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  1. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Heat set franchise record for wins, Lakers remain in playoff position

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while waiting for Microsoft Office to come to your mobile devices … Lakers 113, Trail Blazers 106: Kobe Bryant scored 47 points to out-duel rookie Damian Lillard, who finished with 38. Bryant dragged his team to victory for the second straight night, and…

  2. Carmelo Anthony passes LeBron for top selling jersey

    Apr 9, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James may be the best player in the NBA, but Carmelo Anthony is the biggest star on the biggest NBA stage — the scorer leading the best New York Knicks team in more than a decade — and that sells a lot of jerseys. Anthony moved past LeBron into the top spot in national…

  3. Blake Griffin was dunking all over Lakers Sunday (VIDEO)

    Apr 8, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin smiles after hitting a three-point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Blake Griffin dunks on a lot of teams. Of course, it’s easy to say a lot of teams don’t have Dwight Howard protecting the rim and the Lakers shouldn’t allow this. The problem for the Lakers is their perimeter defense is so poor Howard is often trying to stop the guard driving in for a…

  4. Clippers clinch first division title in team history with win over Lakers

    Apr 7, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Clippers forward Griffin grabs a rebound as Lakers forward Gasol defends during first half NBA game in Los Angeles

    Division titles don’t mean a whole lot in the NBA these days. But for a Clippers franchise that has been mired in mediocrity or worse for the better part of its existence, clinching the first Pacific Division championship in franchise history with a runaway 109-95 win over a Lakers team with more than any of…

  5. Blake Griffin says Clippers shouldn’t hang division title banner at Staples Center

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    lakers banners

    The Clippers are having one of their best seasons in franchise history, but unless it ends in the team’s first NBA title, Blake Griffin is among those who aren’t interested in putting up any banners at the Staples Center to commemorate the accomplishment. Having already reached the 50-win mark for the first time ever, the…

  6. Do Clippers have chemistry issues? Depends who you ask.

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Clippers

    We need to acknowledge that this is a historic season for the Los Angeles Clippers — it is the franchise’s first time ever to 50 wins and first time ever it will win the Pacific Division. Some luck in the draft, some aggressive moves by management and owner Donald Sterling writing bigger checks has changed…

  7. Why are the Clippers vulnerable? Defense (or coaching)

    Apr 2, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Before the season started what was the mantra about the Clippers on this site (and most others)? It’s all about the defense. With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin (who has a more diverse game than many fans give him credit for), plus Jamal Crawford off the bench, the Clippers were going to score points. A…

  8. Caron Butler had the best tip-in of the season Monday (VIDEO)

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    Caron Butler

    You don’t see as many tip-ins in the NBA anymore, mostly because guys like Blake Griffin don’t tip the ball in so much as throw it down with authority. But on a Griffin missed jumper at the end of the half Monday night Caron Butler made an impressive tip-in play — he got to a…

  9. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat finally lose, Knicks now streaking

    Mar 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Martin congratulates Anthony after being fouled by Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out what caused these pond circles … Bulls 101, Heat 97: It had to end sometime, and Wednesday was the night Miami finally lost after winning 27 straight, ending the second longest streak of victories in NBA history. We…

  10. Wild end to regulation in Mavericks win over Clippers (VIDEO)

    Mar 27, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul drives on Dallas Mavericks Nowitzki during their NBA game in Dallas, Texas

    These were the final three plays of regulation from a dramatic game: First Chris Paul drives around 6’7″ Shawn Marion then elevating and going over 6’8″ Elton Brand, off the glass and in for a bucket that put the Clippers up two. Paul scored the last 10 points for the Clippers in regulation, he was…

  11. Mavericks beat Clippers, move close to playoffs… and a shave

    Mar 27, 2013, 3:01 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Matt Barnes

    One more win and the Dallas Mavericks will reach .500 — and they can shave their beards. You remember, the ones they were going to grow until they got their record even, a process that has taken so long the team starting to look like a young ZZ Top? It’s almost time for razors soon, they…

  12. Blake Griffin says Clippers change defensive principles ‘every single game’

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The Clippers will, in all likelihood, finish the regular season as either the three, four, or five seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. They way they’ve been playing recently, however, winning just four of their last eight, would suggest that some adjustments need to be made internally over the team’s last 13 regular season…

  13. Blake Griffin throws alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan. Twice. (VIDEO)

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

    Wednesday night was the kind of game for the Clippers where they are at their Lob City best — when they are destroying lesser competition. Blake Griffin‘s handles have gotten a lot better this season — he didn’t come into the league as a guy who could get the ball and lead the break (or…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: Go big or go home

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    A couple Hawks – Al Horford (26 points and 15 rebounds) and Jeff Teague (27 points and 11 rebounds) – played well as Atlanta jockeys for playoff positioning with the Bucks, but we’re less concerned with the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture than a vintage performance by an all-time great, helping a…

  15. JaVale McGee with huge throwdown dunk over Noah (VIDEO)

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:16 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    JaVale McGee can throw down with the best of him (he probably should have beat Blake Griffin in the dunk contest a few years back, I will take his dunk on two baskets over the car dunk every time). Which brings us to this dunk by McGee on Monday night that is just monster. They…

  16. Blake Griffin finishes monster one-handed alley-oop in Clippers’ win over Knicks

    Mar 17, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    We showed you DeAndre Jordan getting loose for a windmill jam on a fast break early in the Clippers’ win over the Knicks, and as it turned out, that was only the beginning of the highlight show. Blake Griffin got his share of dunks along the way, none more exciting than this one-handed throwdowm off…

  17. Larry Sanders fined $50K for using ‘a derogatory and offensive term’ and publicly criticizing officials

    Mar 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks has been fined $50,000 for “using a derogatory and offensive term and publicly criticizing the officials,” the league announced on Sunday via official release. The incident occurred with 2:44 remaining the Bucks’ home loss to the Heat on Friday, when Sanders directed the language to the referees and was…

  18. Clippers know team they have been recently isn’t good enough

    Mar 15, 2013, 3:02 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    More and more it feels like they are just not there yet. The Clippers are 6-4 in their last 10, and as it has been with the Clippers the second half of the season you can’t say that is bad. They keep scoring points, they keep having highlights, they keep getting wins and having moments…

  19. Monday And-1 links: Should we be praising Brandon Knight for trying to make a play on DeAndre Jordan?

    Mar 11, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Brandon Knight

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Brandon Knight became a trending joke on twitter after the Clippers DeAndre Jordan…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: After the Heat it gets interesting

    Mar 11, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers guard Stephenson is guarded by Heat forward Andersen and Battier during their NBA game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami

    Going to be an interesting week out West — Thunder and Spurs on Monday, while the Grizzlies play the Clippers and Nuggets this week. Those games don’t foreshadow playoff outcomes as much as hint at seedings — if Denver can get home court in the first round whoever has to face them is in trouble.…

  21. DeMarcus Cousins, your suspension is coming for elbowing Mike Dunleavy in head

    Mar 11, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Scott Foster, Mike Dunleavy

    DeMarcus Cousins is going to get suspended for that. If there is one thing the Serge Ibaka nut shot on Blake Griffin made clear, it’s that the NBA league office takes prior offenses and any pattern of problems into account when dishing out punishments. This would be Cousins fourth suspension-worthy incident from the league this…

  22. Clippers try to jump-start defense for playoff run. Hapless Pistons help out.

    Mar 11, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Brandon Knight

    LOS ANGELES — Since the start of the season there have been two questions that seem to define just how far the Clippers can go: 1) How good is DeAndre Jordan playing at the five? 2) How good is the Clippers defense? The answer to both of those questions of late was “not good.” Which…

  23. Serge Ibaka wasn’t suspended for groin hit on Blake Griffin because the league viewed it as ‘unintentional’

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    ibaka griffin

    When Serge Ibaka caught Blake Griffin with a violent shot to the groin near the end of the Thunder’s win over the Clippers last Sunday, most watching at the time expected the play to result in an ejection. After review, the refs called a flagrant foul, but allowed Ibaka to remain in the game. In…

  24. George Karl talks Nuggets hot streak with Dan Patrick (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach Karl speaks with the referee during their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland

    Well, this interview went a lot better than JaVale McGee on Inside the NBA. Nuggets coach George Karl talks about beating the Clippers for their seventh straight win and was pretty up front about their strategy — they got lucky Jamal Crawford was out and they did not want to double Blake Griffin on the…

  25. Nuggets continue home dominance, win seventh straight by blowing out the Clippers

    Mar 8, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    When you think of the best teams in the league who have consistently dominated opponents on their home floor all season long, the Denver Nuggets probably aren’t at the top of your list. But they should be. After thrashing the Clippers on Thursday by a final of 107-92, the Nuggets are now 27-3 at home,…

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