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clippers' five takeaways from loss to denver nuggets


takeaways from the clippers’ 129-114 loss thursday to the denver nuggets.1. the three-guard lineup the clippers used against denver was powerful in how effective and efficient chris paul, j.j. redick and austin rivers were in trying to combat the nuggets. that threesome combined to score half of the clippers’ 114 points. they combined to shoot 23-for-34 from the field, nine-for-15 from three-point range.redick led the way, scoring 22 points, missing just two of his eight shots in the process and going four-for-six from three-point range.paul had 18 points on eight-for-12 shooting, two-for-three on three-pointers.rivers, who started at forward in place of blake griffin (rest), had 17 points on seven-for-12 shooting, three-for-six on three-pointers.2. jamal crawford keeps climbing up the nba






clippers resting stars blake griffin, deandre jordan against shorthanded nuggets


blake griffin had a chance to pull the struggling clippers out of a funk late wednesday night.instead, the forward’s would-be game-winning shot against milwaukee bounced off the rim as the clippers swallowed a dispiriting loss on their home floor.griffin will have to stew on his missed shot a little longer. the clippers left griffin and fellow big man deandre jordan in los angeles after the game to rest, flying to denver to play the second game of a back-to-back set without two of their three stars.it is a break for the nuggets, who will be thin in the front court themselves. danilo gallinari (knee), darrell arthur (knee) and wilson chandler will all miss thursday night’s game at the pepsi center. kenneth faried, who has been out since feb. 24 with a back injury, is expected to play.this w






clippers fall to the nuggets in game of short-handed teams


will barton scored a career-high 35 points, nikola jokic recorded his fifth triple-double of the season and the denver nuggets beat the los angeles clippers, 129-114, on thursday night to win their fourth in a row. jokic finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to help lead denver to a win in a matchup of short-handed teams. the clippers played without blake griffin and deandre jordan, who were left back in los angeles for the one-game trip. denver forwards wilson chandler (right groin) and danilo gallinari (left knee bone bruise) also sat, but kenneth faried returned after missing nine games with lower back spasms. faried had 12 points in 18 minutes. chris paul had 18 points and 14 assists, j.j. redick scored a team-high 22 points and austin rivers had 17 for the clippers, who






barton scores 35 points, lead nuggets over clippers 129-114


denver — will barton scored a career-high 35 points, nikola jokic recorded his fifth triple-double of the season and the denver nuggets beat the los angeles clippers 129-114 on thursday night to win their fourth straight.jokic finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to help lead denver to a win in a matchup of short-handed teams.the clippers played without blake griffin and deandre jordan, who were left back in los angeles for the one-game trip. denver forwards wilson chandler (right groin) and danilo gallinari (left knee bone bruise) also sat, but kenneth faried returned after missing nine games with lower back spasms. faried had 12 points in 18 minutes.chris paul had 18 points and 14 assists, j.j. redick scored a team-high 22 points and austin rivers had 17 for the clippers,






clippers close to three-team trade with nuggets, hawks to land danilo gallinari


the los angeles clippers are close to completing a three-team trade with the denver nuggets and atlanta hawks that would land danilo gallinari in l.a.        






kenneth faried eager to return to nuggets from debilitating back injury


kenneth faried inched his way through the locker room, his legs locked like he was walking on stilts. a grimace took over the face of the nuggets forward, the searing pain evident with each step.faried’s lower back had locked up during a game against brooklyn on feb. 24, and he knew after the game he had a problem.“it was some of the worst pain i ever felt,” said faried, who returned to action thursday night against the clippers after a nine-game absence. “i’m just happy to be able to walk and jump and do the normal things like sit down normally. i’m glad to be able to do a light sprint or a jog and not have to worry about my back flaring up. i’m happy to be able to do those little things. you never know what can happen, and you take those for granted until something like that happens.”mar






danilo gallinari to los angeles? nuggets, clippers working on sign-and-trade, pe


danilo gallinari appears to be leaving denver.the nuggets, clippers and hawks were working on a sign-and-trade deal late monday night to send the 28-year-old forward to los angeles, according to multiple reports. espn’s adrian wojnarowski first reported the story.gallinari averaged 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 63 games for the nuggets last season. he spent parts of six seasons in denver. the nuggets would receive draft compensation in the deal while the clippers would send jamal crawford and diamond stone to atlanta in a move to clear space to sign gallinari, espn reported.the trade would mark the end in denver for one of the nuggets’ longest-tenured players. gallinari joined the nuggets in 2010, along with wilson chandler and others, in a trade that sent star carmelo anthony to the new






now's the time nuggets must prove they're worthy of nba playoffs


we are about to find out if the nuggets are frauds or for real.denver can make the nba playoffs. but do the nuggets truly belong on the court against the league’s elite teams?“we’ve taken care of business against the teams that were supposed to (beat). and we’ve struggled at times, especially in the western conference, to beat the playoff teams consistently,” coach michael malone said wednesday.at the pepsi center — where there hasn’t been a basketball or hockey playoff game since 2014 and ticket-sales representatives are desperately waiting for your call — the nuggets have a chance to prove their playoff bona fides by doing something this team has not achieved all season long.with 67 regular-season games in the books for denver, the nuggets have yet to beat teams with winning records in b






blake griffin and chris paul both opt out of contracts with clippers to become f


both chris paul and blake griffin informed the clippers friday that they will decline their player options for the 2017-18 season and instead become unrestricted free agents.if paul or griffin re-sign with the clippers, they can earn up to $205 million and $175 million over five years, respectively.if either signs with another team, the most they can earn is $153 million or $130 million over four years, respectively.the clippers already know that paul plans on visiting with the san antonio spurs, houston rockets and denver nuggets.the clippers have said in the past that they plan on re-signing griffin.but the clippers will get some competition from the boston celtics, houston rockets and perhaps even his hometown team of oklahoma city.the nba free-agency period starts july 1.broderick.turn






chris paul to nuggets? report won't be last to link big-name free agents to denv


point guard chris paul plans to speak with the denver nuggets when the nba’s free-agency period begins july 1, according to a report in the los angeles times.the times, citing an unnamed executive, reported that the clippers point guard will also talk to the houston rockets and the san antonio spurs.the nuggets, who have have ample money to spend on free agents this summer, are likely to be aggressive in making a play for a marquee free agent that could join a young core that includes nikola jokic, jamal murray and gary harris.among the big names on the market, in addition to paul, are forwards gordon hayward of utah, paul millsap of atlanta and blake griffin of the clippers. nuggets president of basketball operations tim connelly, who was promoted to that position from general manager wed






three-team trade to bring danilo gallinari to clippers complete


the los angeles clippers have completed a three-team trade with the denver nuggets and atlanta hawks that sends danilo gallinari to l.a.        






nuggets play all the right jams in rout of woeful lakers


the schedule for the nuggets is about to show its fangs.denver begins a key four-game stretch in its pursuit of the eighth and final playoff berth in the western conference on thursday with games against the clippers, rockets (twice) and cavaliers, teams that began the week a combined 58 games over .500.so before they began that gantlet, pushing aside the playing-for-next-year lakers on monday night was an imperative order of business for the nuggets.denver answered the bell by cruising to a 129-101 victory at the pepsi center and filming a new highlight reel along the way. it was the third consecutive win for the nuggets (32-35), who increased their lead for the no. 8 spot to two games over idle portland.“i’m very proud of our guys,” nuggets coach michael malone said. “it was a game we ha






clippers' path gets rockier with a loss in denver


the clippers are in a state of disrepair, falling and unable to find answers for what has flummoxed them, a 129-114 defeat by the denver nuggets on thursday night yet another contest that left them confounded afterward. blake griffin and deandre jordan were both back home in los angeles, resting, but what has ailed these clippers has been an issue even when those two have played.since the end of the all-star break last month, the clippers have lost eight of 13 games. they have lost three consecutive games.“i don’t know what to expect from this team anymore,” j.j. redick said after scoring 22 points at the pepsi center. “it’s just — we’re in a bad place right now. we’re losing games. we’ve been [a mess] since the all-star break.”the clippers have been losing ground in the western conference






nikola jokic's triple-double, will barton's shooting lead nuggets to 4th straigh


urgency seems to be fitting the nuggets like a well-tailored suit.with the race for the final playoff spot in the western conference tightening and the remaining schedule intensifying, denver has picked a good time to start playing some of its best basketball.nikola jokic tallied his fifth triple-double of the season and will barton scorched the nets for the second consecutive game to lead the nuggets to a 129-114 victory over the los angeles clippers, denver’s season-high fourth win in a row.the nuggets are now 2½ games ahead of portland in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the west.but the coach of this suddenly surging team wasn’t pleased with the warts that came with the latest victory.“i think it’s a win and we’ll take it,” michael malone said. “i thought our defense was awful,






nuggets play all the right jams in rout of woeful lakers


the schedule for the nuggets is about to show its fangs.denver begins a key four-game stretch in its pursuit of the eighth and final playoff berth in the western conference on thursday with games against the clippers, rockets (twice) and cavaliers, teams that began the week a combined 58 games over .500.so before they began that gantlet, pushing aside the playing-for-next-year lakers on monday night was an imperative order of business for the nuggets.denver answered the bell by cruising to a 129-101 victory at the pepsi center and filming a new highlight reel along the way. it was the third consecutive win for the nuggets (32-35), who increased their lead for the no. 8 spot to two games over idle portland.the nuggets split the game wide open in the second quarter with a 22-2 run that assau






clippers talk to small forwards danilo gallinari, rudy gay


the clippers talked with free-agent small forwards danilo gallinari and rudy gay on sunday in an attempt to get one of them to join the team, according to nba executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.no deal was reached with either gallinari or gay, the executives said, but both were impressed by the clippers.the clippers envision a frontcourt of center deande jordan and blake griffin to go along with one of them at small forward, according to the executives.the clippers have just the mid-level exception of $8.4 million to spend.gallinari, who met with the clippers in los angeles, would have made $16.1 million next season if he had not opted out of his deal with the denver nuggets, making him an unrestricted free agent.gay would have made $14.2 million next season






clippers' deandre jordan and blake griffin miss game in denver for the sake of r


the new wave of analytics determining when nba players rest rather than play is why clippers big men deandre jordan and blake griffin stayed home in los angeles instead of joining their teammates here for thursday night’s game against the nuggets.neither player fought the decision, clippers coach doc rivers said. and rivers didn’t have a vote.he left the matter up to mark simpson, the clippers’ director of performance; jasen powell, the team’s director of medical services and head athletic trainer; and the rest of the basketball support staff.“i never expand much on it because i don’t have a lot to do with it, to be honest,” rivers said. “they come to me, our guys. they throw out names and we go over them and those were the two names. dj was definitely and then blake was the secondary one.






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






clippers close to landing danilo gallinari in sign-and-trade


free-agent forward danilo gallinari and the clippers were closing in on a sign-and-trade agreement monday night that involved the denver nuggets, atlanta hawks and clippers guard jamal crawford, according to nba officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.gallinari will agree to a three-year deal with the clippers for about $65 million, the official said. he had opted out of a contract with denver that would have paid him $16.1 million next season.crawford and center diamond stone would go to the atlanta hawks as a part of the deal, according to the officials. the clippers also would send a 2018 first-round draft pick to the hawks, probably the one they got from the houston rockets in the chris paul trade last week.when gallinari met with the clippers on sunday, he re






bulls lead nuggets 59-56 at halftime


the bulls are just over a month past their team meeting to address rajon rondo calling out dwyane wade and jimmy butler for their criticism of teammates.they're also shooting for their first five-game win streak of the season tuesday night against the nuggets.they grabbed a 59-56 halftime lead behind 10 points, four assists and four steals apiece from dwyane wade and rajon rondo. cristiano felicio added nine points, the beneficiary of several nice rondo passes.nikola jokic's 10 points led the nuggets.the warriors and clippers follow the nuggets during the three-game home stand.michael carter-williams and paul zipser remain out with injuries for the bulls.starting lineupsbulls: jerian grant, dwyane wade, jimmy butler, bobby portis, robin lopeznuggets: jameer nelson, gary harris, wilson chan






tuesday's recap: nuggets 125, bulls 107


the bulls led the nuggets by one point with just over 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter tuesday night.they lost 125-107, allowing an opponent season-high while doing so. talk about second-half domination.danilo gallinari's 22 points led six nuggets in double figures as the bulls' four-game win streak crashed and burned.dwyane wade and rajon rondo each scored 19 points to lead the bulls, with rondo's representing a season-high.jimmy butler managed just eight points on 3-for-13 shooting, only his fourth game in single digits this season.the warriors and clippers follow the nuggets during the three-game home stand.michael carter-williams and paul zipser remain out with injuries for the bulls.starting lineupsbulls: jerian grant, dwyane wade, jimmy butler, bobby portis, robin lopeznugget






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...






nuggets can't "let go of the rope" on defense as the stakes intensify


the nuggets had just defeated the clippers for the third time in four games this season thursday night. they had won a fourth consecutive game for the first time all season while moving to within two games of .500 (33-35) for the first time since november. they had increased their lead over portland for the final playoff berth in the western conference to 2½ games with 14 to play.they had also drawn the ire of their coach.“we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard, not just be satisfied with a win,” michael malone said after the nuggets’ 129-114 victory, their seventh in nine games. “we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard if we want to not only be a playoff team but also be a team that can make noise in the playoffs.”the message was clear. there is no break in the clouds as de






will chris paul be the nba free agent to erase denver's reputation as a fly-over


i think nba free agents throw the nuggets a bone because we’re a cool city. but los angeles clippers point guard chris paul still has a couple years to chase a ring. he ain’t comin’ to denver.treshiq, keeping it realkiz: the nuggets are desperate for love, which makes them vulnerable to any nba free agent’s flirtation, only to be dumped after denver management gets used for leverage. but know what? the nuggets must keep trying, whether it’s dwyane wade or paul or gordon hayward. all it takes is one to say yes. and the stigma against signing with this fly-over city will be gone. i’m not saying paul will be the one to change denver’s reputation around the league. but it will happen, because money and winning is way more important to pro athletes than the weather or club scene in this dusty o






with danilo gallinari likely to move on, spotlight shifts to juancho hernangomez


as juancho hernangomez drilled one 3-pointer and gobbled up one rebound after another against golden state in february, igniting one of the best performances of the season by the nuggets, it was easy to picture the rookie forward becoming a key piece of denver’s future.that future could approaching quickly for the 6-foot-9 small forward from spain.with the nuggets working on a sign-and-trade deal as of tuesday that would send danilo gallinari to the los angeles clippers — probably for draft compensation, according to espn — hernangomez is in line to become a major piece to the roster puzzle at small forward.the nuggets believe the 27-point, 10-rebound performance by hernangomez against the warriors, which included six 3-pointers, provided a window into what he could contribute in his secon






nuggets can't "let go of the rope" on defense as the stakes intensify


the nuggets had just defeated the clippers for the third time in four games this season thursday night. they had won a fourth consecutive game for the first time all season while moving to within two games of .500 (33-35) for the first time since november. they had increased their lead over portland for the final playoff berth in the western conference to 2½ games with 14 to play.they had also drawn the ire of their coach.“we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard, not just be satisfied with a win,” michael malone said after the nuggets’ 129-114 victory, their seventh in nine games. “we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard if we want to not only be a playoff team but also be a team that can make noise in the playoffs.”the message was clear. there is no break in the clouds as de






towns leads the way in wolves' victory over clippers


the last time these two teams met, the timberwolves beat a clippers team missing its two superstars by a mere three points in los angeles in january.on wednesday, they met again with both chris paul and blake griffin healthy and ready for action and this time the wolves won running away 107-91 at target center.young star karl-anthony towns’ 29-point, 14-rebound night was his 18th consecutive 20-point game and his 100th career double-double – reached by halftime, no less – makes him the second-youngest player in nba history to do so.teammate andrew wiggins added 20 points because, despite shooting 5-for-17 from the field, he made all 10 free throws he attempted.deandre jordan led the clippers with a 20-point, 13-rebound performance while griffin scored 16 points and paul had seven points an






nikola jokic, baby blue nuggets give denver a taste of march madness


hey, how’s your ncaa tourney bracket looking? everything is going swimmingly in my office pool, because i’ve picked a team that can’t be beat in march madness:the nuggets.after trouncing the short-handed los angeles clippers 129-114 on thursday night, the nuggets cling to the final playoff berth in the western conference. but denver can put five young pups on the court who would rout duke or anybody else in the ncaa field of 68 by at least 15 points.the relevant point? these baby blue nuggets are not only good, they’re also no older than college kids.would this starting lineup be any good in the big dance?center:nikola jokic (age 22) was taken by the nuggets with the 41st pick of the 2015 nba draft. if he were a senior at duke now, coach mike krzyzewski would have a mancrush on him, and jo






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






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






danilo gallinari heads to l.a. in deal involving nuggets, clippers, hawks


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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






clippers on the brink of elimination following a 96-92 loss to the jazz


the clippers have inched one step closer to being eliminated from the western conference playoffs, a season that began with so much promise when they were 14-2 now this close to being over.they reached this juncture because the clippers dropped a 96-92 game to the utah jazz on tuesday night at staples center.now the clippers trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. they must travel back to utah for game 6 on friday night and win to force a game 7 that would be here sunday.the clippers did win game 3 in salt lake city, but the jazz have the momentum now, having won the last two games.gordon hayward, who couldn’t finish game 4 because of food poisoning, led the jazz with 27 points and eight rebounds. joe johnson had 14 points, rodney hood 16 and george hill 12. hill had the final four jazz poi






los angeles clippers aim to instigate the action against the utah jazz


the game has consumed the clippers, keeping their thoughts from veering too far from formidable western conference playoff opponent utah.there is too much at stake for the clippers not to be fully engaged seemingly at all times in the best-of-seven series in which they trail 1-0 against the jazz... (broderick turner)






counter: ramen weather - la times


if it’s been an unaccountably long week for you too, then maybe it’s time to head to the mall. not kidding, at least if you love ramen as much as most of us do. because not only is din tai fung at the mall in glendale, there’s now a branch of one of the best ramen shops in southern california there too. so maybe stop in for a bowl of tsukemen at the tsujita — jonathan gold’s latest restaurant review — before you head up to mammoth or mountain high. you may need all that pork-intensive nourishment while you wait in those long lines.if ramen isn’t your thing (really?), then you might visit one or two of the notable neighborhood restaurants that are closing their doors, either in a few days or a few weeks. or a few of those that are opening their doors. or maybe one of the restaurants on jona