Coach Vinny Del Negro is proud of the Los Angeles Clippers’ breakthrough season, even though he doesn’t know if he’ll be around for the next one.
Dwight Howard’s unrestricted free agency, coach Mike D’Antoni’s job status, Pau Gasol’s tenuous future, Metta World Peace’s amnesty possibilities and the injury comebacks of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are only the biggest issues facing the Lakers as they decide whether to try this grand experiment again.
Now that they’ve had a couple of days to digest those back-to-back losses the suddenly rejuvenated Grizzlies shoved down their throats in Memphis, the Clippers are back home and eager to swing the momentum back in their favor in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will not serve suspension time after hitting the Clippers’ Blake Griffin in the groin during Sunday’s game at Staples Center.
Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with 9 seconds left, leading the Los Angeles Lakers back to .500 for the first time in more than two months with a 99-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
For Dr. Jerry Buss, it was hard to beat watching his Lakers take on the Celtics. Wednesday night at the Staples Center, he would have been proud and honored, not only by the 113-99 victory the Lakers earned over the Celtics, but by the touching tribute given back by the city, and the people who loved him.
As Thursday’s NBA trade deadline approaches, it appears the Clippers have no intention of making any moves.
The hottest team in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers host the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center.
Steve Nash had 23 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds, Channing Frye added 19 points and the Phoenix Suns surged early in the fourth quarter for a 108-99 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.