Tweet of the Day: Jamal Crawford hints that he’s happy to remain a Clipper

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Jamal Crawford’s future has been a subject of much speculation all offseason, with rumors linking the veteran guard to teams including the Knicks, Cavaliers and Heat. But the Clippers never did trade their long-standing sixth man, and he reported to the team for Friday’s Media Day and Saturday’s opening of training camp. Late Friday, Crawford tweeted a cryptic message that seemed to reference his uncertain offseason: [Read more…]

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Los Angeles Clippers: Need to Know

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DeAndre Jordan shot 71.0% from the field last season, second-highest in NBA history (Wilt Chamberlain in 1972-73). His average shot distance was 1.2 feet. A staggering 252 of his 378 made field goals were dunks (66.7%).     [Read more…]

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Is Chris Paul the best point guard ever?

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As I looked through advanced metrics of all-time greats, Chris Paul’s name kept appearing. His metrics suggest that Paul is not just a Hall of Fame-caliber player, but perhaps the greatest point guard in NBA history.     [Read more…]

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How Chris Paul is Getting Better

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Chris Paul has become a great shooter. His average shot distance last season was 16.5 feet, the furthest of his career (7.8% further than his previous longest). And it’s 5 feet longer than his average shot distance as a rookie. Last season, 29.8% of his shots were 3-pointers. That was the highest rate of his career, about 40% higher than his career average. Because he made his 3-pointers at a high rate (39.8%), he had the highest effective field goal percentage

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NBA Releases Kinder, Gentler 2015-16 Schedule

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The kinder, gentler NBA schedule is out. First, here’s the stuff you want. Opening Night is Tuesday, Oct. 27 and has a TNT doubleheader with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visiting the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans visiting MVP Stephen Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors, who will be handing out rings and hoisting their title banner. Both are rematches of playoff showdowns. The following night, it’s ESPN’s turn with Kevin Durant returning for the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards — Pacific Division

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Not too long ago, you could make the case that Rajon Rondo was the best point guard in the NBA. At the current moment, you could make the argument that DeMarcus Cousins is the best center in the NBA. And as far as pure scorers go, it is not a reach to say that Rudy Gay is in the top 10. Oh, and George Karl is a very good coach. Not many would dispute that. All of those guys are now members

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Three-Man Weave: Playoffs or Lottery for These West Teams?

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It takes a lot to make the NBA playoffs if you are in the Western Conference. The West is the grown-up table of the NBA. It has had at least one team finish above .500 and miss the postseason every year since 2007. There will be some shuffling in the West’s playoff picture this season. But who is in the frame, and who gets cropped out? And has any team improved enough to topple the defending champion Golden State Warriors? The staff of

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PODCAST: How Ty Lawson and Josh Smith’s moves could shake up the West

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Has Daryl Morey finally landed his third big fish? After his well-chronicled search for the “third-best player on a championship team” led to narrow misses on the likes of Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge, the GM of the Houston Rockets finally made a big splash this summer with his trade for Ty Lawson, the talented-but-troubled point guard formerly of the Denver Nuggets. [Read more…]

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