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DJ to houston?
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01/20/18 » 12:07pm
cavs want both lou will and DJ?
japkilla » 01/19/18 » 10:23pm
01/20/18 » 11:47am
#45 - LA Clippers @ Utah Jazz
JGlanton » 01/20/18 » 8:37am
01/20/18 » 8:57am
DJ on some Franchise Records
Shaliq » 01/23/16 » 1:30am (Page: 1, 2)
01/20/18 » 3:07am
Matt Barnes blasts doc and austin
japkilla » 01/17/18 » 10:03am (Page: 1, 2)
01/20/18 » 2:51am
Spirited Squad Seeks to Extend Win Streak to Seven
After a wild win against the Houston Rockets and a sloppy victory against the Denver Nuggets this past week, the Los Angeles Clippers head to Utah on Saturday to face the Jazz. A win would extend the Clippers’ current win streak to seven.
When: Saturday, January 20, 2018 — 6:00 p.m. (PT)
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Utah
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Radio: AM 570 L.A. Sports
Patrick Beverley (knee) OUT
Danilo Gallinari (glute) OUT
DeAndre Jordan (ankle) OUT
Austin Rivers (Achilles) OUT
Thabo Sefolosha (knee) OUT
The Clippers are on an undeniable uptick, and suddenly very fun to watch. They’ve won 12 of their last 15 games thanks to their scrappy, energetic play, and are happily occupying the 8th seed in the west, 13 games behind the conference leading Golden State Warriors.
Injuries continue to plague the franchise, making their current position that much more commendable. The Clippers are still without multiple starters - Beverley, Gallinary and Jordan - and missing key scoring reserve Austin Rivers. They have nonetheless enjoyed success recently, led by Griffin, Teodosic, Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Wallace, and Jawun Evans. Offensively, Williams (23.2 ppg) and Griffin (22.3 ppg) have done most of the heavy lifting, with Harrell (8.3)and Wallace (12.4) also contributing. The Clippers’ defense has been inconsistent, but when it is locked in, it is a thing of beauty.
Saturday’s game will be the third time the Clippers have met the Jazz this season. The Clippers prevailed in the first meeting between the teams back in October, and the Jazz evened the record a month later. The match-up is the first out-of-state game for the Clippers in 2018.
The Utah Jazz have lost 11 of their last 15 games. They find themselves 18.5 games behind the Warriors, and struggling to stay in the playoff picture. Saturday’s contest will be the second of back-to-back games for the Jazz; they played the New York Knicks on Friday. The game was hard fought, and Utah ultimately lost 115-117, with the Jazz starters logging a lot of minutes on the court. This ultimately bodes well for the Clippers, who enjoyed a day off on Friday and should be well rested for tip-off.
The Jazz have also seen their fair share of injuries. Center Gobert sat out 15 games before returning to the court on Friday against the New York Knicks. Gobert was nothing short of spectacular in the return, contributing 23 points and 14 rebounds. Gobert should perform solidly against the Clippers, particularly with Jordon out and unable to play. Reed and Harrell just don’t have the same intimidation factor at the rim as the very active Jordan, despite giving the Clippers a lot of very good minutes in recent weeks.
FINAL THOUGHT: DOC – COACH OF THE YEAR?
Is it too early to be talking about Coach of the Year? Doc Rivers should be garnering serious recognition for this season. Doc, freed of his burdensome GM duties, has dealt quietly with a multitude of player injuries, and successfully utilized a number of creative lineups and rotations to create a top-eight team. Expect the creativity and success to continue.
The Jazz are going to be sluggish and unable to keep up with the confident Clippers in this one.
Marc Stein says the Cavaliers are attempting to trade for Clips big man DeAndre Jordan and/or Lou Williams.
It wasn’t too long ago when a huge chunk of Clipper nation was ready to throw in the towel on the 2017-18 season. The endless flood of injuries to key players combined with an 11-18 start had most thinking that the Clippers were lottery-bound. Of course, things have shifted dramatically over the last few weeks. The Clips are currently riding a six-game winning streak, and they’re holding down the No. 8 seed in the west heading into Friday night’s action.
Talk of being sellers at the upcoming trade deadline has cooled since the team got hot, but Marc Stein of the New York Times reported late Friday that the Cleveland Cavaliers are “pursuing” a deal for DeAndre Jordan.
Earlier in the afternoon, Shams Charania reported that the Cavs are also interested in Kings guard George Hill. Stein says Cleveland is currently exploring separate deals rather than a three-way scenario in which both Jordan and Hill wind up going east.
Stein added that the Cavs have also kicked the tires on the Clippers’ interest in parting ways with (hopeful) All-Star and (definite) league MVP Lou Williams. He says the Cavs have floated names like Tristan Thompson (puke) and J.R. Smith (barf) in an effort to land Williams.
Would Thompson thrive with a change of scenery? Perhaps, but he has shown little to indicate he’s much more than just an expensive, way less athletic and worse version of D.J. He’s on the books for nearly $40 million for two seasons after this one. Smith, meanwhile, is mired in a miserable statistical season, and he’s owed nearly $30 million over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons combined. The Clippers would have little use for an expensive 32-year-old that appears to be in rapid decline. Of course, these two may have to be in any deal in order to facilitate Jordan’s massive salary going back the other way.
However, if the Cavs were to throw in the Nets’ first-round draft pick they got from the Celtics as a part of the Kyrie Irving trade, perhaps the Clips would be more tempted to give up Jordan while absorbing an albatross contract like Smith’s. The Nets pick is going to be one of the more sought-after assets on the market over the next few weeks, and, obviously, the Clippers would do well to grab it.
On the flip side, trading Jordan, Williams or both would signal that the team is essentially willing to punt on the current season. If Williams in particular were to be dealt, the Clippers would plummet in the standings quickly. Is this coaching staff, front office and ownership willing to forego a potential playoff appearance in order to potentially chase a top-5 draft pick?
Then again, the draft pick is obviously a gamble. There’s no guarantee whatsoever that the pick winds up in the top-5 and turns into someone like Luka Doncic, Trae Young or Marvin Bagley. Heading into Friday, the Nets are tied with the Suns for the seventh-worst record in the league. That’s still only about three games “ahead” of the Magic for the league’s worst record, but the Nets aren’t as bad as they’ve been over the last few years. As a result, the pick may not be what it seems.
That’s a tough sell, especially for a coach like Doc Rivers who has bristled at the idea of coaching a rebuilding squad in the past. Steve Ballmer seems to be as aggressive an owner as you’ll find in the league, but it’s hard to imagine he’d be willing to tank at this point, even if the alternative is a (likely) quick first-round ouster at the hands of the Warriors.
Then again, both Jordan and Williams are likely to be free agents next summer. The Clips have reportedly explored a contract extension for Lou, but committing big money to a 31-year-old currently in his 13th season is something of a sticky wicket. You also have to wonder whether the Clippers want to lock themselves in to the next few seasons of Jordan at hefty salary, too. Selling one (or both) beforehand saves LAC from risking losing both for nothing in the summer.
It’ll be interesting to see where, if anywhere, this goes. It sounds as though these are just exploratory talks on the Cavs’ part. We have no indication one way or the other that the Clippers would even listen to what Cleveland wants to sell, or whether either Williams or Jordan is even available at this point.
Outside of LeBron freaking James or the aforementioned draft pick, there isn’t a whole lot on the Cleveland roster that would look all that tempting to the Clippers.
The lack of control demonstrated by the Clippers and Rockets, these highly paid, supposedly professional athletes, was appalling. First of all, they all were wearing "I Have A Dream" T-Shirts to honor Dr. King's legacy. Yet they proceeded to turn the contest into a Crips vs. Bloods-type confrontation....
Maybe the Clippers are the ones who know to “trust the process,” the catch-phrase used by the rapidly improving Philadelphia 76ers.
How else are they able to explain a season-high six-game winning streak while continuing to deal with injuries nonstop?
“I keep saying this over and over. The trust...
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On Monday night, the Clippers beat the the Houston Rockets at STAPLES Center. The Rockets’ locker room culture was exposed when the losing team, led by former Clipper Chris Paul, attempted to storm the winning team’s locker room in the fake-tough-guy, whiny loser act of the century.
New Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley took to twitter after the game to let Chris Paul know the difference between the Clippers’ locker room when it was led by Paul, and the Clippers’ locker room now, with Beverley.
It’s a different culture in LA. No more soft shit here!!!!!— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) January 16, 2018
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Somehow, incredibly, the NBA season is already over halfway complete. Here are a few teams and players that have been good or bad in recent weeks.Good:
People though Ben Simmons had the Rookie of the Year award locked up after the first month of the season. And while Simmons might still win it, Mitchell is giving him a run for his money. Mitchell is already the first option on offense for the Utah Jazz (albeit a horrible offensive team), and is scoring 19.3 points per game on shockingly good efficiency. Mitchell can hit shots from outside, and is willing to take them from deep, which complicates things for defenders. He still needs work on finishing and drawing contact inside, but that will come with time. There are other weaknesses to his game (defense prime among them), yet he is remarkably advanced for a 21 year old rookie. Mitchell can score in a variety of different ways against all kinds of defenders and defensive schemes, and has displayed potential for truly explosive scoring performances. He was a terrific pick for the Jazz, who desperately needed his blend of scoring, playmaking, and upside. With luck, Donovan will be a key part of the Jazz franchise for the next decade.
Aldridge was snubbed as a starter for the All Star game. He’s been the best and most consistent player on the Spurs, a team that is somehow 30-16 despite seeing only eight subpar games from Kawhi Leonard. Not only that, but the Spurs have suffered injuries to other key players on the roster (Tony Parker, Rudy Gay, Kyle Anderson) as well. A five time All Star and four time All NBA member, Aldridge might be having the best season of his career. He’s taking 1.5 threes a game (tied for a career high), yet is still getting to the free throw line 5.4 times per game (second highest rate). That, and a field goal % of 49.7, has led to one of Aldridge’s most efficient seasons scoring the ball. Putting up nearly 23 points a game on excellent efficiency is no mean feat, and Aldridge’s offensive game is bolstered by his highly underrated defense. He’s been the linchpin on that end for the Spurs, who have the second best defense in the entire NBA even without much from Leonard. LaMarcus doesn’t have a flashy game, and he’s not the most charismatic of personalities, but he’s been fantastic this season, and should be getting more credit for keeping the Spurs afloat in Kawhi’s absence.
The Cavs are struggling. They have the 28th ranked defense in the NBA (just a hair ahead of the Suns for 29th), which is unheard of for an NBA title contender, and a Net Rating of 0.5, 13th in the NBA. The Cavs have lost four games in a row, and are 2-8 in their last 10. That has pushed them well back of the Celtics and Raptors, and they are just barely hanging above the next tier of teams in the Eastern Conference. Jae Crowder is not hitting his threes, and his defense has fallen off considerably in the last couple years. Derrick Rose has played very little this season, and hasn’t been good when he has played. Isaiah Thomas has had some moments in the two weeks since his return, yet his burst is clearly not present, which has taken him off the free throw line. Worse, his defense is horrible, and exactly the wrong thing the Cavs need in an already porous lineup. Jeff Green has predictably tailed off after a strong start. JR Smith looks to have aged significantly over the past year or two. The only constants left are LeBron and Kevin Love, and those two are not enough to carry the Cavs over the Warriors. They might not even be enough to push this team past other Eastern Conference heavyweights in the playoffs. The Cavs are going to make a move to shake things up, and it might be a big one.
The Wizards are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are only a game and a half behind the Heat for the 4th seed. That doesn’t seem too bad, right? Wrong. Their effort comes and goes on a game to game (even a quarter to quarter) basis, and that’s not the mark of a team that can make a run in the playoffs. Sure, they could be coasting in the regular season, but the Wiz don’t really have the pedigree or the talent to pull that kind of thing off. Otto Porter has fallen off after a hot start, and looks like he might be injured. When he’s not doing Otto Porter things, and not hitting outside shots, the Wizards have to run everything through John Wall and Bradley Beal, and those guys are starting to look frustrated at carrying the load. Markieff Morris is just bad. He’s not good offensively, he loafs on defense, and has a terrible attitude. Marcin Gortat is usable for 25 minutes a night, yet he’s taxed defensively, and is helpless on offense without Wall or Beal setting him up. The Wizards still have hope. They have the right pieces to get things back on track, they just need a bit of a shake up, either through a lineup change or a trade. Moving Kelly Oubre to the starting lineup in place of Morris is the obvious move, and might happen as soon as tonight. A little more athleticism and shooting could be a helpful boost, though deeper issues will still linger beneath the surface. As always, the Wizards remain a puzzle.
The Kings are tied with the Magic for the worst record in the NBA. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing: the Kings weren’t supposed to be good this year, and wanted another high lottery pick in the loaded 2018 NBA Draft. The issues lie for the Kings in other areas. They brought in several veterans (George Hill, Zach Randolph, and Vince Carter) to be positive presences in the locker room, and make the Kings respectable on the court. The good news is that they seem to have fulfilled the first item: after years of drama, the Kings have had no weird on or off the court incidents this season. The problem is that Hill has been mediocre at best, Carter has been ineffective in limited minutes, and Randolph’s snail pace has slowed down the Kings’ youngsters. They are all signed for multiple years, and now the Kings have to get out from under their combined salaries. The veterans have also prevented the Kings’ young players from getting as many minutes as they perhaps should. Georgios Papagiannis has played only 74 minutes on the season, Malachi Richardson is under 300 minutes, and both Justin Jackson and Skal Labisserie are under 700. Considering the Kings’ record, they should really be seeing what their younger players can offer, but are limited by the presence of veterans and their hefty contracts. Meanwhile, while De’Aaron Fox has flashed some promise, he’s also been one of the worst players in the NBA by advanced stats, and his shooting is truly abysmal. The Kings’ best rookie is Bogdan Bogdanovic, who is quite good, but is also already 25. They really need a franchise player in this upcoming draft to turn their franchise around.