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The Daily Clipper - Playoff Game 2 Edition

Just in case the Naçion isn't as hyped for tonight's game, we give you a boat load of news about tonight's game.

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Clippers have one but job is a long way from being done against Spurs - LA Times
If this is the Clippers ' one shining moment, then it won't be much of a playoff run. They have won the opener of a first-round series against the defending NBA champions, so big whoop-de-do.

Last look at Ginobili? There’s a way to go out - San Antonio Express-News
The Clippers see the same when they watch video. [...] given his sense of the moment, and a competitive drive that always went beyond human boundaries, it would be just like him to pick the right spot for his one. If the Clippers rout the Spurs, does Ginobili respond by committing himself to a summer of work to return for a better encore? [...] if Tim Duncan returns for another season, as most think he will, maybe Ginobili starts heading to the practice facility to join him. Ginobili assisted on three straight baskets before tossing in a 3-pointer to pull the Spurs within two. No active player in the NBA has a better career winning percentage. [...] in the history of the league, he is one of only eight players to have at least 2,500 points, 750 rebounds, 700 assists and 250 steals in the postseason. Bryant, Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James and Clyde Drexler.

Spurs vs Clippers: L.A. Must Stay Aggressive In Game 2
Spurs vs Clippers Game 2: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin continuing to play in a higher gear should result in a Los Angeles win.

How the Clippers' logo evolved, from Buffalo to San Diego to Los Angeles | NBA | Sporting News
The Clippers are poised to make a logo and uniform change, a sensible move for a franchise in dire need of a fresh start in every way.

Does intentionally fouling DeAndre Jordan really work? - Spurs Nation
The intentional foul definitely has tactical value. But it's not as effective as you might think, even with a free-throw shooter as poor as DeAndre Jordan.

Can the Clippers win with D? So far, so good. | SportsonEarth.com : Michael Pina Article

In Game 1 of their first round series, the Clippers ground the Spurs to dust, spearheading a pick-your-poison attack that spreads you out, wears you thin and offers the costliest form of instant annihilation. But it was their D that was the most impressive.

J.J. Redick having best season with Clippers thanks to health, familiarity

You’re watching the basketball game. Suddenly, you see someone streak across the middle. It’s J.J. Redick, shooting guard for the Los Angeles Clippers.Redick expends a lot of energy moving without the ball. Bang, bang, bang ȁ

Clippers have Leonard in their crosshairs - San Antonio Express-News

LOS ANGELES — The Spurs were in Oklahoma City earlier this month, still in the throes of the final push in the regular season, but coach Gregg Popovich’s mind was already fast-forwarding toward the playoffs. In Game 1 on Sunday, which the Spurs dropped 107-92, the Clippers appeared determined not to let the 23-year-old Leonard beat them. [...] it played exactly into the Spurs’. Head-to-head, Leonard’s matchup with Clippers forward Matt Barnes remains the Spurs’ greatest mismatch in the series. On a night in which the rest of the Spurs couldn’t have hit the Pacific Ocean from the Santa Monica Pier, Leonard scored a team-best 18 points. [...] the Clippers’ double-teams seemed to slow Leonard’s approach, putting just enough indecision in his head. A more focused defensive effort against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers’ arsenal of scoring weapons would likewise be nice. The NBA’s steals leader this season, he remains a prime candidate to be named Defensive Player of the Year. [...] the Spurs are hoping he can make another leap, before this first-round series gets away from them.

Lakers' locker room turned into Clippers ownership lounge - Los Angeles Clippers Blog - ESPN

The Lakers locker room has been turned into a Clippers ownership lounge for the postseason.

Clippers guard Jamal Crawford finishes finishes third in Sixth Man of Year voting | FOX Sports

Jamal Crawford didn't win his bid for a second consecutive Sixth Man of the Year award in the NBA. That honor went to Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams on Monday. Crawford, 34, won the award last year for the Clippers (and his second Sixth Man win overall) and was looking to win for a second consecutive time but his late-season deep calf contusion -- which caused him to miss five weeks and return with just four regular season games remaining -- surely derailed that bid.

Should Manu Ginobili Start vs. Clippers? | Project Spurs

Doc Rivers loved the energy Clippers faithful brought to Staples Center | Inside the Clippers

Blake Griffin has arrived for Clippers, like it or not

There were a lot of places where Blake Griffin enjoyed icon status before he started turning up on Aron Baynes’ radar like a pterodactyl from hell.Los Angeles just didn’t happen to be one.Clipper fans loved him. Unfortunate

Doc Rivers wants the Clippers to play better in Game 2 against Spurs - LA Times

His team gave up too many uncontested shots. It failed to get rebounds there for the taking. It wasn't very heady in the way it executed.

Chris Paul wins NBA Cares Community Assist award for April - LA Times

Chris Paul received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente for the month of April.

The Last Ride of the Spurs Dynasty

Miscellaneous:

He Missed a Shot? Give That Man a Hand - NYTimes.com
For most N.B.A. players, teammates’ kudos are part of the routine at the free-throw line — regardless of the outcome.

For most N.B.A. players, teammates’ kudos are part of the routine at the free-throw line — regardless of the outcome.

NBA to Play First-Ever Exhibition Game in Africa - WSJ

The NBA will play an exhibition game in Johannesburg on Aug. 1—the first-ever game of NBA players on African soil.

Steven A. Ballmer Speaks Loudly and Carries a Big Wallet - NYTimes.com
Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft and the first-year owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is, in the words of the team’s coach, "the most normal $24 billion guy I know."