Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Nuggets add Anthony Randolph; Hill to Clippers

Minnesota Timberwolves' Anthony Randolph meets with the media

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Steve Nash is really bummed out. Why? One of Nash's former teammates will play for his new rival, the Clippers, during the 2012-13 season.

Here's a roundup of the free agent news you missed overnight:

Knick don't match on Lin

Just days after Mike Woodson told the media Jeremy Lin would start at point guard for the Knicks during the 2012-13 season, the franchise opted not to match...

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Reports: Clippers lock up Crawford, Billups

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, center, passes

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The battle for Ray Allen looks now to be a two-horse race.

According to several reports, the Clippers, who were originally scheduled to meet with the NBA's three-point king, canceled their meeting with Allen after agreeing to sign both Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that Crawford's deal is for three years and $15.7 million. Billups,...

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NBA playoff power rankings

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, Manu Ginobili,

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At the start of each playoff round, you can find updated power rankings in the Double Dribble. The rankings are formulated based on what team still playing is most likely to win the NBA championship. So, for example, you'd expect the No. 4 team to beat the No. 5 team in a playoff series, but the No. 4 team would likely lose to the No. 3 team.

1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

The red-hot Spurs enter...

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First round NBA playoff predictions

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) and guard

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After the lockout, the Chris Paul trade fiasco, the Dwight Howard and Lamar Odom drama, the Metta World Peace elbow, and a lot of basketball in a short period of time, wer'e finally here: In less than 24 hours, the first round of the NBA playoffs tips off.

Here are predictions for the opening series:

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz Gregg Popovich’s management of the veteran...

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NBA announces schedule for opening games of playoffs

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami

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Earlier today, the NBA announced the schedule for the opening game of each first round playoff series.

Four series will open Saturday, and four on Sunday:

SATURDAY OPENERS

No. 7 Dallas or Denver at No. 2 Oklahoma City*

No. 8 Philadelphia or Knicks at No. 1 Chicago*

No. 7 Knicks or Philadelphia at No. 2 Miami*

No. 6 Orlando at No. 3 Indiana

SUNDAY OPENERS

No....

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Blake Griffin the reason for Pau Gasol's nightmares

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, goes

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Blake Griffin's got Pau Gasol wondering "Where did I go wrong."

Griffin posterized Gasol not once, but twice in the Lakers-Clippers game last night.

The first dunk came early in the game. Off a missed three-point attempt by Randy Foye, Griffin jumped over Gasol to slam home the put-back.

Later in the game, Griffin Mozgov'd Gasol, using the Lakers forward's face...

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Flashback: Clippers end 30-year drought

The Los Angeles Clippers' Cuttino Mobley, left, shakes

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Day 3 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers franchise has never won an NBA title, and has four playoff appearances in the last 20 years.

Date: May 1, 2006

Situation: The Clippers lead the Nuggets 3-1 heading into Game 5 of the first round of the 2006 Western Conference playoffs.

Context: Since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1984-85...

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Jason Smith checks Blake Griffin, ejected

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) walks

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Jason Smith received a standing ovation from Hornets fans last night . . . for the wrong reason.

With the Hornets up 89-83 on the Clippers, Smith hip-checked Blake Griffin on a Los Angeles fastbreak. Griffin hit the ground hard, and took a few seconds to get back up.

The foul was ruled a Flagrant 2, meaning Smith was ejected from the game. While he was walking into the locker room, Hornets...

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Samuel L. Jackson channels Pulp Fiction at Hornets game

Samuel Jackson does the player introductions before an

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Earlier this season, the New Orleans Hornets welcomed Will Ferrell by allowing him to introduce the game's starting lineups. Last night, it was Samuel L. Jackson's turn.

While Jackson didn't follow Ferrell's lead by making fun of the Clippers starters, he did bust out one of the most iconic lines in movie history.

As he did as Jules Winnfield in "Pulp Fiction," Jackson quoted...

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