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Who: Sixers (34-33) at Los Angeles Clippers (26-42) When: 10:30 Where: Staples Center TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/WIP (610-AM)  
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December 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Flyers chairman Ed Snider, who has a mansion in Montecito, Calif., is almost always at the Staples Center when his team is playing here against the Kings. Make that beating the Kings. The Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday, 2-1, and improved to 8-1-1 at the Staples Center since it opened in 1999. "Maybe I am," said Snider when asked if he was the Flyers' good-luck charm. Snider paused. "Although why aren't I at home?" he asked, smiling.
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March 30, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - La Salle sophomore D.J. Peterson has quickly become an important player for the Explorers. Not that long ago, he didn't even know where the school was. The 6-foot-5 Peterson was averaging 25.8 minutes a game for the Explorers entering the Sweet 16 matchup against Wichita State on Thursday at the Staples Center. La Salle has four players with Philadelphia roots, but Peterson was recruited from slightly farther away: Minnesota. When the Explorers began recruiting Peterson, who is from Burnsville, Minn., he knew nothing about La Salle.
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February 11, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Brett Brown's much-talked-about commitment to improved defense has been hindered by the 76ers' propensity for turnovers and bad shots. "It exacerbates a defensive problem in transition defense," the coach said after Sunday morning's shootaround for a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. "And when you really cut to the chase and say we've really got to play better transition defense, [you] identify where are we really getting hurt. " The Sixers hit the road for three games - against the Clippers, the Golden State Warriors, and the Utah Jazz - before the all-star break, and their goal is to limit bad shots and turnovers.
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March 30, 2013 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - During Ohio State's journey to the Final Four last season, Aaron Craft learned the importance of focusing on the next 40 minutes, not the three-week trip. So Craft didn't realize the highest seeds in the West Regional were dropping like dominoes until earlier this week. He purposely didn't learn much about ninth-seeded Wichita State until Thursday night, when the powerful Buckeyes found out they're facing the unheralded Shockers on Saturday for another ticket to the Final Four.
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March 22, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES – During a four-game homestand that saw them play some of the better basketball of the season, the 76ers put together some impressive wins against teams like Indiana, Brooklyn and Portland, But the brutal reality of where they stand in the NBA pecking order reared its ugly face again as the Los Angeles Clippers completed a season sweep of them at the Staples Center on Wednesday, easily beating the Sixers 101-72. The Sixers loss extended their road losing streak to 14 games.
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March 29, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Throughout the NCAA tournament, La Salle coach John Giannini has stressed that the Explorers are no Cinderella team, despite their 13th seed. La Salle's next opponent, standing in the way of an Elite Eight appearance, doesn't fall into that category, either. La Salle (24-9) and ninth seed Wichita State (28-8) aren't the most well-known teams left in the Sweet 16. But like La Salle, Wichita State has followed up a strong regular season with some eye-popping performances in the NCAA tournament.
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February 2, 2014 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - When Michael Raffl was bumped from the first to fourth line earlier this week, Flyers coach Craig Berube was careful to point out the move was not a demotion. "He's been a good player," Berube said then. "Wherever he goes, people seem to play good around him. It'll be a better fourth line with him on it. " Raffl, 25, has provided Berube with some unexpected flexibility in his first half season in the NHL. Originally considered a player with a top-end skill set, Raffl has demonstrated an ability to play the all-important "elevator" role - meaning he can move up and down the lineup with ease.
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March 29, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - This part of La Salle's NCAA run is a shame: By the luck of the draw, Bill Raftery hasn't been assigned an Explorers game yet. The CBS Sports college basketball analyst, best in his business, doesn't mind. "It's been fun being a fan - you don't often get a chance," said Raftery, who is working the games in Washington this week. Raftery, 69, was a La Salle cocaptain in 1962-63. "Don't look up my record, that's all," Raft rafted. (In fact, the Explorers weren't bad in his time, going 15-7, 16-9 and 16-8, and he led the Explorers with 17.8 points a game as a sophomore in 1960-61.)
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February 13, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
A RIVALRY ISN'T a rivalry when one franchise has won 16 world championships and the other hasn't even won a division championship. As far as tradition, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are about as far apart as two franchises can get. The only things they have in common are the city they represent and the arena they share. Through their glorious history the Lakers earned the moniker of "Showtime. " For most of their history the Clippers have been referred to as "The Paper Clips.
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January 5, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Michael Carter-Williams said he was fine and plans to play Monday at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, the 76ers point guard was scratched from Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center because of an aggravated right shoulder. Carter-Williams missed the first seven games this season after having surgery to repair the labrum in his shoulder on May 6. He tweaked the shoulder early in the 112-96 setback to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night at US Airways Center.
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December 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Flyers chairman Ed Snider, who has a mansion in Montecito, Calif., is almost always at the Staples Center when his team is playing here against the Kings. Make that beating the Kings. The Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday, 2-1, and improved to 8-1-1 at the Staples Center since it opened in 1999. "Maybe I am," said Snider when asked if he was the Flyers' good-luck charm. Snider paused. "Although why aren't I at home?" he asked, smiling.
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December 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - It turns out that all the Flyers needed to end their road miseries was to face the defending Stanley Cup champions. Oh, and to have Steve Mason put together one of his best performances of the season. Sparked by Mason's brilliant goaltending, the Flyers ended their nine-game road losing streak by defeating the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, Saturday at the Staples Center. "He's been unbelievable for a long time," winger Wayne Simmonds said after the Flyers won despite being outshot, 38-16.
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November 4, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
STEVE MASON knew something was different at Wells Fargo Center the moment he stepped on the ice for pregame warmups in the Flyers' first exhibition game on Sept. 22. Everything was brighter - and not necessarily in a good way. If you've been to a Flyers home game this season - or even watched one on TV - you know what Mason means. The only difference is that you don't need to stop frozen black rubber discs flying at 100 mph. The Wells Fargo Center replaced the entire rink lighting system in the 18-year-old arena.
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February 11, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Brett Brown's much-talked-about commitment to improved defense has been hindered by the 76ers' propensity for turnovers and bad shots. "It exacerbates a defensive problem in transition defense," the coach said after Sunday morning's shootaround for a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. "And when you really cut to the chase and say we've really got to play better transition defense, [you] identify where are we really getting hurt. " The Sixers hit the road for three games - against the Clippers, the Golden State Warriors, and the Utah Jazz - before the all-star break, and their goal is to limit bad shots and turnovers.
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February 2, 2014 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - When Michael Raffl was bumped from the first to fourth line earlier this week, Flyers coach Craig Berube was careful to point out the move was not a demotion. "He's been a good player," Berube said then. "Wherever he goes, people seem to play good around him. It'll be a better fourth line with him on it. " Raffl, 25, has provided Berube with some unexpected flexibility in his first half season in the NHL. Originally considered a player with a top-end skill set, Raffl has demonstrated an ability to play the all-important "elevator" role - meaning he can move up and down the lineup with ease.
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May 9, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
OF ALL THE forlorn Explorers in the Staples Center locker room, none looked sadder than sophomore D.J. Peterson. La Salle had just lost to Wichita State in the Sweet 16, a foreseeable if unfortunate decision. For Peterson, the loss held special significance. He knew the team would change the following season. Tyrone Garland, one of the nation's top bench players, would probably start in place of Ramon Galloway, especially in the aftermath of his "Southwest Philly Floater" that beat Mississippi and sent La Salle to the Sweet 16. Delaware transfer Khalid Lewis and La Salle High's Amar Stukes also would play plenty, alongside point guard Tyrone Garland.
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March 31, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
La Salle's basketball team enjoyed quite a journey in the NCAA tournament, one that has guaranteed lifelong memories for the players, coaches, administrators, and fans. The 12-day road trip consisted of more than 5,100 air miles; four games; countless news conferences; and, most importantly, three wins before Thursday's season-ending, 72-58 loss to Wichita State in the West Regional Sweet 16 matchup at the Staples Center. La Salle initially had to win a first-round game over Boise State and then kept going with a wild weekend in Kansas City that consisted of two-point wins over Kansas State and Ole Miss.
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March 30, 2013 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - During Ohio State's journey to the Final Four last season, Aaron Craft learned the importance of focusing on the next 40 minutes, not the three-week trip. So Craft didn't realize the highest seeds in the West Regional were dropping like dominoes until earlier this week. He purposely didn't learn much about ninth-seeded Wichita State until Thursday night, when the powerful Buckeyes found out they're facing the unheralded Shockers on Saturday for another ticket to the Final Four.
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March 30, 2013 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
LOS ANGELES - La Salle's exit path from this NCAA tournament seemed inevitable. Not when it would happen - nothing was predictable about this unforgettable and historic Explorers run - but how. When your second-tallest starter is 6-foot-5 and your first big man off the bench is 6-6, getting beaten inside is the obvious worry. "They got bigger. We got smaller," a La Salle administrator noted at one early timeout Thursday night when Wichita State subbed out a 6-8 guy for a 7-footer while the Explorers switched out a 6-8 for a 6-6. It wasn't just height that determined this NCAA Sweet 16 at the Staples Center.
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