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Can the Boston Celtics win the NBA Championship this season?

Can the Celtics win the NBA Championship?

According to many experts, the Cavaliers are the only team from the Eastern conference that is talented and experienced enough to make it to the Finals. The Cavaliers regarded as the only real contender from the East, the only one that can win the Championship. But what about Boston? Can the Celtics win the NBA Championship? Two years ago they made a surprising surge to the playoffs. Last year, they lost in the first round again but were better. In the summer, they got one of the two free agents they targeted. They have a great roster filled with role players, and they have a star in Isaiah Thomas that can score in bunches. Are they the Denver Nuggets following the Carmelo Anthony trade, or they can take things to the next level? We examine can the Celtics win the NBA championship, and what it will take them.

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Atlanta Hawks February Schedule

Atlanta Hawks February Schedule Of NBA Games

The Atlanta Hawks February Schedule is very kind to them. While there are duels with the top teams in both conferences, there are also duels with bottom feeders such as Minnesota and Boston. Atlanta has managed to win almost all of their games following Thanksgiving, losing only twice since then, but the real test is still ahead. The top spot in the East is nearly wrapped up. Even though they’re almost 40 games to be played, the Hawks have a huge lead of 7+ games, and they are likely to fall.

The Hawks February Schedule of games at the Philips Center is averaging $105.00 per ticket. Hawks average ticket prices are up 16.66% since the January 1st. Atlanta is looking to have a much better February in the 2014-15 than last season. In the 2013-14 Hawks February schedule of games, they went 2-10.

The Hawks February schedule looks like this

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Wizards @ Hawks Phillips Arena February 4
Starting price $16, Average price $40
The Wizards are the second best team in the East, but the Hawks have already spanked them twice, both home and on the road. However, the duel between the top two teams in the conference is always appealing, and who knows, Washington might finally find a way to beat Atlanta. The task starts on the defensive end, where the Hawks get too many open looks and transition points.

Warriors @ Hawks Phillips Arena February 6th
Starting price $111 | Average price $150
The duel everyone waits for will finally happen. Nobody expected the Warriors and the Hawks to be the top teams at this point of the season. However, the two teams are playing the best basketball at the moment. Both teams are in the midst of a great winning streak. Who will win the first duel between the two? We will surely find out and then wait for their next duel in March.

Hawks @ Celtics TD Garden February 11th
Starting price $17 | Average price $37
As mention, the Hawks February Schedule includes few games versus easy opponents. The Celtics are one of those teams that might come as a welcome breather for the Hawks. Even though Boston is playing good lately, winning three of the past four games, Boston is not a team that can scare the Hawks off. This game is also one of the few road games the Hawks play in February.

Raptors @ Hawks Phillips Arena February 20th
Starting price $31 | Average price $88
The Raptors are the only team to beat the Hawks two times this season. Additionally, the Raptors are also one of the few teams to score 100+ points two times versus the Hawks. Toronto was the best team in the East a month ago, but the Hawks have gotten the first spot, and even made a huge difference that it will be hard for anyone to catch them. The duel will feature an interesting battle at the point guard position, where Teague will be tested versus Kyle Lowry.

Mavericks @ Hawks Phillips Arena February 25th
Starting price $27 | Average price $45
The Mavs are the second-best offensive team in the league, and will surely pose a challenge for the defence of the Hawks. The first matchup between the two teams was a close one, with Atlanta winning 105 – 102. The Mavs had Rondo back then, but he is now more adapted to his role in the offense and defense.

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Clippers February Schedule

Top Clippers Tickets Steals Of The Week (1/16)

The Los Angeles Clippers are currently sitting in 6th place in the Western Conference Pacific Division with a 26-13 record and 6.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors. LA is 15-6 against Western Conference Teams and 5-2 against fellow Division teams.

Clippers Average Attendance
The Clippers rank 9th in NBA attendance averaging 19,139 at the Staples Center per game in their first 41 games which is down -0.38 from their 2014 attendance report and are averaging 17,629 on the road a 2.38 rise from 2014 road games attendance.

Clippers Tickets Average Prices
Currently, the LA Clippers ticket price average is $80.00 per ticket at the Staples Center which is down 11% from their 2013-14 average ticket prices during the regular season.

Here are upcoming Clippers Tickets Steals and Deals

Boston Celtics @ Clippers Staples Center Jan 19th
Get In $19.00 | Average Price $70.00 (Down -36%)
Doc Rivers faces his old team the Boston Celtics as they come to the Staples Center for their only game against the Clippers in Los Angeles. Boston is currently 13-24 and 3-7 in their last ten games. The Celtics are averaging 102.3 points for and 103.0 points against and are 3-16 against teams that are over 500. Clippers vs Celtics tickets averaged $110.00 per ticket since the last meeting at Staples Center in 2012.

Brooklyn Nets @ Clippers Staples Center Jan 22nd
Get In $12.00 | Average Price $77.00 (Down -29%)
The Brooklyn Nets currently are sitting in the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference and will make their only appearance against the Clippers at the Staples Center on Jan 22nd. The Nets are 16-23 and 3-7 in their last ten games. Kevin Garnet with his 7.3 avg rebounds a game against the Clippers DeAndre Jordan, and his 13.6 per game will be a fun one to watch. Clippers vs Nets tickets are down 29% from their high of $100.00 per ticket average.

Denver Nuggets @ Clippers Staples Center Jan 26th
Get In $10.00 | Average Price $74.00 (Down -9.75%)
The Denver Nuggets are currently 16-22 and are 6-4 in their last 10 games and 500% against fellow Western Conference teams at 11-11. Denver Nuggets Ty Lawson is starting to pick up his a game and is averaging 17.6 points a game going against Clippers CP3 and his 18.1 average. Clippers vs Nuggets tickets are down -9.75% from their previous meetings in 2014.

Trail Blazers @ Clippers Staples Center March 4th
Get In $12.00 | Average Price $73.00 (Down 17.08%)
The Clippers have won both meetings so far against the Portland Trail Blazers who are currently sitting in second place in the Western Conference at 30-9 just 2.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors. The Trail Blazers are 18-4 at the Moda Center and 12-5 on the road versus the Clippers 17-6 record at the Staples Center. Against fellow Western Conference Teams, the Clippers are 15-6 while the Blazers are -13-7. Trail Blazers vs Clippers tickets are down 17.08% from their high of $86.00 per ticket average on the secondary market.

Boston Celtics Ticket Prices

Celtics Tickets Prices Down 56% In 2015

It seems like just a season ago the Celtics were on top of the world and had an average ticket price of $150.00 a ticket. The average Celtics opening day ticket price for games at the TD Garden have fallen to an average price of $66.00 per ticket on the secondary market currently and giving the opportunity for the Boston Strong to get some great deals on Celtics Tickets even though they are rebuilding.

For the Celtics, this season is officially over. All that is left is to see how high they will rank in the draft order. Ideally, the Celtics would love to be lower, but it is hard to believe they can fall to the top 5, even with Rajon Rondo traded. The remaining games are all for improving the youngsters, especially Marcus Smart, and a chance to boost the value of some of the veterans so that they can trade them. However, there are games that matter and can be fun.

Celtics versus Mavericks, January 2, Starting price $84, Average price $153
All you need to know about the importance of this game is that the Celtics increased the price of the tickets. This will be the first return of Rajon Rondo, who was traded to the Mavericks just a few days before. Aside from Ray Allen, all members of the Championship team in 2008 got a warm welcome to the Garden, and Rondo should be no exception. View all Celtics vs Mavericks tickets for the TD Garden.

Celtics @ Knicks, February 3, Starting price $44, Average price $103
The green team makes their annual visit at the Madison Square Garden, an arena famous as much as the TD Garden in Boston. Both teams are in the bottom of the Atlantic Division, but that doesn’t mean their duel will be less interesting. The teams have been rivals for years, and having a weaker team won’t stop that rivalry.View all Knicks Opening Game tickets for the Celtics game at Madison Square Garden.

Celtics @ Lakers, February 22, Starting price $47, Average price $127
The duel between the two storied franchises will always attract attention, even when both are fighting for a higher draft pick. It will be a long time before any of the teams compete for a championship, but they will endure, as they have in the past. And the Lakers still have Kobe Bryant, one player that loves competing with Boston due to the history of the two teams. View all Lakers vs Celtics Tickets for the Staples Center.

Celtics @ Pacers, March 14, Starting price $6, Average price $63
Neither team will admit it openly, but both are hoping for a higher draft pick. Their duels might be a direct factor in the draft order, as they are very close in the East rankings. The Pacers, at least on paper, are trying to get to the playoffs, but that is a pipe dream. With Paul George sidelined by the end of the season, and considering their salary situation, getting a high draft pick is a valuable asset for the future. View all Pacers vs Celtics tickets for the Bankers Life Field House.

Celtics versus Raptors, April 14, Starting price $15, Average price $45
The Celtics close out the season in Milwaukee the following night, but they say goodbye to their fans at the Garden versus what is now the clear winner of the Atlantic Division, Toronto Raptors. It will be a nice chance for the fans to show respect to their team for the last time this season and hope that the next one will be better. The Celtics have a chance to remake their roster this summer. View all Celtics vs Raptors tickets for the TD Garden.

Timberwolves Ticket Prices

Lebron & Love Top Timberwolves Tickets in January

There are few bright spots this season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In a season in which Ricky Rubio goes down with an injury, the most important aspect for the Wolves is the growth of their young players. One of the bright spots is Shabazz Muhammad, who is arguably the best player on the team. Other young players such as Wiggins and Bennett show glimpses of what they can become and Zach Lavine is becoming a good point guard. The Timberwolves look to the future, and with their positioning in the West, they are settled for a top 3 pick at least. The Wolves will probably end up with the worst record in the West, but the problem is that Eastern Conference teams, namely Philadelphia and Detroit are worse. They are mostly playing on the road in January, which for a team looking to lose more games than it wins, is a good thing. Not that the Wolves are purposely tanking, but their talent is not on pair with NBA teams. Here is the Timberwolves Schedule for January games at the Target Center preview.

Timberwolves vs Kings, January 1, Starting price $7, Average price $44

The first duel between the two ended with a win for Sacramento. However, the Sacramento Kings are on a downfall lately, and after firing their coach, they are in a mess. The game is poised to be the high scoring game, as the Kings will try to run more, and the Timberwolves always run with their young guys.

Timberwolves vs Jazz, January 3, Starting price $14, Average price $25

The two teams play in Utah a few days before. The duel between the Jazz and the Wolves is an interesting one since it is a direct duel for the last spot in the West. It seems unconventional for teams to be fighting for the last place, but in the case of Utah and Minnesota, the lower the seed, the better the pick.

Timberwolves vs Nuggets, January 5, Starting price $8, Average price $27

In 3 weeks, the teams will play three times, with the Nuggets hosting two games, the one on December 26 and on January 17. The first week of January, however, is reserved for a matchup in the Twin City. The Nuggets are a mystery team this season, as they’ve had both winning and losing streaks. When you think they are getting things together, the Nuggets lose 4-5 in a row. Minnesota, on the other hand, doesn’t have a long winning streak on its resume this year. The Nuggets and Timberwolves will play at the Pepsi Center on Jan 17th as well.

Timberwolves vs Suns, January 7, Starting price $9, Average price $52

If nothing else, this game should provide a ton of excitement, since both teams play at a breakneck pace. And both teams have high flying athletes on their roster for some dunks and alley ops. Wiggins and Thad Young on the Timberwolves and Green on the Sun’s side are more than enough reason to tune in.

Timberwolves vs Spurs, January 10, Starting price $21, Average price $39

The San Antonio Spurs already routed Minnesota two times this season. Now, in a game when the Wolves play on the second night of back to back set, things should not be different. At least Zach Lavine will enjoy playing versus some of his teammates from the National team. And he might pick up some tricks from Tony Parker on the way.

Timberwolves vs Mavericks, January 21, Starting price $8, Average price $43

The Timberwolves managed to score 101 points per 100 possessions. But the problem is, they allow opponents to score 112 points per 100 possessions. And with the high scoring Mavs in town and their top-notch offence, the Wolves are in trouble. One silver lining might be the chance for Gorgui Dieng to go head to head with Mavs big men. Considering the talent and the skill of Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler, Dieng might be in for a lesson of his life.

Timberwolves vs Pelicans, January 23, Starting price $11, Average price $23

The first time the teams met, the Pelicans scored 139 points, probably the highest in their history. On the bright side, the fans will get to see Anthony Davis in live, which is always fun and entertaining. And it would also be a chance for Dieng to show his skills versus the player he missed playing during the World Cup in Spain.

Timberwolves vs Celtics, January 28, Starting price $18, Average price $38

Depending on whether Rondo will still be in Celtics uniform or not, the matchup might turn out to be a duel of two rookies at the point guard position. Marcus Smart vs Zach Lavine is an exciting duel, and both players will get a chance to learn. Lavine is already taking full advantage of the injury Ricky Rubio suffered, and Smart will get even more playing time if Rondo is traded.

Timberwolves vs Cavs, January 31, Starting price $59, Average price $77

The homecoming for Kevin Love. After playing for the Timberwolves the past six seasons, Love was traded to the Cavs in what was a rebuilding move by Minnesota. The Wolves got young players and draft picks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers got a running mate for LeBron James. In the end, everyone is happy, but the Wolves will have to wait a few years for their prize to achieve greatness. You can also purchase Cavaliers vs Timberwolves tickets for the Quicken Loans Arena starting at $35.00.

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Cavaliers & Lakers Highlight Clippers Top Tickets In January

For the first two weeks of January, the Clippers are playing at home. They won’t have to leave Los Angeles starting from Christmas, when they host the Warriors, and play 9 games at home from there on. That will be a great chance for the team to pile up some wins, and rise up in the rankings. They have small chance to win the division and catch the Warriors, but this was supposed to be the year they are legitimate title contender. The Clippers showed flashes of their potential during a long winning streak in late November – early December, but then lost few games. One thing is certain, their pick and roll offense with CP3 and Blake Griffin is deadly, but the problem are role players, and their lack of true small forward.

Clippers vs Sixers, January 3, Starting price $16, Average price $49

The chance to rack up wins starts with the first game of 2015, when the Clippers host the lowly Sixers. There is no worse team than Philadelphia for the past two seasons. However, the Sixers have scared few teams here and there, and even pushed Memphis to OT once. Michael Carter Williams is playing better and better, and his duel with CP3 is bound to bring entertainment.

Clippers vs Hawks, January 5, Starting price $12, Average price $63

Both teams are playing good, unselfish basketball at the moment. There are few direct matchups worth watching, such as Teague vs Paul, Griffin vs Millsap, and even how will Deandre Jordan handle Al Horford. With both teams pushing the tempo, this one might turn into a highlight reel.

Clippers vs Lakers, January 7, Starting price $60, Average price $163

The Clippers won the first matchup, but it was a close game. Every time the teams meet, history and fate haunts them. CP3 could have been a Lakers player if it wasn’t for Donald Sterling. Now, he has transformed the Clippers into a championship contender, while the Lakers are headed for the lottery. There was a time the Lakers were the talk of the city, but things have changed.

Clippers vs Mavericks, January 10, Starting price $26, Average price $72

The West is so crowded, that games like this might decide whether a team ranks in the top 4 or not. While there is a notion that positioning is not much important in the West, since teams 1-8 are legitimate contenders, having home court advantage helps. Both the Mavs and the Clippers are bound for the playoffs, but their positioning is unknown. .

Clippers vs Heat, January 11, Starting price $30, Average price $147

The last game of the home streak for the Clippers is a second night of a back to back set and the visitors are the Miami Heat. No longer a championship contender, the Heat are a dangerous team nevertheless. Griffin has increased his midrange game, and expanded his range, just like Chris Bosh did few years ago. Now, two players that were bangers in the post shoot mid-range jumpers and 3s. But Griffin still dunks, and Bosh might find himself on the opposite side of a poster.

Clippers vs Cavaliers, January 16, Starting price $118, Average price $133

Kyrie Irving is becoming one of the best point guards in the league, a scary thought for teams other than the Cavs. With LeBron there to guide him, Irving can take his game to a level that few can imagine, maybe even greater than CP3. For the time being, Chris Paul is the best point guard in the league. But the Clippers might have problems in this game, given their lack of small forward. James might have a layup fest if there is no one to check him. Matt Barnes sure is not that player anymore.

Clippers vs Celtics, January 19, Starting price $20, Average price $70

In terms of controlling the tempo, passing and defense, Rajon Rondo and CP3 are very close. They are true floor generals, and point guards in the rightful sense. Which one will manage to prevail and assert his dominance is left to be seen. But Rondo is known to get extra motivation when going against players such as Paul.

Clippers vs Nets, January 22, Starting price $17, Average price $103

Whether this will be a Deron Williams vs CP3 duel is left to be seen. The Nets have placed their entire roster on the trading block. The team is in a mess, and the Clippers would be wise to take full advantage of the situation.

Clippers vs Nuggets, January 26, Starting price $14, Average price $55
The Nuggets are the Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde of the season. They go on a winning streak, then on a losing streak in a matter of days. They play inspiring basketball, then the next few games, they look like they are waiting for the summer. Depending on which team shows up, this might be extremely entertaining duel between CP3 and Lawson, and Faried and Griffin. Or, the Clippers might roll over the Nuggets.

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Warriors have a true homecourt advantage

Golden State Warriors fansIn sports, playing at home makes a world of difference. Being able to sleep in your bed, go without the travel, and go through your normal routine is an advantage in sports. For the most part, teams at home perform better. Every team in the NBA had a better record at home than away last season with the Washington Wizards having an even split. Who has the game’s best fans though? Which NBA team’s fans make away teams not want to come back because they can’t hear themselves calling out plays? That distinction goes to the fans of the Golden Golden State Warriors fansIn sports, playing at home makes a world of difference. Being able to sleep in your bed, go without travel, and go through your normal routine is an advantage in sports. For the most part, teams at home perform better. Every team in the NBA had a better record at home than away last season with the Washington Wizards having an even split. Who has the game’s best fans though? Which NBA team’s fans make away teams not want to come back because they can’t hear themselves calling out plays? That distinction goes to the fans of the Golden State Warriors. The fans sell out Oracle Arena and play the role of the sixth man, lifting their own team and making the opposing team’s night a frustrating experience.

Golden State is generally not thought of a hotbed for basketball. They don’t have a rich history like the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics. The area is well-known for possessing the most geniuses per square mile as it is the technology capital of the world. It may not have a storied team history, but Oakland has a rich basketball tradition producing the likes of Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and Damian Lillard. Some of the best point guards have come out of the Bay Area, but they haven’t won a division title since 1976.

GS warriors fans oracle arenaEntering the 2006-2007 season, Golden State had not had a winning season since the 1993-1994 season. They hadn’t even won more than 38 games. In 2006-2007, led by point guard Baron Davis, the Warriors won 42 games and snagged the eight seed in the West. They played the top team in the West, the Dallas Mavericks, who was heavily favoured. The Golden State Warriors had other ideas though. Each home game, Golden State fans packed Chase Center to full capacity and 19, 596 screaming fans were wearing gold shirts and waving towels. The decibel levels were off the charts, the opposition couldn’t hear themselves, and the crowd noise rivalled that of a rock concert. The Warriors upset the Mavericks in six games, and Oracle Arena was reborn.

They didn’t get back to the playoffs until two seasons ago and were led by sharpshooter Stephen Curry. When starting power forward, David Lee went down early in game one; the Warriors chances were diminished. However, they rallied around their fans and defeated the Denver Nuggets in six games again. Had it not been for some late-game struggles on the road in the second round and Golden State could have made it to the Western Conference Finals.

At a Lakers game, it’s more of a celebrity affair. Countless movie stars, directors, musicians and other celebrities line the courtside at Lakers games. However, the crowd doesn’t play a huge role in Los Angeles. In Oakland, the crowd plays a huge role, and the area geniuses don the Warriors colors and cheer on their team in hopes of providing that distinct homecourt advantage.Chris M.

Where will Kevin Love end up?

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The Kevin Love saga is continuing to unfold and in fact, it’s gradually reaching its peak, as we get closer to the free agency period. Up to now, there is no clear indication about which uniform the 25 – year old megastar will wear next season. The only thing we can be almost certain about is that he will not be a part of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Amongst all the teams which have entered the race for Love, the Golden State Warriors seem to have the capability of forming the best offer but also to offer a winning environment to Love. So are they the ultimate front runners? And can they acquire Love much sooner than the beginning of the 2014 – 2015 season?

There are two variables in this equation. One of them is Love’s choice. It will be essential for the team which will trade for Love to secure a long-term deal with him. In other words, don’t expect any team interesting in landing him to trade away some valuable assets without the assurance that a long-term contract will be signed. So, unless Love wants to play for that particular team, it will be difficult for it to acquire him.

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The other variable in this equation is the exchange the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to get out of this deal. The Wolves want to sell high at this point, and they don’t care that much if Love will head to a destination where he will be happy or if he will win rings. All they want is to get the maximum out of this deal, whether this means acquiring one or more capable players, receiving draft picks or a combination of the two.

Whilst Love expressed his desire to play in New York and although he has also been flirting with the Los Angeles Lakers since the beginning of 2013 – 2014 season, those legendary teams don’t have the assets needed offer to the Wolves as an exchange for Love. The Boston Celtics are not in a much better position either. In fact, it’s the Phoenix Suns, the Golden State Warriors and maybe the Houston Rockets which currently have the most to offer.

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Phoenix has six first-round picks over the next two drafts and Houston could ship significant value to Minnesota while forming its Big Three with Harden, Howard and Love. Nonetheless, the Golden State Warriors seem to be capable to place the best offer on the table. If they form a deal which will include David Lee, Harrison Barnes and a few other assets, leaving Klay Thompson out of the package, not only will the Wolves will find enough value but they will also form a powerhouse in the West. Just imagine how deadly a starting lineup which would include Love, Thompson, Curry and Iguodala would be. The Dubs will instantly become by far the best three-point shooting team in the NBA and on top of that, Love seems to be a perfect match with Andrew Bogut. With Steve Kerr in the house, Golden State is ready for the beginning of a brand new era.

Kevin Love to the Warriors makes much sense, for every side involved in such a trade.

No Paul No Problem For Clippers

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Playing without point guard Chris Paul the Los Angeles Clippers demonstrated depth and resiliency in going 3-0 on the week, all at STAPLES Center. The three game winning streak kept the Clippers a game up on the red hot Golden State Warriors for fourth place in the tough Western Conference. Los Angeles is four games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the top mark, and three games behind Portland and Oklahoma City who are in a tie for second place. The Clippers are in the midst of four days off before they host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Following the Mavericks game the Clippers head off on the road.

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Week Recap: The Clippers kicked off the week with a twenty point victory over the Orlando Magic behind a huge performance from DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers center had a massive stat line consisting of 14 points, 17 rebounds and 8 blocked shots. The big story, behind Jordan, was the performance of Darren Collison, filling in for Chris Paul. Collison scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half to put the game away. Wednesday night the Clippers welcomed in the gritty Boston Celtics, the first time Doc Rivers faced his former team in Los Angeles. Blake Griffin scored 29 and Jamal Crawford chipped in 26 to help the Clippers run their home record to 16-3 on the season and notch another victory without Chris Paul. Darren Collison was steady at the point again with 15 points and 6 assists in the win. The Clippers strong play continued Friday night in their 123-87 destruction of the struggling Lakers. The Clippers outscored the Lakers by 18 in the first quarter and then outscored the Lakers by 24 in the third quarter to win the game going away. JJ Redick returned, scoring 19 points, part of a huge performance from the Clippers starting unit. Blake Griffin had 33 points and 12 boards while Darren Collison scored 20 in the blowout victory. The Clippers held the Lakers to just 34 percent shooting and 21 turnovers in the impressive victory.

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The Week Ahead: The Clippers host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night before heading off on what may be a season-defining seven game road trip. After hosting Dallas the Clippers round out the week with visits to the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers. New York has struggled most of the season but is coming off an impressive win over the Miami Heat. Indiana currently has the top record in basketball and play in one of the toughest home environments in the NBA. Indiana will be a major test for the Clippers and should serve as a solid litmus test for how good the Clippers are without Chris Paul. By:Chris Michaels.

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Kevin Garnett reportedly turned down the approach from Chris Paul and the LA Clippers

It would have been a blockbuster deal that could have put the Los Angeles Clippers in an immediate Championship position. Kevin Garnett’s movement from the Boston Celtics to the Los Angeles Clippers would have shaken up the entire league and would have changed the balances between the best teams. The thing is that this deal never happened.

KG expressed his loyalty to the Celtics numerous times. He stated that he lives green and that he will die green. There could have been no way the Clippers made this huge acquisition, or was there a chance?

According to many reports, Clippers’ superstar Chris Paul made a strong push for this trade to happen. He spoke to Garnett prior to the trade deadline and urged him to join forces with him and Blake Griffin at Los Angeles. His addition to the team would mean that the Clippers would have one of the best combinations of point-guard and frontcourt in the league. KG’s great mid and long range shot would set Griffin free and open lanes for his game close to the basket and the penetrations of several of his teammates. The Big Ticket has a great presence as a mental leader and would help lifting the entire team during crunch time and at crucial games against difficult opponents duringthe Playoffs. However, Garnett chose to remain with the Celtics and his loyalty means a lot to his team and all the fans at Boston, who saw their team been hit with serious injuries and player losses. Of course the no-trade clause that Garnett has on his contract played a huge role during this trade talk. He justified long before the trade deadline that the only case he would even think departing from Boston would be if Paul Pierce also left the team. Danny Ainge never made it happen.

The fact is that many of the teams that sit on the top seedsboth in the West and in the East were afraid of this deal to happen. Having three superstars in a roster with so many great role players and one of the best second units in the league would have made the Clippers really tough to take down. We might never really know how hard did the Celtics management team pushed for this trade and if Garnett was about to use his no-trade clause. However, if Ainge was really determined to start the rebuilding processin Boston, he would have sent also Paul Pierce to another team – Brooklyn was one of the possible destinations- and together with the exchanges for KG, the Celtics would have started forming a brand new team with potential.

Both teams now will have to look forward and continue fighting for a good run with their current roster. The Celtics are happy to have Garnett on their roster and the Clippers can be confident that with their current formation they are able to make this season the best of their franchise history.

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