September 5th, 2012
World Class Venue the Staples Center
With seating at just under 20,000 people, it’s quite rare for attendees of a basketball game to have a good view of the action. The design of the Staples Center
makes sure that just about every seat has a good view of the floor. The Staples Center is a world-class facility and even in the cheap seats people can be is assured that they will get a fair view of the action.
In many cases this is a good thing because seating at some Lakers games and Clippers games and Kings games can be extremely expensive for some people. Getting last-minute tickets or picking up tickets in the upper rows can be the only way that some people can enjoy this great venue. Even with some of the great acts that have graced the stage at the Staples Center, such as Justin Bieber, have led to some competitive prices on tickets as well as great views even from the upper levels.
With this great view there are also some fairly steep steps which can be sort of tough to manage for concerts and large events. Although the building is accessible, it may not be wise for seniors who are ill advised to climb stairs or have troubles with balance, to sit in the upper rows. The seats are quite steep and can be quite treacherous. There is plenty of security around and an excellent medical staff on-site in the event of an emergency. If you ever find yourself lost or in trouble within the Staples Center, there is always an employee or security officer close by to ensure that you’re safe. The friendly security staff is always around to help and direct you around the facility. Taking in a show or a sporting event at the Staples Center is extremely safe as a result of this great security staff.
Prices on food and beer are a little bit expensive but there are plenty of different venues to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for a full meal and a show or a small snack, there are plenty of venues to choose from at the Staples Center and reasonable lineups because of the amount of venues.
There looks to be some excellent VIP seating options as well which, in the form of full VIP suites. The prices for these tickets go up dramatically but it looks as though these types of seating involves getting specialized service as well as more comfortable seating arrangements with a good view of the action.
One common gripe about the Staples Center is that the parking is pretty confusing. Many people find it difficult to find parking around the Staples Center and are forced to take the bus in or even park around the venue a block or two away. Parking surrounding the venue can get quite expensive so it may be better to walk or potentially take the bus in from further out. Getting out of the Staples Center after a large show can also be quite difficult as the parking surrounding the venue is quite closed in. Do yourself a favor and at least carpool if you plan on parking close to the Staples Center.
July 21st, 2012
Clippers Official Partner Barrys Tickets
2011-12 was a landmark season for the Los Angeles Clippers, long considered the Lakers’ “weak sisters” in the NBA. With the addition of Chris Paul, the Clippers rose from up-and-coming young team to legit playoff contenders, and they didn’t disappoint. The Clips’ 40-26 record was their best ever in terms of winning percentage, and their first time to win more than 60% of their games in the franchise’s 42-year history. Best of all, they performed creditably in the playoffs – the Clips won a hard-fought seven-game battle versus the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, before getting swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semis. What can we expect in 2012 from the Clippers?
As the Chris Paul-Blake Griffin tandem goes, so do the Clippers. CP3 was every bit the dynamic and exciting point guard he was at New Orleans, averaging 19.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg and 2.5 spg. He facilitated the offense efficiently, dazzled with game-winning heroics and played disruptive defense all season long. Best of all, he meshed perfectly with Griffin, who kept on pounding in those double-doubles with regularity. Probably the only thing Griffin (20.6 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 55% FG) can’t do is shoot free throws – he made just 52% of his foul shot attempts, down from 64% as a rookie. We’re hoping the left knee injury that took him out of Team USA for this year’s Olympics won’t come back to haunt him once the 2012-13 season rolls around. And speaking of injuries, Chauncey Billups (15.0 ppg, 4.0 apg) was playing very well as a converted two-guard when an Achilles tear ended his debut Clippers season after just 20 games. He should be starting again this season, but as he’ll be turning 36 in September, we don’t know how much longer he can hold up playing starters’ minutes. Mo Williams was traded to the Utah Jazz a few weeks back, in the trade that netted Lamar Odom. He was productive (13.2 ppg, 3.1 apg) off the bench, but very inconsistent. His minutes will likely go to new acquisition Jamal Crawford.
Caron Butler (12.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg) was a mild disappointment at starting small forward. While it was admirable to see him step behind the arc more often (he shot 36% from long range and averaged a career-high 4.1 three-point attempts a game), it was often maddening to watch him get hot in the first half and cold and/or tentative in the second. Still, he’s young enough (32) to bounce back and adjust to coach Vinny Del Negro’s system. DeAndre Jordan (7.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 63% FG) was the fifth offensive option in the starting lineup, but any offense he provides is just icing on the cake. His real value is on defense, where he has proven to be capable of swatting shots at an alarming rate. Like most other young big men, though, he was inconsistent and prone to foul trouble.
The Clippers will have a more experienced bench in 2012-13, thanks to the addition of veterans Crawford, Odom and Grant Hill. Crawford (13.9 ppg, 3.2 apg) suffered through sub-40% shooting with the Portland Trailblazers, but he’s still capable of providing instant offense off the bench. Lamar Odom, on the other hand, has a lot to prove in his second stint with the team that drafted him way back in 1999. 2011-12 was an absolutely miserable season for Odom, who averaged 6.6 ppg and 4.2 rpg for the Dallas Mavericks in only 20 minutes per game. His protracted feud with flamboyant owner Mark Cuban led to his exile from the Mavs lineup towards the end of last year’s shortened season, and shortly before that, he even found himself in the D-League. Odom may not get the minutes he used to receive just two years ago, but if he’s happy, he won’t have another season like the last. Hill (10.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg) is the Clippers’ latest free agent addition. Fresh from five productive years with the Phoenix Suns, Hill (who’ll be turning 40 this October) will provide veteran savvy, strong fundamentals and leadership skills as a reserve small forward.
As it stands, Crawford, Odom and Hill may be the Clips’ first three players off the bench. What about the rest of ‘em? Eric Bledsoe’s sophomore season was a wash – the young point guard was plagued by injuries and averaged just 3.3 ppg in 11 minutes of action per game. We’re expecting him to bounce back and provide quality minutes as the second guard off the bench. Currently, Kenyon Martin, Bobby Simmons and Randy Foye are free agents – Martin’s days as a frontcourt stopper are well behind him, and it’s still hard to believe Simmons was once named Most Improved Player. Foye (11.0 ppg, 39% 3P) played well when Billups’ injury got him promoted back to the starting lineup. Unfortunately, Crawford’s signing may make him superfluous, so we’re not expecting him back. Neither are we expecting Martin and Simmons to return as backup forwards. If one or both of them go, second-year man Trey Thompkins may get more minutes at power forward, or even center.
As for the coaching situation, Del Negro has received his share of criticism, as the Clips famously blew a 24-point lead in Game 3 of the Spurs series. He has been scored for poor player rotations, questionable coaching decisions and an over-reliance on the Paul-to-Griffin pick-and-roll play. That said, he’s still a relatively young coach who could do better if he learns from previous mistakes and makes better use of the alternative options the Clippers have on offense.
Summing it all up, this season may be even better for the Clippers, thanks to a stronger, more veteran bench corps. They still lack a capable reserve at center, but other than that, all the pieces are be in place for another playoff run – and perhaps Staples Center home court advantage in the first round.
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July 3rd, 2012
Lamar Odom Los Angeles Clippers
Lamar Odom, one of the most sympathetic but enigmatic characters in L.A. sports history, returns to team with which he started his NBA career. It might be amazing, it might go bad, or it could be just simple strange.
With Mo Williams finally deciding Friday to exercise his $8.5-million contract option, the Clippers and Dallas Mavericks were able to agree to a four-team trade that will bring Lamar Odom (32) back to the Clippers team that drew up him in 1999.
Odom will earn $8 million for the 2012-13 season, but the Mavericks could have bought out his contract for $2.4 million by Friday if Dallas didn’t find willing trade partners in L.A. and the Utah Jazz.
In December 2011, Odom was traded from the Lakers to the Mavericks, though he was dropped just several months later after he failed to perform.
Staying in Los Angeles will mean a lot more than a career boost and extra family time for the NBA forward — it also means that he and Kardashian, 28, will be able to make starting a family of their own a top priority. The Clippers had some trepidation about getting Lamar, because of his awful season and seemingly disinterested attitude in Dallas last season after he demanded a trade from the LA Lakers, who tried to move him in an attempt to land point guard Chris Paul.
However the Clippers had any worries allayed after Coach Vinny Del Negro and President Andy Roeser both met with Odom on Thursday at the team’s practice facility in Playa Vista.
Like many Clippers fans, seeing Odom for the first time was an experience – it was just like love at first sight. He played every position and no position, all at the same time. He sailed around the court effortlessly, never showing up out of place. Odom was tall and athletic and qualified, but most significantly, he was smooth. He was cool without even trying – a state every 14-year-old desperately tries (and fails) to achieve.
This is a fantastic trade for the LA Clippers, who need to strengthen their bench depth to make a much deeper run in the playoffs next year. Odom should really be satisfied to be back in Los Angeles, even if it’s not with the Lakers. Odom’s past playoff results will be a valuable addition to a young Clippers team that has minor championship experience.
May 18th, 2012
Thank you Clipper Nation for RISING UP and lifting us to the Western Conference Semi-Finals (Round B). Please read below for important information for our game at STAPLES Center this Saturday at 12:30PM.
Please make sure you bring the correct ticket to the game. Your ticket will be marked ROUND B, HOME GAME 1.
We suggest you arrive early and be in your seat by 12:15PM for the start of the pre-game festivities. Doors open at 11:00AM.
Parking & Traffic Advisories for May 19th: The Clippers vs. Spurs playoff game is the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday and we anticipate normal traffic patterns as you make your way to STAPLES CENTER in the morning. Post-game, we suggest you leave the area immediately following the game to avoid incoming traffic.
The Clippers will have a Playoff T-shirt Giveaway: All ticketed attendees will receive a commemorative playoff t-shirt (size XL), courtesy of ARCO entering STAPLES Center.
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May 12th, 2012
Clippers Vs Grizzlies Game 6
Marc Gasol had 23 points and nine rebounds as visiting Memphis erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to force a deciding Game 7.
Zach Randolph added 18 points and 16 rebounds and Mike Conley and Rudy Gay had 13 points apiece as the Grizzlies staved off elimination for a second straight game.
Game 7 will be played Sunday afternoon in Memphis.
Clippers stars Blake Griffin (knee) and Chris Paul (hip), who were both game-time decisions with injuries sustained in Game 6, scored 17 and 11 points, respectively.
After watching Los Angeles dominate the fourth quarter throughout the series, including storming back from a 24-point deficit to win Game 1, the Grizzlies turned the tables on the Clippers.
Reserve Eric Bledsoe scored six points in a 10-0 spurt early in the fourth to help Los Angeles build a 76-68 lead. The Grizzlies responded with a 10-0 spurt of their own to go ahead on Gay’s three-point play with 6:28 remaining.
Conley’s 3-pointer with 4 1/2 minutes to go put Memphis ahead for good and Randolph’s tip-in extended the lead to 85-80. Los Angeles got no closer than four points until Randy Foye’s 3-pointer with three seconds left decided the final margin.
Trailing 60-54, the Clippers ran off six straight points to tie the score and the teams entered the fourth deadlocked at 66.
Memphis used an 18-6 run to take a 25-16 lead after one quarter and maintained a nine-point edge before the Clippers rallied.
Reserve Kenyon Martin scored six straight points and Paul buried a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one, but a three-point play by Gasol made it 42-38 at halftime.
May 10th, 2012
Feelings of fear had to be welling up in the stomachs of the Grizzlies and their fans Wednesday night as an worrying pattern repeated itself. As in Game 1, the Grizzlies developed a large lead on the LA Clippers through great defense and crisp offensive execution. And as in 1, they stopped doing those fantastic things, lost both their calmness and the higher part of that lead. This time, although, Memphis handled to hold on for an excruciating 92-80 win, closing Los Angeles’ series lead to 3-2.
Gasol has 23 points and Zach Randolph scored 19 as the Memphis Grizzlies avoided elimination by beating the Clippers on Wednesday night, forcing a Game 6 in the Western Conference first-round series.
Rudy Gay added 14 points for Memphis. Mo Williams had 20 points for the Clippers while Chris Paul scored 19 and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul suffered second-half injuries that may affect their statuses for Game 6. Griffin hyperextended his left knee, the same knee that required surgery treatment before the 2009-10 season. Griffin returned to the game in the 4th quarter, though.
The Grizzlies built the lion’s reveal of that lead and set the tone for the game’s first three quarters with a convincing 22-5 first-quarter run. Most of that run came on the backs of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. The Grizzlies big men, who had been so instrumental in their team’s first-round upset of the Spurs last year, had been conspicuous mostly for their irrelevance to the series’ previous three games.
The Clippers closed the third quarter with a 14-2 run and got within six twice to conjure up thoughts of Memphis blowing a 27-point lead in Game 1. Foye pulled the Clippers within 85-79 on a layup with 55.7 seconds left. The Grizzlies led 57-42 at halftime and led by as many as 24 before the Clippers tried to make it interesting again.
This stretch of play also revealed a troubling weakness in the Grizzlies: Memphis does not have a true point guard backing up Conley. O.J. Mayo is the default replacement, and Mayo is nowhere near the ballhandler, playmaker or floor general that Conley is. The Clippers pressured Mayo relentlessly when he ran the point. Suddenly, Memphis was struggling to execute its offense. Twice, Paul took the ball from Mayo and initiated transition offense in the other direction.
Up by six with just 44.1 seconds left, Randolph hit a free throw. He missed the second, but Rudy Gay swooped in for the rebound and then glided to the basket for a layup that put the game away. It wasn’t the cleanest or most attractive win, but the series moves on to Los Angeles nonetheless. And the Grizzlies might even get some sleep tonight.
Game 6 is on Friday in LA. If the Grizzlies win, Game 7 will be on Sunday in Memphis. You can still puchase Tickets for the game.
May 3rd, 2012
Last night the Los Angeles Clippers lost against the Memphis Grizzlies in a grueling 105-98 Memphis win. The result of last nights game placed both teams on an even keel in the playoff series; both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies have won one game each! In their first playoff game the Clippers beat the Grizzlies 99-98. It has been a nail-bitingly close experience for Clippers fans. Game three for the Clippers-Memphis NBA Playoffs series will be back in Los Angeles this Saturday, May 5th.
The Clippers kicked off the playoffs in Game 1 with an explosive momentum, shooting nearly 65% of their shots in the first quarter alone. The second game didn’t fare as well for the Clippers, with the absence of Caron Butler due to a broken metacarpal and also losing their home game advantage. But Butler was replaced by Bobby Simmons in Game 2 and there are high hopes for Clippers fans at this Saturday’s game.
The Lakers are faring much better than their fellow Los Angeles Staples Center team; winning both of their NBA Playoff games thus far against the Denver Nuggets! They will lose their home game advantage for their next game as they head to Denver and the Clippers will switch places, heading to Los Angeles.
It is the first time in NBA history that both Los Angeles teams are in the NBA Playoff’s and it seems no matter who your rooting for, Los Angeles basketball fans have just never been so excited. Don’t miss your chance to see either of our NBA teams live at the Los Angeles Staples Center. Whether it’s Clippers Staples Center tickets or Los Angeles Lakers Playoffs Ticets you want, at www.BarrysTickets.com we stock the best inventory available!
April 25th, 2012
Atlanta 109, L.A. Clippers 102
Location – Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Officials – #27 Dick Bavetta, #55 Bill Kennedy, #31 Scott Wall
Attendance – 18223
HAWKS Vs CLIPPERS 109, 102: Joe Johnson poured in 28 points as Atlanta held off visiting Los Angeles to bolster its chances of earning home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
Johnson knocked down six 3-pointers to pace the fifth-place Hawks (39-26) who need a win Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks or a Boston Celtics loss Thursday to Milwaukee to earn the right to host Game 1 against the fourth-seeded Celtics when the postseason kicks off this weekend.
Jeff Teague chipped in 21 points while Josh Smith added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks.
Blake Griffin had a season-high 36 points and Chris Paul added 34 for the Clippers (40-25), whose defeat clinched the rival Lakers the Pacific Division title.
After trailing for most of the the third quarter, the Clippers drew even on a short Griffin hook shot with 3:41 remaining. The Hawks stormed back ahead on the strength of seven straight points from Teague, who added a block of a Paul layup during that stretch to keep Los Angeles at bay.
Teague, Johnson and Josh Smith combined to score 26 third-quarter points as Atlanta jumped out to an 85-72 advantage entering the fourth.
The Clippers closed to within six on a Mo Williams basket with 4:20 remaining, but Johnson responded with a 3-pointer that made it 100-91 and the Clippers didn’t challenge the rest of the way.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Clippers need a win in their season finale against the New York Knicks or the Memphis Grizzlies losing Wednesday or Thursday to secure home-court against the Grizzlies in round one. … Paul has attempted 30 free throws over the last two games, making 27. … Johnson has connected on 13 of 17 3-point attempts over his last three games.
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April 19th, 2012
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The second-longest active postseason drought is over. The Clippers are officially in the NBA playoffs this year. They had more than just making the NBA playoffs on their minds after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night,
Monday night’s heavyweight Western Conference bout ending in a surprising manner, as the LA Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 92-77. The game locked up Lob City’s postseason bid, marking the first time the Clippers have made the playoffs since 2006.
Los Angeles was lead by Blake Griffin who had 17 points and 11 rebounds, but got some serious support from Nick Young off the bench who went for 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 3-of-4 from downtown.
The real turning point in the game came in the 3rd quarter where L.A. topped Oklahoma 23 to 14. Durant mustered 24 points, but James Hardin only had 12 while Russell Westbrook only managed nine points to go along with five turnovers.
The L.A. faithful were in attendance to celebrate their playoff qualifying night as the franchise enjoyed their 32nd consecutive sellout crowd.
There was a time, for example, the bulk of the team’s existence that simply making the NBA playoffs would have been the most a Clippers fan would dare to expect from a team that has finished with a record above .
The Clippers’ 2005-06 playoff appearance represents the only time they’ve won a playoff series while playing in Los Angeles, and even then they didn’t get beyond the second round.
The playoff berth was actually sealed in the first half when the Houston Rockets lost to the Denver Nuggets, but give the Clippers some style points for the win over the Thunder.
The Clippers rank first in the league in points per possession (PPP) on shots the ballhandler takes in the pick-and-roll, while Paul ranks sixth among all players. Point being, if Paul gets a favorable switch or the space to operate coming off a screen, he’s one of the best point producers in the league.
To properly blow up a pick-and-roll, you need to have mobile, intelligent big men. The Lakers are a perfect example of this. Pau Gasol is one of the best in the business at showing hard on a screen, then recovering properly. He’s a big reason the Lakers rank 9th in pick-and-roll ballhandler defense, even with the molasses-like duo of Derek Fisher and Steve Blake covering the ball most of the year.
Although they probably won’t meet in the first round, offensively the Clippers would love a matchup against the San Antonio Spurs, who rank as the league’s worst defensive team in PPP allowed to ballhandlers in the pick-and-roll. The Spurs have immobile bigs and lack the ability to switch their bigs on to guards — a huge reason why the previous meetings between these two teams have been so high scoring.
The Denver Nuggets would be another favorable matchup, as they check in as the 20th best team in spot-up PPP, and 23rd in 3-point percentage. However, both the Grizzlies and Nuggets pale in comparison to one of the best matchups for the Clippers and one of the worst shooting teams in the league — the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are 28th in the league in spot-up opportunities and 29th in 3-point shooting at a woeful 30.7 percent, which is almost ten percentage points lower than the first place Spurs. The Jazz are on the outside looking in at this point, but the Clippers would love to somehow see them in the first round.
The NBA playoffs begin April 28. The Clippers will play four of their remaining five games on the road, including visits to Denver, Phoenix and Atlanta before closing out the regular season April 25 in New York.
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April 17th, 2012
L.A. Clippers 92, Oklahoma City 77
Location – Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials – #17 Joe Crawford, #36 David Jones, #29 Mark Lindsay
Attendance – 19516
CLIPPERS Vs THUNDER : Nick Young scored 19 points off the bench, Blake Griffin had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Los Angeles dominated play in the second half in beating the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second time in less than a week.
The win against the conference-leading Thunder was icing on the cake for the Clippers, who learned moments before tipoff they had clinched their first playoff berth since 2005-06.
Randy Foye scored 13 points and Chris Paul finished with 12 points and 10 assists as Los Angeles held superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in check while moving within a game of the Lakers for first place in the Pacific Division.
Durant scored only five of his 24 points after halftime and Russell Westbrook shot 4 of 16 from the floor for nine points as the Thunder recorded their lowest point total of the season.
With the game tied at 66 entering the fourth, Mo Williams nailed a 3-pointer that jump-started the Clippers. Young later made a jumper to open a 13-3 run that included six points from Griffin, four coming on back-to-back dunks. The spurt was capped by a Williams’ 3 for the 87-75 lead with 3:58 remaining.
Durant had 19 points in the first half, but the Clippers put the clamps down defensively in the third. Durant was held scoreless and the Thunder made only six baskets in the frame.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Paul was announced Monday as the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award for the Pacific Division. … The Clippers won three of the four matchups this season. … Young’s point total was his highest with the Clippers since being acquired from Washington. … Durant missed all seven of his 3-pointers.
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