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Who will be the sixth man for the LA Clippers in the playoffs?

The Los Angeles Clippers are looking to enter the playoffs strong. With Blake Griffin playing at an MVP level and with Chris Paul at his best, the entire Clipper Nation is optimistic that this will be year the Clips will make it to the top. But who will be the most significant role player for Doc Rivers’s group during the playoffs? Who will be the sixth man?

One names comes in my mind when I hear the phrase “sixth man” and that’s no other than Jamal Crawford.

The 34-year old veteran guard won the Sixth Man of the Year award back in 2010 and he is set to win it again this year. He has been exception all season long and especially during the time Chris Paul was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Crawford is putting up 18.4 points per contest this season and I expect him to continue putting up points in bunches during the postseason.

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Of course, Doc Rivers has more than one weapons to line up against any potential opponent. The Clips hope to have their entire roster available during the postseason, right from Game 1. Danny Granger, who is currently out with a hamstring injury is set to return to action. The 30-year old forward hasn’t been a big factor in the 12 games he appeared with the Clippers uniform, after he was brought in LA. Nonetheless, thanks to his veteran experience he could be a key for the Clips in the postseason. Granger can space the floor thus opening the lanes to Chris Paul, Crawford and also give more space to Griffin to work close to the basket. The playoffs are the reason why Lob City decided to acquire Granger in the first place.

Clippers JJ Redick

REDICK

Another role player who could prove out to be a big factor in the Clippers’ championship course is J.J. Redick. The 29-year old guard played in just 35 games up to now in the season due to back injury and he instantly made his presence felt. If there was one thing the Clips tried to improve this offseason that’s team three-point shooting. J.J. Redick adds up to the team’s firepower from beyond the arc. Thankfully, Redick now seems to be ok and his 12.4 points per game average over the last five games show exactly that. The sharpshooting guard has to play big for the Clips during the postseason.

Finally, Darren Collison and Matt Barnes will have to contribute, too, during the playoffs. However, none of them has shown up to now in the season that he can be the true sixth man for the Clips. Certainly, Collison was reliable when CP3 was out. Nevertheless, unless Paul suffers an injury once again during the playoffs, Collison’s role will be limited to the backup point guard. Barnes, on the other hand earned the starting job midway through the season with Jared Dudley sliding to the bench. However, his role can be characterized as supportive rather than a sixth-man-type one.

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Can Blake Play Big For The Clippers In The Playoffs?

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BLAKE GRIFFIN

Blake Griffin has played really big for the Los Angeles Clippers all season long. He is putting up incredible, MVP-like numbers. He also led Lob City to an impressive course when Chris Paul was sidelined with an injury and he has managed to improve his game in several different sectors. However, there is one big question around BG as we head to the playoffs. Will he be able to play big for the Clips during the postseason?

After two consecutive unsuccessful playoff courses the Clipper Nation expects something better this year. This should be the year the Clippers make the difference, the year they take the next step and Blake Griffin has to be the one showing the way. For sure, his 24.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game up to now in the season are impressive. And yes he is fairly considered as the strongest runner-up for the MVP award, right behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Nonetheless, his career playoff performance hasn’t been as impressive.
BG is averaging just 17.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and also 2.5 assists during the postseason, numbers not even close to his regular season ones. In fact, Griffin seemed like he suffered from lack of focus and emotion control during the postseason.

Some can blame injury issues for Griffin’s struggles last year, when the Clippers exited the playoffs in the first round. However, the dominance of the Grizzlies’ frontline was obvious. Even if Griffin was at his 100 percent, he most probably wouldn’t have been in a position to match with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.

Thankfully, this year, Lob City won’t play against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. However, Griffin won’t have an easy job unfolding his offense against Andrew Bogut and possibly David Lee, if the Dubs’ star manages to return from his injury during the postseason.

Blake Griffin Clippers

BLAKE GRIFFIN

It’s true that Griffin has shown much improvement in areas that he was bleeding last year. Free throw shooting was one of them. A 64.0 percent career shooter from the charity stripe, Griffin has improved his free-throw shooting to a 71.0 percent rate this season. This seven percent margin can definitely play a role during the playoffs, when Lob City will need Griffin to attack the basket, get to the line and score easy points.

Defense still remains the Achilles’ heel for the highflying superstar. For a player with his size, his body strength and athletic abilities, it’s notable that Griffin won’t make anyone’s All-NBA-First Team Defense this season. Thankfully, LA still has DeAndre Jordan onboard, who usually is the one making sure the paint is barricaded.

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GRIFFIN

Mental balance is another crucial factor for Griffin’s performance and as a result Lob City’s playoff course. Sometimes BG can’t control his emotions and his reactions result in him picking up technical fouls. Fair or unfair, the Clippers can’t afford to lose their leading scorer in any game of the postseason. This will most probably an area Doc Rivers will have to work his magic. If there is one Head Coach in the NBA who can get into the head of his players and make them think clearer and in a more mature manner, that’s Doc Rivers.

Blake Griffin will be a huge factor in the Clippers’ course this season. Hopefully, he will manage to avoid lethargic performances similar to the previous season.

The LA Clippers will start the post season with home court advantage with just two games left in the season this week one against the Trail Blazers and the other against the Nuggets there is a good chance Blake will get a bit of needed rest. A Clippers Vs Warriors match up is looking like it will be the first test for the Clippers in the 2014 playoffs. You can purchase Clippers Playoff Tickets from Barry’s Tickets an Official Partner of the LA Clippers.

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Stephen Curry Carries GS Warriors On His Shoulders

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In one of the most fascinating and close games of the 2013-2014 season, Stephen Curry lifted the Golden State Warriors over the Dallas Mavericks 122 – 120. Curry hit the game winner, a tough step-back jumper with fractions of the second left in overtime, as the Dubs were tied with the Mavs at 120. This was yet another time Curry played big for the Golden State Warriors. He is proving night in and night out that he can be the true leader for the Warriors, leading the team to a successful playoff course.

The Warriors had two significant absences. Andrew Bogut was out with a groin contusion and David Lee remained sidelined due to a strained right hamstring. However, they managed to keep things going till the final seconds of the last quarter and the extra time. Every time Dirk Nowitzki and his company tried to extend the margin, the Warriors answered right back.

Stephen Curry took the team on his shoulders after the half, scoring 17 of his 23 points in the final two periods plus the overtime. Klay Thompson, provided much help finishing with 27 points on a 4 for 9 shooting night. The Splash Brothers proved once again that if they find pace, they can lift the Warriors over almost any team in the league.

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CURRY

Whilst Golden State missed its two starting big men, they got a significant contribution from Jermaine O’Neal in this game. The veteran center finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and a crucial block, which came with almost 20 seconds left in the game and would have put the Mavs up by two.

The Golden State Warriors are now on their final push towards the NBA playoffs. They have almost secured the sixth spot but they don’t seem capable of clinching the fifth seed, since the Portland Trail Blazers are also doing well as of lately. However, Golden State is a team to avoid for any of the top – seeded teams in the West. The Warriors are one of the hottest teams at the moment and Stephen Curry is playing in a close-to-MVP level.

Warriors

LIGHTS OUT

Steph Curry will be a huge factor for the Warriors come playoff time. The Warriors’ success in the postseason will heavily rely on the superstar point guard’s performance, his shooting but also his ability to cut down on his turnovers. As Curry has shown up to now, he can be the leader for the Warriors, the one to take the team on his shoulders and deliver when needed.

Golden State should face the Clippers in the first round of the postseason and it will definitely need Curry to give his all, much like the entire team will have to do in order to advance to the next round.Chris

Blake Griffin and Joakim Noah the two top black horses for the MVP award

Clippers Blake Griffin Bulls Joakim Noah

BLAKE & JOAKIM

There is no denying that the MVP title is a two-man one this year. LeBron James and Kevin Durant will be apparently fighting chest to chest till the end of the season for the award and at the moment, things look really tight. However, it’s worth taking a look at some of the black horses of this race. Although several players have been involved into the discussion for the MVP award this season, at the moment, Blake Griffin and Joakim Noah are the two best underdogs.

Noah is the main reason the Chicago Bulls have managed not only to save the 2013-2014 season but to also emerge up to the third spot in the Eastern Conference. The Frenchman center is doing it all for his team at the moment, playing defense, scoring, dishing assists and rebounding. Although Noah has literally no chances to make it to the top of list of MVP candidates, as LeBron and KD are playing in a whole different level, he is one of the most over performing players this season.

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If there is one player who deserves to be considered as a third strong candidate for the MVP award this season, that is Blake Griffin. The highflying forward has not only improved his game in almost any aspect but he has also emerged as the true leader of the Los Angeles Clippers, taking the team on his shoulders during the time Chris Paul was out with an injury.

Griffin is averaging 24 points per contest, almost three more than his career-average and he is also securing 9.6 rebounds and dishing out 3.6 assists, while shooting 53.2 percent from the floor. He just recently got hurt, during the Clips’ last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he is projected to return to action soon and be ready for the Clips’ playoff push. Despite Griffin’s improvement, he will still not be able to reach the duo of LeBron and Durant.

LeBron is recording a career-best 57.0 percent shooting from the field and he is also putting up 26.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game, which are too much for Griffin to get close. Durant is also recording similarly impressive numbers, maybe even more impressive. He is leading the NBA in scoring with 32.2 points per game and he is also putting up 7.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists. His shooting is also great but slightly lower than LeBron’s rates, 51.2 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from deep.
The MVP race will be coming to its end soon and we will see either Durant or LeBron earning the crown. However, we also have to recognize the efforts of players like Griffin and Noah. Chris M

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Should Blake Griffin be the MVP this season?

Should Blake Griffin Be MVP

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The race for the MVP title this season is a close one, a very close one. The two obvious favorites are LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Those two megastars have been recording tremendous outputs this season. However, there is one more superstar who is playing like an MVP, who has dramatically improved his production and efficiency from last season and he is a candidate for the MVP award. That’s no other than Blake Griffin.

First of all, Griffin has been playing in a great level all season long, much like the entire Los Angeles Clippers have been doing. The presence of Doc Rivers at the team’s bench meant a big change for Lob City. Discipline and more effort on defense are two new facts that were missing from the Clips’ style of play last year. Griffin also looks like a different, a more mature player right now with Doc Rivers guiding him.

Should Blake Griffin Be MVP

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This season, he is putting up numbers above his career-averages. The dominant power forward is averaging a team-best 24.4 points per contest to go along with 9.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 53.9 percent from the field. He has even hit some threes. Griffin is the main wheel for the Clippers on the offensive end. In most possessions the ball runs through him. But even when it doesn’t Griffin contributes by setting great screens or by drawing the attention from the opposing defense. Griffin has improved his mid-range shot significantly and he has also managed to shoot better from the charity stripe. Of course, he continues to be a great rebounder and shot blocker. His defense still isn’t at a world-class level, but he has seen some improvement there, too.

Up to now, Blake Griffin was arguably the most spectacular player in the league. Now, he is also one of the best ones. He is currently considered as the best power forward in the NBA and his performance every night shows why.

NBA MVP Blake Griffin

MVP?

When the Los Angeles Clippers needed him to step up and take the team on his shoulders, he responded to the call. With Chris Paul out for an extended time, Griffin really took his performance to the next level. He emerged as the true leader of the team and he managed to lead the Clips to some significant wins. It’s notable that LA didn’t drop in the Western Conference rankings despite Paul’s absence.

Of course, the competition for Blake Griffin is huge. It will be almost impossible for him to reach the monster seasons LeBron and Durant are recording. Those two have been simply playing to a whole different level. But if there is one player who could threaten them this season, that is Blake Griffin. Stephen Curry could also be in the discussion.

Griffin has been instrumental in the Clippers recent run of a nine game win streak. On Monday night, Griffin became just the third player in NBA history to tally 6,000 points, 3,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before the end of his fourth season while shooting 50.0 percent or better. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Blake Griffin and that’s it.

LA Clippers Blake Griffin deserves respect

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Why Blake won’t win MVP? One reason…the Clippers! The local community college team gets more respect then them. They play home games on what is considered the Lakers home court no matter what, Lakers Home Venue and Lakers City. Just ask any Lakers fan. Although they have been gaining respect little by little over the last four years and Clippers ticket prices have slightly increased they are always in the shadow of the Lakers and might not ever come out of it. Blake and Lob City are like the Cleveland Browns they don’t get the NBA spotlight on Sunday’s they don’t make page on of USA Today even though Blake has some of the best dunks of all time just ask Kim Kardashian’s ex husband. When you mention the Clippers to NBA fans they look at you like your insane talking about them. Would Blake winning MVP bring instant credibility to the Clippers and Clippers Nation? I don’t think so but to not be mentioned in the MVP talk for his numbers this season is showing what lack of respect Blake and the Clipper Nation actually get.

I am not saying throw your Kobe or Lakers Jerseys away or the Clippers deserve the respect that the Lakers, Celtics, Miami Heat or Spurs deserve or even Tim Duncan or Dirk Nowitzki but Blake is only in his fourth year and has helped turned the once a joke Clippers into a legit NBA Championship contender and is mentioned in the same breath as one of the greatest to ever play the game in only four years he deserves a second look for MVP this season. Chris Michaels

Can The 49ers Survive The Frozen Tundra

San Francisco at Green Bay
When: 4:40 PM ET, Sunday, January 5, 2014
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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49ers Vs Packers

Between them the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers have 9 Super Bowl victories and 18 total NFL titles. The two storied franchises have had many great postseason battles over the years, including last year’s divisional round game where the 49ers blew out Aaron Rodgers and the Packers behind a dominating performance from San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. With Aaron Rodgers back and the game at Lambeau Field the 49ers suddenly have an extremely difficult first round road game. Here’s a look at the matchup:

When San Francisco has the ball: After displaying an improved run defense at the beginning of the season the Green Bay Packers have quickly fallen to the bottom of the NFL standings in total defense and rush defense. With run stopping tackle Johnny Jolly out for the season and star outside linebacker Clay Matthews out with a broken thumb the 49ers should be able to exploit the Packers defense on the ground. After dominating Green Bay on the ground in last year’s playoffs the 49ers defeated the Packers in the season’s opener in San Francisco through a 407-yard passing effort from Colin Kaepernick. The Packers pass defense is healthier than they were in the opener due to the return of safety Morgan Burnett and corner Tramon Williams, but the Green Bay secondary has had an up and down season and has struggled against good quarterbacks. If Kaepernick and company can overcome the frigid conditions in Green Bay they should be able to score on the Packers defense. The key for San Francisco is to limit turnovers and put touchdowns on the board when they visit the red zone.

Advantage: San Francisco

Packers Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

When Green Bay has the ball: The Packers are a different team with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. The former NFL MVP returned after missing nearly two months with a collarbone injury and helped the Packers defeat the Bears to win their third consecutive NFC North. The Packers also saw elite slot receiver Randall Cobb return versus Chicago, giving the Packers the Packers a healthy receiving corps for the first time since week three. With Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin the Packers have a deep and talented groups of receivers, as good as any foursome in the NFL. Green Bay is missing tight end Jerimichael Finley, but Andrew Quarless has filled in admirably and become a big target in the last quarter of the season. The big difference for Green Bay is the fact that they’ve established a running game. The combination of Eddie Lacy and James Starks has 1,671 yards and 15 touchdowns. Lacy is a powerful back who’s given the Packers a physical presence they haven’t had in years while Starks gives them a nice change of pace when he comes in. Even with Aaron Rodgers out for nearly half the season the Packers finished 7th in the league in rushing offense, averaging just four yards fewer per game than San Francisco. Even without Aaron Rodgers for half the season Green Bay averaged 25 points per game. With Rodgers they are extremely deadly, as evidenced by the 28 points they scored on San Francisco in the season opener. Rodgers was rusty in the first half versus Chicago last week but once he got his rhythm in the second half the Packers offense looked deadly.

Advantage: Green Bay

49ers Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

Special Teams: On paper the 49ers have a significant advantage. They have perhaps the best punter in football, Andy Lee, combined with an excellent veteran kicker in Phil Dawson. The 49ers return and coverage units are top notch. Green Bay is a solid punter in Tim Masthay and their veteran kicker, Mason Crosby, has had a bounce back season. Green Bay has struggled in their coverage units, both kickoffs and punts. With 15 players on injured reserve the Packers have had roster upheaval all season, affecting their special team units. The wild card in the special team’s battle will be the weather and how the 49ers adjust top playing in a cold environment. Green Bay will have played in a cold environment in four of their past five games, so their special teams units are acclimated to playing in the cold weather. Since taking over as the Packers primary returner rookie Micah Hyde has proven sure handed and dangerous.

Advantage: Slim advantage to San Francisco

Home Field Advantage: The frozen tundra hasn’t been as big of a home field advantage in recent years for Green Bay. San Francisco is a team well built to thrive in a cold environment. Sunday’s weather is expected to be particularly frigid, with game time temperatures likely below zero degrees and dropping. Green Bay’s string of cold weather games cannot be underestimated, particularly when it comes to the quarterback matchup. Green Bay logical path to victory is to not turn over the football while Aaron Rodgers outplays Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers quarterback has had a solid season and proved his value in last year’s playoffs, but has never played in the conditions he’ll see on Sunday. If Rodgers puts together a strong performance and Kaepernick struggles the Packers could very well pull an upset. The frigid temperatures could be a massive factor in the game and are a critical element to watch.

Advantage: Green Bay

Prediction: The national consensus is that the 49ers will find themselves in a tough battle but should prevail due to a superior running game and defensive advantage. With Aaron Rodgers healthy the Packers are a major wild card in this year’s playoffs. When the two teams met in September the 49ers won by six points, but Green Bay had the lead 28-27 in the fourth quarter. Prior to Rodgers injury the Packers were 5-2 and rolling. If Green Bay can somehow muster up enough defense to stop the 49ers in the red zone and hold them to field goals they could very well pull the upset. Expect an extremely close game with the Packers winning late due to a strong performance by Rodgers.
Green Bay 27 San Francisco 23
By:Chris Michaels.

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Chris Paul your 2013 All Star Game MVP

Chris Paul LA Clippers

Chris Paul LA Clippers

It was another great experience for the spectators in Houston and all the fans watching a home. The 2013 All Star game has now come to an end and left the best memories behind. The Western All Stars shined during the game, with Durant and Chris Paul leading the way to a 138-143 win. The Oklahoma Thunder forward became the first player in history to score 30 points or more in three consecutive NBA All-Star games and Chris Paul, with 20 points and 15 assists won the MVP award. It was another great success for the superstar Clipper who is having one of the best seasons in his career and has put his name a strong candidate for the regular season MVP award.

The weekend started greatly with rising stars challenge when we saw a game that had nothing to be jealous of the All Star game. The fans had the chance to enjoy some great moments with devastating dunks and great performances from the future NBA stars. Terrence Ross won the Slam Dunk contest with some acrobatic moves and Kyrie Irving was named this year’s 3-point Champion.

For once again, this All-Star game it was a time for celebrations, having fun and enjoying basketball. It was also the time to see weird things happen, like Howard making threes and LeBron getting rejected twice by Kobe Bryant. We also saw some great dunks and alley hoops, most times uncontested because after all, it’s the All Star game. For the Eastern All-Stars, Carmelo Anthony finished with 26 points and Dwyane Wade with 21. LeBron had 19 but shot just 7-18 from the field, after shooting an almost unreal over 60% for his last 6 games before the game.

As usual, a ton of celebrities added more shine to the game. Chris Tucker, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Jay-Z together with his wife and singer Beyoncé were amongst the spectators. Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and John Legend all performed during the game to make the atmosphere even more enjoying for all the people watching. After the game’s first quarter former Houston star and 7 footer 6 center Yao Ming was honored.
The All Star break always gives a chance for relaxation and fun for the players and coaching staff. However, with the second half of the season started, the teams now will have to regroup and focus on their goals, because things tend to get tougher and more serious as we approach the playoffs.

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