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1. Court-storming seems cute, but someone inevitably will get hurt badly. 2. Don't get why sportswriters rate legit vs. illegit "storms."
I suspect the senior tennis event Thursday won't do well. Pro tennis has an audience in CLT. Thursday of ACC tournament? Not so much.
Torts sounds like a changed man. Or just a man who was beaten down and humbled by a seven-goal third period. Who knows.
"Blake comes in and does his job and they don't like it" doc said about why opponents go after BG
Oh. Clippers win No. 8 in a row.
Doc said he thinks Blake is doing the right thing in terms of not responding to hard fouls and flagrants.
(Cont) NP built up something he was scared to deliver on. Created unnecessary other-wordly asides if he was truly going for what he claims.
We gotta get Giannis into some better music, man.
Man, people are mad at Barry Bonds
Suns lose tonight but Wolves remain 5 games out of playoff spot because Memphis now in No. 8 spot, Suns 9th 4.5 games ahead 10th Wolves
Lol at Coach Dudley walkin around in a suit
FINAL: Clippers 112, Suns 105. That's a season-high 8 straight wins for the Clippers. Blake Griffin with 37 points.
Clippers have won a league-best 8 games in a row.
Clippers threw about three awful passes on that possession
Did someone really call the cops on their cat?!
Suns ball? Yup. Suns ball.
If the game goes to a 4th video review, everyone gets free Big Macs
This game is pushing 2:45.
Dude on Clipper scorers table looks like Lorenzo Romar
Griffin with his head in his hands on the bench as the Suns cut the Clippers lead to 6 with less than 2 minutes left. Clippers were up 25.
Suns have cut it to 6 and Doc wants his team to play through it.
Obligatory tweet with the Suns cutting the lead to 8: Went to a fight and a basketball game broke out.
Shouldn't have been a charge for Blake. He took off inside lower box
Offensive foul on Blake Griffin as he collides with one of the Morris twins-- it's his 6th, he fouls out with 37pts, 6 reb
Blake Griffin fouls out on an offensive foul. Clippers lead down to 10 with 3:07 left.
Blake Griffin has fouled out with 3:23 left and the Clippers up 10. Last two were offensive fouls on Griffin.
Blake Griffin just fouled out with 37 points on a block/charge call. Finished 14/16 from the field and 9/10 from the FT line.
Meanwhile it's a 10-point game and Griffin just fouled out.
First time seeing these Suns in person. I'll give it to them, they contest every shot.
And while we're at it, why is Jamal Crawford dressed like Mr Glass? http://t.co/RHk8mtw6H2
PJ Tucker is ejected for incident. Looked like a punch from here, but need to see a better replay later. Either way, expect suspension.
Official ruling: loose ball foul, then a Technical foul on PJ Tucker, who is ejected. He's laughing on his way back to the locker room.
P.J. Tucker is ejected. A pretty easy call after you look at the replay.
Final ruling: P.J. Tucker ejected
Looked like Tucker connected on that punch to Griffin before both were separated. Referees are reviewing.
Marcin Gortat is unhappy the referees stepped in as quickly as they did.
Most notable bit in the Clips-Suns tussle: Matt Barnes was inadvertently elbowed in the face and didn't explode.
They went to the ground, call is loose ball foul on Tucker. Once down there Tucker punched Griffin.
Blake Griffin leads the league in skirmishes. Frustrates everybody.
Griffin had ball in the post with Tucker on him, kicked it out for a three, and as they fought for position Griffin/Tucker tangled up (cont)
Tucker definitely threw a punch, but it looked like he might have felt Griffin was grinding his face into the floor. BK
P.J. Tucker and Blake Griffin got tangled up on the floor and it looked like Tucker swung at Griffin and the two had to be separated.
Inital ruling is a "loose ball foul" against PJ Tucker...
Blake Griffin & PJ Tucker getting INTO IT on the floor-- looks like PJ threw a punch... this is the most emotional I've ever seen BG react
We have an actual punch in an NBA game. Griffin fell on top of PJ Tucker, who punched him in the face apparently (I'm on other end of arena)
Not surprised Blake Griffin got in a fight with a Suns player. Am surprised it wasn't with one of the Morris twins.
Blake Griffin appeared to get punched in the face by P.J. Tucker after the two got tangled up.
In honor of the Suns wearing Los Suns jerseys tonight... Adios PJ Tucker
Here we go
How does this place not erupt in boos when GSW is announced as next opponent? COME ON.
That errant pass by Matt Barnes was the equivalent of a line drive into the stands.
Darren Collison is back on the bench and is fine according to the Clippers.
Darren Collison back on the court-- groin injury, will likely return
Darren Collison, hit in the groin area, is back on the bench
Darren Collison is back from the locker room.
Millsap said he wouldn't have minded boos, but "in the back of [his] head," he knew he'd get an ovation. "I love this crowd, they love me."
Looks like Darren Collison may have a groin injury. Clippers are already thin in the backcourt with no Jamal Crawford or J.J. Redick.
That first half? Corbin: "We were a little sluggish." Trey: "Our level of intensity wasn't as high." Gordon: "Didn't come out with energy."
Collison heads to the locker room after getting hit below the belt.
Looked like Collison got hit in the groin, but not sure. Update coming when available
Darren Collison looks like he may have hurt himself on that last play. He is going to the locker room with the trainer.
Darren Collison runs to locker room holding groin area
Granger + 2nd rd pick > Turner
Danny Granger, still adjusting to Lob City's pace http://t.co/6R0Zt3UktH
Matt Barnes with a big shot at the buzzer and it's Clippers 90, Suns 76 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Blake Griffin with 37 points.
Killer 3 from Barnes to end the third... BK
Big shot by Matt Barnes to beat the buzzer -- LAC up 90-76.
Phoenix has a ton of fight inside those horrible uniforms. Tucker three-point play closes it to 11.
And, considering the Nets are 22-9 since switching to this style of play, how could anyone argue otherwise?
Tonight was a unique circumstance because of no Kirilenko and size of Toronto's frontline. Nets will continue to play small, quick lineups.
Ahhhh, man -- dude at the deli that stalks me when I buy Gatorade (& pays close attention to which kind I buy) just said "Long time no see!"
For fans getting worked up about two big lineups Nets used today, don't expect to see them much. Kidd said postgame they won't continue.
In Brooklyn, searching for Jeru. And not the point guard
Somebody got a T on way to bench. I think it was DJ.
Clippers up 20, but DJ just got called for a technical.
Blake Griffin misses a dunk and misses DeAndre Jordan on a lob pass. He is human.
The only thing Blake can't do is dunk?
Kyle Korver gave away his shoes to a Jazz fan after the game.
Not only does Blake Griffin have 35 points but he is 14-of-15 (93%) from the field and 7-of-8 from the line.
Jeff Hornacek is nonplussed on the sidelines watching this. Feel strongly that's the right word.
Blake Griffin has 35 points on 93% shooting.
Blake Griffin is 14/15 from the field and 7/8 from the line. More impressive, he's doing it without sleeves!
Clippers 68, Suns 46 with 9:22 left in the 3rd quarter. Blake Griffin with 35 points in 20 minutes.
No. 32 for the Clippers is pretty good.
CP just walked the length of the court and whispered something to Bledsoe before 3rd quarter started.
Just told Karl Malone about the Blake Griffin homage dunk. Mailman loved it and had a huge smile and said "I like him."
I'm gonna sing underneath Penn Station one night after a Knick game. It seems like it'd be fun, and if you're good, people stop to listen
If you think travels go uncalled in NBA games, you'd hate to see the officiating of these little kids on the court at halftime.
Clippers winning 62-45 at half, but Blake Griffin is losing 45-29 to Phoenix.
Blake Griffin had 22 points in the 1st quarter but only 7 in the 2nd quarter. I don't think he's passing Kobe's 81 tonight.
Halftime: Clippers 62, Suns 45. Blake Griffin with 29 points in 17 minutes. Danny Granger with 11 points off the bench.
We miss you, Atlanta. Excited to finally be coming home!
Drew Gooden: "Confidence is back & I’m at ease. People say I’m playing with the house’s money. I kind of got that feeling going right now"
Next best chance for a win comes on March 22, at home against the Magic? Definitely tough on morale.
The Sixers have lost 17 in a row .... and they play the Kings next. They don't want to be the team to end the streak.....
Blake Griffin's 22 in the 1st Q is second most in franchise history. (Baron Davis had 23.)
I know these close-but-no-cigar games are a tanker's dream, but, man, this could be the start of another brutal stretch for the Jazz.
Andrea Bargnani seemed to enjoy telling media that he didn't know when he would play much more than he enjoys playing.
Blake's on pace for 58 points... there's still almost 3 mins left in half.
Korver, Millsap and Carroll combine for 58 points. All three had key plays down the stretch for the Hawks, who end a six-game slide.
LA Register will launch on April 16, the day of the Lakers last game of the regular season. In San Antonio.
Back-to-back Blake Griffin "Tim Duncan 16-foot bank shots" puts Clippers up by 20 midway through second.
Blake Griffin did the Mailman dunk in the 1st Q. Now, he's doing Tim Duncan bank shots.
Jazz trail, 109-100, with 26.6 seconds left. Lose to Atlanta, 112-110.
Clippers 56, Suns 36 with 3:35 left in the 2nd quarter. http://t.co/VS9kHthjoc
Nice ovation for Granger...
Not going well for PHX. 3 fouls on Dragic and Frye, already down 19
Final: Hawks 112, Jazz 110.
Scoreboard watchers - Atlanta wins, so Knicks still 3 1/2 back. Also, go watch something else.
Whew! Hawks hang on to get a 112-110 win over the Jazz! Korver (26pts) was CLUTCH down the stretch while Millsap put up 23 in his return
Needed to take those 3s earlier.
That might've been a rhetorical question, but surprised at how divided Lakers fans are about Carmelo Anthony.
And just like that another three-pointer for Danny Granger. That's 8 points in 8 minutes off the bench.
Another 3 for Danny Granger, who can't stop scoring all of Blake Griffin's points.
Would you fire Mike D'Antoni for a shot at Carmelo Anthony?
I wish the Jazz, well out of contention, would give some of Richard Jefferson's and Marvin Williams' minutes to Jeremy Evans.
Danny Granger is looking more and more comfortable. He has 5 points in 6 minutes early in the 2nd quarter.
Andrea Bargnani says he still has soreness in his elbow and has no timetable for his return. No guarantees that he'll be back this year.
Korver makes both FT's and we take a 105-98 lead with 40 seconds left
Raps have 5 games left vs Atlantic (@ BOS, BOS, PHI, NY, @ NY) Nets have 4 (BOS, @ NY, @ PHI, NY)
J.R.: If Phil's coming, it's "great. If he isn’t, then that’s fine too. He’s won 12 championships. Any wisdom that he has will benefit us."
If the Clippers' great play is even rubbing off on Hedo, give them the title now.
Hawks by 5 with 43 seconds left over UTah.
1st quarter: Suns 23, Blake Griffin 22 (career-high for pts in a quarter)
That's 3 on Dragic at 9:59 in 2nd quarter
Foul called on Favors, Millsap goes 2-2 from the line and we go up 103-98... 1 minute left!
If Raptors & Nets were to tie atop Atlantic, the tiebreaker (w/ season-series now even) would be record within division. Raps: 8-3 Nets: 7-5
The Hawks' 8-0 run here brought to you by ex-Jazzmen Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll. Hawks lead 101-96 with 1:35 to play.
And now a Korver jumper puts the Hawks up 101-96 with 1:35 left to play!
The 22 points was a career high for Blake Griffin in a quarter. Previous high was 19.
This is the only game I had the Hawks winning on the current road trip.
Ross declined to speak to the media post-game
Blake Griffin has 22 points in the first quarter. He is 8-of-9 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
22 pt 1st Q for Clippers who lead Phoenix 34-23 after 1 on Prime Ticket. Don't miss this.
Pregame Suns coach Jeff Hornacek lamented his team's defensive play of late. Doubt the 34 points allowed in the 1st Q changes his mind.
A Korver 3 ties it up at 96. 3:15 to play.
Blake Griffin has 22 points (8/9 shooting) and LAC is up 34-23 after 1st Q.
Blake Grififn has 22 points in first, Clippers lead Suns 34-23 after one
KORVER with a HUGE 3-pointer to tie it up at 96!
End of 1st Q: Suns 23, Griffin 22
In the end (on that play), DeRozan, Lowry and Salmons each passed up decent-good looks & Ross was put in a tough spot, salvaging broken play
Blake Griffin with 22 points in the first quarter vs the Suns.
Clippers 34, Suns 23 at the end of the 1st quarter. Blake Griffin with 22 points, yes 22, on 8-of-9 shooting.
We've got a back-and-forth game down the stretch here in Utah... Hawks call a TO with 3:47 left after a Burke triple puts the Jazz up 96-93
Melo would look awesome in one of these.
Blake Griffin with 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting. In the first quarter. His jumper is just such a weapon now.
Blake gonna get 50
Go-ahead corner 3 from Trey Burke. He was just 7-of-26 from the corners this season, per @NBAstats.
Speaking of sleeved jerseys, these black Suns ones justify the existence of sleeved jerseys.
(cont) DeRozan said he saw 2-3 Nets converging on him in the lane, thought Lowry was open. Kyle wasn't expecting the ball
Clippers 30, Suns 19 with 1:10 left in the 1st quarter. Blake Griffin with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
Blake Griffin is perfect from the field if not for Miles Plumlee's forearm
Some miscommunication on broken play that resulted in Ross turnover w 26s left. Lowry thought DeMar was going to drive so he stopped short..
It was good, if we lose this game, there’s probably no chance of winning the Atlantic Division because they would win the series.” Pierce
Talked to Wade a little about his evolution tonight. That column will come tomorrow. Tonight, crappy game column....
76ers coach Brett Brown: Hardaway is a good player. Melo is Melo. You look around the gym & have to pick your poison. A lot of firepower."
DeAndre Jordan with two first quarter dunks, adds to his NBA-best 185 slams this season. DHoward 2nd with 174. KD is 6th with 105.
Did I say defense? Hawks score on five of six trips down the floor. Go from four down to 91-88 lead with 6:33 left.
One thing Doc Rivers hasn't gotten credit for this season (and should) is for getting CP3 to play so fast. LAC w/ 12 fastbrk pts already.
Phoenix looks like a team that played in Oakland last night.
Blake Griffin is perfect so far: 16 points on 5-5 FG and 6-6 FT in 8 minutes.
DeAndre jumped from a step inside FT line on breakaway dunk. I guess his head's ok
DeAndre Jordan cruisin down the boulevard en route to that SLAM
DeRozan: "It still hurts to lose, without a doubt but like coach said, you can't make it like it's the end of the world"
DeMar: "Its a learning experience & it was a heck of a game that we can learn from & possibly could be a team we could see in the playoffs"
Blake Griffin has 14 first quarter points on 5 shots and 4 free throws if you're keeping track of such things.
Jazz and Hawks close
We're less than a yr from Vivek saving the team for Sac & there are already Kings fans complaining he should do more http://t.co/0tp5N5Z1oW
DeMar on playoff atmosphere tonight: "It was definitely a notch higher because of what was at stake… It was just a big game overall"
Hawks hanging tough, still a tie game at 86, Scott heading to the line with 8:29 left to play
The NBA is really still charging $109 for League Pass? There are like 20 games left in the season.
Paul Pierce, on the subject of self-confidence: "I’ve been that way since I was two years old. So, I mean, I can’t help it."
This is exactly why if you are a lock lottery pick like Joel Embiid you do come out as soon as you can.
New York Knicks have won 4 straight games and move within 3 games of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 25-40 record.