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Clippers regroup while Chris Paul recovers from thumb surgery

J.J. Redick stood with his back against the wall before practice and stared straight ahead as he contemplated playing basketball without Chris Paul, while the All-Star point guard recovers from surgery he had Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. The two Clippers guards talked...

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  • Five takeaways from the Clippers win over Lakers

    Five takeaways from the Clippers win over Lakers

    The Clippers avenged their Christmas loss to the Lakers with a dominating 113-97 victory Saturday at Staples Center. Here are five things to take away from the game: 1. Austin Rivers keeps tearing it up on offense, dropping in shot after shot after shot. Rivers had 15 points on seven-for-14 shooting....

  • Five takeaways from the Lakers' 113-97 loss to the Clippers

    Five takeaways from the Lakers' 113-97 loss to the Clippers

    Christmas Day seems so long ago. The Lakers stole one in their first meeting with the Clippers, but the rematch went to Staples Center’s other tenant. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers’ 113-97 loss to the Clippers. 1. There was a bit of a revenge factor for the Clippers after losing to the...

  • DeAndre Jordan dominant in Clippers' victory over the Lakers

    DeAndre Jordan dominant in Clippers' victory over the Lakers

    Austin Rivers laughed as he scanned teammate DeAndre Jordan’s line on the scoresheet of the Clippers’ 113-97 victory over the Lakers on Saturday, the numbers seeming too absurd for Rivers’ mind to grasp what his eyes were telling him. “He was pretty much unguardable. Twelve for 13 from the field....

  • Clippers avenge Christmas loss with 113-97 victory over Lakers

    Clippers avenge Christmas loss with 113-97 victory over Lakers

    Redemption arrived for the Clippers borne by forceful offense and unrelenting defense against the Lakers. There was purpose in everything the Clippers did on Saturday afternoon as they throttled the Lakers, 113-97, at Staples Center. The Clippers played as if determined to extract payback for Christmas...

  • Lakers and Clippers fans join forces to boo new L.A. Chargers logo

    Lakers and Clippers fans join forces to boo new L.A. Chargers logo

    Lakers Coach Luke Walton wasn’t the only person in the building for the Lakers-Clippers game on Saturday who didn’t like the Chargers’ move from San Diego to Los Angeles. Most of Staples Center agreed with him. During the second quarter of the Clippers’ home game against the Lakers, the video board...

  • Clippers get shot at revenge against Lakers on Saturday

    Clippers get shot at revenge against Lakers on Saturday

    For the Clippers, a blistering schedule in December, plus injuries to key players, sent the team spiraling into a six-game losing streak to end 2016. A more forgiving schedule in January has helped them rediscover their spirit with a five-game winning streak. The Lakers were one of the teams that...

  • Letters: Hey, did you hear? The Chargers are coming

    Letters: Hey, did you hear? The Chargers are coming

    Not sure when the Statue of Liberty was relocated to L.A., but with the Chargers joining the Rams, the words “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” should be amended to include “your losing football teams.” Mark S. Roth Los Angeles :: If an NFL team is content spending two seasons...

  • DeAndre Jordan has been the leader in Clippers' tenacious defense

    DeAndre Jordan has been the leader in Clippers' tenacious defense

    Doc Rivers has employed mostly three-guard lineups — and some four-guard sets — in the absence of injured power forward Blake Griffin, a strategy that has provided ample outside-shooting and playmaking capabilities for the Clippers. An added bonus to the small-ball approach has been a more tenacious...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' 105-96 victory over Orlando

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' 105-96 victory over Orlando

    The Clippers extended their win streak to five behind starting guards J.J. Redick (22 points) and Chris Paul (18 points), but it was the bench that fueled a fourth-quarter surge, with reserve forward Marreese Speights scoring all 13 of his points in the final quarter. Here are five things we learned...

  • Why Chargers' departure for L.A. won't make Padres a power, even as the only game in town

    Why Chargers' departure for L.A. won't make Padres a power, even as the only game in town

    The Clippers bolted for Los Angeles, and now the Chargers have followed more than 30 years later. The Padres are the lone major sports team left in San Diego, and the only Major League Baseball team that does not have to share its market with an NFL, NBA or NHL team. Good for the Padres? Sure. ...

  • Clippers extend win streak with 105-96 victory over the Magic

    Clippers extend win streak with 105-96 victory over the Magic

    The Clippers reached a breaking point on New Year’s Eve, when a 26-point loss in Oklahoma City, yet another game they played without injured stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, extended their losing streak to six games. Coach Doc Rivers could sense it. “I thought after the Oklahoma City game, it...

  • Schedule is helping Clippers recover from a six-game losing streak at end of 2016

    Schedule is helping Clippers recover from a six-game losing streak at end of 2016

    The new year provided a fresh start for the Clippers, though it had less to do with the calendar’s turning to 2017  than with an easier schedule that gave them a chance to recover from their 2016-closing six-game losing streak. The Clippers played 17 games in December, seven of them in the final...

  • Kevin Garnett offers tips to DeAndre Jordan at Clippers practice

    Kevin Garnett offers tips to DeAndre Jordan at Clippers practice

    The voice boomed throughout the Clippers’ practice facility, leaving all the players no choice but to hear Kevin Garnett’s bark and to notice his presence at practice Tuesday. Garnett bounced around forward Brandon Bass, intensely giving orders. Garnett then interrupted former Boston teammate Paul...

  • Clippers go back to the basics on defense in their four-game winning streak

    Clippers go back to the basics on defense in their four-game winning streak

    It began with a lock-down second half against Phoenix on Jan. 2, when the Clippers held the Suns to 40 points on 15-for-52 shooting (28.8%), and it continued through Sunday’s decisive victory over Miami. The Clippers defense has tightened considerably since allowing an average of 110.5 points during...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' 98-86 win over the Miami Heat

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' 98-86 win over the Miami Heat

    The Clippers extended their win streak to four behind J.J. Redick’s 25-point game and Chris Paul’s 19 points and 18 assists. Here are five things we learned from their 98-86 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday: 1. The defense has tightened considerably since the Clippers allowed an average of 110.5...

  • Austin Rivers was hot Friday, and a little too warm to play Sunday

    Austin Rivers was hot Friday, and a little too warm to play Sunday

    No wonder Austin Rivers was so hot Friday night in Sacramento, where the Clippers guard made nine of 15 shots and scored 24 points in the team’s victory over the Kings. The Clippers guard was running a temperature of 101 degrees Coach Doc Rivers said, the first in a series of flu-like symptoms...

  • Chris Paul leads Clippers to fourth straight win, a 98-86 defeat of Heat

    Chris Paul leads Clippers to fourth straight win, a 98-86 defeat of Heat

    The pinpoint passes and silky smooth jump shots come so naturally to Chris Paul that games like Sunday, when the Clippers point guard scored 19 points and dished out 18 assists in a 98-86 victory over the Miami Heat in Staples Center, can seem routine. “I think he’s Groundhog Day,” Clippers Coach...

  • Clippers can breathe a little easier after three-game winning streak

    Clippers can breathe a little easier after three-game winning streak

    A modest three-game winning streak has eased some of the tension that enveloped the Clippers during a recent rough stretch in which they lost six consecutive games. Now they feel is as if they have their mojo back. “We’re going to be all right,” Chris Paul said late Friday night after his decisive...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' victory over Sacramento

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' victory over Sacramento

    The Clippers defeated the Sacramento Kings, 106-98, on Friday night. Here are five takeaways from the game: 1. One game after Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he and his team had to tone down their attitude toward officials, DeAndre Jordan picked up a technical foul in the third quarter against the Kings, after...

  • Clippers turn things around in win against Memphis

    Clippers turn things around in win against Memphis

    The energy, passion and intensity that was lacking for long stretches during a year-end six-game losing streak returned in full force in Staples Center on Wednesday night.  The Clippers seemed to unleash a few week’s worth of pent-up anger and frustration on the Memphis Grizzlies, most of it during...

  • Clippers' Chris Paul could return Friday vs. Sacramento

    Clippers' Chris Paul could return Friday vs. Sacramento

    A left-hamstring injury sidelined Chris Paul for the seventh time in eight games Wednesday night, but the Clippers got some encouraging news about their star point guard and second-leading scorer. Paul completed what Coach Doc Rivers called “a full workout” earlier Wednesday, and both Rivers and...

  • Clippers defense shows flashes of early season form

    Clippers defense shows flashes of early season form

    It was a question with no easy or obvious answer, as evidenced by J.J. Redick’s initial response to the query late Monday night. “I don’t know,” the Clippers guard said, when asked why his team has been unable to recapture its early season defensive form, when the Clippers were one of the NBA’s...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers’ 109-98 win over the Phoenix Suns

    Five takeaways from the Clippers’ 109-98 win over the Phoenix Suns

    The Clippers, playing without their two top scorers — Blake Griffin and Chris Paul — snapped a six-game losing streak, their longest since a nine-game skid in November 2010. Here are five things we learned from their 109-98 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night: 1. The Clippers defense improved...

  • Clippers beat the Suns to end six-game losing streak

    Clippers beat the Suns to end six-game losing streak

    Austin Rivers was in no mood for introspection Monday night. The Clippers were mired in a six-game losing streak entering a game against the Phoenix Suns, their longest since a nine-game skid in November 2010, an ugly stretch that had the guard focusing more on the future than the past. “We’re...

  • Clippers' Jamal Crawford struggles through tough stretch

    Clippers' Jamal Crawford struggles through tough stretch

    Jamal Crawford got plenty of playing time on the last trip — 29 minutes at New Orleans on Wednesday night, 30 minutes at Houston on Friday night and 31 minutes at Oklahoma City on Saturday night — but his production wasn’t anything close to what the Clippers expect from their veteran guard. Crawford...

  • Clippers searching for ways to end skid

    Clippers searching for ways to end skid

    The Clippers have reached a fragile state during this tumultuous period in which their mettle has been tested. They have all been asked to stand their ground during this rough six-game losing stretch. But those that can’t and are unable to stay all-in, the Clippers may be wise to shake things up...

  • Clippers lose sixth in a row, 114-88 at Oklahoma City

    Clippers lose sixth in a row, 114-88 at Oklahoma City

    Doc Rivers implored his group to stay the course even while the Clippers were withering away under the Oklahoma City Thunder assault Saturday night. The Clippers coach encouraged his guys to not give in to the dire circumstances that had a firm grip on them. Rivers pleaded with his team, clapped...

  • Clippers report: Ejections are topic of Doc Rivers' call with NBA executive

    Clippers report: Ejections are topic of Doc Rivers' call with NBA executive

     Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he spoke with an official from the NBA office regarding his ejection and that of Austin Rivers during Friday night’s game at Houston. After a conversation late Friday night with Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations in charge...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' loss to Houston

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' loss to Houston

    The short-handed Clippers lost their fifth game in a row on Friday night, a 140-116 blowout loss in Houston. Here are five takeaways from the game: 1) Despite all the chaos surrounding the Clippers’ loss to the Rockets, reserve guard Raymond Felton stood out for his inspired play. Felton had been...

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