Found April 03, 2013 on Fox Sports Arizona:
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor On the verge of matching their longest losing streak of the season and following two particularly bad defeats, the Los Angeles Clippers may be getting a break with the Western Conference's worst team coming to town. Chris Paul expects them to treat it like a playoff game. The Clippers get their fourth crack at a franchise-record 50th victory and have a shot to wrap up the Pacific Division on Wednesday night as they meet the Phoenix Suns. "We've had three chances to get to 50 wins, and we still haven't been able to do it. So Wednesday's a big game for us," Paul said. "We've got to approach it like a playoff game. Most teams are approaching us like that." Los Angeles (49-26) has been outscored by double digits with its All-Star point guard on the floor in each of the last three games. The first one was a solid performance by the Clippers, losing 104-102 at West-leading San Antonio on Friday, but the last two were poor efforts that left many players frustrated. Paul was the only starter not benched for the entire fourth quarter of Saturday's 98-81 loss to a Houston team missing James Harden. Los Angeles returned from a 1-3 road trip only to lose 109-106 to Indiana on Monday, when the starters again sat out the fourth except for Paul and Blake Griffin entering late after the reserves nearly made up a 24-point deficit. "You'd love to sit here and say, 'Yeah, it's a wakeup call and we're going to be completely different,'" Griffin said. "And that's the idea and that's what we've talked about and that's what we want to do moving forward. "We have to prove that." Griffin averages a team-leading 8.4 rebounds but has grabbed 5.0 per game over the last four. His averages of 14.0 points and 40.9 percent shooting over the last seven games are well below his season marks (18.3, 54.0). Paul is shooting 35.2 percent in the last four, including 2 for 12 from 3-point range. Their struggles could be why the Clippers remain stuck on 49 wins, tied with the 1974-75 Boston Braves for the franchise record, and looking to avoid losing a season-high four straight for the third time. They will clinch their first division title with a win Wednesday and a loss by second-place Golden State to New Orleans. "You can only talk so much, eventually, answers speak louder than words," said reserve Jamal Crawford, who had 25 points Monday. Phoenix (23-51) also is one loss shy of matching its worst slide of the season, having dropped six in a row and 10 of 11. Like the Clippers, the Suns hosted the Central Division-leading Pacers in their last game but were more competitive, trailing by single digits for most of the contest before losing 112-104 on Saturday. "I can definitely see that trend where guys get up a little bit more for the high quality teams," forward Jared Dudley said. That may have been the case when the Suns last saw the Clippers, winning 93-88 in Phoenix on Jan. 24. However, an injured Paul missed that game after averaging 16.5 points and 12.0 assists in two December matchups as Los Angeles won both. Griffin averaged 23.5 points in those victories before getting held to 12 in January. Phoenix's Goran Dragic had 24 points in that meeting after totaling 15 in the first two. He's coming off a 21-point, nine-assist performance Saturday after being rested for the previous two games.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul’s Game Day Comme Des Garcon Carpenter Pants, & Ferragamo Shoes

NBA star Chris Paul goes with a trendy casual game day look yesterday, donned in a fitted H&M grey crew neck sweater, combined with olive $339 Comme Des Garcon carpenter pants, and neutral pair of $550 Ferragamo shoes. Chris spruces up his ensemble, accessorizing with a Camouflage driver cap, which I thought was pretty unique. I love to see attire that consist of pieces from...

Chris Paul

#History

Chris Paul and his son throw first pitch at Los Angeles Dodgers game (Picture)

Since the Los Angeles Clippers had the night off, it gave star point guard Chris Paul a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game.In game two of the Dodgers opening series against the San Francisco Giants, Paul and his son, Chris Paul the 4th threw out the first pitch.Check out both of them posing with the first pitch ball below:(Courtesy of MLB)

The Assist: Chris Paul throws out the 1st pitch for Dodgers vs. Giants

Clippers all-star guard Chris Paul was on hand at Dodgers stadium Tuesday night to throw out the first pitch of the second game between the dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. Of course his adorable son, Lil Chris was with him and involved in the action.   Dodgers lose this match up 3-0. Giants didn’t score until the fourth inning. Next up for the Clippers, they face...

Clippers Blake griffin & DeAndre Jordan reportedly beefing with each other, Chris Paul & Coach Vinny Del Negro

Could internal fighting be at the root of the Clippers recent struggles? The Clippers had been on a downturn as of late, but picked things back up again on Wednesday night with a win against the Phoenix Suns. But a recent report suggests that infighting between both players and coaches might be eroding the team chemistry that was given much of the credit for the team thriving in...
THEY LOVE L.A.

Dodgers promo stars Kobe, CP3 and Blake

The Los Angeles Dodgers made a great intro video “LA is ready for Dodgers baseball” highlighting Opening Day. The promo features a number of LA athletes and celebrities including NBA players Kobe [...]

Suns-Clippers Preview

On the verge of matching their longest losing streak of the season and following two particularly bad defeats, the Los Angeles Clippers may be getting a break with the Western Conference's worst team coming to town. Chris Paul expects them to treat it like a playoff game. The Clippers get their fourth crack at a franchise-record 50th victory and have a shot to wrap up the Pacific...

Dodgers new intro video features Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Kevin Hart, Snoop Lion & more

  Opening day for the Los Angeles Dodgers kicked off on Monday and the franchise is poised for a new heights. The team even created a new intro video, “LA is ready for Dodgers baseball” to hype up Opening Day. The video features several prominent LA athletes and celebrities including NBA stars Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin. Members of the Kings and Galaxy franchises...

Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul & Blake Griffin Featured In LA Dodgers Promo

The Los Angeles Dodgers made a great intro video “LA is ready for Dodgers baseball” highlighting Opening Day. The promo features a number of LA athletes and celebrities including NBA players Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin.

Suns can't keep up in testy loss to Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Paul added 14 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Phoenix Suns 126-101 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 50th win. Willie Green and Caron Butler scored 15 points each, and Blake Griffin had nine points, seven assists and five rebounds to help the Clippers...

Clippers 126, Suns 101

DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Paul added 14 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Phoenix Suns 126-101 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 50th win. Willie Green and Caron Butler scored 15 points each, and Blake Griffin had nine points, seven assists and five rebounds to help the Clippers end a three-game...

Clippers win franchise-record 50th

The Clippers got their franchise-record 50th victory in their fourth try. It didn't come without some fireworks that had nothing to do with celebrating. DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Paul added 14 points and 12 assists, and Los Angeles led all the way in beating the last-place Phoenix Suns 126-101 on Wednesday night as tempers flared in the fourth quarter...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.