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  1. Thunder-Spurs Game 4: Let’s get serious

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Kendrick Perkins

    Seriously, this is the most serious of seriousness. This is the business. This game is monstrous. All those games before that were big? No, this one is big. BIG. Like, those commercials big. Thunder-Spurs Game 4 is going to have dramatic ramifications either way. If the Spurs win, the Thunder’s Game 3 win is meaningless…

  2. Clippers reach “agreement in principle” to keep GM Olshey

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:03 PM EST

    Neil Olshey

    Every time there has been a general manager vacancy lately, it seems Clippers’ Neil Olshey’s name has come up. With good reason. Not only did he stick with it and pull off the trade for Chris Paul, before that he had taken steps to change the culture in the Clippers locker room and build around…

  3. Clippers to retain Vinny Del Negro as coach next season

    May 29, 2012, 5:11 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    Vinny Del Negro — who oversaw arguably the best Clippers season ever but left lingering doubts about whether he could take them any farther — will get a chance to prove he can. The Clippers announced Tuesday that they have picked up the option year on Del Negro’s contract. Chris Paul signed off on this,…

  4. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  5. Clippers targeting wing players in free agency

    May 23, 2012, 1:54 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    It’s still odd to think of the Clippers as a team that could enter next season as a contender — this has been the worst franchise in the league for decades. But Blake Griffin started to change the culture and perception around the team, then Chris Paul arrived before the season and added rocket fuel…

  6. Monday And-1 links: Would you play for Coach Brian Scalabrine?

    May 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    scalabrinedark

    Here is our daily 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. • Coach Brian Scalabrine? Why not? • There are reports that Knicks guard J.R.…

  7. Clippers next steps start with making Chris Paul happy

    May 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    The Clippers were eliminated, swept right out of the playoffs by the Spurs Sunday night. But it didn’t feel like a painful elimination as much as the start of a journey. Clippers fans stayed and cheered for minutes after what may have been the best season in franchise history. The players talked about the loss…

  8. Flopping, international goaltending rule targets of new NBA rules committee

    May 21, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    David Stern

    No longer will all 30 NBA general managers be voting on rule changes. And really, why should the guys in charge of basketball operations teams be in charge of rule changes? That makes sense. Under the direction of David Stern, the NBA has put together a smaller committee made up of owners, GMs and coaches…

  9. Can Clippers pull out one game against Spurs?

    May 20, 2012, 1:11 PM EST

    Blake Griffin,  Chris Paul,  Caron Butler

    In reality, the Spurs can be looking ahead to their matchup with the Thunder (they match up well). The Clippers can look at the massive steps this franchise has taken the past two seasons — from league laughing stock to up-and-coming contender on the rise and be proud. They are showcasing the best point guard…

  10. Clippers-Spurs Game 3: Surprise! The Spurs are better.

    May 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    It’s over. Or, it may as well be. The Spurs could have won Game 3 in the usual, undramatic, calm, cool, collected 15-point cruise victory they have every other game since April 11th, but this is honestly almost worse. The Clippers held a 24-point lead in the second quarter. They lost, 96-86. The Spurs at…

  11. Clippers-Spurs Game 3: Clippers have to find something, anything to save themselves with

    May 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    We’ve reached a point where you pretty much have to say that if the Los Angeles Clippers are going to make their Western Conference Semifinals series into a competitive contest, they’re going to need San Antonio to hurt itself. They’re going to need mistakes, mental breakdowns, missed shots, and some good old fashioned luck. They’re…

  12. Blake Griffin suffers hip flexor injury to go with his collection

    May 18, 2012, 10:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Blake Griffin’s defensive rotations have not exactly been lightning quick all season, but in Game 2 he seemed to be moving even slower while the Spurs pass the ball around like it’s a Globetrotter’s game. I assumed it was the sprained left knee he has been playing through since last series. Or the ankle he…

  13. Clippers have no defense for Spurs; San Antonio now up 2-0

    May 18, 2012, 1:33 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Through two games the Spurs are shooting 51 percent overall against the Clippers and 46 percent from three. They have scored more than 25 points in six of the eight quarters. It feels like every shot they take is a wide open one. They have done pretty much whatever they wanted. The Clippers have no…

  14. Game 2 — where we see how fast the Clippers can learn

    May 17, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    Vinny Del Negro

    Game 1 was a dominant Spurs performance that evoked memories of the championship teams in San Antonio — this version is more offense than defense, but the unselfish ball movement and team concepts were the same. The Clippers looked like a team still learning to play at that level. Thursday night in Game 2 we’ll…

  15. League will not upgrade foul, punish Dwyane Wade for cheap shot on Collison

    May 16, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Heat's Wade gestures to fire up the crowd before Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff game

    The league is going to stick with the Flagrant 1 call on that hit. Dwyane Wade got away with one. There will be no fine, no increase to a Flagrant 2 call that would mean a one-game suspension, the league is going to leave the call as it was, tweets Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. The…

  16. Spurs control Chris Paul, control Clippers, control Game 1

    May 16, 2012, 1:36 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Chris Paul is the beating heart of a Clippers offense, one based around him using his immense skill and basketball IQ to carve teams up. Ask Memphis. But behind Tony Parker, Danny Green and a team effort where San Antonio overloaded Paul’s side of the court they held CP3 in check — 3-for-13 shooting, 10…

  17. Video: Blake Griffin with chase down block on Kawhi Leonard

    May 15, 2012, 11:49 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin blocks the shot of San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Blake Griffin‘s knee looks a whole lot better, doesn’t it? He looked a lot more like his old self in the first half Tuesday night against the Spurs, making plays like an alley-oop or a chase down block like the one above. Poor Kawhi Leonard had a couple shots blocked at the rim like that…

  18. Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

    May 15, 2012, 4:55 PM EST

    Tim Duncan. Blake Griffin

    SEASON RECORDS L.A. Clippers: 40-26 (5 seed) San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) SEASON SERIES Spurs took it 2-1. The Clippers won the most recent game but Tony Parker did not play for San Antonio. KEY INJURIES Clippers: Blake Griffin will play but says he is about “75-80 percent” with a sprained left knee. Chris Paul…

  19. Blake Griffin says he is 75-80 percent, will play vs. Spurs

    May 15, 2012, 10:12 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    You knew Blake Griffin was hurting when he sat out much of the fourth quarter of Game 7 against the Grizzlies — the Clippers aren’t sitting their best big man down the stretch of a Game 7 unless they have to. Griffin landed awkwardly on a leap around the basket in Game 5 and played…

  20. Monday And-1 links: Is Vinny Del Negro the right guy for Clippers?

    May 14, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Vinny Del Negro, Blake Griffin

    Here is our daily 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. • How much respect does Vinny Del Negro deserve for the job he’s done…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Clippers dominate 4th quarter, win Game 7

    May 13, 2012, 4:19 PM EST

    Clips Griz Game 7

    Through 27 quarters of basketball, the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers played each other to an absolute standstill. The two teams had traded blows throughout the playoffs, and the Clippers came into the final quarter of Game 7 with a 1-point lead in a hostile arena. Then, after 36 minutes of profoundly ugly basketball,…

  22. Clippers-Grizzlies Game 7: Somebody’s going to the second round, somebody’s going home

    May 13, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kenyon Martin, Blake Griffin

    The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers face off in Game 7 Sunday. Here are five things to watch. 1. At Least You’ve Got Your Health, Or Not: It’s become a pretty big deal that Blake Griffin has a sore knee (no ligament damage known of at this time) and that Chris Paul has a…

  23. Where in the world is DeAndre Jordan?

    May 12, 2012, 9:04 AM EST

    Clippers' Jordan reacts during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series against Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    Last summer, the Golden State Warriors were looking for a big man to put next to David Lee and forced the Clippers hand — would the Clippers match a four year, $48.2 million contract offer for DeAndre Jordan? How badly did the Clippers want to keep Jordan next to Blake Griffin? Badly enough to match…

  24. Video: Blake Griffin dives, DeAndre Jordan dunks

    May 12, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    When that play happened, it felt like a turning point. Blake Griffin was fighting through a knee injury and was not himself. DeAndre Jordan has been a ghost this series. But this might have been the play of the night and felt like the Clippers that fill up the highlight reels. The game was close…

  25. Grizzlies steal Clippers’ script — come from behind to win, force Game 7

    May 12, 2012, 1:26 AM EST

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kenyon Martin, Blake Griffin

    In the first four games of this series, Chris Paul owned the fourth quarter, while at the same time the Grizzlies would get away from their game plan of pounding the Clippers inside with Zach Randolph. It’s why Los Angeles had a 3-1 series lead. There will be a Game 7 Sunday because that script…

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