Ezeli returns as Warriors beat Clippers 125-107 (Yahoo Sports)

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 21: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots a layup against Spencer Hawes #10 of the Los Angeles Clippers on October 21, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Festus Ezeli got the best birthday present he could imagine: playing in an NBA game.

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5 Bold Predictions for the Los Angeles Clippers During 2014-15 Season

It’s time for the Los Angeles Clippers to go about the business of winning beyond the regular season, so this crop of bold predictions is centered around those aspirations.

Everything the Clips do from training camp through the postseason is focused on obtaining the Larry O’Brien Trophy. 

Head coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers articulated as much when he agreed to a contract extension through the end of the 2018-19 season. 

“I am motivated by the challenge and thankful for the opportunity to stand together with [Clippers owner Steve Ballmer] as we continue to move toward our goal of winning an NBA title,” he stated. 

It’s no secret the Clippers are built to win now. With bona fide superstars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leading the charge in their second year under a coach with winning experience, they have the talent assembled to reach their goals. 

With that in mind, here’s what will develop in Los Angeles this season. 

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Warriors vs. Clippers: Live Score and Highlights from 2014 NBA Preseason

The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors are clashing for the second time this preseason Tuesday evening. 

You can catch all the action on TNT. 

Keep it locked here on Bleacher Report throughout the night for real-time updates, highlights and analysis of all things Clippers-Warriors. 

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Faried helps Nuggets beat Clippers 104-93 (Yahoo Sports)

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers handles the basketball during a game against the Denver Nuggets on October 18, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kenneth Faried had 19 and seven rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason game Saturday night.

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Faried helps Nuggets beat Clippers 104-93

Faried scores 19 points to lead Nuggets to 104-93 win over Clippers



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Los Angeles Clippers season preview: Player projections

We have hit the middle of our three part preview of the 2014-2015 Los Angeles Clippers, check out the Part 1 if you have not already. The question we are faced with now is how much better can this year’s Clippers team be in this incredibly deep Western Conference. The answer to that question is going to be the function of two things. How much better did this Clippers team get over the offseason? And how much better, if any, did the top tier of the Western Conference get this offseason?
DeAndre jordan and Blake Griffin during the national anthem previous to the Clippers preseason opener vs the Warriors.(photi credit Getty Images)
Okay, so part 1 of our preview handled the personal changes the Clippers made, but from a logistical and tactical standpoint the Clippers have to do a few things differently this season if they hope to crack the top two in the West and truly contend for a championship.
Offensive projections:
Nothing is changing, expect a lot of dunks, a lot of Blake Griffin and DeAndre in the post,

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Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers 10/17/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Los Angeles Clippers looked to score a preseason win on Friday night, when they faced the Utah Jazz.

The Clippers were one of the NBA‘s best, most explosive teams last season, but they faced a tough test from a young Jazz roster. 

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Crawford scores 25 as Clippers beat Jazz 101-97 (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 17: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots against the Utah Jazz during the game on October 17, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Andrew Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford hit clutch 3-pointers in the final minute and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 101-97 Friday night for their first victory of the preseason.

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Glen Davis Injury: Updates on Clippers Forward’s Groin and Recovery

Injury woes have cropped up once again for Los Angeles Clippers big man Glen Davis heading into his team’s preseason contest Friday against the Utah Jazz.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reported Davis was out with a right groin strain:

Davis stayed relatively healthy throughout his career in Boston, but injuries began to take their toll in his tenure with the Magic. He missed 69 games throughout his first two seasons in Orlando. 

After being traded to the Clippers in the middle of last season, he started slow in a new environment and lost his spot in the rotation shortly before turning it around just before the postseason. He averaged just 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in the playoffs.

The Clippers are in decent shape with their frontcourt bench after securing Spencer Hawes and Ekpe Udoh over the offseason, but there’s no replacement for Davis’ motor and tough-nosed defense. Doc Rivers knew what he was bringing in after coaching Davis in Boston, and his dedication to keeping him as a contributor reflects that.

Either way, a lingering injury is the last thing that Davis or the Clippers need with the season fast approaching. Expect both parties to err on the side of caution and not return Davis to action until he’s fully ready.

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Ballmer wears Clippers jersey on magazine cover

The enthusiastic Clippers owner looks ready to take the court with his players.



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