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Television ratings show you people like the Clippers. A lot.


You can add the Clippers to the list of teams people are tuning in to watch.

The NBA sent out notes to say that ratings are up. So again, what lockout? NBA TV has broadcast 34 games this season and ratings are way up — 74 percent over last year on total views, 78 percent on households watching. It’s too early to draw broad conclusions, but it doesn’t appear so far that the lockout has caused big damage to the popularity of the league. You are still watching.

But the other thing that leapt off the page is that you love watching the Clippers. NBA TV’s three most watched broadcasts this year — all three in the top five all time in viewership for the network — involve the Clippers. They are:

• Lakers at Clippers, 756,000 viewers  (1/14/12, Regular Season)

• Bulls at Clippers, 722,000 viewers (12/30/11, Regular Season)

• Clippers at Lakers, 686,000 viewers (1/25/12, Regular Season)

You have good taste. Yes, the Lakers and Bulls are the opponents, but all three being Clippers games is not a coincidence. The Clippers are both good and entertaining. Not many teams I would rather watch. My suggestion is to also check out a Timberwolves game, that is the other team right now that is fun to watch every night.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.