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DeMarcus Cousins was just one man among many, surrounded by the greatest players in the NBA. He had played just 2½ minutes and scored three points during a game in which the other All-Stars combined to score 371. If it was a normal postgame, Cousins probably would’ve been largely ignored, save...

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  • Clippers' road trip brings out the best in Blake Griffin

    Clippers' road trip brings out the best in Blake Griffin

    Each step along the way during the Clippers’ five-game trip, there were different ways that Blake Griffin elevated his game. And all of it spoke to Griffin’s ascension since returning from right-knee surgery that sidelined the power forward for 18 games. “The first thing you lose, for me, is always...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' 88-72 victory over the Utah Jazz

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' 88-72 victory over the Utah Jazz

    There was a sequence at the very beginning of the game that demonstrated just how engaged Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was going to be. Jordan blocked a shot by Utah center Rudy Gobert on the Jazz’s third possession of the game, then sprinted down court, got deep position on Gobert and demanded...

  • Clippers roll over the Jazz for third consecutive win

    Clippers roll over the Jazz for third consecutive win

    All their talk about being better on defense, about reclaiming their defensive identity, about holding each other accountable on defense did not ring hollow from the Clippers this time. They were unyielding Monday night, closing down nearly everything during an 88-72 victory over the Utah Jazz,...

  • Los Angeles Clipper J.J. Redick's remedy for a shooting slump: just keep firing away

    Los Angeles Clipper J.J. Redick's remedy for a shooting slump: just keep firing away

    J.J. Redick started to fidget when he was stopped by reporters Monday morning, his eyes looking at teammates getting up shots and back at reporters wanting to know how the Clippers shooting guard has been dealing with his recent shooting woes. Over the first four games of a five-game trip that...

  • Clippers, Utah Jazz showdown Monday could affect the race for home-court advantage in the West

    Clippers, Utah Jazz showdown Monday could affect the race for home-court advantage in the West

    The showdown between the Clippers and Utah Jazz on Monday night is intriguing in that both teams are in a race for home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoff seeding. The Clippers (33-21) are the fifth seeded-team in the West, just a half-game behind the fourth-seeded Jazz (34-21). ...

  • Clippers hoping to end road trip on high note vs. Jazz

    Clippers hoping to end road trip on high note vs. Jazz

    Though it is the end of a five-game, 11-day trip for the Clippers, they are not dragging wearily to the finish line of the journey. They are relatively fresh because of the frequent days off between games, which the Clippers all agree is a positive because they will be facing a stout opponent in...

  • Chargers take their 'Fight for L.A.' to the people

    Chargers take their 'Fight for L.A.' to the people

    Scrolling down past a grainy video of your niece’s dance recital, your old roommate’s engagement photos and your uncle’s political manifesto, you might’ve noticed an advertised declaration of battle from this city’s newest pro sports team. The Chargers are trying to let the people of Los Angeles...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' victory over the Charlotte Hornets

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' victory over the Charlotte Hornets

    The Clippers defeated the Hornets, 107-102, on Saturday night in Charlotte. Here are five takeaways from the game: 1) The Clippers were able to get by the Charlotte Hornets, 107-102, on Saturday because of strong bench play. The reserve unit of the Clippers accounted for 47 points. As usual, Jamal...

  • Clippers' Jamal Crawford provides huge boost off bench vs. Hornets

    Clippers' Jamal Crawford provides huge boost off bench vs. Hornets

    He started to dance with the basketball again, the joy of playing returning to the face of Clippers supersub Jamal Crawford. He led the Clippers in scoring with 22 points off the bench against Charlotte, but it was the way Crawford performed that was most telling. It was like he was a magician...

  • Clippers use group effort to get past the Hornets, 107-102

    Clippers use group effort to get past the Hornets, 107-102

    This 107-102 Clippers victory required that they work together as a group to finish off a stubborn Charlotte Hornets team Saturday afternoon at Spectrum Center. It was more than just Blake Griffin being in line for a triple-double. It wasn’t enough for Jamal Crawford to come off the bench to lead...

  • Clippers never let their confidence dip

    Clippers never let their confidence dip

    Confidence, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers maintained, is not an issue for his team. Even when the Clippers were in the midst of a spiraling stretch, losing seven of nine games, even when their defense was a problem they couldn’t seem to solve, Rivers emphasized that his group’s confidence never wavered....

  • The Clippers' Blake Griffin is returning to form

    The Clippers' Blake Griffin is returning to form

    From the very beginning of Wednesday night’s game against the New York Knicks, Blake Griffin was on the attack for the Clippers. It looked as if the confident, assault-the-rim player had truly returned to form in his seventh game back after being sidelined for  more than a month  because of right...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' 119-115 victory over the New York Knicks

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' 119-115 victory over the New York Knicks

    1. DeAndre Jordan went to work Wednesday night against the Knicks. Jordan missed just two of his 14 shots, with all of his points coming on dunks and layups. He finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds. “I was just rolling a little bit harder,” Jordan said. “We were taking what they gave us. We...

  • Clippers come up big at right moments to beat the Knicks

    Clippers come up big at right moments to beat the Knicks

    DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin were the big guns for the Clippers against the New York Knicks. Jamal Crawford was the big-time closer and Austin Rivers was the setup man. Then there was a spotty Clippers defense finally bearing down when the game mattered most. In a game the struggling Clippers...

  • Clippers' best option: Trade for Carmelo Anthony

    Clippers' best option: Trade for Carmelo Anthony

    It’s become automatic. The Clippers play the Golden State Warriors and the Clippers lose — nine times in a row, counting a 133-120 defeat Thursday night at Staples Center. The road to the NBA Finals goes through the Bay Area and the NBA Finals haven’t felt this remote in some time. Kevin Durant...

  • Clippers lose for ninth straight time against Warriors, 133-120

    Clippers lose for ninth straight time against Warriors, 133-120

    The door had cracked open for the Clippers to perhaps finally defeat the Golden State Warriors. But the Clippers failed to step through their small sliver of access, dropping a 133-120 game to the injury-plagued Warriors on Thursday night at Staples Center. The Warriors won by 46 points five days...

  • Clippers report: Doc Rivers has to figure out a guard rotation

    Clippers report: Doc Rivers has to figure out a guard rotation

    The conundrum Clippers Coach Doc Rivers faces is how to dole out the minutes to his depleted guard corps. Rivers has only four guards at his disposal because Chris Paul is out after having surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. It means that Rivers has to figure out how much to play Austin...

  • Letters: Readers are able to find their Super powers

    Letters: Readers are able to find their Super powers

    Lost somehow amidst the incalculable media hype is the irony of Tom Brady taking center stage in Super Bowl LI(E).  Steve Ross Beverly Hills :: Bill Plaschke is casting the Super Bowl as Good (Falcons) versus Evil (Patriots.) I guess pumping in crowd noise is good?  Also, politics should have nothing...

  • Three takeaways from the Clippers' 124-114 win over the Phoenix Suns

    Three takeaways from the Clippers' 124-114 win over the Phoenix Suns

    It wasn’t easy and at times it wasn’t pretty. But the Clippers’ 124-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday was effective in taking some of the lingering sting out of last weekend’s blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors. And in the win the Clippers made a number of other points as well:...

  • Clippers bounce back to beat Suns, 124-114

    Clippers bounce back to beat Suns, 124-114

    Blake Griffin is only a month removed from arthroscopic knee surgery, so he probably shouldn’t be doing much heavy lifting. But Wednesday night he lifted the Clippers onto his broad shoulders just the same, carrying them to 124-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns that might soon prove bigger than...

  • Clippers report: Chris Paul is back on the court after surgery

    Clippers report: Chris Paul is back on the court after surgery

    Two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, guard Chris Paul is back on the court. And that has given the Clippers something to look forward to. “I was going to activate him,” Coach Doc Rivers, only half in jest, said after watching Paul practice. “He looked...

  • Reeling Clippers hope to rebound at Phoenix

    Reeling Clippers hope to rebound at Phoenix

    For the Clippers, Sunday was a day off that allowed the team to absorb their humbling 46-point loss to Golden State on Saturday night. Monday was when Clippers Coach Doc Rivers made his players relive the nightmare by watching film of their latest blowout loss to the Warriors. And Tuesday was...

  • Clippers' DeAndre Jordan happy to finally be an NBA All-Star

    Clippers' DeAndre Jordan happy to finally be an NBA All-Star

    For so much of his nine years in the NBA, DeAndre Jordan sought validation for his skills as the center for the Clippers. The affirmation Jordan yearned for took shape at the end of last season, continued throughout the summer and now the 6-foot-11 big man has received full recognition of his talent...

  • Clippers must put blowout loss behind them if they are to move ahead

    Clippers must put blowout loss behind them if they are to move ahead

    In the stillness of their locker room inside Oracle Arena late Saturday night, the Clippers were left with plenty to ponder following the 144-98 defeat handed to them by the Golden State Warriors. There was no denying two simple truths for the Clippers. They can’t just let that monumental 46-point...

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