Clippers drop forward Joe Ingles

October, 25, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers have waived forward Joe Ingles a month after signing him, reducing their roster to 15 players.

Ingles appeared in five preseason games, including one start, and averaged 1.2 points and 1.0 rebounds.

The Australian impressed at this summer's Basketball World Cup after playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League last season.

The Clippers announced the move on Saturday.

They open the season at home Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Clippers 99-89

October, 24, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- Damian Lillard scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half and Chris Kaman scored all 13 of his points in the first half as the Portland Trail Blazers concluded their preseason with a 99-89 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

Lillard scored seven points in Portland's 17-4 first-period run that gave the Trailblazers a 25-16 lead with 3:08 left. He also scored his team's final seven points of the first half for a 54-46 halftime lead for the Trail Blazers (4-3).

Meyers Leonard scored nine of Portland's first 12 points in the second quarter to get out to a 40-30 lead with 6:29 left in the first half. He finished with 14 points. Wesley Matthews scored eight of his 10 in the third quarter, and Joel Freeland scored 10 points off the bench.

Blake Griffin scored 21 points in three quarters, including 17 in the first half, for Los Angeles (2-6). The Clippers held an opponent to less than 100 points for the first time this preseason. Griffin scored his team's last nine points in the first quarter to cut the Trail Blazer lead to 27-21.


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Doc Rivers: Steve Nash 'one of the best'

October, 24, 2014
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The news that Steve Nash, the Los Angeles Lakers’ 40-year old point guard, would be out this season with recurring back problems has inspired many around the league to reminisce about his Hall of Fame-worthy career.

“He's one of the best,” Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He reminds me a lot of Isiah [Thomas] and [John] Stockton, those smaller point guards that had big hearts and did a lot of stuff. The back-to-back MVPs; at his size, just amazing.”

Nash won MVP awards in 2005 and 2006 as he led the Phoenix Suns’ high-powered offense and was an eight-time All-Star Game selection, including during his final season with Phoenix in 2011-12.

“I think he did a lot of things for the game,” Rivers said. “I think the great ones, to me, they make the game different. Nash did that with his movement, being an aggressive scorer but also a facilitator, finishing under the rim. He just made the game different.

“Then when you watch people come after him, start trying to do that, play like him; that means he was special. He was a special player for us all to watch.

As much as Rivers would like to see Nash continue playing, the coach chuckled after confirming Nash’s age. Rivers retired from the NBA at 34 and was a head coach before he was 40.

“It's really sad,” Rivers said. “I guess. He's 40 years old; what the hell does he expect? I looked at it that way, too. But he's had a great career, obviously a first-ballot Hall-of-Fame career. So that's how we should look at him.”

The Clippers' Chris Paul also offered impressions on his fellow L.A. point guard.

“Unbelievable. That was probably one of the most unfortunate things I've heard, to hear about Steve [Nash]," Paul said. "Not only is he a two-time MVP, one of the best point guards to ever play the game, but he's also a great guy. A guy that, when I was in college, I used to watch all the time.

"I'll never forget when I came into the NBA, he was the guy that I was coming after. He was the guy. I remember the night before I played him for the first time, I couldn't sleep. I wanted to play against him so bad. So it's unfortunate, and I wish him the best.”

ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz contributed to this article.
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Doc Rivers joins Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose on 'The Grantland Basketball Hour' to talk about Blake Griffin dealing with hard fouls and how the Internet makes it hard for him to tell his players not to retaliate because they can find clips of Rivers doing
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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers new owner Steve Ballmer attended his first home game Wednesday night at Staples Center and the Clippers broke out of their preseason funk with a 108-105 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday night.

Blake Griffin scored 35 points and Chris Paul added 34.

Trailing 80-79 after three quarters, Paul and Griffin combined to score 26 of Los Angeles' 29 points in the fourth quarter. Paul's two free throws with 5 seconds remaining gave the Clippers a three-point lead. Gerald Green's 3-pointer attempt at the buzzer was off the mark and Los Angeles held on for the win.

Eric Bledsoe led Phoenix with 27 points and Green added 23.

Ballmer officially took over ownership of the Clippers in August.


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Police probe Blake Griffin complaint

October, 22, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says he trusts player Blake Griffin, and a police investigation of a man's complaint that Griffin attacked him during an argument over a photo at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub shouldn't distract the team.

The Clippers issued a statement from Rivers before the team's home exhibition game against the Phoenix Suns.

He says he's very confident things will work out.

No arrest was immediately made while Las Vegas police investigate a battery complaint filed Sunday stemming from what a department spokesman called an altercation over a camera.


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NBA GMs like Spurs to win again

October, 22, 2014
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The San Antonio Spurs are an overwhelming choice to repeat as NBA champion while LeBron James is the favorite to win the MVP award, according to NBA.com's 2014-15 survey of league general managers.

The general managers gave their answers to 56 questions and were not permitted to vote for their own players or team.

In the survey, the Spurs were chosen to repeat as NBA champion with 46.2 percent of the votes, finishing far ahead of the second-place Cleveland Cavaliers (15.4). The Miami Heat were picked in 2013 by NBA GMs to win the title (75.9 percent).

James was the runaway winner in the MVP category, chosen by 67.9 percent of respondents to win the award for the fifth time in his return to Cleveland. The Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, who is out for an indefinite period with a Jones fracture in his right foot, finished second (21.4 percent). Durant won the award last season.

James' return to Cleveland was picked as the most surprising move of the offseason (42.9 percent) while the Cavaliers were lauded for making the best offseason moves (89.3).


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Ezeli returns as Warriors beat Clippers 125-107

October, 21, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Festus Ezeli played for the first time in 17 months, scoring 10 points and grabbing three rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors beat the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 125-107 in Tuesday's preseason game.

The backup center added one block in 11 minutes to clear a major milestone in his recovery from right knee surgery. Ezeli played 78 games as a rookie before missing all of last season with rehabilitation. He also missed part of this season's training camp with inflammation in his right shin.

The Warriors' Stephen Curry scored 27 points and David Lee had 12 points and six rebounds.

Jared Cunningham had 23 points and J.J. Redick scored 21 to lead the Clippers. Coach Doc Rivers rested stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

Warriors center Andrew Bogut was not with the team because of an illness. Ognjen Kuzmic started in Bogut's place, tallying eight points and 10 rebounds.


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Lakers last in West pecking order

October, 21, 2014
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Eastern Conference | Western Conference

Today we finish off my NBAPET forecast for the coming season with the Western Conference.

As I wrote yesterday -- where I explained how the projections below are created -- this exercise is actually the punctuation mark for my summer position rankings. That is, I've taken the methodology introduced in that series, and pulled it together in a model to estimate team performance. We did the Eastern Conference yesterday.

1. Los Angeles Clippers (Wins: 61.2)

If LeBron James doesn't turn out to be the clear-cut MVP front-runner, Chris Paul could emerge to fill the void that may have opened because of Kevin Durant's bad foot. And if it's not him, it could be Blake Griffin, who is still young enough to see some growth in his game.

The big difference on the Clips is new backup center Spencer Hawes, who not only fills the biggest hole on the L.A. roster, he adds some much-needed floor spacing. Hawes serves as a tipping point for a talented roster that has been on the verge of moving from really good to great.

Suit against Shelly Sterling dismissed

October, 20, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- A judge reversed course Monday and dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling's mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner.

Judge Richard Fruin issued a tentative ruling last week saying he planned to allow the suit, but he reconsidered after arguments from Shelly Sterling's lawyer. It is unusual for a judge to reverse a tentative ruling.

The judge found V. Stiviano presented no evidence to support her claim that Shelly Sterling called her a thief and an embezzler in hundreds if not thousands of media reports. He said she did not present a single quotation to support her claim.

"Stiviano does not identify to whom any such statement was made," Fruin wrote. "There is no information from which it may be determined that any statement, defamatory or not, was made by Mrs. Sterling at all."

The judge also rejected Stiviano's claim that former Clippers president Andy Roeser defamed her at the instruction of Shelly Sterling. He said there was no evidence of that.

Attorney Pierce O'Donnell, who persuaded the judge to dismiss the case, said Stiviano's cross-complaint was an "act of sheer desperation." Shelly Sterling is suing Stiviano for the return of $2.5 million in gifts from her husband.

"Shelly is pleased that this patently frivolous defamation action has been dismissed with prejudice," meaning it cannot be filed again, O'Donnell said.

He added that Stiviano has no defense to Shelly Sterling's lawsuit because the items Stiviano received from Donald Sterling were community property and he had no right to give them away.

"We look forward to our March 9 trial before a Los Angeles jury where Shelly is confident that she will prevail," he said.


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Faried helps Nuggets beat Clippers 104-93

October, 18, 2014
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LAS VEGAS -- Kenneth Faried had 19 and seven rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason game Saturday night.

Arron Afflalo scored 16 points, Randy Foye had 14 points and five assists, and Danilo Gallinari added 12 points for Denver (2-4).

Blake Griffin scored 27 points and Jamal Crawford had 23 to lead the Clippers (1-4). Chris Paul added 13 points and nine assists.

Griffin, who had five rebounds, committed his fifth foul with 7:39 left in the third quarter after scoring 18 points in 20 minutes. He returned and played the first 10:36 of the fourth quarter, finishing 9 for 13 from the free-throw line as the Clippers went 33 of 45.

The Nuggets pulled away from a 51-all tie at halftime, scoring the first five points of the third quarter and didn't trail again.


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Blake Griffin frustrated by fouls

October, 18, 2014
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AP Photo/Alex GallardoBlake Griffin shows incredible patience despite taking hard fouls, teammate Chris Paul said.

LOS ANGELES -- Clippers forward Blake Griffin said his frustration over continued hard fouls "probably" will result in him retaliating if it continues.

Griffin and Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker had to be separated in the third quarter of the Clippers' 101-97 preseason win Friday when Booker fouled Griffin hard in midair. After they exchanged words, Griffin grabbed the back of Booker's head before both players were pulled back by their teammates.

"I was going to, but then I thought, 'It's preseason,' " Griffin said when asked about retaliating. "It's not worth it. That's not the person I want to waste it on."

When Griffin was asked if he feels close to retaliating if the hard fouls continue, he said, "Yeah, probably. I'm not going to do it for no reason or if it's not warranted and I didn't feel that was."

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he doesn't want to see Griffin retaliate, but admitted the continued cheap shots are taking their toll on him.


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Crawford scores 25 as Clippers beat Jazz 101-97

October, 17, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford hit clutch 3-pointers in the final minute and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 101-97 Friday night for their first victory of the preseason.

Crawford finished with 25 points and Spencer Hawes added 24. Blake Griffin had 17 points, and Paul finished with 11 points and nine assists for the Clippers (1-3).

Gordon Hayward scored 22 points to lead Utah (4-1). Trey Burke had 21 and Derrick Favors added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Favors' reverse layup gave Utah 92-89 edge late in the fourth quarter. Crawford responded with a tying 3-pointer before Rudy Gobert's dunk gave the Jazz the lead back with 1:02 left.

Paul's 3 with 41.7 left put the Clippers back in front. Favors made a free throw at the other end, tying it at 95, but Crawford's fifth 3 with 18.5 seconds remaining and Hawes added a breakaway dunk.


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Glen Davis (groin) out 2 weeks

October, 17, 2014
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Sam Forencich/Getty ImagesGlen Davis is expected to be ready for the Clippers' season-opening game Oct. 30 against the Thunder.

LOS ANGELES -- Clippers forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis suffered a right groin strain in practice Thursday and likely will be out until the season opener Oct. 30.

Davis suffered the injury while setting a screen during practice. He is expected to miss two weeks.

"We're going to take our time with that," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "I don't give a time frame, but no time soon ... I think it will be close [to the season opener]. I think he'll be back playing by then, but I don't know if he'll be in basketball shape to play."

Davis played in 23 regular-season games with the Clippers last season, averaging 4.2 points and three rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game during the postseason.


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Judge may toss defamation suit

October, 17, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- A judge who was on the verge of allowing a defamation suit by Donald Sterling's mistress to go forward decided Friday to reconsider after hearing from a lawyer for Shelley Sterling.

Attorney Pierce O'Donnell called the filing by V. Stiviano an act of spite and revenge against the estranged wife of the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

O'Donnell filed a motion to dismiss Stiviano's suit in what is known as an anti-SLAPP motion against retaliatory actions.

Stiviano's lawyer Mac Nehoray claims Shelley Sterling called his client a thief on national TV. But O'Donnell said neither he nor Nehoray was able to find any evidence of such a statement to submit to the court.

Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin said he didn't hear it, if it was broadcast, and agreed to consider dismissing the claim.

O'Donnell and Nehoray were initially advised of a tentative written ruling by the judge denying Shelley Sterling's effort to dismiss the case. But after hearing arguments in court, Fruin decided to take another look.

O'Donnell argued that Stiviano's lawyer failed to specify defamatory statements made about Stiviano.

"This is a phantom statement,'' he said. "No one in this courtroom knows to whom or when it was said.''

The judge eventually agreed, telling Nehoray: "I don't really know what Mrs. Sterling may or may not have said. You haven't told me except for these very general statements that are vague. I didn't hear it and you don't quote it.''

Stiviano filed her countersuit in response to the lawsuit by Shelley Sterling seeking $2.5 million. Sterling claims that gifts her husband lavished on Stiviano belong to her as community property.


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