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Lakers March Schedule

Lakers March Schedule Top 5 Games

The Lakers March Schedule 2015 will have seven games at Staples Center. LA will be on the road for nine games during the Lakers March Schedule of away games.

With the surgery of Kobe Bryant, it became official Lakers have lost the season. Now, the only thing left to do is to try and secure a top 5 draft pick. In another case, the pick goes to the Phoenix Suns, and the Lakers will lose a valuable asset in their rebuilding project. In March, they will play few games with direct rivals for a higher pick. The trick is that the Lakers must lose those games in order to stay in the play for the pick. At the moment, the Lakers have the 4th worst record in the league which guarantees them a top 5 pick. But they can get “lower” and grab a higher pick.

Knicks @ Lakers, Staples Center, March 12, Starting price $22, Average price $126
After rejecting the Lakers during the offseason, this will be the first time Carmelo will come to LA. The duels between the Knicks and the Lakers were once an epic matchup, but the two of the largest NBA cities have fallen down. And with the Knicks in town, there will be millions of side stories about Phil Jackson, Melo, Derek Fisher and much more.

Lakers @ Warriors Oracle Arena March 16th
Starting price $84 | Average price $151
The score between the teams is 2-1. But the fun part is, the Lakers are probably the only team in the league that have scored 100+ points versus the No.1 defense in the league in every game they’ve played. Los Angeles has no problem scoring versus Golden State, but the problem is how to defend them. At least the fans can enjoy a high scoring game. View Tickets.

Jazz @ Lakers Staples Center March 19th.
Starting price $17 | Average price $59
This will be the last duel of the two teams. There was a time when LA had better record than the Jazz. But they started losing, and the Jazz won few games. Now, the tables are turned. Neither team has a chance to make the playoffs, which means the duels will decide ranking in the draft. The Jazz won the first duel between the two teams in Utah.

Sixers @ Lakers Staples Center, March 22th.
Starting price $19 | Average price $71
The Lakers and Sixers have yet to play this season. But in March, they will play twice, once in Los Angeles and once in Philadelphia. The difference between the teams in the standings is two games, so these duels might decide who gets a higher pick.

Lakers @ Timberwolves Target Center March 25th.
Starting price $10 | Average price $60
With the return of Ricky Rubio to the lineup, and the growth of Andrew Wiggins, the Timberwolves have started to win games here and there. And with Lakers losing like they do, they might overcome the Timberwolves as the worst team in the Western Conference. That won’t be a bad thing, considering the lower the seeding, the higher the draft pick.


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Upcoming Clippers Schedule & Tickets through Jan 7th

While several NBA teams had a leisurely Christmas holiday, the Los Angeles Clippers had the unenviable task of playing four games in six days, with three of the four games against teams either ranked first or second in their respective conferences. The fourth team, the San Antonio Spurs, happened to be the defending NBA champions. The Clippers lost three of four during the week, culminating with a tough loss on Saturday night at STAPLES Center versus the east leading Toronto Raptors.

New York Knicks at Los Angeles Clippers
Wed, Dec 31st 3:00pm STAPLES Center
Get In’s $34.00 | Average Ticket Price $84.00 (Down 30%)
The 5-28 New York Knicks vist the Los Angeles Clippers for their only meeting in Los Angeles during the regular season. View Clippers vs Knicks tickets for the Staples Center.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Los Angeles Clippers
Sat, Jan 3rd 7:30pm STAPLES Center
Get In’s $18.00 | Average Ticket Price $49.00 (Down 39%)
The 4-25 Philadelphia 76ers come to the Staples Center with a 4-11 road record. View Clippers vs 76ers tickets for the Staples Center.

Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Clippers
Monday, Jan 5th 7:30pm STAPLES Center
Get In’s $13.00 | Average Ticket Price $62.00 (Down 35%)
The 22-8 Atlanta Hawks defeated the Clippers at the Philips Arena on Dec 23rd 107-104. View Clippers vs Hawks tickets for the Staples Center.

Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers
Wed, Jan 7th 7:30pm STAPLES Center
Get In’s $60.00 | Average Ticket Price $175.00 (Down 1%)
The Clippers took the first of five meetings with the Lakers this season on Oct 31st with a 118-111 win on the Lakers home court. This game is considered a Clippers Home Game. View Clippers vs Lakers tickets for the Staples Center.

Clippers Week Recap:
Monday night the Clippers traveled to San Antonio to face the defending NBA champion Spurs. San Antonio has been struggling of late due to a myriad of injuries and had lost four straight entering the home matchup with Los Angeles. The Spurs welcomed star point guard Tony Parker back from a five game absence. Parker scored 26 points, igniting the Spurs to a 125-118 victory. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 25 points and 9 assists, with Blake Griffin chipping in 22 and JJ Redick 21. After the tough loss in San Antonio the NBA schedule-makers didn’t do the Clippers any favors. Los Angeles had to travel to Atlanta to face a tough Atlanta Hawks team on the second night of a road back to back. The Clippers were unable to hold onto a thirteen-point lead, losing 107-104 when the Hawks outscored them by five points in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin had 21 points and 11 rebounds, with Chris Paul chipping in 19 points. The Clippers started strong, including a 17-0 run in the second quarter, but just couldn’t hold on, with Atlanta securing the victory late. After the loss in Atlanta the Clippers returned home to STAPLES Center to host the west leading Golden State Warriors on Christmas night. The Clippers put together an impressive performance, winning 100-86. Jamal Crawford took over in the fourth period, scoring 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to propel the Clippers to victory. The Clippers momentum didn’t last as they lost a tough one Saturday night to the Toronto Raptors, who had the benefit of largely having the Christmas week off. The Raptors outscored the Clippers by ten in the fourth quarter, sealing the victory behind a big game from point guard Kyle Lowry.

Up Next for the Clippers: After their toughest stretch of the season the Clippers continue their seven-game home stand with an easier stretch of games as they host two non-playoff contenders in the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams are well out of contention, with Philadelphia and New York currently featuring the two worst records in the NBA. The three-game stretch should be a good opportunity for the Clippers to get another win streak going and build some momentum for the following week when they host the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.

Where They Stand: With a 20-11 record the Clippers are in sixth place in the Western Conference.

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NBA Average Ticket Prices

Cleveland has become the “IT” town! With the signing of King James the average Cavaliers ticket price on the secondary market went from low of $47 in 2012 to now being the highest average price on the secondary market with a $195 per ticket average in the 2014-15 NBA regular season. Last season the Cleveland Cavaliers attendance was 710,522 making them 16th of 30 teams this year they are moved up 10 spots already with their attendance being at 164,496 making them 6th of 30.

Then there is the Browns picking Johnny “Football” in the NFL Draft which brought the average Cleveland Browns ticket price ticket price on the secondary market from $70.00 to $116.00 per ticket, and even the Cleveland Indians average ticket price went up to $57.00 per ticket from a low of $31 just a season ago. Now all Cleveland needs is an NHL team.

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The King Of New York

Besides the Cavaliers the New York Knicks with Carmelo staying and ex Lakers Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher coming aboard have brought hope back to New Yorkers that the Knicks will back to winning ways again, their attendance has jumped from last season being ranked 18th to this season being ranked 9th and while Knicks Tickets price average is second at $162 per ticket its actually down from last season when it was $200 per ticket.

The Golden Child

If the Golden State Warriors were a stock then Mad Money’s Jim Cramer would be screaming “BUY BUY BUY” starting back in 2011-2012 their attendance was ranked 22nd of 30 and the average Warriors Tickets price was just $55.00 per ticket fast forward just two seasons the Warriors are ranked 2nd in the league in attendance and their average ticket price is now $102. Who wouldn’t want a 85% rate on their return. The Warriors are currently ranked second in the Western Conference behind the Grizzlies.

Oh Canada

The Toronto Raptors might seem to have come out of nowhere to be currently ranked number one in attendance as well as in first place in the Eastern Conference but the Raptors have been on a steady uptick for a few seasons now. In 2011-12 they were ranked 23rd in attendance with an average ticket price of $85, 2012-13 ranked 19th in attendance, 2013-14 ranked 9th in attendance with a $50.00 average ticket price to 2013-2014 ranked 1st in attendance with the Raptors tickets average price of $120 per ticket.

The Good The Bad The Ugly

The Los Angeles Lakers have some of the most devoted fans in the NBA including Jack and numerous other celebrities with the glue holding everything together for the Lakers and their fans being Kobe Bryant. Last season the Lakers were 27th in attendance without him but still commanding one of the highest league price averages of over $168 per ticket this year they are ranked 5th in attendance with Lakers Tickets averaging $98.00 per ticket and having a 3-13 record doesn’t help the matter. With a 51% decrease in ticket prices and getting to see what might be one of the last seasons for Kobe play live makes the Lakers an attractive bargain for the price.

Help I’ve Fallen And I Cant Get Up

The Philadelphia 76ers are on life support and it doesn’t look good. The last time they were ranked in the top 10 in attendance was back in the 2002-2003 season where they were 9th. Fast forward to the 2011-2012 season where they were ranked 14th with an average ticket price of $97 to the last two seasons being ranked 30th of 30 in NBA attendance and 76ers tickets prices falling from an average of $75.00 per ticket to $30 per ticket.

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NBA Rookies

Top Five Rookie Forecast for the 2014-15 NBA Season

Each year as the start of the new NBA season approaches will always look to the draft to see which players will be successful and which ones are lucky to be drafted. There is always a draft pick or rookie that will make an instant impact each year and will make his statement for the rookie of the year. This year is no different. There are a few rookies that have been drafted that stands out above the other rookies. You can look for the following names to be mentioned when it comes to rookie expectations.

JPJabari Parker was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and is currently playing forward. In his October 9 outing against the Detroit Pistons he put up 11 points and added three rebounds with one assist and one still. That was with 31 minutes of playing time. He has been used at both forward positions but still a question as to where he will be positioned during the regular season. No matter where Coach Jason Kidd will place him in the lineup look for Jabari to be a huge contributor and make a nice run for the rookie of the year.

Nerlens Noel is having a somewhat rough start to the season. Being drafted by the Philadelphia 76’ers to play forward and center he does have the potential to be a strong defensive presence in the NBA. After playing in the first two preseason game for the 76’ers he is listed as day to day while he is nursing an injured right thigh. Look for Noel to be healthy for the regular season and to improve the more he plays.

Andrew WigginsAndrew Wiggins showed why he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves when he scored 11 points by shooting 5 for 10 from the field against the 76’ers on Friday night. He also added three rebounds. Three of his eleven points came from one three-pointer. Playing at guard and forward he will go through some slumps as does everyone else but look for him to put together a streak of consistency playing an average of thirty minutes per game.

Dante Exum a rookie guard for the Utah Jazz played twenty nine minutes in his October 8 outing off the Jazz bench. He was a little rusty only hitting one of his five shots. This want last long because he will have to improve to gain some sharing time with starting point guard Trey Burke. He will have to improve his ball skills to make his run at rookie of the year. Exum is one to keep an eye on throughout the year.

Julius Randle a rookie forward for the L.A. Lakers will have to make some adjustments if his last outing on Friday night is any indication of what is to come from this rookie. He only played eighteen minutes and shot a low 4 out of 12 from the field. The Lakers will move the ball around a lot and Randle needs to get used to the ball movement so he will learn his placement on the court. He will need more playing time to develop his confidence. But he will get better and make a strong push during his 2014-15 season year.



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Kyle Lowry & Michael Carter-Williams targets for the Lakers

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Mitch Kupchak will have a very busy summer. In fact, this will be a summer as busy as it has ever been over the past years for the GM of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are not just in seek of their new head coach but they are desperately looking to upgrade their roster, too. Two of the many targets the Los Angeles Lakers have this summer are Kyle Lowry and Michael Carter-Williams. Let’s break down if and how the Lakers could land one of those two point guards.

Lowry to Lakers

LOWRY

The Toronto Raptors did examine the possibility of trading away Lowry early in the season. However, thanks to Lowry’s great performances as the season progressed, the Raptors decided to eventually keep him onboard and push for the playoffs. Lowry recorded his best season up to now in 2013 – 2014 but he will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Toronto Raptors appear to be skeptical about paying him more than the $6 million he earned last year and chances are Lowry demands more.

If that’s the case, the Los Angeles Lakers could enter the mix. As reported, the Raptors are interested in landing the Canadian future Hall of Famer Steve Nash for what will most probably be his last season in the NBA. Although Nash suffered several injuries last season and he was able to appear in just 15 games, the Raptors seem to be a great destination for him to close his career.

Kyle Lowry would be a great fit alongside Kobe Bryant and in fact, he could emerge as a franchise point guard. But so could Michael Carter- Williams. Nonetheless, it will be a little more difficult for the Lakers to land the Rookie of the Year of the past season.

The Lakers hold the No.7 pick in the upcoming draft. The only way in which the Lakers could stand a chance of trading their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for MWC would be if Dante Exum was available at that position. At least that’s how things appear to shape up at the moment.

Exum is an unknown product for the NBA world, since he spent his youth in Australia. He is a 6’6”combo guard who is reportedly the only prospect comparable to the Big Three of the 2014 Draft class, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins. It’s heavily projected for Exum to get selected right after the Big Three. However, if he falls as low as the seventh spot, the Philadelphia 76ers would be more than just interested to discuss a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and acquire Exum.

Michael Carter-Williams

WILLIAMS

Again, this is just speculation for the moment. There is no clear indication that the 76ers would even consider trading Michael Carter-Williams away. On the contrary, most of their future plans revolve around keeping him as their cornerstone and building around him. However, Philly seems to be fond of Exum and they could be tempted by the Lakers if LA has the chance to select him.

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Spencer Hawes A Portland Trail Blazer?

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HAWES

The Portland Trail Blazers will once again be contending for the championship next season. Yes, it’s true Rip City fans. The moment we have all been waiting for, the time when our team would make it to the elite of the Western Conference is there and the greatest news is that the Blazers are here to stay. Although Rip City recorded a great 2013 – 2014 campaign and made it as far as the second round of the playoffs, it’s obvious that some adjustments are needed in order to take things to the next level. Smart offseason moves, trades and signings will help the team move forward and the signing of Spencer Hawes could be one of those.

The 7 – footer versatile big man could provide a significant boost to the Blazers’ shooting ability from mid and long range. In fact, Hawes recorded his best season up to now in the league in 2013 – 2014 both in scoring and in shooting percentages. In 53 games with the Philadelphia 76ers he averaged 13.0 points and 45.1 percent shooting from the field while after he got dealt to Cleveland, his numbers increased to 13.5 points per contest, 46.8 percent from the floor and 44.8 percent from three-point range.

Spencer Hawes

HAWES

It’s notable that Hawes could help the Blazers both in the shooting and in the rebounding category. Rip City has a solid starting five but it certainly needs to add some depth and also some quality in its front line. With Mo Williams holding a player option this summer, the Blazers might have to turn their interest towards other options, especially if Williams decides to seek for another destination.
But even if Williams stays in Portland, the Blazers will have both the financial flexibility and the need to land a player like Hawes. Portland has around $57 million in its books for the upcoming season and this means the team could throw a tempting offer on the table for Hawes. At the same time, Rip City will use its team option for Robin Lopez, unless a major surprise happens.

Spencer H to the blazers

HAWES

Of course, there are several alternative options with which the Blazers could upgrade their frontcourt. Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill will be unrestricted free agents this summer and they could have a big impact in Rip City’s chances to do better next season. Elton Brand, Emeka Okafor and Jermaine O’Neil could also be targets but they don’t have the quality and the potential of a guy like Hawes or Kaman.

With the picture we saw from the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2013 – 2014 campaign, it became obvious that this team can achieve great things in the next season. In fact, the Blazers seem to be a few tweaks away from seriously contending for a championship. And although Spencer Hawes will not make Rip City the best team in the NBA, it is a move that definitely makes sense for Terry Stotts’s group.

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Dont Fire D’Antoni … Yet

D’Antoni

D’Antoni

After the worst loss in franchise history, a 48 point drubbing at the hands of the Clippers, one of the worst regular seasons in Los Angeles Lakers history got even worse, leaving many Lakers fans calling for the firing of embattled Head Coach Mike D’Antoni. The Clippers, firmly established as the best team in LA, have now beaten the Lakers by a combined 84 points over the past two meetings. Times are tough for the Lakers fan base and based on the upcoming free agent class assistance won’t be coming until after the next offseason. A high draft choice in a deep draft may provide some excitement, but an immediate re-build like in the past likely isn’t in the cards.

D’Antoni

Wish It Was 1987

With the Lakers at 21-42 the pressure is firmly on Mike D’Antoni. The former Suns and Knicks coach clearly hasn’t worked out in Los Angeles and is not the long-term answer. The amazing amount of injuries, especially in the backcourt, hasn’t helped the situation but the problems that have plagued D’Antoni in Phoenix and New York are present once again in Los Angeles. Successful NBA teams play effective defense and D’Antoni has never shown the ability to lead an effective defensive team during his time in the NBA. In the past three games, which included the drubbing at the hands of the Clippers, the Lakers gave up 132, 144, and 134 points, totals that the NBA hasn’t seen since the days of Paul Westhead using his Loyola Marymount system in Denver. High scoring games can be exciting for those watching, provided you’re not on the losing end, and the Lakers have been on the losing end in all three games.

D'antoni

Lame Duck?

So with D’Antoni a lame duck should the Lakers let him go? The simple answer is no. The upcoming draft is a big one and a high draft position can give the Lakers a building block for the future. Firing D’Antoni and bringing in a replacement, in the hopes that the Lakers win a handful more games, will only lessen their chance to finish high in the lottery. With the Philadelphia 76ers completely tanking, along with the Milwaukee Bucks, it benefits the Lakers to continue their slide. For a proud franchise that fact is hard to accept, but the Lakers need to maximize their ping pong balls to finish high in the draft. A top three pick may yield potential elite talents like Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke. Combine an elite lottery talent with the potential to attract a talent like Kevin Love after the next offseason and the Lakers could potentially rebuild in a hurry.

Mike D’Antoni Lame Duck?

I’ll Be Back

D’Antoni is clearly a lame duck who won’t be back next season, and shouldn’t be back. His time as an NBA coach is likely over. With D’Antoni on his way out the Lakers will have an interesting decision on their hands in selecting the next head coach of the franchise. The name that popped up this past week, inevitably, was Phil Jackson who stated that he’s ready to get back into leading an organization. Jackson’s comments indicated that he’s interested in coaching again, but also the ability to build an organization ala Pat Riley in Miami. Rumors currently circulating indicate that Jackson is mulling a front office position in New York, which may make speculation moot of a potential return to LA. At 68 it’s hard to imagine Jackson wanting to take over the reins of the Lakers with another tough season potentially on the way. Other veteran names include George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, and Stan Van Gundy. All three are proven commodities, but also at a stage in their careers that they may not want to entertain a rebuild. Perhaps the proper route for the Lakers would be hiring a young college coach, like the Celtics did with Brad Stevens, or a low profile but capable NBA assistant like Charlotte did with Steve Clifford, who happened to be a Lakers assistant last season.

D’Antoni

D’Antoni & Kobe

The Lakers franchise has decades of goodwill in Los Angeles but another tough season is in the offing, never good for any franchise. A decent draft pick combined with a healthy Kobe Bryant and a head coach that puts a team on the floor that can compete at both ends could give the Lakers some momentum into the next off season. Even with a potential tough season coming up next year a good transition hire can go a long way toward building momentum into the 2015-2016 season. Chris Michaels

Lakers Face Durant and Howard This Week

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Lakers Bulls

With Steve Nash and Steve Blake in the fold things might be looking up, at least a little bit, for the Los Angeles Lakers. Nash and Blake returned to the Lakers lineup on Tuesday night in Minnesota, with Nash making his season debut. The depleted Lakers ended up losing Tuesday night at the hands of the Timberwolves, but then went on to win two in a row on the road before losing at home Sunday versus the Chicago Bulls.

Week Recap: Even with the return of Nash and Blake the Lakers continue to be the most snake bit team in the NBA when it comes to losing players. The return of their two point guards coincided with the loss of Nick Young and Jodie Meeks to injury. Wednesday’s night win in Cleveland saw Robert Sacre of the Lakers stay in the game after fouling out, a rarely seen NBA rule, due to the fact the Lakers had just five players left. After already losing Nick Young to injury and Jordan Farmar to leg cramps the Lakers were down to five players after Chris Kaman fouled out. Even with a depleted roster the Lakers hit a season-high 18 three-point shots to defeat the Cavaliers and former Head Coach Mike Brown. Los Angeles continued their winning ways Friday night with a fourteen point defeat of the Philadelphia 76ers behind 19 points from Steve Nash on his 40th birthday. Steve Blake contributed 14 points and 8 assists in the victory. Even without Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol the return of Nash and Blake is a welcome sight for Lakers fans. The Lakers returned home Sunday to face a competitive Chicago Bulls team, losing a tough one, 92-86. Chicago ran out to a nineteen point lead and the Lakers rallied back but couldn’t close the gap in the end, losing despite a season-high 27 points from Chris Kaman. Unfortunately for the Lakers they may have lost Steve Nash again for a short period of time. Nash knocked knees with Kirk Hinrich in the third quarter, causing his knee to flare up once again. He’ll be evaluated and may miss a couple of games.

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Staples Center

The Week Ahead: The Lakers have a big home stretch coming up with five games at STAPLES Center over the next two weeks, including two with key Western Conference contenders. Los Angeles kicks off the week Tuesday night when they host the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are coming off of an impressive home victory over the Miami Heat. Thursday night Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder make a visit to STAPLES Center, giving Lakers fans a chance to see the NBA’s leading MVP candidate in action. Following the All Star Break the Lakers return home next week when they face off versus the Houston Rockets in a game that many Lakers fans have had circled on the calendar since last summer. Wednesday will mark the return of former Lakers center Dwight Howard to STAPLES Center. The gifted big man, who had an up and down season in LA last year, has teamed with James Harden to put the Rockets in the fourth playoff position in the west. Lakers Vs Rockets tickets start at just $48 per ticket. The Lakers wrap up the following week by hosting the Boston Celtics on Friday and the New Jersey Nets on Sunday. With five games including four playoff contenders it will be a big ten days of basketball for Lakers fans. Chris Michaels.

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CP3 Returns To Clippers Lineup

The Los Angeles Clippers had an outstanding finish to the week, welcoming back Chris Paul in the process. After losing to Denver and Miami to start the week the Clippers rebounded with consecutive victories over Toronto and Philadelphia, the latter marking the return of Chris Paul. The Clippers star point guard returned earlier than expected, helping the Clippers blow out the 76ers 123-78.

Blake Griffin has monster Dunks

Blake Griffin

Week Recap: The Clippers kicked off a week with a visit to Denver to take on the Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Blake Griffin had another massive game but the Nuggets pulled out the victory on Randy Foye’s three point shot at the buzzer. Foye’s deep three pointer came just six seconds after Matt Barnes hit a three on the other end of the court to give the Clippers a 115-113 lead. Griffin, playing the best basketball of his career in the absence of Paul had 36 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Following the tough defeat in Denver the Clippers had the tough task of returning home to STAPLES Center to face Lebron James and the Miami Heat. The NBA was treated to one of its best games of the season as James and Griffin put together tremendous individual performances. The Clippers made a valiant effort to overcome a big Miami third quarter lead, but they couldn’t quite make it all the way back. The story for the Clippers was Griffin who had a season-high 43 points in the loss. It was Miami’s first win at STAPLES Center in six seasons. James had 31 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds for Miami. It was a tough second consecutive loss for the Clippers, putting them a half a game behind the Houston Rockets for the fourth playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers rebounded from the Miami loss with consecutive victories over Eastern Conference foes, Toronto and Philadelphia. Saturday night Blake Griffin again scored over 30 times, this time with 36, to become the first Clippers player ever to score more than 30 in three straight games. The Clippers momentum continued into Sunday night when they scored an incredible 46 first quarter points en route to easily defeating the 76ers behind another strong performance from Blake Griffin.

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Clippers Vs Blazers

The Week Ahead: The Clippers have a light schedule heading into next week’s All Star weekend with just one game, an important matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. The Blazers are currently a game and a half on top of the Clippers for the third playoff spot in the west. Los Angeles is a half a game ahead of the Houston Rockets, currently on a five-game winning streak. Following the All Star Break the Clippers return home for a key game versus the San Antonio Spurs before heading off on a three-game road stretch that includes a key game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Over the next two weeks the Clippers will face each of the three teams ahead of them in the Western Conference standings, giving them an opportunity to make up ground. Chris Michaels.

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Should The Clippers Pick Up Andrew Bynum?

Andrew Bynum

Bynum

As recently reported and confirmed by multiple sources, the Cleveland Cavaliers have suspended their 7-footer center Andrew Bynum indefinitely. The reason the Cavs gave officially was detrimental conduct and the experiment Cleveland decided to attempt seems like it will finally have a short term. Although the Cavs are searching for a team to trade Bynum to, the interest from around the league seems to be low. One of the teams that has reportedly shown some interest is the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 26-year old has appeared in 24 games this season with the Cavaliers uniform and in 20 minutes per game he averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. He also shot 41.9 percent from the field, which is much lower than his career one, 55.7 percent.

Of course, Bynum is not even close to the player he used to be during the last season he played with the Los Angeles Lakers. After a missed season in 2012-2013, it was uncertain if Bynum would even be able to play basketball in a professional level again. Thankfully, the Cavaliers saw him getting back healthy and providing a small dose of help in the team at center. However, it seems like Bynum doesn’t really want to focus on playing the game. A league source stated that he never really liked playing basketball at all.
The Cavaliers will have to decide what to do with Bynum by January 7. That’s when his contract gets guaranteed. The 26-year old center is in the books for $6 million this season. It might be difficult for the Cavs to find a team to deal with, as some teams might want to try their luck during the summer and sign Bynum as a free-agent.

Clippers Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum

If the Los Angeles Clippers decided to acquire Bynum, then he could serve as the backup center for DeAndre Jordan. At present, Byron Mullens and Ryan Hollins are the two backups for the Clippers at center. Although Mullens can be considered as a solid backup center, he is definitely not a classic center, a big, strong body who can dominate inside. On the contrary, he is a player who can work also from mid-range. Hollins on the other hand has very little offensive skills.

That’s why, the Clippers could find some room for Bynum. Although he is not the All-Star player he once was, Bynum seems like he has some fuel left in his basketball tank. He could provide an upgrade on offense and give vital minutes for Doc Rivers. Especially when the game is on the line and the Clips’ opponents choose to “hack DeAndre” that’s where Bynum could prove out to be valuable.

In addition, within a team that is coached by Doc Rivers, Bynum could find a chance to change his mindset. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but if there is a team that he fits into, then the Clippers are the one.

For now, it doesn’t seem like LA should hurry to make a move. After all, it might not be even a good idea to land Bynum or if they do, the expectations should be low.By:Chris Michaels.

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