Tuesday, June 14, 2005

A Debate for the Ages

A new debate has aroused my thoughts, a debate that will probably continue for ages to come.

The question being; who is better Shaquille O’Neal or Wilt Chamberlin?

Now before anyone decides to answer this question, one should take time to think about it. To think about all the factors that comes into play.

Considering it was two different eras and two different styles. It is almost like comparing Joe Montana to Brett Favre, both great players but two different eras.

So what do you all think?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Tueday Recap

- from the official site of the LA Clippers

The Clippers worked out forwards Charlie Villanueva and Mindaugus Katelynas along with guards Larry O’Bannon and Earnest Shelton Tuesday morning at the team’s practice facility.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Clippers Host College Players

The Clippers have had a workout session with a couple of top candidates in this year’s upcoming draft. The Clippers hosted forwards Sean Banks, David Lee and Wayne Simien along with guard Donnell Taylor.

Wayne Simien is one of the top prospects in this year’s draft. Coming from Kansas, Simien has already thoroughly established himself on the collegiate level. Simien assisted Kansas to the Final Four in 2003. Last season, he was able to keep a 20.3 point average and 11.0 rebound average.

"I would love to be in L.A. and with the Clippers. I’m thankful that Mr. Elgin Baylor had me in for this workout. I often get compared to Elton Brand, so to learn from him and get to go up against him on a regular basis would be great. I’ve watched the team play a few times this year and think they’re on the way up.”
- Wayne Simien

Thursday, May 19, 2005

NBA Announces Early Entry Candidates For 2005 NBA Draft

- from NBA.com

The National Basketball Association announced today that 108 players, including 73 college and high school players and 35 international players, have filed as early entry candidates for NBA Draft 2005.

Underclassmen and international players wishing to renounce their remaining intercollegiate eligibility and enter NBA Draft 2005 were required to submit a letter to the NBA postmarked no later than Saturday, May 14. Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Maggette on IL

Corey Maggette was recently put on the injury list for torn ligament in his left wrist. Maggette’s average for points per game has been 22.1. He had his NBA debut in 1999 when he came from the wildly acclaimed Duke to join the ranks of the Orlando Magic. Maggete has been with the Clippers since.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

EuroLeague

Many coaches are getting together to try to find future draft picks. Possible veteran players and new incoming players of the EuroLeague are under consideration now as the season also is coming to a close.

"It's about talent," Clipper Coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We're here to see players."

This gives the team’s a chance to find scouts early on and this would be great for the Clippers if there are potentials.

"There are so many key people here from the NBA and the European teams, it's a great chance to build relationships. It's almost like an All-Star weekend."
-John Nash, general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The final four competition featured teams from host CSKA Moscow, Tau Ceramica of Vitoria, Spain, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Panathinaikos of Athens.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Elton Brand

- from the official site of the LA Clippers

"Typical" is a word not often thought of as a compliment, but it best sums up another stellar season from Elton Brand. Most NBA forwards would term a 20ppg and 9.5 rpg season as a "career year," but such numbers are par for the course with Brand. In 2004-05, the Clippers co-captain once again showed why he is one of the NBA's most reliable and dominant forces in the paint by finishing the season among the league's top 10 in double-doubles, blocks, offensive rebounds, total rebounds and efficiency. In addition, Elton also led his own team in field goal percentage, rebounding and blocked shots and was second in scoring behind Corey Maggette.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Shaun Livingston

Shaun Livingston ended last season being named the Western Conference got milk? Rookie of the Month for his valiant efforts during the month of April. Livingston ranked in the top five out of seven categories.

Recap of Livingston’s month (taken from the official site of the LA Clippers)

  • April 5 @ Charlotte: Scored 17 points and added nine assists, eight rebounds, six steals and one block in a 104-102 win over the Bobcats.
  • April 9 @ San Antonio: Tallied a career-high 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and one steal in a 125-124 double-overtime loss to the Spurs.
  • April 12 vs. Utah: Recorded 15 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and one steal in a 94-85 win over the Jazz.
  • April 20th @ New Orleans: Recorded 17 points, 3 assists, eight rebounds and one steal in the Clippers' season-ending 86-75 win over the Hornets.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Most Improved

- from the official site of the LA Clippers

The countdown is on! The 2005 Most Improved Player Award will be announced this Thursday, April 28th with Clippers forward Bobby Simmons among a talented list of candidates. Stay tuned to Clippers.com, as we will post the results as soon as they become official and good luck Bobby!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Clippers fall to Rockets

In their most recent game, the LA Clippers were disposed of in an important game to the Rockets. With their win (115-90), the Rockets finally clinched their seat in the number 5 seed and were matched up against the Dallas Mavericks for the first round of play.

Tracy McGrady put in a double-double and Yao was shooting 10 for 14.

"We shot the ball great tonight, but I think we were terrific at passing the ball. McGrady set the tone with his passing and David Wesley had a great first half. When Tracy does what he did tonight, it's a huge boost spacing the floor to give our other players room to operate."
- Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy

Sunday, April 17, 2005

UTAH at L.A. CLIPPERS

- from FOXSports.com

Utah is on a 3-1 spread run after staying inside the 15 ½-point number in Saturday's 88-81 loss at Dallas.

The Jazz have covered three of their last four on the road, but have scored the spread win just once in their last four at the Clippers.

Utah has gone over the total in five of its last seven overall.

Los Angeles is 2-0-2 versus the spread in its last four after staying inside the 3 ½-point number in Saturday's 125-124 home loss to the Spurs.

The Clippers have covered three straight in this series after staying inside the four-point spread in an 87-86 road loss on February 28.

Los Angeles has sailed over in four of its last five overall, but has stayed under in seven of its last 10 in this series.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Corey Maggette will stay out

Corey Maggette turns out to have torn ligaments in his right wrist. Due to this, he has been out of the games recently and this has made an impact on L.A.’s game play. The Clippers no longer have a chance at going for a Playoff seed, but this will impact the rest of the season nonetheless.

As of now, it looks like Maggette will not come back to play for the last five games. They will re-evaluate his injuries soon to see if maybe this will change. Kerry Kittles and Zeljko Rebraca are also stuck on the injured list until further updates.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Clippers

Well, we finally got shut out of the Playoff run, but it’s not like it wasn’t expected. The Western Conference is too good this year to be messed with. If LA could be in the Eastern for a split second, we’d still be in the run with a record of 34-42.

In their last game, the Spurs took out the Clippers 91-82. Corey Maggette led in high scores with 23 points. Marco Jaric had to leave the game during the third with a sore foot. The Clippers’ coach Mike Dunleavy was ejected during the last seconds of the game for his second technical foul.

“They came out tonight and beat us in every facet of the game. They out worked us, they out shot us, they out rebounded us and they had more blocked shots than us. They did the hustle plays that you have to make to win the game. They just played better than us.”
- Shaun Livingston

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Clippers/Cavs Preview

- from the official site of the LA Clippers

Superstar LeBron James and his Cavalier teammates host the Clippers tonight at the Gund Arena in Cleveland. The Cavs presently hold the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but every game is crucial for the Brendan Malone's squad. Only 4 1/2 games separate the East's 8th postseason seed from the 4th slot and Cleveland has hit a rough patch as of late---losing 5 of their last 7. For Los Angeles, the keys to victory lie in slowing down LeBron and increasing their own offensive output. The Cavs are 19-1 at home this season when they hold opponents under 100 points. Tip off is at 4pm PST on FSNW2 with Ralph and Mike and on KTLK AM 1150 with Mel and Norm.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Clippers keep Blazers on Losing Streak

The LA Clippers have made sure to keep the Portland Trailblazers on a losing streak from hell. This was the 5th game that the team has lost consecutively. This makes 11 losses out of the last 12 and 14 out of the last 15 on the road. A record like that must keep the team in a very detrimental frame of mind.

"It is hard to play these games. You've got to get the motivation to want it like the first (game) of the season when you wanted to make the playoffs. But right now it's just like you've got to get the motivation yourself. No one can help you with that."
- Darius Miles

Elton Brand and Corey Maggette put in 22 points. The team may not realistically be in the Playoff race, but they are still playing passionately.

"My objective is to get at least 40-plus wins. If we can't make the playoffs, we can at least get 40 wins out of the season. We've got about 15 games left and I am sure we can do it. We haven't given up. If the playoffs happen, we're there. But right now we're concentrating on how to play the right way and get some wins."
- Corey Maggette

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Clippin

- from NBA.com

It was a tale of two halves for Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, as the Clippers needed clutch late-game plays from Elton Brand to overcome a relentless Chicago attack in the final two periods. Brand scored 20 points --including six of the final eight -- and hauled down 11 boards as the Clippers held on for a gritty 83-78 victory over the visiting Bulls. L.A. led by as many as 15 in the first half, but had to rally from five down with just over five minutes to play. Corey Maggette scored 19 for the Clippers, while Bobby Simmons doubled up with 11 points and 12 boards.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Bibby, what have you done?

With four-tenths of a second remaining, Mike Bibby sunk a 20 foot goal to seal the win for the Sacramento Kings. Bibby scored a total of 28 points; 10 in the last five minutes of the game. The Kings have won against the Clippers in their last eight meetings.

"I tried to give some hesitation, but I was going to shoot the jump shot the whole way."
- Mike Bibby

In the previous win against Memphis, Bibby also made the buzzer-winning shot. What must we take from this? Do not let Bibby have the ball in his possession close to the end of the game.

Corey Maggette made 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bobby Simmons also added in 24 points.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Clippers lose to Nuggets

- from NBA.com

The streaking Denver Nuggets had to rely on Earl Boykins and his fellow reserves to end the Los Angeles Clippers' seven-game home winning streak.

Boykins scored 22 points to lead four reserves in double figures as the Nuggets extended their winning streak to six games with a 105-89 triumph over the Clippers.
Denver's reserves outscored their Los Angeles counterparts, 58-27, while the Nuggets moved over .500 (30-29) for the first time since December 20 and into a virtual tie for the final Western playoff spot with the Los Angeles Lakers (29-28).

"We had the bench come in and play well," said Denver coach George Karl, whose team improved to 13-4 since he took over from interim coach Michael Cooper. "And Earl had a big game going offensively. Our pieces fit very well tonight, especially off the bench. We've got some good pieces with a good defensive foundation and that was the key."

Monday, February 28, 2005

Clippers vs. Hawks

In a continuation of their winning streak, the LA Clippers beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-104. Atlanta was doing pretty well, shooting about 60 percent through the first three quarters. But, LA quickly changed to zone defense and shut this out.

A lot of the help close to the end was due to Chris Wilcox. Wilcox, after being out for some time with an injury, has only played in 5 of the last 15 games. Out of these games, he hasn’t really hit over 10 minutes of game play but once. During this game, he was benched during the first 3 quarters. Being put in during the fourth, he made all of his 9 points to get the crowd and team riled up.

"I was sitting on the bench the whole game. I was observing and watching the game and I saw what we were lacking. So when I got in the game I knew what I needed to do, play hard and pick up the intensity and level of play."
- Chris Wilcox

Monday, February 14, 2005

Raptors munch on the Clippers

In an unbelievably close game, the road-weary Clippers were taken out by the Raptors. This makes only the third win for Toronto in the last ten games. Chris Bosh led the Raptors in scoring, sinking 26 points to bring the score to 109-106. Rafer Alston also put in 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, giving a strong force for Toronto.

The Clippers did fight though. In the second half, Los Angeles came back from a 20 point shortage, but this was not enough to take the victory. It began in the third quarter. Toronto gave the appearance that they were starting to lose their edge. Missing the first 15 shots after the half, the Clippers were given a chance to catch up. But, it was clutched in the fourth.

"We always have to put a little excitement into it. Go up, get down, come back, that's what we did but we played hard and we all stuck together."
- Milt Palacio

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Clipper Vs. Warriors, Making History

The Clippers had a historical victory over the Warriors in their last game. Not only did they have a 96-85 win, this marked the first season sweep of the Warriors in the Clippers’ franchise history. Also, the Clippers marked a franchise-record with 21 offensive rebounds.

Elton Brand, who was benched for a good portion of the game, scored 27 points. Brunson made a career high with scoring five three-pointers.

The Warriors were playing at a loss having two of their better post player seated out with injuries. Troy Murphy had a fractured thumb from a previous game with the Supersonics and Cliff Robinson only stepped in for a few minutes due to a stiff lower back.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Preview for Hornets game

from foxsports.com
After winning just twice in their first 31 games, the New Orleans Hornets look for their fifth victory in eight contests when they host the slumping Los Angeles Clippers.

Despite their awful record, the Hornets are starting to play better under first-year coach Byron Scott.

New Orleans fell 95-91 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday for its second straight loss following a season-best stretch of three wins in four games. But on Wednesday, the Hornets defeated the Indiana Pacers 90-87.

Two games after reaching a career high with 32 points, Lee Nailon came back with 30 points and 10 rebounds against Indiana, and says the team is getting a better grasp of what Scott wants from them.

"A lot of guys are starting to feel comfortable with the offense, and on the defensive end as well," said Nailon, who is averaging 16.2 points. "Coach Scott is starting to tell us what he wants out of us and guys are starting to listen to him and trust each other."

With Baron Davis, Jamaal Magloire and Jamal Mashburn all sidelined with injuries, Scott wants Nailon to focus on his specialty - scoring.

"He knows how to get the ball. He knows where to get it," Scott said. "He has an uncanny ability of knocking down shots when you really need it."

Davis missed his second straight game Wednesday with a bruised right ankle, an injury that occurred in the Hornets' loss at Toronto on Sunday. Davis, whose status for this game is uncertain, has missed 21 games this season due to injury.

Los Angeles' losing streak reached four games on Thursday with a 99-77 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers lost a season-high five in a row from Dec. 11-19.

There were 12 lead changes in the game Thursday until the score got lopsided when the Clippers had an 8-minute stretch in the fourth quarter without a field goal.

Los Angeles, which has lost four in a row on the road, is three games under .500 for the first time this season.

"They played good defense and we may have run out of gas late," said Clippers forward Elton Brand, who had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double. "Very discouraging not to come out with this one."

Monday, January 03, 2005

Clippers Edge 76ers

Some lessons in life are learned the hard way. It seems that doesn't change on the Basketball court either. In an 89-83 Clippers victory, the Clippers had 28 turnovers, did not get a single field goal from their bench, and had to deal with the leagues top scorer Allen Iverson who put up 35 points.

But I guess you take what you can get.