Tag Archives: Ben Bolch

Five takeaways from the Spurs' victory over the Heat in NBA Finals

By Ben Bolch 1. Kawhi Leonard is no longer up and coming. He's here. The former star at Riverside's King High won a Finals MVP two weeks to the day before he turned 23. Happy early birthday! It figures to be a pretty rollicking summer for the small forward who became a breakthrough ...read more

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Spurs' Tim Duncan, a win away from fifth title, isn't talking end game

By Ben Bolch After the San Antonio Spurs swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007 Finals, Tim Duncan stopped to console LeBron James in a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena. Duncan placed a hand on his vanquished counterpart's shoulder and delivered what began as a heartfelt message. ...read more

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Make way for May Madness and June Drama in NBA playoffs

By Ben Bolch March Madness suddenly seems like such a bore by comparison. The NBA's Final Four commences Sunday after four weeks of April Anarchy and May Mayhem. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant was dubbed "Mr. Unreliable" by a headline writer from his local newspaper, which is viewed by some in the... ...read more

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A day later, Clippers find some perspective amid the tears

By Ben Bolch J.J. Redick's breakfast was on the runny side. Not even 12 hours after he had departed a funereal locker room, the Clippers shooting guard found himself weeping again Friday morning over the loss of more than a basketball season. "It's like you wait your whole life to play with a ...read more

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Chris Paul's big-game abilities in question

By Ben Bolch A hand on the arm of Russell Westbrook. A forearm to the groin of Nick Collison. Chris Paul's latest playoff run will be remembered as one painful slap to the forehead, two plays encapsulating another spring that turned into Sob City. The criticism will start anew after the Clippers... ...read more

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Donald Sterling is refusing to pay $2.5-million fine, reports say

By Ben Bolch, Broderick Turner Clippers owner Donald Sterling is refusing to pay the $2.5-million fine imposed by the NBA for making controversial comments about blacks, according to published reports. Maxwell M. Blecher, one of Sterling's attorneys, wrote in a letter to the league that Sterling was not paying the fine... ...read more

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How it all went wrong for the Clippers

By Ben Bolch The most infuriating part of the WORST COLLAPSE IN NBA PLAYOFFS HISTORY is that a handful of things actually went the Clippers' way Tuesday when they lost a 13-point lead over the final 4 minutes 13 seconds. Blake Griffin grabbed a pair of defensive rebounds. Glen Davis snagged an offensive... ...read more

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Call the Clippers confused and upset after Game 5 loss to Thunder

By Ben Bolch Chris Paul grabbed his pants from his locker and shook his head. Matt Barnes leaned his head on one hand, his elbow resting on his leg, forlornly staring at his cellphone as he sat at his locker. Blake Griffin sat with his feet in a large tub of ice and ...read more

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Thunder trying to avoid another Game 5 debacle with win over Clippers

By Ben Bolch The Oklahoma City Thunder heads into Game 5 of its playoff series with the Clippers hoping history repeats itself. Sort of. Oklahoma City was also tied with the Memphis Grizzlies after four games in the first round, but then lost Game 5 in overtime, 98-95, to move within a game ...read more

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Category: After the Manuscript, Viewpoints, Mari Selby

    

Clippers' Blake Griffin responds to hits with intensified play

By Ben Bolch You can smack him in the nose, strike him in the groin, bang him on the arm. Blake Griffin will then proceed to bring his own brand of hurt. The Clippers forward who has absorbed more blows than Donald Sterling's reputation will fight back with a vengeance fiercer than any ...read more

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Category: After the Manuscript, Viewpoints, Mari Selby

    

In Clippers' Game 4 comeback, Darren Collison provides the spark

By Ben Bolch One thought kept running through Darren Collison's head in the fourth quarter, driving him toward the unlikeliest of destinations. His team trailed by 16 points Sunday at Staples Center. His first season as the Clippers' backup point guard looked like it might be over in a couple of days.... ...read more

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Category: After the Manuscript, Viewpoints, Mari Selby

    

Five takeaways from the Clippers' 112-101 Game 2 loss to the Thunder

By Ben Bolch Here are five takeaways from the Clippers' 112-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals that evened the series at one game apiece: 1. This outcome was entirely predictable. The script called for Kevin... ...read more

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