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Clippers' Chris Paul could get OK to play vs. Warriors

If Chris Paul suits up Thursday night when the Clippers play at Golden State, that  would be an encouraging sign as L.A. surges toward the final stretch of the regular season. Paul was typically noncommittal when asked about playing against the Warriors. “Don’t know” was all he said when queried...

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  • Clippers head into All-Star break with fourth straight win

    Clippers head into All-Star break with fourth straight win

    The game required the Clippers to have a narrow focus at a time when it would have been easy for them to look past the Atlanta Hawks and toward the break that’s on the horizon. But by letting an intense defense be their guide, the Clippers rolled to a 99-84 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night...

  • Clippers are keeping an eye out for potential trades

    Clippers are keeping an eye out for potential trades

    It’s called due diligence, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said about engaging in conversations with teams about possible trade scenarios. Rivers has a duel role of being the coach of the Clippers and president of basketball operations so any deal his team makes will be his final decision. Over the past...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Clippers-Knicks game likely to revive Carmelo Anthony rumors

    Clippers-Knicks game likely to revive Carmelo Anthony rumors

    It has been almost two weeks since the Clippers were first mentioned in trade rumors regarding New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and that noisy chatter is likely to pick up. The Clippers will play the Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, their first face-to-face meeting since...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' 118-109 loss to Toronto

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' 118-109 loss to Toronto

    1. The complexion of the game against the Toronto Raptors changed when DeAndre Jordan picked up his second foul with eight minutes, seven seconds left in the first quarter, forcing the big man to the bench and leaving the Clippers without their rim protector. A Clippers lead that grew to 11 points...

  • Blake Griffin's triple-double is not enough for Clippers, 118-109

    Blake Griffin's triple-double is not enough for Clippers, 118-109

    Doc Rivers’ team has been spiraling in the wrong direction lately, but the Clippers coach was firm in making this proclamation after L.A. dropped a 118-109 game to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre:  “I swear to everyone the sky is not falling,” Rivers said. But it sure...

  • Clippers' Raymond Felton keeps battling through aches and pain

    Clippers' Raymond Felton keeps battling through aches and pain

    His body is beat up from top to bottom, but Raymond Felton has refused to sit out a game for the Clippers. Felton has a sore right shoulder that he wears a small pad on for protection. He has a sore thigh that has forced him to wear extra padding beneath his game shorts for body protection. Felton...

  • Five takeaways from the Clippers' 107-102 loss to the Boston Celtics

    Five takeaways from the Clippers' 107-102 loss to the Boston Celtics

    1. Inside the Clippers’ locker room, before they were about to take on the Celtics on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden, Coach Doc Rivers began to talk to his players about the greatness of Paul Pierce and the relevance the city of Boston has for the former Celtics star. Pierce had spent the first...

  • LeBron vs. Charles and All-Star snubs among hot topics in the NBA

    LeBron vs. Charles and All-Star snubs among hot topics in the NBA

    A quick scan of the top trending items in the NBA this week:  All-Star Game snubs? There is little clamoring about All-Star Game selection snubs when the most worthy candidate could not have participated anyway. Injured Clippers point guard Chris Paul was worthy of the honor, even if it meant one...

  • Takeaways from the Clippers' 133-120 loss to the Warriors

    Takeaways from the Clippers' 133-120 loss to the Warriors

    If the NBA championship runs through Golden State, then it’s clear the Warriors will present a formidable road block for the Clippers, who have lost nine straight games to their Northern California rivals dating to March 8, 2015. Here are five things we learned from their 133-120 loss to Golden...

  • 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...

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