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Wizards get the meme treatment after blowing 35-point lead to Clippers

A meme of the Wizards and Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers set a franchise record with a 35-point comeback on Tuesday night against the Wizards, and Washington was on the receiving end of some memes afterwards.

The Clippers scored just a pathetic 13 points in the second quarter and 36 points in the first half. They trailed by 30 at the half and were down 66-31 at one point in the second quarter. The Clippers then switched things up for the second half and went to their backups, led by Luke Kennard. Kennard score 25 off the bench and helped the Clippers win 116-115.

The Wizards not only blew a 35-point lead, but they also led by 8 with 36.8 seconds left and still lost! They seriously fouled a 3-point shooter with a second left. That’s how you blow a lead so big.

The Clippers’ comeback was the second-largest in NBA history.

Here were some of the memes and jokes the Wizards received as a result of their collapse:

That’s just an embarrassing loss for the Wizards. There is no way to defend such a collapse.

John Wall could end up with unlikely team?

John Wall in a suit

John Wall Watch appears to be back with a vengeance.

A report on Monday linked the Houston Rockets guard Wall to an unlikely team. The Athletic’s Kelly Iko reported that the LA Clippers expressed some genuine interest in acquiring Wall earlier this season. Iko adds though that there was some confusion from the outside at the time about the Clippers’ objectives heading into the Feb. 10 trade deadline.

The five-time All-Star Wall still has not played for the Rockets at all this season. Wall wants a trade with Houston focusing on developing younger players. But the $44.3 million Wall is making this season and the $47.4 million player option Wall has for next season make a trade impractical.

On paper, the Clippers are an improbable landing spot for Wall. They are 23-25 on the year and face continued uncertainty over the respective health situations of both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Reggie Jackson has also been a stud as their starting point guard. Finally, Wall’s contract makes it so that the Clippers would have to match salaries by trading away someone like Marcus Morris and/or Luke Kennard, both of whom have been meaningful contributors this season.

Then again, more clarity should emerge on the Clippers’ goals as the trade deadline nears. Without Leonard and George, they are still staying afloat and should be able to make the West play-in tournament regardless. Wall’s old teammate in college at Kentucky, Eric Bledsoe, is also on the Clippers’ roster. When you combine that with Wall appearing to show interest in the Clippers a few months ago, maybe a match is not as unlikely as it seems.

Photo: Nov 8, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) walks on the court after the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

New report about Clippers may mean bad news for Paul George

Paul George in his Clippers uniform

The LA Clippers have officially climbed back to .500 after an amazing come-from-behind win on Tuesday over the Denver Nuggets. But the latest report about the team may mean bad news for one of their star players.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported on Wednesday that the Clippers are operating under the assumption that All-Star forward Paul George may not return this season. George has missed the last two-and-a-half weeks and counting with a torn UCL in his right elbow. The team had announced on Christmas Day that they would re-evaluate George in three-to-four weeks.

Fischer adds that the George situation could push the Clippers to become sellers ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline. The report also quotes a rival NBA executive who believes that the Clippers could shed veterans such as Marcus Morris in order to regroup for next year with younger talent and cheaper contracts.

The Clippers are currently 21-21, which puts them eighth in the West and in play-in tournament range. They have gone 4-6 since the George injury news, but that does include some quality victories over teams like Brooklyn and Denver. The Clippers are also trying to navigate Kawhi Leonard’s continued injury absence. Meanwhile, they have been getting valuable minutes from younger players like Amir Coffey, Terance Mann, and Brandon Boston Jr.

The team did recently get reason to feel optimistic about Leonard. But the health of their other star player George could now be throwing a wrench into their plans. That might make it more advantageous for the Clippers to punt away this season and take a swing at full health starting next season instead.

Photo: Feb 26, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers reporter Kristina Pink slips and falls after postgame interview

Kristina Pink lies on the floor

High heels and slick hardwood are not the best combination, and Los Angeles Clippers sideline reporter Kristina Pink unfortunately learned that the hard way on Sunday.

Pink took a hard fall at the conclusion of her on-court interview with Amir Coffey following the Clippers’ 106-93 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The fall looked really bad, but Pink laughed it off and did not appear to be seriously injured.

Coffey started for L.A. and tied a career-high with 21 points. He quickly went from all smiles to looking concerned, and you can understand why.

Pink, who also works NFL games for FOX, will probably think twice about her footwear selection when she covers NBA games in the future. That could have been a lot worse.

Patrick Beverley threw shade at former team Clippers after beating them

Patrick Beverley celebrates a play

Patrick Beverley got to live out the “I took that personally” meme in real life this week.

The Minnesota Timberwolves guard had a big game on Monday against his former team, the LA Clippers. Beverley finished with 11 points and 12 assists in a 122-104 blowout victory.

After the game, Beverley threw some shade at the Clippers, who traded him last summer in a package for fellow guard Eric Bledsoe.

“I wanted to come out here and pass the ball,” said Beverley, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. “One of the reasons [they traded me], Clippers was always looking for another guard cuz they said I wasn’t a playmaker, so I wanted to set the tone with that tonight.”

The 12 assists tied a career-high for Beverley. While he came out on Monday to prove a point, it is true that he was not very much of a playmaker with the Clippers. Beverley only recorded double-digit assists twice in his entire four-year tenure with the team.

To his credit, Beverley is posting the best assist numbers of his career with Minnesota this season. He is averaging 5.3 of them per game (compared 4.1 a game for Bledsoe in L.A.). Beverley has taken other swipes at his old team since being traded, so Monday’s win was obviously a sweet one for him.

Photo: Nov 13, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) enters a game against Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter at Staples Center. The Clippers wins 129-102. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Serge Ibaka has curious Twitter ‘like’ amid Clippers rumors

Serge Ibaka in street clothes

Serge Ibaka-LA Clippers drama is officially back on the menu thanks to just one click of a button.

The Clippers big had a curious Twitter ‘like’ this week. He ‘liked’ a tweet that read, “I’m 90% sure Serge Ibaka’s getting traded on December 15th.”

Ibaka has since ‘unliked’ the tweet. Dec. 15 is the date that he became eligible for trade as a player who signed a new contract last offseason.

It is possible that Ibaka was searching for his own name on Twitter and accidentally ‘liked’ the tweet while scrolling. But the timing of it seems a little too coincidental. The veteran is currently out of the Clippers’ rotation and is rumored to be unhappy with the decision.

Ibaka’s trade value figures to be low right now, and he could still be an asset for the Clippers if Kawhi Leonard returns this season. But for the moment, Ibaka is being outplayed by both Ivica Zubac and Isaiah Hartenstein. With the fifth-seeded Clippers performing well and Ibaka having no pathway to minutes in the near term, he might just prefer a trade at this point.

Photo: Jun 7, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka (9) walks into Oracle Arena prior to game four of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Serge Ibaka unhappy with Clippers?

Serge Ibaka in street clothes

The LA Clippers’ recent surge may ironically be alienating their literal Serge.

Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reported that Serge Ibaka did not emerge from the locker room to take his seat with the Clippers until eight minutes into their game on Monday against the Phoenix Suns.

Ibaka is currently out of Clippers coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation and has not played in over a week. Before the game, Lue would only say that he has had conversations with Ibaka that he would keep between them.

The former All-Defensive First Teamer Ibaka was a highly-coveted signing when he first landed with the Clippers in 2020. But a back injury led to the premature end of his first season in L.A. as well as a late start to this season. Ibaka had been brought along slowly as he worked his way back into game shape but soon found himself leapfrogged in the rotation by Ivica Zubac and Isaiah Hartenstein. The former is an excellent rebounder and shot-blocker, while the latter is a high-IQ defender and playmaker with a feathery touch in the paint. That has left Ibaka as a DNP-CD, even if he is now healthy. The Clippers have also won their last four games with Ibaka out of the rotation.

Ibaka is 32 now, and his chemistry with Kawhi Leonard is of no use with Leonard still sidelined due to an ACL injury. Ibaka’s numbers this season (4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 14.0 minutes per game) are the worst of his career, and now he is not even playing at all. That has to be frustrating for anybody but especially for Ibaka. You may recall that similar circumstances led to Ibaka leaving his previous team.

Photo: Jun 7, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka (9) walks into Oracle Arena prior to game four of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers guard takes laughable shot at Clippers after loss

Kendrick Nunn looking on

One Los Angeles Lakers player was definitely talking crazy after Friday night’s loss to the rival LA Clippers.

Clippers center Isaiah Hartenstein had an Instagram post about his team’s big win over the Lakers. Hartenstein played well with 11 key points in 16 minutes of action.

While Hartenstein’s post was of the usual type that NBA players have after a victory, he heard it in the comments from a player who did not even play on Friday. Lakers guard Kendrick Nunn left a comment on the post that read, “Wait till I get back y’all know who run LA.”

Lakers and Clippers fans can debate back and forth who really runs L.A. (though the Clippers have now won their last four consecutive matchups). But Nunn’s comment is laughable for a couple of reasons. For one, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and all the other Lakers stars played Friday. That makes it highly doubtful that Nunn somehow would have been the one to make the difference, especially since he would have taken away minutes from other Lakers who are playing well like Malik Monk. Additionally, Nunn, while he has proven that he can score, is a third-year bench player for the Lakers talking here like he is an All-Star.

Nunn, who remains sidelined with a knee bruise, could be back in the lineup the next time that the Lakers and the Clippers meet on Feb. 3. But for now, he should probably take the lead of one of his star teammates, who sounded much more complimentary of the Clippers on Friday night.

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Photo: Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kendrick Nunn (12) against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Griffin reveals one thing he did not like about how Clippers handled trade

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin going from the LA Clippers to the Detroit Pistons in 2018 was one of the most shocking trades in recent NBA history. It turns out that Griffin was probably just as shocked as everyone else was at the time.

The six-time All-Star, who is now with the Brooklyn Nets, opened up about the Clippers trading him away in an interview this week on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger.” Griffin revealed the one thing that he did not like about how the team handled the whole situation.

“I understand, for sure, through a business point of view,” said Griffin. “I completely understand. A team wants to go a certain way. They had a plan. They wanted to win a championship very quickly, and they didn’t think that was going to happen with me there. I totally get that.

“The only thing we kinda wish they had gone about a different way, just the respect of letting your agent know so that hopefully both parties can work out a deal that they both want, that both works for them,” Griffin went on. “[I found out] when a friend had told me.”

The former No. 1 overall pick then told the story of how he called his agent after hearing the rumors, only for the Clippers front office not to pick up the phone when Griffin’s agent tried to get to the bottom of it. Griffin said that he then drove to the team facility to have a face-to-face talk with Clippers GM (Michael Winger, whom Griffin did not mention by name). It proved to be an awkward discussion with Winger beating around the bush and simply telling Griffin, “You’ll be the first call” if a trade ultimately materialized. On his drive home, Griffin then saw a tweet from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that the trade with the Pistons was being finalized.

Griffin is arguably the single greatest player in Clippers franchise history. He brought respect, relevance, and excitement to a historically awful team from the moment that they drafted him in 2009. But even if the Clippers’ current Kawhi Leonard-Paul George era would not have even been possible without trading Griffin, the abruptness was still a big shock, especially just months after the team had made a big show about having Griffin as a Clipper for life.

The 32-year-old still seemed to hold a grudge against the Clippers in recent years. But Griffin did say later in the interview that “it’s not like this thing where I’m just like, ‘I’m never gonna speak to these people again.'” Perhaps time will continue to thaw out whatever bad blood still remains here.

Photo: Dec 18, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) warms up before the game against the Toronto Raptors at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Luka Doncic cursed out Clippers during preseason game

Luka Doncic cursing

Luka Doncic has had just about enough of the LA Clippers to this point of his young NBA career.

The Dallas Mavericks All-Star got heated with the Clippers during Friday’s preseason game. Clippers swingman Terance Mann blocked Doncic in the first half and then drew an offensive foul against him in the same sequence. When Mann responded by celebrating a bit, Doncic cursed in the direction of Mann and the Clippers bench.

“Shut the f— up,” Doncic could be seen mouthing twice at them. Take a look.

The 22-year-old Doncic already has an extensive history with the Clippers. The Mavs have lost in the first round to the Clippers in each of the last two seasons. Doncic has also beefed with certain Clippers players during those playoff battles.

Dallas did end up winning Friday’s preseason game by a 122-114 final. But Doncic has to be sick and tired by now of getting punked by the Clippers.