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clippers reserves proud to be members of the goon squad


the clippers’ bench players refer to themselves collectively as the goon squad. and it’s a group they’re proud to be part of.so when a rash of injuries forced coach doc rivers to raid his bench for starters, rivers said some members playfully resisted.“i’ve had guys [say], ‘i don’t want to start. i want to stay with the goon squad,’ ” rivers said after saturday’s 126-105 win over the sacramento kings.lou williams is one of those. so even though he’s the team’s leading scorer and has started the last four games, he’s still a goonie at heart.“i am the leader of the goon squad. yet and still,” he said after scoring a game-high 26 points saturday, his 12th consecutive game with at least 21 points. “i’ve started what six games this season? [actually 11]. so i can’t really call myself a starter.






injured austin rivers sits out again for clippers, who are uncertain when he'll


austin rivers sat out a second consecutive game because of a right achilles tendon injury and when he’ll return is uncertain.in fact, clippers coach doc rivers said tuesday that the point guard would have the injury checked out again to determine his status.when asked if his son was getting closer to playing, rivers said, “we thought he was.”“so the fact that he’s not playing says probably not,” he added. “so, we’ll see.“i know he was working out the last couple of days and had some discomfort. so they’re going to reevaluate his foot again. i think they are going to send him to another guy and see what’s going on. we have to wait and see.”clippers bench playing wellwhen the season started, the clippers thought they were a deep team.that has proven to be the case through a rash of injuries.






five takeaways from the clippers' 112-101 loss to the milwaukee bucks


the clippers lost to the bucks, 112-101, in milwaukee on friday night. here are five things we learned from the game:1. on the clippers’ second possession of the game, blake griffin stepped out of bounds, the first of many turnovers by the clippers. on their fourth possession of the game, chris paul was called for being out of bounds, another turnover that really wasn’t forced by the bucks.on and on it went until the clippers had turned the ball over 23 times, leading to 41 points for milwaukee and 16 more shot opportunities.griffin and jamal crawford each had five turnovers. paul and austin rivers each had four.“that’s very unlike us and it started with me,” paul said. “i had two, i think, early in the fourth quarter and i got a third one on my tech and i got a fourth one later throwing i






12 reputed gang members charged with crimes including murder


white plains, n.y. (ap) — federal prosecutors have charged a dozen reputed gang members with terrorizing suburban new york city, including killing two teenagers.an indictment unsealed thursday says the members of a street gang called “the goonies” or “the goon squad” waged turf wars in mount vernon, new york through violence and murder with illegal guns, and sold drugs. they also are accused of wire and bank fraud and have been charged with conspiracy, racketeering, murder and other crimes. they have been accused of killing a rival gang member and another young man, both 13 years old.according to the indictment, the gang promoted themselves on facebook and youtube, proclaiming membership in the gang and photographing themselves with other gang members, and they flashed signs and wore certa






clippers roll to easy victory over mavericks


there was no better opponent for the clippers to get their verve back than facing the dreadful dallas mavericks.all it took was for the clippers to play with enough exuberance and drive to dispatch the mavericks 119-98 wednesday night at staples center before a smallish crowd of 13,487.in running over the 1-8 mavericks, the clippers (5-2) snapped a two-game losing streak.perhaps more importantly, the clippers had recovered from having seen their vitality zapped in the wake of another loss to the golden state warriors on monday night.“you need to be reassured sometimes,” clippers coach doc rivers said. “i just felt the fun coming back. we started playing again, playing freer. i thought we needed that.”none of the clippers starters played in the fourth quarter, but four of them scored in dou






five takeaways from the clippers' victory over the charlotte hornets


the clippers defeated the hornets, 107-102, on saturday night in charlotte. here are five takeaways from the game:1) the clippers were able to get by the charlotte hornets, 107-102, on saturday because of strong bench play.the reserve unit of the clippers accounted for 47 points.as usual, jamal crawford led the clippers’ substitutes with 22 points on six-for-11 shooting, five for eight on three-pointers.raymond felton had nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes, 35 seconds.marreese speights scored all eight of his points in the first quarter. alan anderson provided the clippers with a spark with his six points, and wesley johnson had two points.as a group, the reserves had a plus-34 rating.2) at times, the clippers were really good on defense.at times, the clippers were






five takeaways from the clippers' 100-91 loss to the washington wizards


this is a group of clippers that lives for the grind even when far from whole. already short-handed, the clippers were without their starting backcourt friday night at washington, which stacked the odds of winning against them. and yet the clippers continued to scrap and battle until the end of... (broderick turner)






clippers coach doc rivers named nba coach of month for april


the nba on friday named clippers coach doc rivers as the western conference coach of the month for april.with rivers leading the way, the clippers produced a 5-0 record this month, making them the only undefeated club in april.the clippers outscored their opponents by a league-best 16.4 points per game and led the league in field-goal percentage (51.5%) in april.the clippers finished the regular season on a seven-game winning streak. they also went 10-2 in their final 12 games of the season.rivers and the clippers completed their regular season as the fourth seed in the western conference.the clippers will host the utah jazz on saturday in game 1 of the best-of-seven first-round playoff series.captiondo you have what it takes to be a laker girl?every year, the laker girls hold open auditio






five takeaways from the clippers' 108-95 victory over the utah jazz


the los angeles clippers defeated the utah jazz, 108-95, on saturday to clinch a playoff berth.here are five takeaways from the game:1. it was more than marreese speights making his only three-pointer in the fourth quarter. it was also the fact that speights was able to spread the court and not allow utah’s 7-foot-1, shot-blocking center rudy gobert to clog the lane and shut down the clippers’ driving guards. gobert had to stay attached to speights on the perimeter, allowing for all those forays into the lane by jamal crawford and austin rivers.“on the other end, it wasn’t great, on the defensive end. on the offensive end, putting mo behind the three and gobert had to go out there, allowed our guards to get to the basket,” clippers coach doc rivers said. “and then when he came in, mo makes






clippers take their foot off the gas ahead of what could be their last playoff r


this has always been the best time of the year for the clippers, these first few days in april, these last few moments of infinite promise before the reality of the playoffs.the clippers are hot! the clippers are dangerous! the clippers are going to surprise!this spring has been different. you could sense it at the staples center on saturday when they hosted the lakers. you could feel it in the restrained crowd, see it in the frustrated players, and almost hear the dread cutting through the noise and smoke and soaring t-shirts.the clippers are disjointed. the clippers are dispirited. the clippers are going bust.the clippers won by 11 points, but, because they were playing team tank, they should have won by three times that much. the final score was 115-104, but the game began with the clip






clippers take their foot off the gas ahead of what could be their last playoff r


this has always been the best time of the year for the clippers, these first few days in april, these last few moments of infinite promise before the reality of the playoffs.the clippers are hot! the clippers are dangerous! the clippers are going to surprise!this spring has been different. you could sense it at the staples center on saturday when they hosted the lakers. you could feel it in the restrained crowd, see it in the frustrated players, and almost hear the dread cutting through the noise and smoke and soaring t-shirts.the clippers are disjointed. the clippers are dispirited. the clippers are going bust.the clippers won by 11 points, but, because they were playing team tank, they should have won by three times that much. the final score was 115-104, but the game began with the clip






indie focus: taking off with fall sneaks and 'close encounters of the third kind


the times reprinted our original 1977 review of the film by the mighty charles champlin. he said of the film “despite its scope ‘close encounters’ stays light on its legs, mystical and reverential but not solemn. it is a warm celebration, positive and pleasurable. the humor is folksy and slapstick rather than cerebral, as if to confirm that our encounter is with a populist vehicle.”at the new york times, j. hoberman wrote a new essay on the film, noting “like ‘star wars,’ which had its premiere approximately half a year before ‘close encounters,’ mr. spielberg’s film drew on the science-fiction movies and tv shows of its director’s childhood. but where ‘star wars’ transported viewers to a distant galaxy, ‘close encounters’ brought representatives of that galaxy to earth — more specifically






griffin, beverley lead clippers past jazz, 102-84


los angeles — the last time utah ventured to los angeles, the jazz stunned the clippers in game 7 of their first-round playoff series.a rematch was hardly foremost on either team's minds when they met back at staples center, since both have nine new players this season.this time the clippers came out on top, remaining unbeaten with a 102-84 victory on tuesday."they beat us in the playoffs. for the guys that were here tonight, that was something that was in the back of our minds," said clippers center deandre jordan. "for the guys that weren't here, we wanted to come out and see the tone against a really good defensive team that makes you guard them the whole shot clock."all five starters scored in double figures for the clippers, led by blake griffin's 22 points. patrick beverley added 19






clippers end raptors' streak with 96-91 victory


los angeles — with blake griffin, patrick beverley and danilo gallinari sidelined by injuries, playing hard has to be the los angeles clippers' calling card.montrezl harrell scored 17 points and the clippers rallied over the final 3:21 to beat toronto 96-91 on monday night, snapping the raptors' six-game winning streak."we scrapped, we played hard, we got the loose balls, we got the 50-50 game, we took charges, we created turnovers, got baskets," clippers coach doc rivers said. "that's who we have to be right now, and our guys have bought into it."deandre jordan had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the clippers. their backups outscored toronto's reserves 50-17, led by harrell and lou williams, who also had 17 points."our second group tries to bring a lot of energy and play as hard as we can,"






clippers' c.j. williams playing inspired basketball – la times


each game c.j. williams has played for the clippers has shown his growth as a player, but his future with the team remains uncertain.on tuesday night at staples center, williams scored a career-high 18 points against the memphis grizzlies in his 37th day as a clipper.advertisementthe number is important because williams is on a two-way contract with the clippers, meaning he is allowed to spend up to 45 days with an nba team and the rest with its development league team.williams has played in 24 games with the clippers, but also spent days practicing with them when he wasn't playing for the agua caliente clippers of ontario.under the rules, a two-way player whose contract reaches the 45-day limit must be awarded a "regular" nba contract in order to continue playing on that team.of course, t






five takeaways from the clippers' overtime win over charlotte


chris paul didn’t shoot the basketball well sunday night, even missing a layup with just a few seconds left in overtime and the clippers leading by just one point. (deandre jordan cleaned up the miss with a follow dunk, however).but paul still was a big-time factor in the clippers’ 124-121 victory over charlotte.paul had 15 points, 17 assists and nine rebounds. he astoundingly did not have a turnover in the 40 minutes, 31 seconds he played.it was his sixth career nba game with at least 15 points, 15 assists and zero turnovers, passing hall of famer john stockton for the most since turnovers were first tracked in 1977-78.paul was just four for 18 from the field.but his defense on charlotte’s kemba walker late in the overtime period that forced the hornets guard into a turnover was the key p






jay baruchel moves behind the camera with blood-on-the-ice hockey comedy 'goon:


ottawa-born, montreal-raised actor jay baruchel makes his feature directorial debut and tackles a subject near and dear to his heart — hockey, canada’s national sport — in the comedy sequel “goon: last of the enforcers,” which sees seann william scott’s doug glatt facing the ultimate challenge following a brutal career-ending injury: life after hockey.wyatt russell joins a returning “goon” cast including liev schreiber, marc-andré grondin, alison pill and elisha cuthbert in the sequel to the 2012 cult comedy about a dim-witted bruiser who finds his calling on his failing hometown hockey team, the halifax highlanders. baruchel, who wrote the first “goon” with evan goldberg and scripts the follow-up with jesse chabot, also produced and co-stars.jay baruchel directs seann william scott on the






clippers have to maintain focus against spurs


to defeat an always formidable foe like the san antonio spurs, the clippers acknowledge that it requires utmost focus for longer stretches than they are accustomed to play against other teams in the league. there is no letting up against the spurs, the clippers say. there can be no significant lulls against the spurs, the clippers say. there can be no extended inconsistent play against the spurs, the clippers say.that’s because throughout the nba, the spurs are known as a team that will push their opponents to play their best basketball, or risk losing the game in a big way.the clippers will face their test when they play the spurs saturday night in a nationally televised game at at&t center.“i think you just know going into the game, they’re not a team that’s going to beat themselves,” bl






clippers turn 13-point deficit into big win over celtics


it was a feel-good win for the clippers on saturday night, but they remained cautious after their victory over the chicago bulls.that’s because that one win doesn’t mean that all is fine just yet for a group that admitted it was in a rut.the clippers had begun the stretch drive of the regular...






clippers comes up short in loss to grizzlies 115-112 – la times


memphis had its largest lead of the game with 5 minutes left, 109-93, before rivers and williams began chipping into the advantage. eventually, the guards helped craft a 19-6 run, pulling the clippers within 115-112 with 1:00 left. after a couple missed attempts by memphis, clippers coach doc rivers called timeout with 21 seconds left. but the clippers never got off a shot in the ensuing possession.






clippers roll cavaliers, 108-78, as cleveland rests james, love and irving


blake griffin scored 23 points and the los angeles clippers capitalized on the cavaliers' decision to rest their top three players with an easy 108-78 victory over cleveland on saturday night. lebron james, kevin love and kyrie irving sat out for the cavaliers, and the clippers snapped their three-game losing streak by feasting on the defending champions' supporting cast. j.j. redick added 16 points for the clippers, who swept their season series with the cavs. cleveland's personnel decision also allowed the clippers to rest griffin, chris paul and deandre jordan for the entire fourth quarter while their reserves turned a comfortable win into a blowout. griffin sat out thursday's loss at denver to rest, and he poured in 13 points in the third quarter while the clips pulled away. richard je






clippers' reserves could use some help — from the starters, maybe?


it's the start of the 2017 baseball season and our curiosity correspondent, benjamin crutcher, went to los angeles dodgers' pitching coach rick honeycutt to find out how someone who isn't a pitcher could throw a first pitch at a game and not look terrible.live coverage of opening day at dodger stadium >>






blake griffin sustains a concussion early in the clippers' 121-105 loss to the w


lou williams led the clippers with 23 points whiledeandre jordan finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. tyrone wallace, who was making his clippers debut, contributed 13 points.






rockets' three-point barrage shoots down the clippers


an avalanche of three-pointers poured down on the clippers, overwhelming them in an astounding way.it was with so much force that the clippers meekly lost, 122-103, to the three-point tossing houston rockets on wednesday night at staples center.but perhaps what’s most telling is how the clippers are 1-3 since the all-star break.the losses have come to golden state, san antonio and houston, the top three teams in the western conference, respectively.and the clippers have been defeated by an average of 12.3 points per game against those three top-notch opponents.in the middle of all this, the clippers remained in fifth in the western conference, half a game behind the utah jazz, who lost at home wednesday night. the clippers are six games behind the third-seeded rockets in the west.“without






injured clippers regulars griffin and teodosic sit out against the atlanta hawks


the team with the worst record in the nba invaded the space of a clippers team in their own desperate need of a victory while in the midst of dealing with a multitude of injuries. and when the moment was gravest for the clippers, when they were in dire need of being lifted, c.j. williams delivered...






five takeaways from the clippers' win over the sacramento kings


an awakening on defense shook the clippers out of their third-quarter slumber that saw them go down by 18 points. an offensive outburst by lou williams and blake griffin catapulted the clippers into a 10-point lead. when that margin finally was erased on a 10-0 sacramento run capped by a three-pointer... (broderick turner)






clippers consider buying way into nba draft


the clippers are not in a position to participate in thursday night’s nba draft because they don’t have a selection in the first or second rounds.but before the day is over, the clippers could partake in the festivities if they make good on their plan to buy a second-round draft pick from another team.it could cost the clippers upward of $2 million to purchase an early second-round pick. but clippers owner steve ballmer is supposed to be the richest owner of an american sports team, worth about $22 billion. so money should not be an issue. the clippers want in so they have an additional asset for the future, a young player they would most likely assign to their agua caliente clippers of ontario team, which will play in the nba’s gatorade league.if the clippers get that second-round pick, t






clippers' c.j. williams suffers sprained right ankle, does not return


clippers guard c.j. williams left early in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle and he didn’t return against the golden state warriors on wednesday night at oracle arena.williams drove to the basket and scored on a layup but came up hobbled once he hit the court.williams was carried off the court by lou williams and jasen powell, the clippers’ head athletic trainer.later, c.j. williams was carried into the locker room.he left with 12 points on five-for-nine shooting, two-for-four on three-pointers.the clippers play at sacramento on thursday night.c.j. williams was signed to a two-way contract by the clippers to play on their development league team, the agua caliente clippers of ontario.under the rules, players signed to two-way deals can spend up to 45 days with their nba team.wi






clippers turn back jazz after letting big lead slip away in fourth quarter


the clippers took a gamble on having just four veteran guards on their 15-man roster, and for the second time already, they have paid a price. they were put in a precarious state when starting point guard milos teodosic went down with a plantar fascia injury to his left foot that the clippers said... (broderick turner)






inside the nba: wizards looked to take a step forward, but injuries could hold t


every loss brings the clippers an even bigger challenge. and there have been plenty of losses this season, enough to test whatever positive approach the clippers try. the clippers are 8-15, a .348 winning percentage that is hard to fathom considering they started the season with so much promise... (broderick turner)






rookie guards playing key roles for short-handed clippers


they are two rookies who have been forced into the fray, both of them wide-eyed and yet quietly confident they can perform for the clippers during these dire times. much has been asked of sindarius thornwell and jawun evans while the clippers wait for guards patrick beverley (sore right knee) and...






five takeaways from the clippers' 97-95 loss to the mavericks


the clippers went on the road thursday and lost a sloppy affair to the mavericks by not executing down the stretch.here are five takeaways from the clippers’ 97-95 loss in dallas:1. j.j. redick curled off a screen in the second quarter and drilled a three-pointer while being slapped in the face by mavericks guard wesley matthews. redick got up off the court and made the free throw for a four-point play.the action left redick with his 31st career four-point play, which ranked him second behind teammate jamal crawford (50).still, it was not one of redick’s better games. he scored only nine points, missing seven of nine shots and four of his five three-pointers. the biggest miss came with 0.3 seconds left in the game, a three-pointer redick missed that would have given the clippers the victor






new-look clippers at a crossroads to see if they are still a top team in west –


for six years, the clippers stood among the best of the nba, a team listed in the company of the championship contenders despite their constant playoff failures.they are no longer seen in the same light.as the clippers prepare to launch their 2017-18 season, they now are regarded as a team at the crossroads.no one is picking them to finish in the top four in the uber-competitive western conference, which was something the clippers had accomplished the last six seasons.presumably, the clippers still are a playoff team, even if they have nine new players and have lost stalwarts chris paul, j.j. redick and jamal crawford.“i don’t think i give a crap one way or the other,” an emphatic clippers coach doc rivers said. “i’m being very honest. i didn’t give a crap last year, the year before that,






clippers! l.a. is getting a big boost from their team in ontario


hi, my name is broderick turner, and welcome back to the los angeles times’ clippers newsletter.a season constantly on the brink because of injuries has been saved by the development league team the clippers purchased only last may.if the clippers didn’t own agua caliente clippers of ontario and weren’t able to dive into that pool of talent, the l.a. clippers probably would be headed toward the abyss.they have had seven players miss a combined total of 110 games this season because of injuries.but because the clippers were able to pluck c.j. williams, jamil wilson and tyrone wallace from the agua caliente clippers, l.a. has been able to survive when its rash of injuries threatened to take the clippers under.“listen, if we had known years ago, we would have had this 10 years ago,” clippers






clippers! a look at the players on the opening day roster


hi, my name is broderick turner, and welcome to the first edition of the los angeles times’ new clippers newsletter.the pundits will proclaim that the 2017-18 version of the clippers has more talent and depth throughout the lineup than they can recall from at least the past four seasons.the season will be the true judge.“i think we have a lot of guys that can contribute and put up some big numbers and be key roles in winning games,” blake griffin said. “it’s not like we have two or three guys you can key in on. we have a lot.”throughout the campaign, this clippers newsletter will attempt to provide some insight into how this team functions.let’s start by looking at the 14-man roster — and the two two-way contracts — to see who these clippers are.blake griffin: this is his show now. here’s






clippers' c.j. williams suffers sprained right ankle, does not return – la times


clippers guard c.j. williams left early in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle and he didn't return against the golden state warriors on wednesday night at oracle arena.williams drove to the basket and scored on a layup but came up hobbled once he hit the court.advertisementwilliams was carried off the court by lou williams and jasen powell, the clippers' head athletic trainer.later, c.j. williams was carried into the locker room.he left with 12 points on five-for-nine shooting, two-for-four on three-pointers.the clippers play at sacramento on thursday night.c.j. williams was signed to a two-way contract by the clippers to play on their development league team, the agua caliente clippers of ontario.under the rules, players signed to two-way deals can spend up to 45 days with thei






kremlin protests fox news' remarks on putin


moscow — the kremlin is indignant over the comments of a fox news journalist who called russian president vladimir putin a "killer" in an interview with president donald trump.in the interview broadcast over the weekend fox news' bill o'reilly called the russian leader "a killer." trump replied that the u.s. has killers, too.putin's spokesman dmitry peskov refused to comment on trump's reply but lashed out at fox, calling o'reilly's remarks "unacceptable and offensive.""we would like to receive an apology to the president from this respected organization," peskov told reporters on monday, referring to fox news.trump has praised putin and signaled that u.s.-russia relations could be in for a makeover under his leadership. putin in his turn spoke warmly of trump.