Clippers Vs. Thunder: Live blog

Clippers Vs. Thunder: Live blog

Follow along for live updates and commentary on the Clippers Vs. Thunder game via the sports staff at the Los Angeles Times.

  • 5/10/2014 2:57:09 AM melissa.rohlin
    So....OKC is outshooting the Clippers, 66.7% to 37.5% but the Clippers are up, 14-13. Hmmm.
  • 5/10/2014 2:58:09 AM Mike.James
    What's a prettier shot in the NBA than Kevin Durant elevating for a three-pointer? ... then somehow the Clippers leave him alone on transition for a dunk. Couple of breakdowns on defense for LA so far. Clippers hold a 14-13 lead.
  • 5/10/2014 2:58:56 AM Eric Pincus
    Trying to deal with very spotty wi-fi over at Staples tonight
  • 5/10/2014 2:59:50 AM melissa.rohlin
    Free throws are keeping the Clippers in the game right now. They're 8 for 9 from the line. OKC hasn't shot a single free throw.
  • 5/10/2014 3:00:24 AM Mike.James
    How much could this game change from this point? Well, so far, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook have combined for zero points.
  • 5/10/2014 3:01:13 AM melissa.rohlin
    Mike: Who and who?
  • 5/10/2014 3:01:39 AM Mike.James
    Chris Paul's on the board with a 15-footer, making his first shot. The mid-range jumper may be a disappearing element in the NBA, but Paul is a master at it.
  • 5/10/2014 3:02:36 AM melissa.rohlin
    Blake swishes a jumper. He now has 12 points in the first seven minutes of the first quarter. In all of Game 3, he scored 15.
  • 5/10/2014 3:03:55 AM Mike.James
    Collison made a move toward the basket before he was stopped, but that's exactly what he needs to do.
  • 5/10/2014 3:05:02 AM Mike.James
    Westbrook outrebounds Jordan? If he's not the most athletically gifted guy in the NBA, he's reeeeeally close. That was impressive.
  • 5/10/2014 3:05:03 AM melissa.rohlin
    Cool stat so far -- The Clippers haven't had a single turnover.
  • 5/10/2014 3:05:56 AM Eric Pincus
    Great block from Matt Barnes sends Russell Westbrook to the floor, wants a foul but no call . . . 
  • 5/10/2014 3:08:02 AM Mike.James
    The Clippers are shooting 33%; the Thunder shooting 58%. But OKC has turned the ball over four times to the Clippers' zero,  the Clippers have an 8-2 edge from the free-throw line, and have an 18-17 lead. 
  • 5/10/2014 3:09:23 AM melissa.rohlin
    Westbrook is single-handedly out-rebounding the Clippers right now. He has 5, the Clippers have a combined 4.
  • 5/10/2014 3:09:28 AM Eric Pincus
    The free throw edge has kept the Clippers in the game
  • 5/10/2014 3:09:53 AM Mike.James
    Westbrook to Durant for the alley-oop. Chris Paul with -- what else? -- a pullup 15-footer. I get the feeling this game is going to get very entertaining.
  • 5/10/2014 3:11:33 AM Eric Pincus
    Another Thunder turnover - more FT coming for Clippers - that's how you compete when you're shooting 41.2% (Clippers) vs. a team hitting 56.2% (Thunder)
  • 5/10/2014 3:11:34 AM melissa.rohlin
    Kevin Durant is leading all scorers with 13 points. He had two dunks in the last minute. Yeah, yeah, we know you're the MVP.
  • 5/10/2014 3:12:15 AM Eric Pincus
    Clippers need something from Danny Granger who just checked in - he's 1-15 from the field since Game 2 vs. Warriors - quite the shooting slump.
  • 5/10/2014 3:12:32 AM Mike.James
    Durant with another dunk; Paul answers with a three. So far, no one has been able to create any distance. Now Griffin goes to his home-away-from home: the free-throw line. He is now 8 for 9 from the line in the first quarter.
  • 5/10/2014 3:13:27 AM melissa.rohlin
    Westbrook just split all defenders and made a layup for his first two points of the game. He has an important 5 assists though.
  • 5/10/2014 3:13:39 AM Eric Pincus
    Just like that Granger hits his first three - different series if he's hitting
  • 5/10/2014 3:14:05 AM Mike.James
    Remember Danny Granger? You probably thought he had gone on vacation, but there he is with a three. If the Clippers can get any contribution from him, that would be a real bonus.
  • 5/10/2014 3:15:21 AM Eric Pincus
    Clippers - not making shot - not getting the boards - still ahead by five by scrapping.  Easier scoring for Thunder but 5 turnovers - only 4 FT
  • 5/10/2014 3:15:23 AM melissa.rohlin
    The Clippers are 12 for 13 from the free throw line w 36 seconds left in the first. OKC has only shot 4 free throws this quarter.
  • 5/10/2014 3:17:39 AM Eric Pincus
    Jamal Crawford's high, high rainbow three almost dropped at the buzzer - 33-29 after a quarter - LAC on top
  • 5/10/2014 3:18:02 AM melissa.rohlin
    After one quarter: Clippers 33, Thunder 29. Blake Griffin leads LA with 14 pts, KD has 15 for OKC. Difference so far this game: FREE THROWS. The Clips are 12 for 13 from the line. OKC has only shot 6.
  • 5/10/2014 3:18:32 AM Mike.James
    Crawford's three pushes LA's lead to 33-27 before Granger puts Durant on the line with 6 seconds left in the quarter. Probably not the best play of Granger's career. Durant makes two, then Crawford puts up a 3 from 28 feet away, but it went way more than 28 feet high. Just missed. LAC, 33-29 after one.
  • 5/10/2014 3:20:35 AM Mike.James
    Durant leads all scorers with 15 points on 5-7 shooting. Every time I see him play, I think he's the one guy I'd build a team around. Griffin has 14. An entertaining first quarter.
  • It's end of first q and Clips fans still don't seem involved.. like not used to cheering hoops in May..weird..like everything around here
  • 5/10/2014 3:22:53 AM Eric Pincus
    The impact of Steven Adams doesn't always show up on the stat sheet - but a great rookie for OKC
  • 5/10/2014 3:22:56 AM Mike.James
    Big Baby outrebounding and outhustling Adams to the ball. I won't write that very often.
  • 5/10/2014 3:23:34 AM melissa.rohlin
    Rihanna is here, sitting courtside across from the Clippers' bench.
  • 5/10/2014 3:24:28 AM Mike.James
    Now Adams takes a rebound away from Granger. Why? Because Granger simply stood motionless waiting for the ball to come to him and Adams went and got it.
  • 5/10/2014 3:25:21 AM Eric Pincus
    Jared Dudley was hitting 25% through the playoffs - actually worse than Granger - he just nailed a corner three
  • 5/10/2014 3:26:03 AM Mike.James
    Dudley is another guy who came to LA with a nice career behind him, played well in spurts then basically disappeared. He hits a three, and if he can resurrect his shot, that'll be a big help.
  • 5/10/2014 3:26:46 AM melissa.rohlin
    Kevin Durant makes a layup. He has 17 points on 6 for 8 shooting.
  • 5/10/2014 3:27:06 AM Eric Pincus
    Thunder scoring at will right now - up 40-38 - but then the Clippers aren't having much trouble putting the ball in the basket either
  • 5/10/2014 3:27:09 AM Mike.James
    I'm not listening to Ralph Lawler right now, but I'm guessing he had to give that last Durant move an 'Oh me oh my.'
  • 5/10/2014 3:27:35 AM Eric Pincus
    He's 3 seats over from me - I can ask? :)
  • 5/10/2014 3:27:40 AM melissa.rohlin
    The Thunder are shooting 60% from the field. The Clippers are shooting 41%.
  • 5/10/2014 3:28:37 AM Eric Pincus
    Thunder scored on four straight possessions - Clippers on three of their last four
  • 5/10/2014 3:29:11 AM Mike.James
    Crawford with the kind of leaning jumper along the baseline that high school coaches bench their sixth-men for taking. He makes it and he's fouled. The man has made an absolute art form of getting fouled while shooting. There have been some outstanding individual plays in this game. Tied at 40.
  • "Blake Griffin has 14 points (3-6 FG, 8-9 FT) and the Clippers lead the Thunder 33-29 after 1 in Game 3. #OKCvsLAC http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BnPmcPDCYAAS9zp.jpg"

  • 5/10/2014 3:31:13 AM Eric Pincus
    Clippers come back from time out with four starters + Crawford.  Thunder still going with the bench unit that's been scoring well - Jackson/Fisher/Butler/Ibaka/Adams
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