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LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers are back in their "happy place," as Lamar Odom called it Sunday night.
They played team defense and kept a positive energy. They got everyone involved offensively. They shared the ball.
Most of all, they put an end to their four-game losing streak, and at the perfect time. Their 96-83 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center avenged a heartbreak loss to the same Blazers team Saturday and served as a prelude to their upcoming eight-game Grammy trip.
"We needed any win right now," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Were just trying to accumulate as many wins as we can and then count them up at the end of the year and see where were at."
Where the Clippers are right now is 33-13, third in the NBAs Western Conference, 2 games behind the San Antonio Spurs. No one is putting too much importance on their position in January, but they certainly dont want to slow the momentum any more than they have in recent days.
Since the end of their 17-game winning streak, the Clippers are just 8-7. But there was a lot of positive energy flowing from Sundays win, especially since it came after a one-point loss the night before when they wasted a nine-point lead in the last 2 minutes, 38 seconds and suffered a 101-100 loss.
This game was different. Blake Griffin scored 23 points and handed out nine assists after totaling 10 assists on Saturday. Odom came off the bench to finish with 8 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. The Clippers shot 51 percent and had 42 baskets on 33 assists.
The difference between losing and winning, Odom said later, was "controlling our emotions, keeping our energy positive and doing all the little things. One of them is playing defense, and whenever we get at it defensively and share the ball, thats kind of our happy place."
You could see it on the court, where the Clippers were moving quickly, distributing the ball and making defensive stops. You could see it on the bench too, where players were leaping off their seats after every alley-oop pass and subsequent dunk.
"When we play with spirit, everybody gets involved somewhere," said Jamal Crawford, who had nine points and five assists. "To have 33 assists and have everybody involved like that and standing up like that when something good happens, thats who we are. Thats the way we were at the beginning of the season, and were getting back to it now."
With guard Chris Paul still out with a bruised right kneecap -- and no timetable for his return -- the Clippers are trying to make up for his loss as a collective unit. Paul has missed seven of the past nine games, but the Clippers are 4-3 in those games -- not great, but not bad either.
"Chris is a huge part of our team," Griffin said. "He directs the game from the point guard spot. He has the ball in his hands 85 percent of our offense. When he goes out, our whole dynamic changes. Other guys have stepped up. Jamal has done a great job, Eric Bledsoe has done a great job. Its everybodys job on this team to step up, and thats what Ive tried to do."
Griffin tied his career high with 10 assists on Saturday and could have surpassed that total Sunday, except the Clippers had a 16-point lead after three quarters. He tried to convince Del Negro to let him return in the fourth quarter, but that idea was nixed.
"Our lead assist guy is not around, so we have to run some things through Blake at the elbow and let him make plays for us," Del Negro said. "He draws so much attention, but hes unselfish and hes making good basketball plays and making us play better. Thats what all-stars do in this league."
They also help their teams win. Griffin did that, and thats why the Clippers are back in a happy place.
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The Los Angeles Clippers may have lost their 4th consecutive game Saturday night, this time to the Portland Trail Blazers, 101-100, but Blake Griffin had a showstopping dunk late in the second quarter. Without a dribble, Griffin dunk from just inside the free-throw line and does it over Nicolas Batum.The post Blake Griffin Throws It Down Nearly Fron The FT Line (Video) appeared first...
There still is no set date for the return of injured Clippers point guard Chris Paul, head coach Vinny Del Negro said Sunday.
"Day to day, no timetable," Del Negro said of Paul, the team's star playmaker who is out because of a bruised right kneecap.
"With a bone bruise it's just a matter of letting it calm down," and then the Clippers have to wait ...
Chris Paul won't be playing for the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday against Portland. CP3 hasn't played since aggravating his kneecap injury on January 21.
Eric Bledsoe will start, and he's been an excellent understudy. In five starts, he's averaging 12.4 points, 5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.4 steals and 1 block in 30.4 minutes. He's also made two 3-pointers in...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin had 23 points and nine assists and the Los Angeles Clippers ended a four-game losing streak with a 96-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
The Clippers have the third-best record in the NBA at 33-13, 2 games behind San Antonio.
Eric Bledsoe had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in his seventh start as point guard.
Jamal Crawford has been quickly taking names with his deadly crossover. Wesley Matthews gets so confused that he just gives up with a wave of the hand. Jamal Crawford has been doing these things for years on players. He might be the most underrated ball handler in the league with devastating moves like this. Wesley Matthews never stood a chance.
If you took a poll among fans as to who has the best crossover in the NBA, I’m sure Jamal Crawford would at the very least be right in the middle of the discussion.
But after this crossover last night, he may have just secured the title.
LOS ANGELES -- This time, the Los Angeles Clippers finished what they started. One night after surrendering the final 10 points of the game in an excruciating loss to the Trail Blazers, the Clippers reversed the result in a 96-83 victory over Portland at sold-out Staples Center. In the process, the Clippers halted a four-game losing streak despite playing without star guard Chris...
PORTLAND After a very light practice on Friday, Blake Griffin said he was feeling better after retweaking his left ankle in the first quarter of Thursday night's game at Phoenix.
Griffin did some shooting at the practice, and the team said the All-Star power forward is expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Griffin said he first...
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jamal Crawford was pretty sure he was going to be the hero for his new team on his old stomping grounds. When Crawford's 20-foot jump shot bounced off the rim as time expired Saturady, guaranteeing the Portland Trail Blazers a 101-100 victory over Crawford's Los Angeles Clippers, he was as surprised as the Rose Garden throng was elated. "I thought...
On Saturday, Jamal Crawford and his Clippers traveled North to face the Blazers at Portland’s Rose Garden, the arena in which he played his home games last season. In those home games, he scored just 13.5 points per game on 40.5% from the floor and 30.9% from three. As the numbers indicate, Crawford’s stint with the Blazers was a yearlong struggle. He was bad, the team...
LOS ANGELES -- This time, the Los Angeles Clippers finished what they started. One night after surrendering the final 10 points of the game in an excruciating loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Clippers reversed the result in a 96-83 victory over Portland at sold-out Staples Center. In the process, the Clippers halted a four-game losing streak despite playing without star...
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Although both Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian have killed the rumors about the two ending their relationship, Lamar was caught getting his freak on inside a strip club recently.According to Life & Style, while Khloe was on TV fighting off rumors that the relationship between the two were falling apart, Lamar was inside a strip club in Minneapolis on January 16, on the same night...
Nicolas Batum had 20 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12
assists for his second triple-double in a week and the Portland
Trail Blazers handed the Los Angeles Clippers their fourth straight
loss with a 101-100 victory on Saturday night.