
in the Western Conference. This was a fantastic battle between two powerhouses, and the Clippers were trailing entering the
fourth quarter. With a veteran leader like Paul, though, Los Angeles clearly had the advantage over the young Blazers in crunch
time. Blake Griffin had himself a fantastic game, notching 36 points and complimented by 10 boards. Paul posted 20 points
and added 12 assists. Jamaal Crawford, in a starting role, dropped 25 points of his own. The Blazers received their customary
contributions from LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, but in the end it was not enough to defeat a Clipper team that has
a lot of momentum currently.
The Clippers returned from the break and had some of that momentum stalled by the San Antonio
Spurs. Despite seeing Griffin score 30-plus points yet again and DeAndre Jordan grab 18 rebounds, the Spurs were able to outdo
the Clippers. Sparkplug Patty Mills dropped 25 points, five boards and five assists in the game, showing that he is a capable
fill-in for injured point guard Tony Parker. Still, it has to concern the Clippers a bit that they were taken down by the
reigning Western Conference champs when San Antonio did not have a player that some people would call the best on the team.
The Spurs are the kind of team that Los Angeles is going to face in the postseason, so the Clippers are going to have to be
able to beat the best to be the best.
Clippers Update – Week of February 10th
The Clippers are fighting
to stay in the top half of the Western Conference playoff teams right now, but fans know that this team has the potential
to take home a high seed by the end of the regular season. The Clippers moved in that direction this week simply by getting
back their best player from injury, as point guard Chris Paul returned to action on February 9th against the Philadelphia
76ers. Paul started the game, but played only 26 minutes, which worked fine for the Clips thanks to the blowout they were
putting on anyway. Paul was able to put up seven points, eight assists and four steals despite it being his first game back,
and he should be back into form shortly. Paul means a lot to this team, perhaps as much as any other player in the league
not named LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Paul makes the Clippers a title contender.
The Clippers were without Paul earlier
in the week when they faced off with the surging Toronto Raptors. The Raptors have been a team revitalized since the organization
shipped forward Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. However, the Clippers were able to take down Toronto despite missing CP3.
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan did all he could to push his team to victory, dropping 36 points and attempting 19 free throws
thanks to his aggressiveness in the game. Clippers forward Blake Griffin was able to match DeRozan's scoring output, though,
dropping 36 points of his own on an incredibly efficient 13 of 18 shooting from the floor. Jamaal Crawford started and found
himself a perfect 12 of 12 from the free throw line by game's end and totaled 20 points on the night. The Clippers were able
to contain point guard Kyle Lowry, forcing him into a bad shooting night despite Lowry being one of the hottest players in
the Eastern Conference.
The Los Angeles Clippers - Schedule in 2013-14
The Los Angeles Clippers are ready
to set sail this season and face off with some of the best teams in the National Basketball Association. The Clippers look
to be one of the better teams in the Western Conference this season, and the team has its sights set on a top playoff seed
in the West. Los Angeles went out and got themselves one of the best coaches in the NBA in the off-season, landing Doc Rivers
from Boston in a trade. Rivers brought a championship to Boston during his tenure with the Celtics, and the Clippers are hoping
that his experience and player-friendly style coaching can help push this team to the top. The Clippers play in the Pacific
Division, where they're pitted against some serious competition each and every season. Last season the Clippers were able
to capture the division title by notching a record of 56-26, good enough to earn the team the fourth seed in the conference
playoffs. However, the Clips were unable to advance deep into the postseason, something that they're hoping Rivers will help
with this time around. The team has a roster filled with quality players and multiple All-Stars. Point guard Chris Paul is
the leader of this team, and he's already one of the best point guards in the history of the NBA, despite being in his prime
currently. CP3 will look to lead this team to another division title and one of the high seed in the conference playoffs this
season. To do so the team is going to have to play well at home at the Staples Center. The Clippers' home schedule is loaded
with big match-ups throughout the regular season, and you can be there to see if the Clips can take their game to the next
level in 2013-14.
The biggest threat to the Los Angeles Clippers' pursuit of the Pacific Division title is likely the
Golden State Warriors, so each and every time these two clubs hit the floor at the Staples Center there are sure to be a lot
of fireworks. The Warriors have one of the most exciting teams in the National Basketball Association, boasting one of the
best players in the entire league in Steph Curry. Curry just might be the best shooter in the NBA right now, but he's much
more than just a gunner. Curry has developed his game as a point guard and has become a true floor general thanks to his hard
work. He's a match-up nightmare, and he and Paul are sure to have some incredible battles this season. The Clippers will have
to do their best to contain Curry and back-court mate Klay Thompson, another terrific shooter. These match-ups should be some
of the best games of the season at the Staples Center.
The Clippers will surely look forward to any occasions on which
they host the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. The Thunder were the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs last season
and are one of the favorites to represent the conference in the NBA Finals in 2013-14. With one of the most dynamic scorers
the NBA has ever seen in Kevin Durant, the Clippers will have to try and shut down a player that goes for 30 points on a regular
basis. These match-ups should be exciting affairs to attend in person, and the Clippers are sure to see a great fan turnout
every time OKC comes to the City of Angels in 2013-14.
The Los Angeles Clippers are a team that
plays in the National Basketball Association. The Clippers play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference, where they're
pitted against the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns for the division title every
year. The Clippers had a big offseason, landing head coach Doc Rivers in a deal with the Boston Celtics. Rivers will try to
lead this team to the promised land in 2013-14, but it's going to take a lot of wins from the players on the way. Chris Paul
is the best point guard in the league, and one of the best to ever play the position, but he can't do it alone. The team is
looking for forward Blake Griffin to step up and take on a more aggressive style of play to maximize his incredible talents.
Another player Rivers is expecting an uptick from in 2013-14 is DeAndre Jordan, the wildly athletic shot-blocking center that
could take the Los Angeles defense to the next level this season.
Being there in person
at a Los Angeles Clippers game come tip-off is an experience that every basketball fan should enjoy at least one time. The
Staples Center is an incredible place to catch a game, so much so that it houses two NBA teams. The atmosphere at a game at
the Staples Center is simply electric and the anticipation reaches critical mass just as it's time for the tip-off. Be there
this season for a Clippers game and experience the magic for yourself.
What team originally drafted
current Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul?
The answer is the Pelicans organization, which was once the Hornets
franchise. The team took Paul with the fourth pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
The Los Angeles
Clippers are a professional basketball team that is a part of the National Basketball Association, the top basketball league
in the world. The Clippers were founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves. The organization moved to San Diego in 1978 and were
renamed the Clippers. The team moved a bit north to Los Angeles in 1984 and have called the city home ever since. The Clippers
won their first division title in 2013, though they've yet to reach an NBA Finals.
Fans of the
National Basketball League love their hoops, and they know that they can find great NBA action at the Staples Center on a
regular basis. The Clippers will hit the court for some huge games this season, and you can be one of the thousands of fans
to be a part of the action.