Clippers vs. Memphis game

With a little less than four minutes to go, the Clippers are leading 89-83 – in their powder blue, ABA-type uniforms.

Blake Griffin is working on a double-double so far – but with points and assists instead of his usual points/rebounds. He has 20 points and eight assists at the moment.

Mo Williams has 18 points off the bench for Los Angeles. Griffin leads the team with 20

By the way, the Clippers lead the league in Lob-type dunks – with 26.

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Injury report for tonight’s game against Minnesota

Caron Butler is out for tonight’s game with a hyperextended knee. An MRI on his leg was negative and he will be listed as day-to-day.

He injured his knee in the Utah loss, but then played Wednesday night in the win over his old team, the Mavericks.

Ryan Gomes will start in place of Butler and Mo Williams will start again for Chris Paul, who is still out with a hamstring injury. Paul is tentatively scheduled to return on Sunday against Toronto.

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HALFTIME: Clippers and Nets

The Clippers are up 53-40 at halftime at Staples against New Jersey.

Chris Paul and Mo Williams are out due to injury, but Blake Griffin, Chauncey Billups, DeAndre Jordan and Randy Foye (among others) are leading the team.

Griffin as 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists and is continuing to show his aggressiveness in the paint and on drives. He and Jordan, along with Reggie Evans, are dominating the boards over the Nets, with 27 boards to 15 for New Jersey.

Caron Butler is taking over the outside shooting role, with 17 points, to go with Griffin’s inside presence.

Reggie Evans has four tough rebounds in a sub role for the Clippers and newly-acquired 5-foot-11 guard Courtney Fortson has two assists. The combination of Trey Thompkins, Fortson, Evans and Gomes, along with Butler, played significant minutes together in the second quarter and held their own.

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Clippers/Lakers preseason game – halftime

In the first preseason game of the season, the Clippers lead the Lakers 55-50 at halftime.

Newly-acquired Chancey Billips leads the Clips with 12 points and Blake Griffin has 10 and three rebounds. The revamped roster includes Chris Paul, who has seven points, four rebounds and five assists and Caron Butler, who has scored five in the first half. Mo Williams, Randy Foye, Ryan Gomes, Brian Cook and Marcus Hubbard have also seen playing time as has starter DeAndre Jordan.

Kobe Bryant leads all scores with 15.

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Clippers Get Chris Paul; lose Gordon, Kaman, draft pick

The Clippers, in a potentially franchise-changing trade, have finally reached a deal with the New Orleans Hornets to acquire four-time All-Star guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets, sources tell TNT’s David Aldridge. The Clippers will send promising shooting guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and a 2012 first-round draft pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves that is currently unprotected to the Hornets.

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Clippers tickets and schedule

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that single game tickets will go on sale Thursday, December 15th at 10:00 AM. To purchase single game tickets, Clippers fans can visit:, or call 800-4NBA-TIX.

Tickets can also be purchased at the STAPLES Center Box Office and Ticketmaster Centers including select Wal-Mart locations, La Curacao and The Beverly Center beginning at 10:00 AM.
The Clippers home opener of the 2011-12 season at STAPLES Center is on Friday, December 30th against NBA MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls.

Other highlights on the schedule are home match-ups against the Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat on Wednesday, January 11th, the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, January 14th and Wednesday, April 4th, the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, January 18th and the Boston Celtics on Monday, March 12th.

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Clippers and Caron Butler

The Clippers today signed two-time NBA All-Star Caron Butler as a free agent. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.
“Caron completes what we believe to be a playoff caliber starting lineup,” stated Vice President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. “His professionalism, leadership abilities and basketball skills are an excellent addition to our existing roster composition and another step in building the culture necessary to create a model of sustainable success.”

Butler, 30, averaged 15.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks, starting the first 29 games of 2010 before suffering a ruptured right patellar tendon, which forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

Originally drafted by the Miami Heat with the 10th overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, Butler has appeared in 589 career games with Miami, the Lakers, Washington and Dallas and brings to the Clippers career averages of 16.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 36.3 minutes per game.

The six-foot-seven, 228 pound Butler appeared in the All-Star Game in 2007 when he led Washington with 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. A year later, Butler was again named an NBA All-Star, finishing the 2007-08 season as the only player in the NBA to average at least 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals.

A member of the 2002-03 NBA All-Rookie Team, Butler has appeared in 31 career playoff contests, averaging 16.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in the postseason.

Now entering his ninth NBA season, the Racine, Wisconsin native played two years at the University of Connecticut, averaging 18.0 points and 7.6 rebounds in 63 career games while leading the Huskies to the Elite 8 in 2002 and earning Co-Big East Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-American honors.

In a related move the Clippers renounced their rights to free agents Ike Diogu, Jamario Moon and Craig Smith.

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Jordan will not play today for Clippers

DeAndre Jordan was diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia last night and was admitted to Marina Del Rey hospital. He was given intravenous antibiotics and held overnight for further tests.

Jordan’s status has improved significantly from last night and he is responding well to treatment. He will not play in the game today against the Phoenix Suns.

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