Basketball

Steve Ballmer of LA Clippers talks Blake Griffin, tanking, value

BOSTON — LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer on Saturday said that trading Blake Griffin was “a very difficult decision,” but that considerations about the future, as well as injury and chemistry concerns, necessitated the blockbuster deal with the Detroit Pistons. “[Griffin] is obviously a superstar player,” said Ballmer. “But if you look at what happened […]

Hockey

Blake Wheeler scores twice as Jets dominate Avs

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had three-point games as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-1 on Friday. Wheeler ended a 15-game goal drought with a pair of goals and one assist and Scheifele picked up a trio of helpers, giving the centre seven points in his last three games. Wheels finds the […]

Basketball

Can Blake Griffin change the course of a franchise?

0:43 Blake Griffin brings a new dynamic to Detroit, leading the team in PPG and APG in the four games since being traded. Check out Griffin when the Pistons take on the Clippers on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m. ET. For a guy who built his brand appeal by dunking over sedans, Blake Griffin runs […]

Basketball

NBA — Doc Rivers says LA Clippers with Blake Griffin didn’t get it done

LOS ANGELES — As LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers considered his organization’s woebegone history, he divided it neatly into two categories: pre- and post-Blake Griffin. “Before Blake got here, this wasn’t a great franchise,” Rivers said Tuesday before his team’s 104-96 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. “Once Blake got here, […]