Posts Tagged ‘los angeles clippers’

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…

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A video posted by @azxd on

(via FTW)

Dahntay Jones figures out how to stop Chris Paul

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Portland, on the second half of a back-to-back, Chris Paul had himself a game. He led the Clippers from a 19-point deficit to beat the Blazers, 126-122. And Paul finished with a smorgasbord of stats: 41 points, 17 assists, four steals and just one turnover.

The Blazers obviously had no answers for Paul, but someone did find a way to stop him: his own teammate Dahntay Jones. Coming off the court late in the game, Jones celebrated by accidentally busting CP3 in the mouth…

CP's lip gets busted 4115 - Imgur

(via r/NBA)

Kevin Garnett took a rookie shopping

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics  - Game Four

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKevin Garnett wasn’t doing all that much with the Brooklyn Nets this season — he’s been in the NBA 20 years, and was averaging about 7 points and 6 rebounds a game. Still, the Minnesota Timberwolves wanted to trade for KG, because they have a young team and KG is known for being a terrific leader and teammate.

But what does Garnett do that makes him such a great teammate? Jessica Camerato from BasketballInsiders.com caught up with Lester Hudson, the journeyman guard who just signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. When Hudson was a rookie with the Celtics back in 2009, he was teammates with Garnett, who took Hudson under his wing.

As Hudson explains to Camerato, in a really fun story

“He was like a big brother,” Hudson told Basketball Insiders. “I felt it was genuine. You’ve got to respect him; he’s one of the greatest players in the league. I was focusing on what he was saying, I didn’t care if it was bad or good.”

Garnett referred to Hudson as “Train,” a nickname demonstrative of the strength Hudson used driving to the basket.

In December of that season while the Celtics were in Chicago to play the Bulls, Hudson received a directive from Garnett. It wasn’t the first time Garnett made a request – as a rookie, Hudson often ran errands for him and other veterans. This one was vague, though.

“‘Train, come to the store with me,’” Hudson recalled. “‘Meet me downstairs at this time.’ You can’t be late with KG. I was probably 10 minutes early. He was like, ‘Come on let’s go.’”

Hudson left the team hotel with Garnett, not knowing where they were headed. As they walked down the street, Garnett filled the conversation with more words of encouragement. The talk ended as they approached the destination.

Hudson gazed upon the building: the Louis Vuitton store.

“He told me to pick out whatever I wanted,” said Hudson. “I was like, ‘Are you serious right now?’ He said, ‘You work hard and I respect you. You help me out a lot.’”

Hudson was shocked. Soon, Garnett began making recommendations. Get a scarf, Garnett offered, it’s cold in Boston and Chicago. (Garnett often wore a designer scarves in his postgame interviews while on the Celtics). The store was Hudson’s for the picking.

“I got a couple scarves, skullies, a backpack, shoes, belts,” Hudson said. “I think he just got me everything.”

(via BasketballInsiders.com)

Blake Griffin shows off crazy reverse block


VIDEO: Blake reverse block

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Blake Griffin goes and pulls off something like this. My favorite part of this play might be the way Boston’s Jonas Jerebko responds, with his hands out in almost a shrug, as if to say, Did that really happen?

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(GIF via r/NBA)

The NBA celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Did you wear green yesterday? It was St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, which in the U.S., at least, means we celebrate Irish culture and heritage. A simple way to do that is by wearing green, and we saw that throughout the NBA last night, from players to fans.

Here’s an entire gallery of pictures from Los Angeles, where the Clips made everything green for the night…

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In Houston, a couple of strategically placed leprechauns did their best to jinx the Magic…


(via SBN)

And in Cleveland, the Cavs want you to have a happy St. Patrick’s Day. Make sure you wear your green wig…


VIDEO: Cavs Day

The Muppets take the Clippers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen the Muppets take Manhattan, but it looks like they’ve finally made it out West. Yesterday in Los Angeles, as the Clippers hosted the Houston Rockets, the Muppets were all over the Staples Center.

For instance, Kermit took over the player introductions, which meant the frog was on the mic when Blake Griffin made his return to action…

Kermit and his long-time friend Miss Piggy made an appearance on the Kiss Cam…

And perhaps not surprisingly, Animal hung out with the Clippers Dance Team…

Next time, I kind of wish we could get mics on these dudes to call the games…

Don’t bump Draymond Green


VIDEO: Green bump

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Clippers and the Warriors have been feuding for a while, and now we’re at the point where I think the players are actively looking for something to get fired up about.

Take Draymond Green. At the end of yesterday’s Warriors win over the Clippers, Green was being interviewed by ABC’s Lisa Salters when Clippers forward Dahntay Jones strolled past and delivered a bump to Green. It wasn’t much of a collision, but it was enough to get under Green’s skin.

Following the game, Green said, “I think he wanted a reaction from me, but he don’t play, so, you know, me getting suspended and him getting suspended, it’s different. You know, when you don’t play, that’s probably his role on that team.”

Check the moment when Green gets bumped. He’s like, wait, is this happening?

Steph Curry, J.R. Smith, Lance Stephenson compete in new Crossover Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season we had the occasional Crossover Contest post. This season, I was planning on saving up some of this season’s best crossovers for one big season-ending post. But after the weekend we had, I think we need to break out another Crossover Contest, because dudes were putting people on skates all across the NBA.

Let’s start in Cleveland, where J.R. Smith sent Brandon Knight flying with a killer crossover…


VIDEO: J.R. on Knight

Now to Los Angeles, where Chandler Parsons had Lakers forward Ryan Kelly all mixed up…


VIDEO: Parsons on Kelly

In Detroit, down the stretch in a close game, Lance Stephenson went at Anthony Tolliver and left him stumbling in his tracks…


VIDEO: Lance on Tolliver

And let’s end with Stephen Curry yesterday out in the Bay, where he crossed over half the Clippers and drained the three…

VIDEO: Curry cross

Now it’s your turn: Who had the trickiest dribble? Cast your vote for the winner in the latest Crossover Contest…