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Playing The Point – May 1, 2017

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By Jay Colby,

1. Jazz end Clippers season in Game 7 – Gordon Hayward had a dominant performance with 26 points to beat the Clippers 104-91. The Jazz win the series 4-3 and advance to face top-seeded Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. The Clippers once again fall short of expectations and exit the playoffs early. DeAndre Jordan had 24 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the series. Jamal Crawford added 20 points off the bench. In one of the better series of the 1st round Jazz come away with their first series win since 2010.

2. Celtics take Game 1 against Wizards – The Boston Celtics take Game 1 over the Washington Wizards 123-111, and now lead the series 1-0. Isaiah Thomas lead the Celtics with 33 points and nine assists. Thomas played with a heavy heart after attending his sister funeral the day before the game. Al Horford added 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Jae Crowder finished with 24 points. The Wizards started the game on a 16-0 run and lead by as many as 17 points. But the Celtics rallied in the 2nd quarter with Thomas briefly sidelined after getting one of his two front teeth knocked out. Bradley Beal led Washington with 27 points and John Wall added 20 points and 16 assists. The Wizards are hoping they only lost a game and not starting power forward Markieff Morris who did not return after twisting his left ankle when he landed on Al Horford’s foot in the second quarter.

3. Houston Rockets take Game 5 and eliminate OKC from the playoffs – Russell Westbrooks dominant season finally came to an end last week. As the Houston Rockets lead by MVP candidate James Harden eliminated Westbrook and OKC in Game 5 of the series. The Rockets defeated the Thunder in five games to advance to the conference semi-finals to face the San Antonio Spurs. With lackluster performances from Thunder role players Westbrooks 47 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists were not enough to overtake the Rockets.

4. Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals – Lead by Kawhi Leonard’s 29 points the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-96. Tony Parker added 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Patty Mills had 10 points off the bench for the Spurs. The Spurs seem to have the Grizzles number beating them four out five playoffs series between both of the franchises. Mike Conley Jr. scored 26 points to lead all Memphis starters, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Spurs in a hard-fought series. The Spurs will face the Houston Rockets in the next round to begin an instate battle between the two Texas teams. The series will begin Monday night in San Antonio.

5. John Wall scores 42 points, Wizards knock out Hawks 115-99 – John Wall came through for the Wizards and put on a performance for the ages. Scoring a playoff career high 42 points, with 19 of them coming in the 4th quarter. This performance was made to be too much for the Atlanta Hawks to overcome. Wizards eliminated the Hawks in a back in forth series where the only team to win on the road were the Wizards in game 6. Washington will face Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics in the next round who were able to beat the Bulls four straight games to win the series 4-2.

6. Warriors sweep Trail Blazers to advance to the Western Conference semifinals – The Warriors dominated the Blazers in this first round series. As many expected, the series ended in just four games. Stephen Curry was able to step up and carry the load offensively as Kevin Durant missed half of the series. Draymond Green’s defense was simply amazing in these four games. Even in the absence of Head Coach Steve Kerr who is out for medically reasons the Warriors still prove the favorite to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.

7. Raptors hang on to win game 6 – After squandering 25-point lead in the 3rd quarter the Toronto Raptors come away with a 92-89 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Lead by a dominant performance by DeMar DeRozan who scored 32 points. The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in a series that starts Monday.

8. Steve Kerr health in questioned – The back pain that Steve Kerr has suffered from for the last couple of seasons. This may cause Kerr to miss the remainder of the post-season. The news that the back pain and headaches that has kept the coach away from the team was announced last week. The Warriors have proven in the past that they can win without Kerr.

9. Taj Gibson may be on the move again? – After OKC was eliminated from the playoffs rumors began to circulate the league that Taj Gibson could be on the move. According to reports Gibson might linking back up with his former Head Coach Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson, along with Doug McDermott, was acquired by the Thunder on Feb. 23 as part of a trade with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson had been with the Bulls since the 2009-10 NBA season after they selected him with the No. 26 pick in 2009.

10. Surgery set for Nuggets guard Jamal Murray – Early last week Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly answered questions on Altitude Radio, according to The Denver Post. During the interview, Connelly said guard Jamal Murray will have surgery on Thursday to fix a “couple of injuries.” Murray, was the No. 7 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, had a decent rookie season, as he averaged 9.9 points, 2.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. He also made 33.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.

The Decision: Lob City Edition ft. Blake Griffin

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Credit – Getty Images

By Ashley Douglas,

Blake Griffin is a common household name with basketball fans. NBA legend Michael Jordan even recently suggested that Griffin take a starring role in Space Jam 2–high praise from his Airness! As a player for a prominent team in a large market, Griffin has helped make the LA Clippers a successful franchise even making them arguably more popular than the Lakers whom they share an arena with.

Brice Johnson’s Role with the Los Angeles Clippers

Brice Johnson; Credit - NBA

Brice Johnson; Credit – NBA

By Reuven Gonzales,

The Los Angeles Clippers selected University of North Carolina forward Brice Johnson with the 25th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, adding more athleticism to an already spry team. Johnson joins a roster set on its star players and will mainly be a role player in trying to push the Clippers to the next level of success that they have recently been trying to reach. As one of the rare four-year players of this draft, Johnson is more mature than other rookies and should be able to contribute off the bench immediately.

Orlando Pro Summer League Preview


By Travis Ketchum,

This summer, a few NBA role players, many international draft picks and older national prospects alike will compete for a chance to earn fame and favor in Orlando’s upcoming Professional Summer League. The Knicks, Heat, Pacers, Thunder, Mavericks, Clippers, Hornets, Pistons and two Magic teams, Blue and White, will compete in a week long competition in the hopes of building their player’s professional images in the eyes of scouts and team executives. A champion will be crowned by the week’s end on Friday, July, 8th but, grabbing the win is just a sweet bonus for capturing a D-League spot on an NBA affiliate and earning a reputation in the eyes of team’s head offices.

Off the Glass: The Los Angeles Clippers’ Window of Opportunity

Chris Paul (L) & Blake Griffin (R); Credit - Getty Images

Chris Paul (L) & Blake Griffin (R); Credit – Getty Images

By Reuven Gonzales,

The Los Angeles Clippers have historically been one of basketball’s bottom tier teams. From their inception in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, to their days in San Diego where they received their current name, coming from the sailboats that populated the city’s waters, to now as residents in the City of Angels, they haven’t found the success in 46 years that other teams achieve almost every year. They have been through their growing pains and it has been looking up for the team recently, making the playoffs each of the last 5 years and finally generating widespread support and excitement. Their window for a championship is in front of them, but it may be closing just as quickly as it opened.