Week Recap: The Clippers kicked off the week with an eleven point victory Monday night in Philadelphia versus the 76ers. With Matt Barnes and JJ Redick out the Clippers couldn’t rely as much on their deep bench. Point Guard Chris Paul had 25 points and 13 assists, while Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 26 points. DeAndre Jordan was a beast on the boards with 21 rebounds. After winning in Philly the Clippers made the trip to Boston for Doc Rivers’ return trip to the city where he led the Celtics to an NBA title. The Celtics, who cleaned house this off-season, have been surprisingly competitive under former Butler University Head Coach Brad Stevens. The Clippers overcame a six point halftime deficit with a strong third and fourth quarter and then held on for the victory. Jamal Crawford was huge off the bench with 21 points including two dagger three pointers towards the end of the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Chris Paul had a near triple-double with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. After losing Thursday night in Brooklyn versus the Nets the Clippers rebounded and wrapped up their east coast swing with a huge Saturday night victory over the Washington Wizards. Chris Paul had one of his best games as a Clipper with 38 points and 12 assists. The Clippers shot 56% as a team.The Week Ahead: The Clippers have a huge week ahead with four games at STAPLES Center, all versus Western Conference foes. Los Angeles kicks off the week Monday night when they welcome in Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs for a key Western Conference matchup. The ageless Spurs are playing solid basketball once again with one of the best records in the NBA. The Clippers then welcome in the New Orleans Hornets and the Denver Nuggets Wednesday and Saturday. The Pelicans, who have a talented young roster, are 11-10 on the season and in the race for the final playoff positions in the West. Clippers Vs Pelicans Tickets begin at $10.00 per ticket. The Nuggets, who many picked to struggle due to the retirement of former coach George Karl and roster changes, have played very good basketball after a slow start and are in the thick of the race in the Western Conference with a 13-9 record. The Nuggets are currently tied with the surprising Sun for sixth place in the conference and Nuggets Vs Clippers Tickets begin at $20.00 per ticket. The Clippers wrap up the week when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at STAPLES Center on Sunday night. Tickets for the Clippers Timberwolves game start at $20.00 a piece. The Clippers had a narrow victory over Kevin Love and the Timberwolves earlier this season.
LIVE, STAPLES Center and Downtown Los Angeles will be the center of the sports universe beginning Thursday night. Kings, Lakers, Clippers and the world’s best cyclists will all compete for coveted championship titles during an unprecedented 80 hours in Los Angeles
Fans are encouraged to plan extra travel and parking time if attending any of the events happening in or around STAPLES Center this Sunday, May 20, 2012. In addition to our sold-out playoff games, the streets of downtown will be filled with spectators watching the downtown circuit of the AMGEN TOUR of California cycling race, which finishes on Figueroa Street at Chick Hearn/11th Street at approximately 11:45 AM.
Additionally, the Los Angeles Kings and STAPLES Center have announced to open it’s doors early Sunday morning inviting ticketed fans to enter the arena as early as 9:00 AM. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be served until 10:30 AM to ticketholders.
The Los Angeles Convention Center will also be hosting a conference on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Road Closures – Sunday, May 20th
Figueroa Street from Pico Blvd. to Olympic Blvd.
Chick Hearn Ct. from Flower Street to Georgia Street
Pico Blvd. from Flower Street to Figueroa Street
Flower Street from Pico Blvd. to 11th Street
Olympic Blvd. from Figueroa Street to Olive Street
Olive Street, North of Olympic Blvd.
11th Street from Flower Street to Hill Street
Hill Street, North of 11th Street
All of the above streets will be re-opened prior to the end of the Kings game. Pedestrian bridges to cross Figueroa Street will be erected at Figueroa Street just north of Chick Hearn Ct. and at Figueroa Street just north of Pico Blvd.
Directions to Lot 1, Lot W and Lot C are attached for your reference.
Weekend Event Schedule & Information
Thursday, May 17th at 6:00 PM Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes (Round 3, Home Game 1)
Friday, May 18th at 7:30 PM Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Series B, Home Game 1)
Saturday, May 19th at 12:30 PM Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs (Round B, Home Game 1)
Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 PM Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Series B, Home Game 2)
Sunday, May 20th at 8:00 AM “Nissan Ride Before the Pros” (Free to the public, register at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/nissan.html)
Sunday, May 20th at 10:30 AM AMGEN TOUR of California downtown circuit (beginning on Rodeo Drive, finishing downtown at approximately 11:45 AM)
Sunday, May 20th at 12:00 PM Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes (Round 3, Home Game 2)
Sunday, May 20th at 7:30 PM Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs (Round B, Home Game 2)