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Daddy’s Hangout 2021 Western Conference Finals Prediction

How exciting has the NBA playoffs been? We have now arrived at the Western Conference Finals. The Phoenix Suns will take on the Los Angeles Clippers for a spot in the NBA Finals. The Suns are still searching for their first NBA title. The Los Angeles Clippers have finally reached the conference finals in their 51 year history. The Clippers were one of my favorites to come out of the west this season. Unfortunately, the Phoenix Suns were not on that list despite being a top team all season. The...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles, Indiana, Basketball, Nba, Jazz, Reggie Jackson, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix, Suns, Paul George, Devin Booker, Chris Paul, PAUL


Clippers’ Terance Mann has breakout Game 6 effort that shows growth

LOS ANGELES — It wasn’t long ago that it looked like Clippers guard Terance Mann looked tentative and nervous in the postseason. Late in Game 5 of the team’s first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, the second-year guard passed up an open layup to a teammate for a 3-pointer that missed. It was the type of play that can happen when someone isn’t ready for the big stage. But at the time, teammate Paul George tapped Mann on the head and gave simple advice: “Next play. He was playing...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Staples Center, Paul George, George, Clippers, Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert, Jordan Clarkson


Whicker: The 3-point shot is thriving in Utah, but it began in Anaheim

As the Utah Jazz approached Wednesday night’s Game 5 as if the 3-point line were the Berlin Wall, the friends and relatives of Les Selvage must have been smiling. The Jazz took 37 shots in the first half of what became . Thirty were launched from behind the 3-point line, which the American Basketball Association brought us in 1967. Selvage represents a rough thru-line between those days and Wednesday. He attempted 5.9 3-point shots per game for the Anaheim Amigos, who moved to Los Angeles the n...
Tags: Utah, Berlin Wall, Sports, Alabama, Los Angeles, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Missouri, Nba, Jazz, Ncaa, Tim Duncan, West Coast, Aba, Steph Curry


How injuries in Clippers-Jazz could impact potential Chris Paul-less Suns

The Clippers "fear" Kawhi Leonard has an ACL injury, while Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell enters Friday as a game-time decision for Game 6.
Tags: Jazz, Suns, Chris Paul, Clippers, Kawhi Leonard, Donovan Mitchell


Whicker: Terance Mann reaches peak, brings Clippers close to another

It takes about 15 minutes, depending on the line, to ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Terance Mann needed less than a second to scale its NBA equivalent. He didn’t do it for the view. He did it at the end of a disjoined Clippers possession late in Wednesday’s fourth quarter, in which the shot clock narrowed the viable options to one. He had to climb Rudy Gobert, the Frenchman known as the Stifle Tower. Nothing much was riding on this. The Western Conference semifinals were tied 2-2, and Kawh...
Tags: Utah, Milwaukee, Sports, Kodak, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Brooklyn Nets, Florida State


Clippers coach Tyronn Lue proving as good as advertised at game of adjustments

When the Clippers introduced Tyronn Lue as their next head coach, Steve Ballmer said he especially was impressed by the coach’s reputation as a thinker and a tinkerer. “Not that I’m an expert in game management and Xs and Os,” Ballmer, the Clippers’ owner, said last October. “But all of our staff says Ty sees the game as good or better as anybody that you’ll ever meet, which I think is awesome. “I tell you,” Ballmer added, “Ty’s my kind of guy. He wants to move, move, move, learn new things, abs...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Espn, Salt Lake City, Jackson, Rudy, Staples Center, Mitchell, Royce, Alexander


Clippers vs. Jazz live updates: Game 4 of NBA second-round playoff series

Kawhi Leonard and the fourth-seeded Clippers will look to even their second-round playoff series with a Game 4 victory over the Western Conference’s top-seeded Utah Jazz tonight at Staples Center. Leonard (34 points) and Paul George (31 points) led all scorers in Game 3 on Saturday, pulling away from the Jazz to secure their first win in the best-of-seven series. Reggie Jackson and Nicolas Batum added to the Clippers’ offense with 17 points each. All-Star Donovan Mitchell scored 30 for the Jazz ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, TNT, Reggie Jackson, Mitchell, Paul George, Utah Jazz, Clippers, Western Conference, Kawhi Leonard, Quin Snyder, Nicolas Batum, Whicker


Clippers converge on Donovan Mitchell as Jazz’s injury concerns grow

LOS ANGELES — Moments after taking a hobbled jog back to the visiting locker room, Donovan Mitchell slipped back through the Utah Jazz bench and slung an arm over the shoulder of his head coach. It looked at least a little like the 24-year-old was lobbying for a return to the court as the Jazz trailed in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of their second-round playoff series against the Clippers. But as he tried to work Quin Snyder on Saturday night, Kawhi Leonard was working on the court: The Clipper...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Staples Center, Mitchell, Utah Jazz, Snyder, Clippers, Mike Conley, All Star, Conley, Serge Ibaka


Clippers, down 2-0 to the Utah Jazz, have issues on both ends

SALT LAKE CITY — The last time the Clippers fell behind 2-0 in a playoff series, back on May 25, they made it a point to express their unwavering confidence. Reggie Jackson wore a T-shirt adorned with a happy face to his virtual postgame news conference and signed off that night by saying: “No worries. Remember, no worries!” Clippers Coach Tyronn Lue also was unequivocally calm, shrugging off the Clippers’ first two losses at Staples Center: “I am not worried about it,” he said. “You gotta win f...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Espn, Salt Lake City, Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Mitchell, Alexander, George, Utah Jazz


Alexander: Clippers’ task is not impossible, but it’s not easy

There are parallels, and there’s one important difference. The Clippers are down 2-0 in a series, again. They’re playing a team with a dynamic player who demands special attention, again. This time they’re coming home after losing two on the road, but those losses were to the team with the NBA’s best regular-season record. They do have a one-game winning streak at Staples Center, and the odds are it’s going to sound like a library compared to what they’ve faced in Salt Lake City this week, which...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Jazz, Espn, Salt Lake City, Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Memphis, Staples Center, Rajon Rondo, Mitchell, Alexander


Ivica Zubac back in Clippers’ starting lineup for Game 2 against Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY — Nineteen minutes, 21 minutes, 11 minutes. Eight, 20, five. Three, 20 … TBD. Ivica Zubac’s minutes have fluctuated wildly so far this postseason, and looking ahead Wednesday to Game 2 against the Utah Jazz, the 7-foot Croatian center reiterated that he was game for whatever Coach Tyronn Lue needed. Lue needed him back on the floor at tip-off, lining up immediately with three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. Down 1-0 in their Western Conference semifinal series a...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Cleveland, Paul George, George, Utah Jazz, Mavericks, Clippers, Ty


Clippers vs. Jazz live updates: Game 2 of NBA second-round playoff series

Kawhi Leonard and the fourth-seeded Clippers will look to even their second-round playoff series against the Western Conference’s top-seeded Utah Jazz tonight at Vivint Arena. All-Star Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 45 points in their Game 1 victory on Tuesday. Leonard paced the Clippers with 23 points while fellow All-Star Paul George added 20 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Point guard Mike Conley was ruled out for the Jazz on Thursday with a hamstring injury. The Clippers rule...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Espn, Mitchell, Paul George, Utah Jazz, Clippers, Mike Conley, Serge Ibaka, Kawhi Leonard, Leonard, Whicker, Donovan Mitchell


Jazz take exception to Clippers’ path to playoffs

SALT LAKE CITY — Remember how the Clippers backpedaled into the No. 4 playoff seed with regular-season-closing losses to Houston and Oklahoma City, the teams at the bottom of the Western Conference standings? Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder does. He gave the public a glimpse at the Jazz’s bulletin board on Tuesday morning, when he told reporters: “Obviously, we’re a matchup that the Clippers felt like was an advantageous matchup for them.” At the time, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said it was a matter ...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Kobe Bryant, Houston, Clarkson, Memphis, Staples Center, Lakers, Oklahoma City, Alexander, Utah Jazz


Clippers, Jazz are out to right last postseason’s wrongs

The second-round Western Conference playoff pairing that tips off Tuesday at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City will feature the top-seeded Jazz, the fourth-seeded Clippers and the specter of the 2020 Denver Nuggets. Both the Clippers and Jazz were on the wrong side of history in the Florida bubble, both victims of a Denver team that became the first in NBA history to come all the way back from a 3-1 deficit in consecutive playoff series – starting in the first round against Utah and then in the con...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Sports, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Staples Center, Mitchell, Paul George, George


2 reasons Clippers will beat Jazz in 2021 NBA Playoffs

After a disastrous start in round one of the NBA playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers were able to respond by beating the Dallas Mavericks...
Tags: Nba, Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Clippers


Top 5 Western Conference Teams After Trade Deadline

Now that we have the Eastern Conference out of the way, let’s head out west. The Western Conference saw their fair share of happenings before the trade deadline. The Lakers acquired another big man, but it was not via the trade. Andre Drummond finally was bought out by the Cavs and signed with the Lakers. The Denver Nuggets made a huge splash by landing Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic. Denver also added JaVale McGee also and that will help defensively. The Clippers added championship exper...
Tags: Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Toronto, Los Angeles, Basketball, Portland, Davis, Nba, Jazz, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Clippers


Jordan Clarkson, Montrezl Harrell have a sizzling battle for Sixth Man of the Year

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Feb. 24 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. In a matchup between the Lakers and the Utah Jazz, the next Sixth Man of the Year is likely to be on the court. Who you think that is might just be a matter of taste. The reigning award winner, Montrezl Harrell, is slamming down dunks nightly for the Lakers. The challenger, Jordan Clarkson, has become a lethally efficient s...
Tags: Utah, Washington, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Nba, Jazz, Miami, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Cleveland, Clarkson, Anthony, James


Clippers put Luke Kennard on standby

LOS ANGELES — Before he’d even played an official minute in a Clippers uniform, the team signed fourth-year guard Luke Kennard to a four-year, $64 million contract extension on Dec. 21 (of which $56 million is guaranteed and another $8 million is incentivized). By mid-February, Kennard found himself having a conversation with Clippers Coach Tyronn Lue about platooning with Terance Mann, the multi-positional second-year player. “It can go back and forth,” Lue said Sunday, via Zoom video conferenc...
Tags: Utah, Boston, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Brooklyn, Williams, Nba, Jazz, Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Brooklyn Nets, Nets, Luke, Clippers


Clippers hope for reinforcements in rematch with Jazz

The good news for the Clippers is that they won’t have to wait long for another shot at trying to solve the thousand-piece puzzle that is the Utah Jazz. The even better news is that they could have some of their own pieces back on Friday to help do it: Paul George (bone edema right toe) and Nicolas Batum (concussion) have been upgraded to questionable after missing their past seven and two games, respectively. Kawhi Leonard (left lower leg contusion) also is considered questionable, as he was be...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Jackson, Rudy, Reggie Jackson, Mitchell, Paul George, PAUL, Clippers, Mike Conley, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Beverley


Clippers play before fans Friday for the first time since March

The last time the Clippers played with fans in the stands to witness it was March 10, on the eve of the NBA shutdown following Utah center Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test. They thwacked the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center that spring night, in front of a crowd that was announced as 18,064 but reported by the Associated Press to be noticeably smaller than normal, with large pockets of empty seats reflecting the growing concern over the spreading pandemic. “I was surprised,” then-Cli...
Tags: Utah, Minnesota, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Associated Press, Espn, Cleveland, Clarkson, Reggie Jackson, Staples Center, Golden State Warriors, Orlando, Paul George


2020 Western Conference Finals Between Lakers and Nuggets

We have finally got the matchup for the 2020 Western Conference Finals of the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Denver Nuggets for the chance to reach the NBA Finals. The Lakers took down the Houston Rockets in five games after dropping the first one. The Denver Nuggets used another epic comeback to reach the Western Conference Finals. Like their first round series against Utah, Denver came back after being down 3-1 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Many had the 2020 Western Confere...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles, Basketball, Nba, Jazz, Rockets, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Denver, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Clippers, Lakers


Clippers Versus Nuggets 2020 Western Conference Semifinals

We finally have the first semifinal matchup in the Western Conference. The Los Angeles Clippers will take on the Denver Nuggets in what should be a great matchup. In the East, we already have both series underway. The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics in one and the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat in the other. The lower seeds are ahead with the Celtics up 2-0 and the Heat winning Game 1. The Clippers finished off Luka and the Dallas Mavericks in 6 games. Denver came back from being down 3-1 to...
Tags: Utah, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles, Basketball, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Denver, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Murray, Celtics


Rested Clippers face willful if exhausted Nuggets in conference semifinals

Kawhi Leonard is one efficient dude. The Clipper, with the 24th best player efficiency rating in NBA history, per basketball-reference.com, took a question Wednesday about his team’s second-round opponent and delivered a succinct and precise CliffNotes report. “Got a great center in (Nikola) Jokic, (Jamal) Murray as well at the point guard spot,” Leonard said, via a Zoom video conference before practice in the bubble at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. “They play together. They’ve been together for a whil...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Mike Malone, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Espn, Reggie Jackson, Rivers, Denver, Milwaukee Bucks, Murray


Nuggets edge Jazz to complete comeback from 3-1 down, will play Clippers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Jokic made the tiebreaking basket with 27 seconds left and the Denver Nuggets advanced to the second round of the playoffs by the slimmest of margins, beating the Utah Jazz 80-78 in Game 7 on Tuesday night when Mike Conley’s 3-pointer spun out at the buzzer. The Nuggets became the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series, but only after they blew a 19-point lead in this game. After Jokic’s basket, the Jazz got the ball to Donovan Mit...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Michael Jordan, Portland, Nba, Jazz, Denver, San Antonio, Los Angeles Clippers, Mitchell, Murray, Utah Jazz


2020 NBA Playoffs First Round Predictions

2020 has definitely been one for the ages with everything that’s happened. In March, the world changed because of the coronavirus and sports disappeared. Fortunately, it returned and the NBA was played in a bubble without fans in the stands. Since the NBA restart, we have seen some amazing performances. Damian Lillard, Michael Porter Jr. and Devin Booker are just a few of the guys who have had amazing performances. The Suns were the only team to go undefeated and now their future look bright as...
Tags: Utah, Boston, Milwaukee, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Toronto, Brooklyn, Basketball, Portland, Nba, Jazz, Warren, Dallas, Rockets, Lebron James, Anthony Davis


NBA players, coaches keep speaking up for Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s been possibly the most oft-repeated answer to any question asked in the NBA bubble. And it rarely matters what the question is. Justice for Breonna Taylor, players have said. Many, many players. There’s been a movement afoot at the Disney campus of players using their media time to fan the heat of attention on Taylor, who was killed by three Louisville police officers who have not been charged with a crime. She has since become one of the most prominent faces in Ame...
Tags: Kentucky, Disney, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Cameron, Portland, Nba, Jazz, Taylor, Toronto Raptors, Mitchell, Louisville, Lakers, Paul George, Utah Jazz


Los Angeles Lakers 2020 NBA schedule after restart

Here’s the Los Angeles Lakers 2020 NBA restart schedule (West Coast times): Thursday, July 30 vs. Clippers, 6 p.m., TNT Saturday, Aug. 1 vs. Raptors, 5:30 p.m., ESPN Monday, Aug. 3 vs. Jazz, 6 p.m., ESPN Wednesday, Aug. 5 vs. Thunder, 3:30 p.m., ESPN Thursday, Aug. 6 vs. Rockets, 6 p.m., TNT Saturday, Aug. 8 vs. Pacers, 3 p.m., TNT Monday, Aug. 10 vs. Nuggets, 6 p.m., TNT Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Kings, TBD    
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Rockets, Espn, West Coast, TNT, Los Angeles Lakers, Lakers, Nuggets, Clippers, Pacers


Staples Center, Honda Center donate thousands of pounds of food during event suspension due to coronavirus

The culinary crew at Staples Center in Los Angeles had just stocked up for an 11-night-and-day run of Lakers and Clippers basketball and Kings hockey games when the NBA and NHL collectively decided to suspend all games last week due to the continuing global spread of the novel coronavirus. “We had a lot of food already in-house and some of the preparations already started for all of this,” Payman Khania, Vice President of Hospitality and Retail Strategy at Staples Center, said. Staples Center ha...
Tags: Food, Music, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Kings, Nba, John, NHL, Orange County, Staples Center, Anaheim Ducks, Lakers, Concerts


Clippers confident Paul George’s shots will start falling

Paul George is just 21 for his last 66 field goal attempts — a chilly stretch of shooting that the Clippers have met with an assured shrug. “He’s just not making shots,” coach Doc Rivers said, dutifully steering criticism away from the new Clippers superstar, who spent his off day Sunday unveiling three new basketball courts at Domenic Massari Park in his native Palmdale. “We gotta do a better job of getting him shots,” Rivers added. “(The) offense has gotta run better for him to get shots.” “It...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Rivers, Lakers, Paul George, George, Utah Jazz, LA Clippers, PAUL, Clippers



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