Posted April 19, 2013 on
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Vinny Del Negro
Los Angeles Clippers
In a season of firsts for their franchise, the Los Angeles Clippers are opening the playoffs with a familiar foe.
Only this time, they own home-court advantage against the Memphis Grizzlies. Both teams finished the regular season with identical 56-26 records and tied for fourth in the Western Conference.
Game 1 is Saturday night at Staples Center.
A year ago, the Clippers opened at Memphis and fell into a 27-point hole. They rallied to tie an NBA record for largest deficit overcome in the fourth quarter and won by one point.
''That game was crazy,'' Chauncey Billups, who was injured and watched from the bench, said Friday. ''Safe to say that probably won't happen again.''
Then, the Clippers won a Game 7 for the first time in franchise history in Memphis to advance.
''The biggest thing we have this year is more experience,'' All-Star guard Chris Paul said.
Billups is back in the lineup after missing chunks of the season with ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Last season when the Los Angeles Clippers took on the Memphis Grizzlies, Chauncey Billups was suited up on the bench due to a torn ACL. After missing 60 games this season due to several different injuries, Billups appears to be ready to go for the Clippers' postseason opener.“I’m just excited to be out there and not have to watch, sitting in a suit,” Billups said after...
This is a rematch of last year’s series between the Clippers and the Grizzlies. In Game 1, the Grizzlies were all over the Clippers until LA came back from 26 points to win the game. It was a miraculous comeback. The Clipps ended up taking the series in seven games. This year, the Grizzlies look for revenge.
What L.A. needs to do to win: In last year’s series, the Clippers...
Blake Griffin says he received treatment on his back for the spasms that affected him in the Los Angeles Clippers' regular-season finale and he's ready for the team's playoff opener.
The Clippers host the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 on Saturday night.
Griffin practiced Friday and he says his back is still a little tender, but it's not as bad as it was on Wednesday...
In this latest State Farm commercial, Clippers point guard, Chris Paul and his twin brother/State Farm agent, Cliff Paul, reunite over a cup of coffee, sharing tales of their greatest assists.
LOS ANGELES The Grizzlies lost the opener of their first-round playoff series to the Clippers 112-91 Saturday night. These three talking points stood out in the aftermath:
1. Rebounding is no small thing
The Grizzlies were one of the better rebounding teams in the NBA this season, especially on the offensive boards. But they were pounded relentlessly by the Clippers, who held...
Here's a look at the UA Spine Bionic that Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is wearing in the 2013 NBA Playoffs in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Paul led seven players in double figures with 23 points, Eric Bledsoe had 15 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-91 on Saturday while getting just one dunk in their playoff opener.
Chauncey Billups scored 14 points, and Caron Butler and Jamal Crawford had 13 apiece on a night when Blake Griffin was held to 10 points and five rebounds...
You would think people would learn to take any comments Charles Barkley makes with a grain of salt by now. He’s wrong half the time anyway.
Barkley, who is an analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” has said on many occasions that he doesn’t see the Los Angeles Clippers as true title contenders because they have “no toughness.”
Well, Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron...
The Los Angeles Clippers played above the rim, not enough to live up to their Lob City moniker but enough to beat Memphis at its own rebounding game.
Chris Paul led seven players in double figures with 23 points, Eric Bledsoe had 15 and the Clippers dominated the boards in a 112-91 victory over the Grizzlies in their Western Conference playoff opener on Saturday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Every member of the Memphis Grizzlies left the locker room Wednesday night with binders.
In those binders, all they need to know about the Los Angeles Clippers. There is already plenty of familiarity, four games this season and a recent playoff history. But its deja vu, a first-round playoff rematch with plenty of story lines leftover from last seasons seven-game...
Memphis was outrebounded by 24. Big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for just six boards in the playoff opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The poor performance on the glass in the 112-91 loss on Saturday night seemed out of character for the Grizzlies, but it all looked very familiar to coach Lionel Hollins.
''I've been saying when we played them before...