Clippers Vs. Suns: L.A. Blows Lead, Loses To Depleted Phoenix Team

The Clippers have lost nine of their last 14 games.

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Clippers Sign Bobby Simmons For Rest Of Season

The Los Angeles Clippers brought in Bobby Simmons on a ten day contract when they were looking for more depth at the swingman position. Simmons put up 13 points in a win against the Sacramento Kings, and although he hasn't put in more than two field goals a game, he was signed to a second ten day contract after the first one expired.

Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles reports.

"Bobby’s done a really good job on team defense and gets his hand on a lot of balls," Del Negro said. "He’s a really good guy. He’s a pro. I’ve really liked him. I know [Clippers general manager] Neil [Olshey] has liked him."

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"I’m just trying to win games and play well," Simmons said. "I’ve just tried to approach this in a professional way and come in and do what you need to do get better. I just want to be a good piece of the puzzle and go out there and do whatever coach asks me to do."

The Clippers do need as much depth at the shooting guard and small forward position to support Chris Paul running the show and Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan powering things on the inside. Without that offensive presence, Los Angeles immediately becomes eminently beatable. Even if Simmons can come off the bench and provide only a temporary sparkplug, he is shooting 39% from three point range, a percentage they'll need to make his deal worth it.

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Clippers Schedule 2012: Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons Come To Town

The Los Angeles Clippers are reeling at this moment. Having lost nine of their last 14 games, the Clippers are suffering through their worst stretch of the season. However, they conclude their six-game homestand with a pair of winnable games at Staples Center over the weekend against the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons.

Saturday - Houston at Clippers (12:30 p.m., Prime Ticket): The Clippers have already beaten the Rockets twice this season, a 117-89 home shellacking on January 4 and a 105-103 overtime road win on March 4 in Houston. The Rockets have won three of their last four games and will have had two full days off heading into Saturday's matchup.

Sunday - Detroit at Clippers (12:30 p.m., Prime Ticket): We will know just how bad the slide has gotten for the Clippers if they are unable to beat a Pistons team that is 4-16 away from home this season. But the Clippers will be playing their sixth game in eight days on Sunday, so anything could happen.

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Clippers Vs. Suns: L.A. Blows 17-Point Lead At Home To Phoenix In 91-87 Loss

In perhaps their worst loss of the season, the Los Angeles Clippers blew a 17-point lead and lost at home 91-87 to a Phoenix Suns team playing without Steve Nash and Grant Hill Thursday night at Staples Center. The loss was the ninth in the last 14 games for the Clippers, who are now a season-worst 2.5 games out of first place in the Pacific Division.

Blake Griffin had 25 points and eight rebounds to lead the Clippers, who have lost five of their last seven games at Staples Center. Griffin made 12 of 18 field goals, but the rest of the team shot just 40.3%. Chris Paul had 10 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists in defeat for the Clippers (24-18).

Phoenix (21-22) outscored the Clippers 27-12 in the decisive fourth quarter. Shannon Brown led the Suns with 21 points, making a trio of three-pointers and eight of his 10 free throws. Channing Frye added 12 points and six boards for the Suns.

This tweet by Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler summed things up on Thursday:

Worst loss of season. Clippers blow 17 point lead and fall to Suns 91-87. 1-3 on home-stand. Phoenix wins without Nash and Hill. Wow
Mar 16 via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

The Clippers continue their homestand on Saturday against the Houston Rockets.

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Clippers Beat Hawks 96-82 Behind Mo Williams, Eric Bledsoe

The Los Angeles Clippers were fully in command for all four quarters against the Atlanta Hawks, winning each quarter in a pretty strong 14 point victory. Mo Williams kept his hot shooting going off the bench with a 25 point performance on 9-18 shooting, keeping Atlanta at arm's length for most of the game.

Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 14 points and four steals, Chris Paul put in 13 points and nine assists, and Blake Griffin had a quiet double-double of 12 points and ten rebounds. The Clippers shot 54% from the field and hit half their three pointers, holding the Hawks to 42% from the field overall as well as 32% three point shooting. Atlanta was led by Joe Johnson with 19 points and Josh Smith with 18.

To discuss the game with Clippers fans, head on over to Clips Nation. To talk about the game with Hawks fans, go to Peachtree Hoops.

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Clippers Vs. Celtics Final Score: Paul Pierce Lifts Boston Over L.A., 94-85

Paul Pierce scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Boston Celtics to a 94-85 win over the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night at Staples Center. The loss was the second straight loss for the Clippers to open their six-game homestand, and the team has lost four of its last five home games.

The game itself produced many runs, including in the fourth quarter. The Celtics held a 71-61 advantage with 8:50 remaining in the game, but the Clippers (23-17) went on a 17-3 spurt to take the lead. Boston answered right back with a 13-2 run of their own, highlighted by a dagger three-pointer by Pierce with 2:47 remaining.

Mo Williams scored 21 points off the bench for the Clippers, who shot just 37.8% from the field on the night. Blake Griffin scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the loss.

Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 10 assists for the Celtics (22-19), who shot 49.3% from the field. It was a free throw clinic at Staples Center Monday night, with the Clippers making 18 of 21 (85.7%) and the Celtics hitting 22 of 26 (84.6%) from the charity stripe.

The Clippers homestand resumes Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

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Clippers Vs. Celtics: Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Clippers continue their eight-game homestand on Monday night, hosting the Boston Celtics. Both teams are coming off losses at Staples Center on Sunday by nearly the same score, as the Clippers lost 97-93 to Golden State and the Celtics lost to the Lakers 97-94. Here are the details of Monday night's NBA action:

Records: Clippers (23-16); Celtics (21-19)

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m. PDT

TV: ESPN, with Dave Pasch and Jon Barry on the call; the game will also be broadcast locally by Prime Ticket, with Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith calling the action.

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers, 108.2 points per 100 possessions (fourth in NBA); Celtics, 100.4 (25th)

Defensive Efficiency: Celtics, 99.2 (third); Clippers, 105.9 (21st)

Home vs. Road: The Clippers are 12-6 at home this season, though they have lost three of their last four games at Staples Center. In their last 39 home games the Clippers are 28-11. The Celtics are just 5-11 on the road this season.

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Clippers Vs. Celtics: L.A. Looks To Get Back On Track Against Boston

The Clippers have lost three of their last four home games.

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