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Pro Sports Daily:
Vinny Del Negro
Los Angeles Clippers
LOS ANGELES -- Two scenes from two NBA locker rooms told the entire stories of franchises going in opposite directions this season. The first: Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, the ice on his knees only slightly colder than the expression on his morose face, fending off questions from an expectant media, arms crossed, eyes glazed, shoulders slumped. The second: Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro, entering a locker room that is tantamount to a day-care center and exclaiming, "Could there be more kids in here?" as the prodigies of NBA stars bounced off the walls, the atmosphere energetic, youthful, vibrant. And while it may have taken a bit longer than expected, the two teams going in opposite directions finally separated themselves late in Sunday's game. Predictably, it was the scorching Clippers who pulled away from the slumping Raptors late in the fourth quarter of their 102-83 win at Staples Center. Los Angeles blitzed Toronto with a 21-4 run to clo...
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LOS ANGELES Stop us if youve heard this one before
Its a familiar story with a familiar finish, one in which the Clippers starters yield to their bench in a tight game and spend the fourth quarter acting as cheerleaders from their courtside seats.
In their first 20 games of the season, the Clippers have become used to this script. It has helped them to a 14-6 record and six consecutive...
Losing streaks can do nasty things to teams. Losses, particularly on a team that expects to compete for championships, bring frustrations to the surface and a search for what is going wrong.
The Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak two weeks ago with a victory against the Timberwolves. That losing streak though began testing Los Angeles and the team's role as contender...
Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally with 13 of his 21 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Phoenix 117-99 on Saturday, winning their fifth in a row while sending the Suns to their season-worst sixth straight loss.
Blake Griffin added 24 points, and Chris Paul had 16 points and 11 assists. Crawford made all four of his free throws to extend his streak to 55 in a row since...
LOS ANGELES Late Saturday morning, Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry stood outside the visiting team's locker room at Staples Center and declared the Clippers' reserves the best bench in the NBA.
"I don't think it's even close," he said.
By Saturday afternoon, Gentry and the Suns saw it firsthand. They were mowed down by a third-quarter rout at the hands...
Andrea Bargnani has spent his whole career with the Toronto Raptors. Since being selected with the first overall pick in the 2006 draft, he’s continued to improve year after year. He’s had his injury issues, but the fact that his stats kept getting up had to be encouraging.
But his scoring numbers peaked in the 2010-11 season where he averaged 21.4 points per game. This season...
Not much for choices from Sunday’s six-game slate, but Blake Griffin did scale the back of Linas Kleiza for a pretty nasty follow jam off of a Chris Paul miss. The fact that Kleiza wasn’t looking takes away from the play as a posterization, but with no other nominees, Griffin wins by default.
It’s a shame Blake didn’t convert on his left-handed attempt over Jonas Valanciunas...
Easy part of the schedule?
The Portland Trail Blazers opened the 2012-13 season against playoff hopefuls and perennial contenders in their first six games. This was supposed to the easy part of their schedule, yet they’re just 4-6 since that “easy” part of their schedule began Nov. 12.
Matchup: Portland (8-12) vs. Toronto Raptors (4-16)
Venue: Rose Garden Arena
Time: 7:00 PM...
Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the reserves with 16 points and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Toronto 102-83 on Sunday to win their sixth in a row while handing the Raptors their 10th consecutive road loss.
The backups gave the Clippers their first double-digit lead of the game after Toronto kept it close through the first three periods before dropping its fourth...
Episode 34 of RAPS TALK (12.10.12) -Ok, this is getting bad. The Toronto Raptors are stuck on four wins and can't seem to get another one. On this week's podcast we break down some of the ugly losses on this West Coast road swing, talk Bargnani/Gasol rumours, discuss the current NBA standings and we also have our regular segments "Hoop Heads Humour of the Week...
LOS ANGELES (AP) --The bench bailed out the Clippers again.
Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally with 13 of his 21 points, and Los Angeles beat Phoenix 117-99 on Saturday, winning its fifth in a row while sending the Suns to their season-worst sixth straight loss.
"Thank the bench because the starters were struggling," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "They...
Bryan Colangelo assessed the Raptors' 4-16 start to the season.
By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the reserves with 16 points and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Toronto 102-83 on Sunday to win their sixth in a row while handing the Raptors their 10th consecutive road loss. The backups gave the Clippers their first double-digit [...]The post Los Angeles Clippers Win Sixth Straight...
The Los Angeles Clippers' starters haven't always performed up to par recently.
It hasn't mattered thanks to their bench.
The surging Clippers seek their sixth straight win on Sunday at the expense of the Toronto Raptors, whom they've beaten 12 consecutive times.
Los Angeles (13-6) has assembled a group of skilled scorers that extends beyond its first five. During...