Chris Paul and the Clippers crushed their Los Angeles counterparts, 133-109, last night. The Clippers, who’ve won 13 of 14 in the series, have practically run out of ways to show up their crosstown rival on the court. If it now takes bench visitors, so be it.
This is the best late-blowout bench behavior since LeBron James led the Cavaliers in the water-bottle challenge in a December win over the Knicks. This would rank higher if Chris Jr. didn’t also joined the bench in the Clippers’ November win over the Mavericks, which is the pictured on this post.
Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford both drained half-court buzzer-beaters vs. Lakers (VIDEO)
The Clippers beat up on the Lakers Tuesday night, in a game where one team looked like it was trying to find its playoff form and one team was looking like it wanted to secure its lottery spot. The thrashing was so complete CP3 had his kids with him on the team bench by the end.
The win included two Clippers’ buzzer beaters.
The first just before halftime was somewhat on the Lakers — they let Paul dribble into a long shot and take it uncontested, in rhythm. While the odds are still against him hitting it, give a guy an open look and the chances go up.
The second one was a ridiculous, high-arcing, never should have had a chance for Jamal Crawford that fell. Because it was that kind of night for the Clippers.
Here’s an early look at Shaq’s statue going up outside Staples Center
The statue garden outside of Staples Center in Los Angeles is getting crowded. Already there are Lakers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, and broadcaster Chick Hearn. And that doesn’t touch on Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille from the NHL’s Kings, or Oscar de la Hoya’s boxing statue.
Come Friday Shaquille O’Neal’s statue will be flying high above them all.
The Lakers’ legend sent out a photo of his statue going up.
The Lakers have already retired Shaq’s jersey inside the arena. When the statue goes up Friday Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson and others are expected to be on hand for the ceremony before the Lakers face the Timberwolves.
This is why you roll the dice on 10-day contracts. Most of the time it just helps fill a roster space, but sometimes you might find something that fits with what you do.
The Lakers may have found a keeper in David Nwaba, and after his second 10-day had expired the team signed him to a two-year deal, the Lakers announced Tuesday. It goes through the rest of this season and has a team option for the next one.
“We have been impressed by David’s focus and determination, especially on defense,” said Lakers GM Rob Pelinka. “He has a mentality about him that is infectious, and he works hard every day to improve himself. He has brought energy to both our Lakers and D-Fenders games, and has certainly earned his spot on the roster.”
Nwaba is an L.A. native who attended University High in West Los Angeles, then Santa Monica Community College, then finished his college ball up the coast at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He’s averaged 3.6 points in 14.4 minutes per game with the Lakers.
And he did this.
Draymond Green bothered by D’Angelo Russell in Lakers-Bucks fight
Russell pushed Greg Monroe – who pushed Nick Young, who pushed Malcolm Brogdon, who fouled Young – from behind. I believe Russell bounced off the Milwaukee center more than he backpedaled, but that distinction is probably what irked Green.
Green played for Lakers coach Luke Walton, who was previously Golden State’s assistant/acting head coach. Asked about Green’s comments, Walton didn’t appear pleased to be addressing Green’s public opinion.
Russell played a minor role in a minor altercation.
I’m just mesmerized by Green providing his commentary publicly.