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  1. Can Clippers pull out one game against Spurs?

    May 20, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    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…

  4. Friday And-1 Links: Kareem still not good at “Jeopardy”

    May 18, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    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. • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar went back on a charity/celebrity Jeopardy event (after his classic flub…

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

    May 18, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 18, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    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…

  7. Nuggets GM reiterates they want to keep JaVale McGee

    May 17, 2012, 10:14 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    One of the more interesting questions of the summer is: How much would you pay JaVale McGee? He is a restricted free agent and Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri is already trying to scare off potential suitors suggesting they will match offers for him. Ujiri said Thursday he plans to re-sign McGee this summer. What is…

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

    May 17, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    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…

  9. Bucks’ Jon Brockman in a massive purple adult onesie

    May 17, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Brockman Swagga Suit

    Remember when we were debating between Nick Young’s shirt and Rajon Rondo’s jacket? Jon Brockman wins. How to explain that photo to the right … let’s say you were sitting around your living room thinking, “How could I take the Snuggie and make it more into a jumpsuit? And maybe put my college colors and…

  10. LeBron James calls playing power forward “taxing”

    May 17, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James looked fatigued at the end of games. When he is fatigued he settles for jump shots rather than attack the rim. When he settles for jumpers everyone talks about how he will not take over at the end of games. LeBron admitted that he was fatigued at the end of Game 2 in…

  11. Wednesday And-1 links: This is Coach K’s last Olympics

    May 16, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    After a day off we return with 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. • This wasn’t a secret, but Mike Krzyzewski confirmed…

  12. Indiana’s Larry Bird named NBA Executive of the Year

    May 16, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Larry Bird attends a party after the premier of the Broadway play Magic Bird in New York

    He’s an NBA MVP. He’s an NBA champion. He’s an NBA Coach of the Year. And now he’s an NBA Executive of the Year. Not a bad resume. Larry Bird was voted the honor by his peers, the league announced. Bird is the first person ever to be an MVP, COY and now Executive of…

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

    May 16, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 16, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 15, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

    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…

  16. Video: 10 best crossover moves of the NBA season

    May 15, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Because you want to get prepared for the looking Chris Paul vs. Tony Parker point guard battle coming up Tuesday night, we bring you NBA.com’s 10 best crossover moves of the season. Paul is in here, along with Russell Westbrook, Jameer Nelson and others. I remember watching No. 1 on television at the time and…

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

    May 15, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 15, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 14, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 13, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    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,…

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

    May 13, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    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…

  22. Where in the world is DeAndre Jordan?

    May 12, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    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…

  23. Video: Blake Griffin dives, DeAndre Jordan dunks

    May 12, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 12, 2012, 1:26 AM EDT

    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…

  25. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin to start for Clippers, may be limited

    May 11, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    They will be out there, how effective they are remains to be seen. Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will start for the Clippers despite suffering injuries in Game 5, coach Vinny Del Negro confirmed. However, he said he would monitor both and might limit their minutes depending on how they are moving and performing…

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