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Clippers' League-Worst Defense Ready to Turn the Corner?

"Defense wins championships."<p>It's perhaps the most cliched cliche in the history of sports cliches, but it is true to a certain extent. No, the best defenses don't always win championships—a team needs some semblance of balance—but the worst defenses never win championships.<p>The term "30th-ranked …

Basketball

Is Nick Young 'Kobe Lite' at a Dollar Store Price?

Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young blazed an erratic orbit over the past six seasons with three NBA teams. The Los Angeles Lakers offered him a minimum salary contract this summer, hoping to capture lightning in a bottle at a dollar-store price.<p>First, it’s worth noting that Young’s a local product. The pride of …

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Griffin, Redick lead Clippers past Rockets, 107-94

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers used a strong defensive effort and a spark from reserve Jamal Crawford at the just the right time to salvage …

Paul Pierce's 3-Pointer Gets the Ultimate 'Shooter's Bounce'

Basketball players sometimes get lucky with what they call a "shooter's bounce," where a shot takes a bounce or two before falling through.<p>Paul Pierce, however, got the ultimate "shooter's bounce" on this shot against the Pacers, and his teammates look pretty excited about it. The ball bounces on …

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Can LA Lakers Play Western Conference Spoiler All Season?

The Los Angeles Lakers used to be the hunted, but this new hunter's role appears to be fitting quite well.<p>With an aging roster and a hobbled Kobe Bryant (Achilles) still missing in action, expectations couldn't have been lower outside the locker room.<p>After scoring a pair of early season victories …

Basketball

Why is the world not watching the Ninja Pacers?

Indiana has stormed out to a strong start behind Paul George and Roy Hibbert. So it's a great thing that no one will be able to watch them at …

Basketball

Associated Press News

Paul's sense of urgency can benefit team

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Chris Paul was the first player at Chesapeake Energy Solutions Arena on Monday.<p>Before the first team bus pulled into the arena, Paul …

Basketball

Kobe Bryant Tells Pau Gasol He Wants Him to Return to Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant wants Pau Gasol to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers.<p>"I spoke with Kobe before the end of the season and he told me he wanted me to stay," Gasol told Marca.com, via the <i>Los Angeles Daily News</i>' Mark Medina. “We have a great mutual respect and a great friendship.”<p>Is Bryant's wish Gasol's to …

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