The Daily Clipper for April 19, 2012

DENVER, CO - APRIL 18: (L-R) Champ Bailey and Wesley Woodyard of the Denver Broncos react to a dunk by Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers as they face the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on April 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Clippers defeated the Nuggets 104-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Hi Clips Nation,

It was a chippy but poised win against the Denver Nuggets but we will take it. Kenyon Martin is receiving numerous accolades for the win. Having said that, now on to the next game against the Phoenix Suns later today. But until then, here is your Clipper fix and some tidbits from around the League.
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It looks as if Kobe Bryant will return Friday in San Antonio. Will it be enough to keep the Lakers ahead of the Clippers for third place in the Western Conference?

Martin lifts Clippers past Nuggets - chicagotribune.com
Kenyon Martin played villain against his former team on Wednesday, as he tipped in the go-ahead basket in the final minute and blocked Ty Lawson on the ensuing possession to lift the Clippers over the playoff-hopeful Nuggets, 104-98.

Clips win a tough one without Paul's heroics - Los Angeles Clippers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
Entering Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Clippers had -- count 'em! -- nine road wins over .500-or-better teams this season, and there had been a common theme to every one. The team would keep things close for the first 45 or so minutes, and then point guard Chris Paul would take things over down the stretch and lead his teammates to a triumphant victory.

Kenyon Martin, Clippers upend Nuggets, keep pressure on Lakers
Kenyon Martin spent seven seasons patrolling the paint in Denver. He gave the Pepsi Center crowd something else to remember him by Wednesday night.Mo Williams and Nick Young giving the Clippers just what they need.

From Clipper Darrell: Come watch the Clippers vs Suns with me April 19 at Buffalo Wild Wings 7:30pm 3939 Crenshaw Blvd. LA 90008..lots of giveaways and prizes
FYI: He's changed the background on his website from the Mavs to a picture of Chris Paul and Mo Williams.

From the Daily Dime:

The Los Angeles Clippers started their current five-game win steak without an injured Williams, but that streak likely would've ended Wednesday in Denver without him.

Williams balances the Clippers pick-and-roll game like no other member of that team, especially when he's on the floor with Chris Paul.

Williams hit four 3-pointers against Denver, including a back-breaking 33-footer that gave L.A. a six-point lead with three minutes left.

Young added three more threes as the Clips stayed within half a game of the Lakers for the No. 3 seed and the chance to avoid the Grizzlies in the first round.

and

The Money Ball. Denver's pressure forced the Clippers into 12 first-half turnovers, but L.A. kept the game within reach and ultimately won by knocking down a season-high 14 threes. Nick Young, Mo Williams and Caron Butler carried the load, making 11 of 16 combined.

La Clippers 2012 Intro Video - Get Loud - Clipper Nation (via EyeofKy)


From Around the League and Beyond

5 Reasons Why the Los Angeles Lakers Should Coast to the Fourth Seed: A Fan’s Take - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: The end of the regular season is slowing approaching and the Los Angeles Lakers are still jockeying for playoff position. Currently, we hold a half a game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers for the third spot in the Western Conference. With just four games remaining I feel the Lakers need take their foot off the gas and sit back and relax, even if it cost them the Pacific Division Title. Here are five reasons why the Lakers could benefit from letting the Clippers pass them.

Pat Summitt steps aside as coach of Tennessee Lady Vols - ESPN
Pat Summitt has stepped aside as Tennessee's women's basketball coach and will be succeeded by Holly Warlick.

From the Examiner:

And so ends the Rasual Butler era in Toronto, with barely a whimper. He was waived on Friday after having been on court for just two minutes since February 17. News of his exit prompted National Post beat guy Eric Koreen to tweet/muse, "Twitter was invented for things as unimportant as Rasual Butler being waived."

Twitter:

DimeUpdate Dime Update
Klay Thompson just abused Steve Blake with a hesitation move and half spin.

New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin and New York Jets' Tim Tebow make Time's most influential list - ESPN New York
New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow were selected by Time Magazine as two of its Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.

(Side note on this Tim Tebow story: Someone-- a huge fan of this dude-- said to me today that no one had Tebow's star power to draw 15,000 people to hear him speak. I looked at the person, smiled and said, "Kidding me, right Well, I don't want to burst your bubble but Tebow has a long way to go to measure up to the likes of the Pope and the President of the United States. These two alone, regardless of who they are, draw much, much larger crowds. 15,000 people are just a drop in the bucket." The person turned red and said, "You're so mean and you don't know what you're talking about." True story, folks.)

LA Kings Lose: Daniel Sedin's return from injury helps Canucks avoid first-round sweep
Dustin Brown went to center ice for a third-period penalty shot, and both benches rose in anticipation. When Cory Schneider stopped the Los Angeles captain cold, the Vancouver Canucks knew they were off the ice in this first-round playoff series.

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