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Trans. Feb 13 8:58 ET (Feb 13 8:58 ET ) The Los Angeles Clippers are doing all they can to bring an NBA championship home this season. Don't expect the likes of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and Chauncey Billups to give up the fight. With a strong month of March, they will be one step closer to the NBA Playoffs.
With every season that ends, for the playoff teams at least, we felt it right to take a look ahead. TNT already has the rights to "Gone Fishin'," and because we're sure that someone, somewhere, still likes that Wyclef song, we're going with "Gone Till November." And, yes, we know the season starts in October. Today? The Los Angeles Clippers.
From the minute the deal sending Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers was announced, it became obvious that the long-suffering franchise was suddenly in the hands of someone special. Most importantly, it was in the hands of someone sullen, with significant sway. After the deal Clipper big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan could be seen celebrating following a Clipper practice, all the way back in December of 2011, in full view of teammates that would be likely packaged off to New Orleans in exchange for Paul’s gifts. CP3 mentor Chauncey Billups was quickly given a gig as the team’s resident sage. Coach Vinny Del Negro was quickly given the dubious eye.
Despite whispers about the potential years’ worth of Los Angeles vs. Los Angeles battles in the Western Conference finals, the Clippers have stumbled somewhat. A second round ouster in Paul’s first, chaotic year as point guard in 2012 was passable enough. A 2013 first round dismissal at the hands of a Memphis Grizzlies franchise (if not fully returned roster) that lost to the Clippers in a similar series 12 months before was galling enough. Chris Paul, team leader, appears ticked. Ticked, more than enough.
And Vinny Del Negro, Clippers coach, appears to be on his way out.
Billups has left the Los Angeles Clippers' game against the New Orleans Hornets after aggravating a nagging right groin strain. Clippers spokesman Dennis Rogers on Wednesday night says Billups is out for the remainder of the game.
The Scoop:Billups, who had missed the Clippers three previous games, was inserted in the starting lineup in New Orleans. However, he could be seen grimacing as he walked to the bench early in the third quarter. The veteran guard was playing in only his 20th game this season. He had 11 points and two assists in 13 minutes against the Hornets, hitting three of four 3-pointers he attempted in the first half to help Los Angeles take a 56-48 lead at halftime.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Hornets have their regular starting backcourt of Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez available, and Clippers reserve guard Chauncey Billups also is suiting up for Wednesday night's game between New Orleans and Los Angeles.
You know, we're only a month away from the end of the 2012-13 NBA season, and it feels like we've barely talked about how the Los Angeles Clippers are scheming, thieving floppers this year. Sure, Chauncey Billups was issued a warning back in December for creating and embellishing contact while taking a jumper that wound up being a pivotal play in a Clips win over the Utah Jazz, but besides that, all's been pretty quiet on the flop-bound front.
Maybe the absence of landmark fine-receiver Reggie Evans has something to do with that, but still — this was Flop City , guys! Remember how mad everyone got? And Chris Paul — shoot, quiet as it's kept, CP3 was a true master of the form , the kind of flopper who made opposing coaches' blood boil . Has he really lost his touch?
OK, so in terms of pure unmitigated gall and theatrics — seriously, check out the "agony" written on CP3's face — the Clippers' All-Star point guard has clearly still got the goods. But not getting a call there? On DeMarcus Cousins of all people, whom most referees would gladly T up for breathing on an opponent? Maybe Paul is slipping a bit.
[Also: LeBron James and company gun for 24 wins in a row ]
Hey, Tyreke Evans, show him how it's done:
As my colleague Eric Freeman noted Thursday night in discussing the announcement of the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star reserves , TNT analyst Charles Barkley argued hard for the inclusion of Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford on the West squad, due in large part to the punch he's provided off the bench as the second-leading scorer on the team with the NBA's third-best record. His Clipper teammates, while admittedly biased, echoed Barkley's sentiment , noting the important role he plays in offering instant offense to bring L.A. back when the team's flagging or extend leads when it's pushed ahead.
Reasonable people can disagree over whether those arguments make sense and which Western selection, if any, was less deserving than the 32-year-old combo guard, but they ignore the primary reason to be bummed Crawford isn't an All-Star — we'd get to see him bust out his sick handle and killer crossover in prime-time against the best in the world in a game where nobody plays defense anyway and highlights are mandatory. It's a pretty perfect setting for his skill set, which, despite Crawford's insistence that he's playing the same as he always has , still has dropped jaws when showcased multiple times this season.
His off-the-bounce dance has made him a major weapon for Vinny Del Negro's team this season, and it's also inspired his teammates to come up with new nicknames that describe his play, according to Ben Bolch at the Los Angeles Times :
The move has spawned the Twitter handle @JCrossover and a legion of nicknames from his teammates. Chauncey Billups calls Crawford "The Mechanic" because he's always fixing people up with his ability to create space for jumpers or drives toward the basket. Grant Hill dubs his array of moves "The Barbecue Pit" because Crawford is constantly cooking his defender.
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : Orange County Register . Kevin Ding — not a bomb-thrower by temperament, but a dude with heavy hands when they're needed — offers a condemnation of Dwight Howard's early-season effort that's sure to stick in the Los Angeles Lakers center's craw: "Dwight never wanted to follow in Shaq's footsteps, but he's already following in some of his missteps."
PF : ClutchFans . If you missed James Harden going off for 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Houston Rockets to a Wednesday night win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, do yourself a favor and watch the bearded maestro work. To the rim, always and forever to the rim, again and again. It's dynamite.
SF : NBA.com . In a discussion of how the point guard's role has evolved the NBA over the years, Isiah Thomas proclaims the Los Angeles Clippers' group of Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups and Willie Green "the most complete set of guards" in the league. With L.A. rolling at an NBA-best 22-6 and riding a 14-game winning streak into Thursday night's matchup with the Boston Celtics, it's hard to disagree.
The Scoop: None.
Dec 27 1:45 ET
News (various sources)
The NBA releases its All-NBA Teams, and familiar faces abound. And rebound! (Ball Don't Lie) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: Ball Don't Lie) The NBA has released its last awards of the 2012-13 season, doling out nods for the league’s All-NBA teams on Thursday afternoon.
Los Angeles was well represented as Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant lined the backcourt of the First Team, with Kevin Durant and league MVP LeBron James at the forwards. Tim Duncan, in a surprising but deserved (if inaccurate) vote, finishes that crew off with his first All-NBA nod at the center position. Which is weird, because this is the first time in years that Duncan (who moved over to play with Tiago Splitter in the San Antonio Spurs lineup this season) hasn’t been playing starting center on a routine basis.
New York’s Carmelo Anthony and Clippers forward Blake Griffin head up the forwards list on the Second Team, with Memphis defensive stalwart Marc Gasol at center. San Antonio’s Tony Parker and Oklahoma City guard head up that backcourt, in a voting pool lousy with brilliant All-NBA-worthy guards. More...