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Trans. Apr 17 12:05 ET (Apr 17 12:05 ET ) The Los Angeles Clippers posted an impressive win on Monday night, notching a 92-77 home victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder — their second straight over the Kevin Durant- and Russell Westbrook-led crew — to extend their winning streak to four and stay just a game back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with five games to play.
It was an impressive win that saw some impressive performances off the L.A. bench, which chipped in 36 points on just under 50 percent shooting for the game, plus 17 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks. After the game, Clippers guard Nick Young — who did the lion's share of the damage, leading the Clips in scoring with 19 points on 10 shots in reserve duty — dapped up his fellow second-unit players for their contributions. From Beth Harris of The Associated Press :
''We're one of the best second units in the league,'' said Young, who joined the Clippers a month ago in a trade from Washington. ''I'm excited. I was waiting for one of these type of games. To get it tonight against one of the league's top teams was great.''
It's good for Nick Young to think that — I'm sure coach Vinny Del Negro doesn't want his reserves to think that they stink or anything, and a Nick Young without confidence is a Nick Young less likely to take quite as many irrational long jumpers. (Wait, that might be a good thing.)
Realistically, though, he is wrong, and he's pumping the L.A. reserves' tires in a way that defies reality. The Clippers bench is not one of the best benches in the league. Like, definitely not.
The Scoop:KD had surgery to repair the Jones fracture in his foot, and has already made it clear he will not rush the rehab process. His foot is now out of a cast and into a walking boot, but he is still using a scooter for the time being. As the pre-injury number one overall fantasy pick, owners are hoping Durant returns to the court sooner rather than later.
(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Durant says he will not rush back from surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot. Durant could miss two months with the Oklahoma City Thunder, projecting his return close to Christmas from what the reigning MVP said is his first real injury. - - Veteran guard John Lucas III signed a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards. Lucas, undrafted in 2005 from Oklahoma State, spent his first six seasons with Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Utah. Lucas, 31, went to training camp with the Boston Celtics. ...
The Scoop:While Westbrook has his critics in the media, his teammate is not one of them. "He's going to do a great job," Durant said. "I'm not worried about Russ. I'm excited for the opportunity he has right now." Durant represents a risky fantasy pick due to his uncertain timetable, so we wouldn't blame risk-averse fantasy owners for letting last year's MVP fall to another owner. However, owners willing to roll the dice on the 26-year-old in the first round may very well find themselves at the top of their league standings due to Durant's enormous upside.
The Scoop:"I'm sure I'll feel better in two or three weeks, but definitely don't want to rush it and wind up hurting it even more," Durant said. "I'm taking my time with it. I'm just blessed it happened early in the season where I can get past it, and hopefully by December I'll be ready to play." He'll be re-evaluated in late November, guaranteeing that he'll miss a minimum of 17 games to begin the season.
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 : ESPN the Magazine . Henry Abbott presents the argument that Kobe Bryant — his contract, his demeanor, his relationship to other top stars, etc. — is the primary reason the Los Angeles Lakers have become awful, are likely to be awful again this season and might continue to be awful until after he's retired. My general, broad-strokes takeaways: • The efficiency/effectiveness/demeanor claims aren't necessarily anything new, and we're certainly no closer to folks on either side of those debates capitulating today than we were yesterday; • There are other points that can be raised as, if not mitigating factors, then at least factors worth considering in the Lakers' decline; • There sure seem to be a lot of Lakers-related folks and agents willing to slam Kobe under cover of anonymity! PF : NBA.com . In addition to the standard dynamite grab-bag of news and notes, David Aldridge's Monday Morning Tip features something I thought about quite a bit last week — what Scott Brooks might do with his starting lineup now that Kevin Durant won't be available at the three for the Oklahoma City Thunder for a little while. SF : Hang Time . With multiple teams preaching the gospel of ball and player movement after watching the San Antonio Spurs slice and dice the opposition en route to a championship, John Schuhmann digs into the NBA's SportVU optical tracking data to find out whether there's any correlation between all that motion and having a great, highly efficient offense. (Spoiler alert: There isn't!) SG : The Brooklyn Game . Schuhmann's research led Devin Kharpertian to wonder what does correlate with offensive efficiency, so he, too, got to digging. PG : Fast Break and The Hook . Adam Lauridsen expects a monster win total from this year's Golden State Warriors, and Tom Ziller thinks they might just be weird enough to get there. 6th : TrueHoop . For Golden State to reach those great heights, as Ethan Sherwood Strauss sees it, they're going to need Klay Thompson to become the All-Star his new head coach thinks he can be. 7th : 8 Points, 9 Seconds . On Roy Hibbert, the Indiana Pacers' great and giant X-factor, and the question — will he "believe his outward confidence about being one of the league’s best or will he let doubt overcome him after a few ugly box scores?" — that "might reveal his long-term future in Indiana." 8th : Ballislife . A fun documentary-style look at Jamal Crawford's come-up in, and ongoing relationship with, Seattle. 9th : Boston Globe . Gary Washburn leads off his Sunday notes column with a good one-on-one about finding an NBA role with James Johnson, who went from first-round pick to out of the league to a multi-year deal , and is trying to do whatever he can to avoid sliding back down to that middle step: "I’m just trying to help the youngsters so they don’t make the same mistakes I made.” 10th : Hardwood Paroxysm . Seth Partnow talks to former New York Knicks shooting coach Dave Hopla about the ins and outs of trying to improve NBA players' jumpers — what works, what doesn't, and more. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder say star forward Kevin Durant had successful surgery Thursday to address a bone fracture in his right foot and will be out at least six weeks.
The Scoop: None.
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Griffin and Paul lead Clippers over Suns 108-105 (The Associated Press) (4 Days Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Clippers new owner Steve Ballmer attended his first home game Wednesday night at Staples Center and the Clippers broke out of their preseason funk with a 108-105 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night. More...