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The End of Lob City?

LA Clippers Lob City

Lob City


After winning their first Pacific Division title the Los Angeles Clippers flamed out in the first round of the NBA playoffs to the Memphis Grizzlies. After a strong regular season the early playoff exit forced some needed changes. Head Coach Vinny Del Negro is out, replaced by one of the most respected coaches in the NBA, Doc Rivers. The Clippers also re-made an already solid bench, emphasizing character guys with the ability to play multiple positions and hit the three point shot. In a loaded Western Conference the Clippers should be in contention for the top overall record in the west. After consecutive strong regular seasons expectations have risen in Clipper-land, with a deep playoff run expected from the club’s burgeoning fan base.

Here are five things to watch as the Clippers head into the all-important 2013-2014 regular season:
Doc Rivers:

After leading the Celtics to an NBA title and several team playoff runs Doc Rivers is now regarded as one of the elite coaches in the NBA. He’s a well respected game manager who players love to play for. His Celtics teams played hard and played tremendous defense. Basketball is a confidence game and elite NBA head coaches can have a dramatic impact on the fortunes of a franchise. Vinny Del Negro was widely regarded as a great guy but one of the worst in coaches in the league. His late game decisions and rotation choices often left Clippers fans shaking their heads. The presence of Rivers on the bench should pay dividends come playoff time. His reputation for coaching defense should improve an area where the Clippers had some struggles in the past few seasons. Most importantly the presence of Rivers signals to the Lakers and the rest of the Western Conference that the Clippers are locked and loaded and legitimate NBA title contenders.

The End of Lob City: The Clippers open court style and the incredible athletic ability of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan helped create “Lob City” at STAPLES Center the past couple of years. The Clippers made plenty of Sportscenter highlights but had difficulty adjusting to the half-court nature of playoff basketball. With Rivers the Clippers will now employ the half-court style Rivers employed in Boston, which stresses balancing the floor and player movement. It’s a proven style of play and the Clippers made some wise moves in the offseason to build a bench that will compliment the style. The Clippers may not be as exciting as in years past but the revised style of play should pay dividends come playoff time.

The Revised Bench: The Clippers had a strong bench last season, one of the elite groups in basketball. After starting strong they fizzled towards the end though, and went through bouts of inconsistency. Early signs are positive regarding the Clippers offseason additions. Jamal Crawford, who provided so much instant offense off the bench last season, has returned and should make a run for top sixth man in the NBA once again. Darren Collison had an up and down season last year in Dallas, but is a solid veteran point guard who should prove an excellent backup to Paul. Phoenix Suns import Jared Dudley is a character guy who can hit the tough three point shot while providing solid defense off the bench. If there are any questions regarding the Clippers depth it’s related to their interior backups. Lou Amundson, Ryan Hollins and Byron Mullens each have their own strengths, but may have their hands full with some of the deeper front courts in the Western Conference.

Blake Griffin Time? Due to his remarkable athletic ability Blake Griffin has become one of the most popular players in the NBA, a human highlight film that rivals past greats like Dominique Williams. With the Clippers as serious title contenders it may be time for Griffin to put it all together and become one of the most dependable post scorers in the league. The Clippers more conservative style may eliminate some of the open court opportunities that Griffin likes to cash in on. The key for Griffin is to prove his ability to capitalize in the half court game. If the Clippers star can elevate his game to superstar levels the Clippers just may have the classic “two superstars” needed to take home an NBA crown.
The Health of Chris Paul: The Clippers have the best pure point guard in the NBA. They also have a player who has suffered from knee problems and missed thirty-five games in his two seasons as a Clipper. The Clippers will go as far as Chris Paul can take them. The presence of Darren Collison will give the Clippers a solid player to spell their superstar and keep him fresh for a playoff run. Paul is already hinting to an interest in perhaps a shorter NBA career than many and his chronic knee issues may eventually force a truncated career. He’s in the prime of his career now and the upcoming couple of seasons may represent the zenith of his NBA career. It’s essential for the Clippers to breakthrough and make their deep run this season, with Paul leading the charge.

Prediction: The Clippers win the Pacific Division again and eventually lose to the Heat in the NBA finals.

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Who will the Dodgers Face In The Playoffs?

Los Angeles Dodgers

LA Dodgers

The five National League postseason teams are virtually set, with the only question is who represents the NL as the wild card team (as of now Dodgers Tickets for the first round home games start at $60.00 per ticket) and what clubs earn home field advantage in the first round. Two games currently separate the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers for top overall record. The Dodgers are two games behind Atlanta but would have to finish a game ahead since the Braves hold the tie-breaker. The Dodgers are a game behind the Cardinals but hold the tie-breaker on St. Louis and only have to pick up a game on St. Louis. If the Dodgers can finish strong and take the top overall record in the National League they’ll face the winner of the NL Wildcard game which will feature the Pittsburgh Pirates versus the Cincinnati Reds. The two teams are currently in a dead heat with identical 89-67 records. Here’s a look at a potential Dodgers matchup versus Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Braves or Cardinals.

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs Cincinnati Reds

Dodgers Vs Reds

Cincinnati Reds : The Dodgers are 3-4 versus Cincinnati this season, including a three game sweep at the hands of the Reds in Cincinnati in early September. The Reds won all three games by one run in a series that was a prelude to a playoff type atmosphere. It marked the beginning of a Dodgers uneven stretch of play after their epic run to take control of the division. In the second game of the series the Dodgers bullpen was unable to hold the lead after a solid start by Zack Greinke, losing in ten innings. In the series finale the Dodgers had yet another solid start by Clayton Kershaw, but couldn’t solve the Reds offensively, eventually losing in the ninth inning. If LA does play Cincinnati they’ll have home field advantage and the luxury of starting both Kershaw and Greinke at Dodgers Stadium. In July the two clubs played a four-game series at Dodgers Stadium with the Dodgers taking three of four behind solid starting pitching. Offensively the Reds feature one of the elite players in baseball in first baseman Joey Votto. The Reds star is an on base machine, but has seen his power and RBI numbers drop this season. His numbers have picked up of late with a solid September, helping thrust the Reds into a hot streak. The big story for Cincinnati of late has been rookie phenom Billy Hamilton. The speedy September call-up holds the minor league record for stolen bases in a season and has helped electrify the Reds as a pinch runner in many late game victories. Hamilton has only batted six times this season but is 12 for 12 in stolen bases, with the majority in late game situations. Hamilton and Votto aside the Reds are a deep and talented bunch, but don’t have the starting pitching the Dodgers feature. If the two clubs do match up the Dodgers should be able to overcome the Reds due to Kershaw and Greinke.

LA Dodgers Vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Dodgers Vs Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates : The Pirates have finally put together a winning season after twenty years of losing baseball and are poised to at least play in the wildcard game in the National League. The Pirates have ridden a strong starting rotation to become one of the NL’s top clubs. Francisco Liriano, who struggled in recent years with Minnesota, is once again proving to be an left-handed ace with sixteen wins and a dominant 2.88 ERA. Jeff Locke, AJ Burnett, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton round out one of the top rotations in all of baseball. The Dodgers haven’t seen the Pirates for a while, with both series between the two teams taking place early in the season. In the first week of the year the Dodgers swept the Pirates behind solid starts from Kershaw and Greinke. Later on in May the Dodgers visited Pittsburgh and lost two of three, with Jeff Locke shutting out the Dodgers in the opening game. Offensively the Pirates are led by star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the powerful Pedro Alvarez, who has thirty-four home runs on the season. They’re a team built for playoff baseball and would be a strong opponent for the Dodgers. The Dodgers would likely be the favorites though due to their overall pitching depth and increasingly healthy lineup.

LA Dodgers Vs St Louis Cardinals

Dodgers Vs Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals : The Cardinals are the most likely opening round series for the Dodgers. The Braves are likely to finish ahead of the Dodgers for the best overall record. Atlanta is two game up on the Dodgers as of Sunday and holds the tie breaker over Los Angeles due to the Braves winning the season series between the two clubs. The Dodgers are 4-3 versus the Cardinals this season, including winning three of four in St. Louis in early August. The Cardinals are built much like the Dodgers, with a deep and talented starting pitching staff and a group of timely hitters. Offensively the Cardinals don’t have any dominant power hitters like former star Albert Pujols, but instead boast a balanced lineups of consistent run producers led by second baseman Matt Carpenter, first baseman Allen Craig, outfielder Carlos Beltran and catcher Yadier Molina. The Cardinals offense is third in the NL in runs scored, fourth in batting average and third in on base percentage. Adam Wainwright is the Cardinals ace and leads a solid starting rotation, along with rookie Shelby Miller, and Lance Lynn. Edward Mujica has proven to be a dependable closer, filling in for injured stopper Jason Mott. A prospective Dodgers/Cardinals matchup should come down to the dual at the top of the rotation. Even with Wainwright the Dodgers have an edge with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. If the Dodgers two aces can establish themselves early the overall depth and superior bullpen of the Dodgers club should prevail.

LA Dodgers Vs Atlanta Braves

Dodgers Vs Braves

Atlanta Braves: The Cardinals are currently a game behind the Braves for best overall record. If either the Cardinals catch and surpass Atlanta the Dodgers will head to Atlanta for the opening round series. The Dodgers struggled versus Atlanta this season, going 2-5, although the majority of the season series was played early in the year prior to the Dodgers amazing streak of winning baseball. The Braves have a solid but not dominant starting rotation, led by Julio Teheran, Mike Minor and Kris Medlen. All three starters are largely consistent but not dominant. Like versus the Cardinals the Dodgers should have an advantage in the starting rotation. Where the Braves are strong and may have an advantage over LA is in the bullpen, with dominant closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is virtually unhittable with 49 saves this season and a 1.27 ERA. He has 94 strikeouts in just 64 innings pitched. Offensively the Braves have a lineup capable of putting up big run numbers, but also capable of stretches of inconsistency. Although they don’t have a player with 30 or more home runs the Braves lineup goes six or seven deep with solid power, especially with the now healthy Brian McCann, Evan Gattis and Jason Heyward. Like versus St. Louis the Dodgers should have an advantage in their starting rotation. If the Dodgers do face the Braves it will likely be in Atlanta where the key will be a quick start and an opening game victory. Amazingly Clayton Kershaw has not faced the Atlanta Braves in two seasons, a huge potential advantage for the Dodgers ace. The lefty’s last start versus Atlanta was an early season game in 2011 where he pitched 8.2 innings, giving up three earned runs. Zack Greinke faced the Braves once this season, pitching seven shutout innings in a May victory. The combination of the two dominant starters at the top of the rotation should send the Dodgers back to LA in a solid position to take the series.By:Chris Michaels

How To Save $25.00 On Kanye West Tickets For The Staples Center Concerts

Kanye West Live In Concert

Kanye West In Concert

Kanye West is preforming at the World Famous Los Angeles Staples Center on October 26th and 27th. You can save $25.00 on Kanye West Tickets by entering the discount code KAYNELA1 on all tickets marked with BV (Best Value)on them. The tickets that are marked with BV are specially selected seats that are all ready at a discount and now for a limited time we are offering them even cheaper. All Kanye West Tickets are 100% guaranteed to be authentic and also have no service charges.

About Kanye West:
Young, Energetic and a music power house Kanye Omari West is an American hip hop musician, songwriter, record producer, film director, and fashion designer who was born on the 8th of June 1977 in Atlanta Georgia. Kayne West showed close affinity to art at a young age of 5 when he started writing poetry and got involved in the cities hip hop and music scene at an early age. While visiting crude recording studio in Chicago West crossed paths with DJ No I.D. who is considered “The God Father of Chicago Hip Hop” and after seeing West’s commitment and talent he became Wests first mentor at a very young age.
West started his career as a producer and although this process was initiated in the mid-1990’s yet West got his first big break through in year 2000 when he started to produce for artists on Roc-A-Fella records. Despite having a successful stint as a producer West knew that his real aspiration was to be a rapper. Record companies consistently denied him a deal because he lacked the gangsta image. Eventually he signed off with Roc-A-Fella records which led to his first composition “Through the Wire” and his first album “College Dropout” came out in 2003-04. After that west has had a series of successful albums like Late Registration (2005-06), Graduation (2007-08), 808s & Heartbreaks (2008 -09), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010-12)

West have appeared and performed in a number of concerts on home turf and abroad and a minor peak into West’s concert schedule shows that from October 2013 to December 2013 West will tentatively appear in 27 different concerts in USA and Canada which shows the extent of activity being generated by this super star and truly reflects the zeal and enthusiasm that Kayne West represents.

In his early career West often used pitched-up vocal samples, usually from soul songs in his production, along with his own drums and instruments and although with the passage of time the use of sampling has significantly lessened his productions still continues to showcase distinctive string arrangements. West states that this is due to him listening to different English hip hop groups including Portishead and West for a time was the only modern day pop star who would tour around with a full scale string selection. Additionally west is also a big fan of Indie culture and he frequently uses his website to promote indie rock bands and music by posting videos and mp3’s. West has been an active collaborator with indie artists as well.

All in all West is leaving a legacy and a prominent imprint on the world wide music scene. He throughout his career has been an outspoken person which has gotten him into trouble several times. He once accused George. W. Bush of “Not caring about black people” and his fashion sense has always attracted a lot of media attention and has helped him differentiate from the rest of the industry. West has served as a revolutionist to the music industry and effectively paved the way for artists has no interest to rap about drugs, violence or guns.By:Chris Michaels

Honda Civic Tour with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson add Hollywood Bowl Date.

Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson to play Hollywood Bowl.

Maroon 5 with Kelly Clarkson Hollywood Bowl Concert.

The Honda Civic Tour with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson announced that they will be preforming at the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl on Oct 6th 2013. If you haven’t seen either in concert now is your chance, both put on amazing live shows.

Kelly tweeted for people to bring Glow Sticks like they used on her American Idol performance.

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Yes there are Gluten free restaurants near STAPLES Center

Nokia Theater Staples Center

Nokia Theater Staples Center

If you’re heading down to the Staples Center for an event, there are a number of incredible restaurants that you can choose to eat from beforehand. If you happen to have a preference towards Gluten-free foods, you’re in luck because Los Angeles is proud to have a number of restaurants that specialize in Gluten-free food. The following three restaurants are examples of restaurants who offer a Gluten-free menu, so check them out today!

The Shojin Restaurant

The Shojin Restaurant Downtown

1. Shojin
333 S. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 617-0305
www.theshojin.com

The Shojin is about 10 minutes from the Staples Center Nokia Theater Get Directions

Shojin is located on the third floor of the Little Tokyo Shopping Center in Downtown Los Angeles. The mall is located on Alameda St. between 3rd and 4th street. The restaurant offers 3 hours of free parking, so enjoy your time at the meal. Shojin’s mission is to “provide the most flavorful and naturally preserved meals using organic and natural foods with NO chemical seasonings and harmful additives.” As you can see, they take pride in providing patrons with the most natural food possible. They specialize in vegan, macrobiotic, Gluten free, organic and natural foods. For one of the best Los Angeles Gluten-free restaurants, Shojin organic and natural sushi is a fine choice.

Lucifers Pizza

Lucifers – Damned Good Pizza

2. Lucifers – Damned Good Pizza
1958 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323)906-8603
www.luciferspizza.com

Lucifers Pizza is about 15 minutes Staples Center Nokia Theater Get Directions

Lucifers’ Damned Good Pizza is one of the few pizza joints around town that offer gluten-free crusts on all of their pies. With extremely reasonable prices for the high quality pizza, Lucifers is a must stop for bread loving Celiacs. They deliver Monday to Thursday from 5pm-10pm and Friday to Sunday from 12pm-10pm. Join the RIP club and receive free pizzas as well as a member swipe card after your buy your first 10 circles. Lucifers has been rated one of the top pizza places in Los Angeles by LAWeekly as well as a number of other publications, so come see what the fuss is about and enjoy some of the best Los Angeles Gluten-free pizza!

The Yard House Restaurant

The Yard House

3. YARD HOUSE LOS ANGELES
800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213)745-9273
The Yard House

The Yard House is seconds away from the Staples Center Get Directions

The Yard House Los Angeles is one of the prime places to hit before any Staples Center event. They have a “Gluten-sensative” menu that includes a variety of delicious dishes from Grilled Artichoke and Spicy Tuna roll to Seared Ahi Steak and a Cuban Roast Pork Dip. Truly a treat for those of without the ability to process flour, the Yard House Los Angeles is a favorite of locals and tourists alike, and it will set the night of right for diners with any special dietary needs!

Los Angeles Staples Center Gluten-free Restaurants do exist, just check out the great venues above and put your food concerns to rest!


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Address for the Staples Center

Staples Center Address

Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Address for the Los Angeles STAPLES Center is 1111 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015.

The Positive: With the STAPLES Center address being located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles it makes its extremley easy to get to from all directions.

The Negative: Driving to Downtown Los Angeles on a Weekday can be a practice in patience for anyone. Traffic on the 101 and 110 can sometimes cause up to 30+ minutes of extra delay.


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AC/DC tour 2013 will be coming to Los Angeles to support their 40th anniversary

AC DC Coming to Los Angeles 2013

AC DC Touring in 2013

It all begun on 6 May 2011, in London at the Hammersmith Apollo. Angus Young officially announced that the band was planning to release a new album before the end of 2013. And a tour to support the new album. Malcolm Young, in an interview with Australian radio Triple M, confirmed that the band will release a new album by the end of the year 2013. These were his words:

“the company that AC/DC have been signed to for almost 40 years, Alberts, confirmed that AC/DC will be touring behind a brand new album the next year”. Not to mention that 2013 will be the year of the 40th anniversary of the formation of the band.

So, what should fans expect from a band that has broken all the records, making his last tour the third highest grossing tour of all time? Black Ice World Tour, from 2008 to 2010, lasted more than 20 months during which the AC/DC have played for more than 5 million people worldwide, including 108 cities and 20 countries. The tour was widely celebrated. It was favorably received by critics and audiences, the Chicago Tribune described it as “a celebration of all that is great in rock ‘n’ roll”, and defined the band’s music “Rock ‘n’ roll that survives the time.” Black Ice, the album that preceded it was acclaimed by critics and ranking number 1 in 29 countries.
So it is normal that there is certain electricity in the air, when it comes to the argument of a new world tour. At this time, fans can only wait in trepidation the announcement of something official.

AC/DC will be destroying your ear drums when they come to Los Angeles Staples Center for their 40th anniversary tour. We will have all the ACDC Los Angeles Concert dates very soon.

I am very glad to hear they are touring again, its one of the bands that I have always wanted to see and haven’t been able to yet.

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