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The Los Angeles Clippers have 15 contests remaining to hone their game before attempting a run through the expectedly rigorous Western Conference playoffs.
They're also aware even teams like the woeful Sacramento Kings will be looking to raise their level of play down the stretch.
Los Angeles seeks a sixth victory in seven road games Tuesday night by earning a sixth straight win over Sacramento.
The Clippers (46-21) hold a slim lead over Memphis and Denver for the West's third seed and are coming off a 93-80 win over New York on Sunday to conclude a three-game homestand.
Chris Paul, averaging 21.3 points and 10.3 assists over his last three games, said the Clippers need to pick things up down the stretch if they hope to appear in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Los Angeles has split its last six games, with losses coming to Oklahoma City, Denver and Memphis.
"We haven't been playing the style that we want to play,'' Paul said. "We can get better, so it's important for us to focus on these last 15 games.''
Blake Griffin had 12 points and 12 rebounds Sunday, including a highlight-reel one-handed dunk on a lob from Paul, and doesn't believe the Clippers will have any easy games going forward despite a relatively weak upcoming schedule.
After facing the Kings (23-44), Los Angeles hosts Philadelphia and Brooklyn before visiting Dallas and New Orleans. Only the Nets are over .500.
"You want to be playing not just for the seeding, but to be ready going into the playoffs,'' Griffin said. "We need to be dialed in for every single game, no matter who we're playing.''
Though Sacramento is allowing an NBA-worst 104.9 points per game - including an average of 109.4 over its last 12 - coach Keith Smart has been pleased with the team's play of late.
Despite missing leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings shot 54.2 percent and routed Chicago 121-79 on Wednesday before playing competitively in Sunday's 113-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. They combined for just 11 turnovers in those games.
Isaiah Thomas had 26 points, six assists and committed only one turnover Sunday. The point guard is averaging 22.3 points over his last four games - 9.0 better than his season average - and hasn't had more than two giveaways in any of his last 11, good for a 3.56 assist-to-turnover ratio.
"He's learning how to be a lead guard and how to manage a basketball game," Smart said.
With Cousins' status uncertain for Tuesday, Patrick Patterson may see increased minutes again. He's totaled 36 points on 15-of-19 shooting (78.9 percent) with 14 rebounds in starting the last two after coming off the bench in his first nine games since being acquired from Houston.
Patterson also has hit 9 of 15 from 3-point range since joining the Kings.
"He's coming along at the right pace," Smart said. "He has a gift to shoot the ball; all he has to do is learn how to get space to get the shot off. He's been very good for our team and he's going to be a good pro for us."
Thomas shot only 4 of 13 from the field while Paul finished with 24 points and 13 assists in Los Angeles' 97-85 home win Dec. 21 in the most recent meeting.
The Kings, averaging 112.8 points over their last 10, have scored only 89.0 points per game during their five-game skid versus the Clippers.
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An argument can be made with a straight face that Chris Paul is the best point guard in NBA. Likewise, an argument can also be made with a straight fact Chris Paul is the best flopper in the NBA. And his flop last night against the Kings drives that point home.The post Chris Paul: Professional flopper appeared first on No Guts, No Glory.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul broke out an epic flop for the ages during his team’s game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night in the epically named Sleep Train Arena. I mean CP3′s flop was as bad as what happened to Ishtar (look it up). And with much, much worse acting.
It could be argued that Paul’s abysmal display wasn’t technically a flop since he...
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul has been known to provide a quality flop in the midst of heated NBA games. Whether you look at it as deceiving or weak, the crafty little point guard has almost got it down to a science with his flops. Strategically doing them when the Clippers might need point or momentum needs to be changed.
Last night Lob City was in Sacramento...
Chris Paul should be ashamed of himself, and judging my my Twitter feed he won’t stop hearing about it for quite some time. This is truly a flop that soccer players would be proud of. Suspension forthcoming?
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The Big Leagues This flop was so bad it was spoooooky.
The Clippers were taken out Tuesday night by the Kings. During the course of the game, Chris Paul had a horrible flop. Maybe he was trying to get himself and the team fired up or something. This was bad acting. CP3, you’re in Hollywood now, we need you to take acting lessons if that’s the route you’re trying to take. :giggle:
This is how bad that flop attempt was. It was...
If you're currently watching the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks play on ABC, you've probably noticed that Chris Paul is wearing a new version of his shoe.
He's currently wearing the CP3.VI ‘Artisan Edition' which is a preview of the shoe he'll be wearing in the playoffs.
New to the shoe is a mesh quarterpanel which improves the shoes' ventilation...
Remember when the NBA came out with stern language about flopping? (P)layers will face the possibility of stiff punishment for trying to trick the referees into a foul that wasn’t warranted. Commissioner David Stern issued an edict that he hopes will make flopping go the way of the four-corner offense and the short shorts.
The rule change hasn’t stopped league golden boy Chris...
Newsflash: Blake Griffin is good at throwing orange leather spheres through round openings. On Sunday, he jumped really high, caught the orange leather sphere on a delivery from Chris Paul and threw it through the round opening really hard.
Don’t even try to act like you’re not impressed.
Knicks vs. Clippers: ABC 3:30PM
The Knicks come into this afternoons game on a 3 game losing streak without their 3 top players and looking more like a lottery team than a 3 seed and a division leader at 38-25. They face one of the best teams in the league with most likely the best PG in the league in Chris Paul. The Clippers have the deepest bench in the league and a great record...
Clippers in transition, Chris Paul oops it up to Blake Griffin who finishes with the sick slam.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists, Caron Butler added 14 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the injury-depleted New York Knicks 93-80 Sunday in a meeting of division leaders.
Blake Griffin had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who steadily pulled away in the second half of their first home win over New York since February 2009.
The Los Angeles Clippers have enjoyed some great success this season, even more than their LA counterpart, the Lakers. While much credit can be given to the veteran leadership of Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups, the overall improvement of Blake Griffin, must be noted. While Griffin has been known for his highlight dunks and mean stare downs after putting a defender on the poster...
Current Standings - New York: 38-25, 3rd in the Eastern Conference (11.5 games behind Miami, 1 game behind Indiana), 1st in the Atlantic Division (leading the Brooklyn Nets by 1 game) Los Angeles: 45-21, 3rd in the Western Conference (trailing the San Antonio Spurs by 5.5 games), 1st in the Pacific Division (leading the GoldenState Warriors by 8.5 games)
Previous Meetings - The...