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  1. JaVale McGee dunks all over poor guy at Drew League (VIDEO)

    Jul 14, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' McGee stuffs as Golden State Warriors' Jack looks on in the first quarter of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver

    JaVale McGee was made for the Drew League — fast-paced pickup basketball with little defense required. The Drew League is the premier pro-am series in Los Angeles and draws a number of NBA players (Jamal Crawford was a highlight on Saturday) and McGee was there. Thriving in an environment where an athletic big who can…

  2. Some buzz growing around Garnett, Pierce, Rivers to Clippers. But it’s a long shot.

    Jun 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    Last trade deadline it was Vinny Del Negro who was trying to push a trade for Kevin Garnett, bringing the veteran to Los Angeles to stabilize the Clippers defense. But Clippers management wanted no part of the deal — they didn’t want to move DeAndre Jordan — and that was part of the tension in…

  3. Report: Chris Paul angry with Clippers because he’s blamed for Del Negro firing

    May 31, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

    Chris Paul ,  Vinny Del Negro

    Vinny Del Negro tried to avoid the question, but it was pretty clear he thought Chris Paul got him fired. Clippers owner Donald Sterling all but came out and said the reason Del Negro is gone is Paul. Paul says that is not the case at all — and he is pretty angry that he…

  4. Clippers let go of Vinny Del Negro as coach

    May 21, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Clippers owner Donald Sterling created a little stir when he was near the court watching Game 1 between the Spurs and Grizzlies Sunday — he didn’t bother to attend all of his own team’s playoff games, why was he suddenly at this one? Was he scouting potential coaches such as the Grizzlies Lionel Hollins or…

  5. Clippers confident Chris Paul will stay with team this summer. They should be.

    May 7, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Chris Paul and his agent are going to get calls — he is the best point guard in the NBA and he is an unrestricted free agent. He can go anywhere he wants this summer. Teams are going to take a shot. But they all know it’s a long shot. At best. The Clippers are…

  6. Grizzlies advance to the second round with Game 6 win over Clippers

    May 4, 2013, 1:36 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Allen and Memphis Grizzlies forward Randolph celebrate during the second half of NBA basketball action in Memphis

    It was more of exactly what we’ve seen over the last three games of this series between the Grizzlies and the Clippers in Game 6, and that meant the end of the season for Los Angeles. The particulars changed slightly, but the level of confidence from Memphis and disarray from the Clippers remained constant. The…

  7. Clippers lose Blake Griffin, then lose to Grizzlies in Game 5

    May 1, 2013, 2:52 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Jordan, Griffin, and Billups watch their team lose to Memphis Grizzlies during Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Blake Griffin would have needed to be at full strength and then some if the Clippers were to have a shot at winning Game 5 and reversing the recent trends that the Grizzlies had established in the previous two games of the series in Memphis. A high ankle sprain suffered by Griffin in practice on…

  8. Have the Clippers got their December groove back?

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Paul slaps hands with teammate Griffin during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, California

    There was a time in this NBA season, before the calendar turned to 2013, when we mentioned the Clippers in the same breath as Oklahoma City, San Antonio and even Miami. The Clippers rattled off 17 straight wins, not losing one game in December, they were defending and they looked like contenders. But then as…

  9. Jamal Crawford’s wild run of 10 straight points vs. Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 8:11 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Crawford goes to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, California

    There is a reason Jamal Crawford was in the running for Sixth Man of the Year — the guy can flat out score the basketball. And be impressive doing it. In the second quarter Monday night he rattled off 10 straight points, with a variety of amazing moves and shots. And it’s not like he’s…

  10. Chris Paul’s game-winner at the buzzer sends Clippers to Memphis with a 2-0 series lead

    Apr 23, 2013, 3:38 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul scores the game-winning basket against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — The Grizzlies may have given their best shot to the Clippers in Monday’s Game 2, correcting virtually all of the mistakes they made in the first game of the series. Thanks to the buzzer-beating heroics of Chris Paul, however, everything Memphis had wasn’t good enough. L.A. pulled out the thrilling 93-91 victory…

  11. It’s official: J.R. Smith is NBA Sixth Man of the Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    The Knicks have the NBA’s scoring champion at forward in Carmelo Anthony. Now they have the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, too. As we told you would happen earlier in the day, the New York’s J.R. Smith has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. His strong end of the season —…

  12. Reports: Knicks’ J.R. Smith to be named Sixth Man of Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan

    While there were some other deserving candidates out the there — we’re looking at you, Jarrett Jack — the race for NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year was essentially a two man race. One that the Knicks J.R. Smith has apparently won. It will not be official until later on Monday afternoon but multiple reports…

  13. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

    Apr 20, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Los Angles Clippers Griffin drives to the basket between Memphis Grizzlies Randolph and Gasol of Spain, during the first half of NBA basketball action in Memphis

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West L.A. Clippers: 56-26, fourth seed in the West thanks to winning the Pacific Division SEASON SERIES Clippers took three of the four meetings. KEY INJURIES None. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possession) Grizzlies: offense 101.7 (18th in NBA), defense 97.4 (2nd in NBA) Clippers: offense 107.7 (4th in NBA),…

  14. Top 10 dunks of NBA regular season (VIDEO)

    Apr 19, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Brandon Knight

    Among the things this NBA regular season gave us, there were some just ridonkulous dunks. (And yes, that’s a word. They used it on “How I Met Your Mother” and everything.) Just flat out crazy stuff. So here you go. On the day before the playoffs start let’s take a little trip down memory lane…

  15. Denver wins, earns West No. 3 seed; Clippers get home court

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:03 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    While everybody was watching the overtime drama to see how the bottom half of the Western Conference would play out, there were a lot of questions in the middle of the conference as well: Could Denver hold on to the three seed? Could the Clippers hold off the Grizzlies and have home court in the…

  16. PBT’s NBA season awards: LeBron for MVP is the easy one

    Apr 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Heat's James prepares to dunk against the Bulls in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    In the NBA, reputations are made and broken in the playoffs — but that is like a different season completely. The NBA gives out its awards based on the regular season. And this season a couple awards are obvious, but a couple could go a lot of different directions. Here are PBT’s awards for the…

  17. Clippers keep dream of three seed alive with easy win over Blazers

    Apr 17, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    In the last couple weeks the Clippers have hit a playoff stride — they had won five games in a row coming into Tuesday night and they were motivated because they still had playoff seeding to play for. On the other side the Trail Blazers had lost 11 in a row and have looked like…

  18. Tuesday And-1 links: Dennis Rodman is heading back to North Korea

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Retired U.S. NBA basketball player Rodman is welcomed by Son, Vice Chairman of North Korea's Olympic Committe, as he arrives in Pyongyang

    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. • It’s his life so I pass this along without comment: Dennis Rodman has…

  19. Clippers move closer to home court advantage in first round of playoffs with win over Grizzlies

    Apr 13, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol

    The Clippers got a huge win in terms of their possible playoff position on Saturday, by rolling into Memphis and taking down the Grizzlies 91-87. The victory puts L.A. in the driver’s seat for home court advantage in a potential first round matchup against these same Grizzlies, and gives the team a chance of moving…

  20. 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…

  21. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Pacers look good, Clippers…. meh

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Roy Hibbert

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering why UFO reports are down…. Pacers 109, Clippers 106:After the Clippers loss over the weekend coach Vinny Del Negro ripped the team for hits energy. He could have said the same thing after this one. Roy Hibbert showed up ready to…

  22. Thursday’s hostile homecoming: Raymond Felton to Portland

    Mar 13, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton

    While Carmelo Anthony is not going to be showered with rose petals and given boxes of chocolate Wednesday night when he returns to Denver, the venom for him there has tapered off with time. As Wednesday morning there were still tickets available — the game was not a sellout. But talk to people in Portland,…

  23. 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.…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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