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."