Posts Tagged ‘los angeles clippers’

Dwight Howard gives Chris Paul a ride

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Houston Rockets mounted an epic run over the last few games to come from behind and overtake the Clippers, and advance to the Western Conference Finals. But they nearly didn’t make it, as the Clippers tried to come back at the end of Game 7. That comeback included a fair amount of intentional fouling, which teams do frequently when Dwight Howard, a poor free throw shooter, is on the court.

So here’s a Vine of Chris Paul fouling Howard by hopping on his back and hanging on for dear life. And because this is the internet, this Vine is set to Ginuwine’s “Pony.”

Season over, San Antonio Spurs play paintball

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs saw their season end a few days ago with a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. And with their season over, how better to celebrate and unwind than by going out and playing some paintball? Here’s a group shot of most of the Spurs (minus Kawhi and Manu, among others) all dressed up and ready to play some paintball. As Spurs Nation points out, the Spurs (and Tim Duncan in particular) have a long history with paintball.

Happy Birthday Chris Paul

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of one of the greatest point guards in the NBA today, Chris Paul.

Paul’s Clippers play the Rockets tonight in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals, and while we’re not sure whether or not Paul will play, after suffering a pulled hamstring in Game 7 against the Spurs, we hope the Clips take a moment to recognize today being CP3’s 30th birthday.

Born in North Carolina, Paul made national headlines in high school when he scored 61 points in honor of his slain grandfather, who was 61 years old. Paul stayed close to home and went to Wake Forest University, where he followed in the footsteps of Tim Duncan.

Paul was the fourth overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, by the New Orleans Hornets, and was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers at the beginning of the 2011 season. In 10 NBA seasons, Paul is an 8-time All-Star and 4-time First Team All-NBA selection. He may be slight of stature — he is listed as 6-0, 175 pounds — but he’s a ferocious competitor, as we saw last week when he willed the Clippers to a win over the Spurs while basically playing on one leg.

To celebrate CP3’s big day, let’s go to the video…


VIDEO: CP3 Top Ten

STEVE BALLMER JUST CAN’T TAKE IT

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Maybe the most fun part of this Clippers run has been getting to see their always intense owner Steve Ballmer sitting courtside, where he is pretty much constantly FIRED UP. LIKE, REALLY FIRED UP.

Last night in San Antonio, the Clippers hung on to win a close Game 6, 102-96. But it was a close game throughout, which meant it wasn’t easy for Steve Ballmer…

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony pay tribute to Blake Griffin dunk victims

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, but there’s never a bad time to hear “Crossroads,” their 1995 hit song paying tribute to their departed friends and family.

In this case, however, Bone Thugs turned up on ESPN’s “SportsNation” to sing the song in tribute mostly to Spurs center Aron Baynes, who got got three times by Blake Griffin in Game 1 of their series.

I wonder if he has an Uncle Charles, y’all?


VIDEO: Bone Thugs

DeAndre Jordan is Batman

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDeAndre Jordan is the Los Angeles Clippers’ likely all-defensive team center, a man who stops all opponents attempting to infiltrate his territory. Perhaps DJ takes some of his principles from one of our great, if not greatest, superheroes, Batman. Jordan says he’s a big, big Batman fan, and on a recent day off, Jordan went to Warner Bros. studios in Hollywood and got a chance to see some historic Batman memorabilia, as well as stuff from the upcoming Batman v Superman movie. Here’s a gallery of images from the Clippers, and be sure to check the video below…


VIDEO: Jordan is Batman

STEVE BALLMER IS STILL REALLY INTENSE

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERSteve Ballmer has owned the Los Angeles Clippers for just about a year now, but time doesn’t seem to have lessened his enthusiasm. We saw Ballmer display his, er, unique brand of enthusiasm during the regular season. And now that we’re in the postseason, Ballmer has stepped up his game as well.

Check out his reaction last night when Chris Paul hit a shot to give the Clippers an 18-point third quarter lead over the Spurs…

Wild t-shirt cannon delays Clippers game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A big part of the NBA in-game experience is during timeouts, when fans are treated to occasional giveaways. T-shirts are a common gift, fired into the upper decks through high-velocity cannons. But during the Clippers/Grizzlies game this weekend, a t-shirt cannon with bad aim ended up bringing the actual game to a halt.

The cannon fired a shirt that somehow ended up stuck on the upper corner of the backboard. Now, the very, very best part of this incident is not the shirt getting stuck or Spencer Hawes remedying the situation with a broom. No, the best part is Glen “Big Baby” Davis attempting to jump up and grab the shirt. I saw Big Baby in person a few weeks ago and was reminded of what a massive man he is. And while that size translates well to banging around with other big man, it apparently doesn’t help so much when you’re trying to retrieve a shirt that’s about 13 feet in the air.

Good job, good effort, though.

(via SBNation)

Chris Paul nutmegs Carlos Boozer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There’s a term in soccer called a “nutmeg,” where a player with the ball kicks it through a defender’s legs, either as a pass or a shot. It’s equal parts embarrassing and impressive, and if you’re on the receiving end of the nutmeg, you’re left feeling pretty much helpless.

In last night’s Clippers/Lakers game, Chris Paul grabbed a ball and took off on a fast break, only to find Carlos Boozer blocking his way. What to do? How about this…

Steph Curry and Chris Paul get claymation treatment

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this week we saw Steph Curry put Chris Paul on skates. We’ve seen the move, and seen it in slow motion, but what would it look like if the play was remade using clay figurines? An enterprising fan decided to find out, and posted the results on Instagram…

STEPH FARM

A video posted by Sports Claymation (@azxd) on

(via FTW)