After a week of negotiations, the Celtics and Clippers finally agreed on a deal last night. The Celtics will allow head coach Doc Rivers to opt out of his contract and become the newest coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. (more)
Eric Gordon notched 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers managed to harness the Utah Jazz 108-104 yesterday at the Staples Center. LA seemed as though they were cruising to victory, holding a 17 point advantage with just 6:30 to go. Utah kept fighting and eventually found themselves two points back in the final minute. Deron Williams netted a desperation three with just 3 seconds left before fouling Baron Davis to the charity stripe to conclude the hard fought battle.
“It got a little careless toward the end of the fourth quarter, and we made a lot of turnovers that they converted at the other end,” said Gordon. “They’re a real dangerous team, and they’re really hard to guard. That’s why it’s possible for them to beat anybody down the stretch.”
Davis contributed all around for the Clips with 19 points, five rebounds and 12 assists. Carlos Boozer led Utah with 20 points and six rebounds. “We had a good comeback,” said Boozer. “That’s a good team with the new additions they’ve had, and they played very well tonight. We did not have control of this game, and we knew that from the beginning.” The Clippers are scheduled to matchup with the Phoenix Suns tomorrow night before The Jazz challenge Nash and Co. the following day.
New additions Drew Gooden and Travis Outlaw contributed 10 points apiece to lift the Los Angeles Clippers past the Charlotte Bobcats 98-94 last night at the Staples Center. Rasual Butler and Chris Kaman led in scoring with 20 and 18, giving the refreshed roster their second straight victory. The 27-28 Bobcats have been successful against some of the league’s top organizations despite losing 11 games to a number of sub-par teams.
“I’m not worrying about that. Those games are over,” said head coach Larry Brown. “I mean, who would have suspected us to beat Cleveland three straight? And last year, we beat the Lakers twice and still had a lot of bad losses. We have 27 games where we’ll decide whether we deserve to be in the playoffs or not. So if we don’t make it, it will be on us.”
The Clippers are now 22-33 with hopes to find their rhythm for the last few months of the season. They’re next scheduled to face the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night as the Bobcats head to Utah to meet up with the Jazz.
The Cleveland Cavaliers just added forward Antawn Jamison to their roster after pulling off a three-team deal with the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavs will also gain Sebastian Telfair from LA to further strengthen their back court. In return Cleveland was forced to send Zydrunas Ilgauskas to Washington along with a pair of future draft picks. The Clippers and Wizards have also agreed to swap Al Thornton and Drew Gooden.
Cleveland originally pushed for Suns forward Amare Stoudemire to give LeBron the necessary sidekick for their next title run. General Manager Danny Ferry believes this will be an easy transition for Jamison heading into the home stretch of the regular season.
“Antawn is a great pro. We are very excited to have an experienced all-star player of Antawn’s caliber and character join us,” said Ferry. “He has the ability to add a special, unique dimension to our team with a strong inside presence and the ability to stretch teams defensively, while impacting the entire court.” The Cavaliers are scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets at the Quicken Loans Arena tonight at 8:00 PM.
Boston’s Big 3 came together for 44 points combined to lead their Celtics past the Los Angeles Clippers 95-89 yesterday at the TD Garden. Kevin Garnett hit 17 in his second game back in the lineup. The contest was almost delayed due to last night’s unusual slippery surface. The parquet floor was constantly checked and wiped because of the heavy condensation.
Both teams shot just under 37% in the opening 12 minutes while adjusting but eventually settled in from there. Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy was certainly disappointed to lose in such conditions. “Our guys complained about it before we even played the game, guys were at risk and you hate for that to be the case,” he said. “We kept having to go out and wipe it. There were three kids on each end trying to wipe it… We had four guys in the first quarter slip.”
Los Angeles will continue their travels around the east coast for a game against the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday, January 27th. The Celtics will travel to Orlando on the 28th to square up with the Magic before playing the Atlanta Hawks the following day. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Veteran guard Baron Davis came up huge for the LA Clippers with a fade away buzzer shot, lifting his squad over the Boston Celtics 92-90 last night at the STAPLES Center. The younger Rajon Rondo was certainly challenging the 30-year old through the majority of the game. Rondo in total racked up 20 points and six assists, but failed to hit his free throws with 1.5 seconds left to set the stage for Davis in the end.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers after the contest addressed his teams unusual lack of control down the stretch. “The free throws didn’t bother me, honestly,” he said. “I would love for Rondo to make the free throws, but I thought, for a veteran team, we played with absolutely zero composure…We just didn’t play like a veteran basketball team, and I thought it was more composure than anything else.” Boston won the first three quarters despite being outscored in the fourth by six.
The C’s will try to start up a new streak tonight against the Golden State Warriors. They are scheduled to travel to Phoenix to matchup with the Suns this Wednesday before making their way back to the TD Garden to host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Boston Celtics tickets are available right here at Ace!