Authentic Blake Griffin Jersey

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin(Blake Griffin Jersey) is medically cleared for all basketball activities and started serving his four-game suspension with Sunday’s 105-90 win against the Denver Nuggets.

He will return April 3 against the Washington Wizards, the team said.

Griffin was suspended for four games by the team and also docked five games’ pay of $859,442 for an altercation at a Toronto restaurant on Jan. 23. He suffered a broken right hand during the incident after punching an assistant equipment manager.

Griffin was cleared for contact on Saturday and went through his first workout since partially tearing his left quadriceps tendon on Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Lakers. Entering Sunday, he had missed the last 41 games due to the quad injury and the broken hand.

“We went through some offensive stuff [Saturday] and everything’s a lot smoother when Blake’s on the court,” Clippers point guard Chris Paul said Sunday. “Just our continuity and the way our offense looks. And it just gives our team an ultimate confidence. But at the same time, we understand he has to work his way back in.”

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before Sunday’s game that the team erred on the side of caution in bringing back the five-time All-Star.

“I kind of thought [Griffin would be ready to play] before, but I still wanted to see him [practice]. That’s why I didn’t want to say anything,” Rivers said. “You know, he wanted to practice the last practice we had [on March 22] and we wouldn’t let him. Usually, when a player starts talking that way, you know he’s ready to practice and wants to go out. We just felt like the extra three or four days to this practice would help. I think Blake would probably disagree with that — he thought he should practice the last one. But, he looked great.”

It’s unclear whether the 27-year-old’s return means a spot back in the starting lineup, though.

“[Griffin] had no endurance as far as his wind,” Rivers said. “But as far as playing basketball, he looked terrific. … We figure we have five or six or seven or whatever more days and honestly I don’t know if you can get him in the condition to play 35 minutes or 30 minutes right away. My guess right now is we’re going to start him.

“The question, more importantly, is not the starting; it’s how many minutes in a row can he play. If we went by yesterday, it’d be three.”

Griffin will sit out the game against Denver, along with games against Boston, Minnesota and Oklahoma City.

“I think we’re all excited,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. “We’ve really missed him. You can’t really replace a guy like that, but we have pieces. And everybody’s starting to settle into their role and everybody’s playing with a lot more confidence. So, whenever Blake gets back next week — it’s obviously going to take him some time to get his rhythm back and everything. We’re all really excited.”

In 30 games this season, Griffin is averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 34.9 minutes.

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WASHINGTON — Chicago Bulls swingman Justin Holiday(Justin Holiday Jersey) says he did not hear Drake after being called for a five-second violation late in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s win over the Toronto Raptors.

The famous rapper was standing directly behind Holiday with 25 seconds left in regulation and the Raptors down 106-103. He appeared to say at least once to Holiday that the Bulls were out of timeouts. After Wednesday’s shootaround, Holiday got a good laugh about all the attention the play has received.

“I wasn’t paying attention to him,” Holiday said. “I was listening to the ref. The ref was talking to me at the time. And I had to focus on getting the ball in the play. I wasn’t worried about what Drake was talking about.”

Holiday says he is a “big fan” of Drake’s and has heard from family and friends about the play.

“I’ve gotten the links from every person I’ve known,” Holiday said. “Every person that think they’re family of mine. I’ve gotten the link sent to me plenty of times, so yes, I’ve seen it.”

Holiday didn’t think Drake, who serves as an ambassador for the Raptors, deserved as much credit for the play as he has gotten.

“It is what it is,” Holiday said. “It’s not that big of a deal. He’s a fan — he’s a big fan of Toronto, does a lot for them, does a lot as far as supporting them and it’s good for him. But at the same time, though, how much credit he’s given for that play — it’s people’s perspectives but obviously he had nothing to do with the play and what happened with it.”

Like many around the Internet, Holiday has seen some of the memes that have appeared after the play.

“That was hilarious,” Holiday said. “The one with Meek Mill’s face? That mess was funny.”

After all the hype surrounding the play, Holiday is just trying to take his new found fame in stride.

“No, he wasn’t bothering me,” Holiday said. “There were thousands of fans in the building yelling at the same time. It’s not like I’m going to hear one guy yelling something. I couldn’t hear him that play. Really that play, I wasn’t worried about him. I came and took it out again and he said something to me before I got the ball, but that play, no. You can see on my face — because if I heard him I would have made a face like, ['What?']“

Womens Curry Jersey

OAKLAND, Calif. — After letting garbage time become crunch time, the Golden State Warriors closed out the Orlando Magic 119-113 for their NBA-record 45th consecutive regular-season home victory. This achievement brings a bifurcated response: There’s an acknowledgement of the incredible accomplishment, then a nod to the issues it’s overshadowing.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr summarized Golden State’s recent run with, “Steph is bailing us out an awful lot.” Monday night was illustrative of that issue, plus a reminder that there are worse bailout plans. As Golden State trundled along sans Andre Iguodala and with an ailing Draymond Green, Curry(Womens Curry Jersey) was a brilliant bulwark against failure. He scored 41 points, claimed 13 boards and hit seven 3-pointers, one of which was his 300th of the season. Curry dropped that one from 28 feet away, after torturing Ersan Ilyasova with seven crossovers.

Of the benchmark, Curry said, “It’s special and it’s never been done before in history.” He later called the accomplishment “surreal,” which it certainly is, especially since it’s early March. For comparison’s sake, Steph’s father, Dell — himself a 3-point sniper — needed seven seasons to reach 300 career 3s made.

Not since Leonidas has a man with “300″ led warriors so impressively. Since the All-Star break, Golden State has needed spectacular Curry performances to pull out wins. Thankfully for the Warriors, “spectacular” is his default mode, especially of late. During this stretch, Curry has averaged 35.7 points in 34.9 minutes on 69.7 percent shooting — numbers that shouldn’t be possible.

If Curry weren’t trending impossible, the Warriors would look vulnerable. Though the Warriors have an 8-2 record since the break, they’re grinding out these wins with a lukewarm +1.4 point differential. Even worse: They got blown out by the Lakers of Los Angeles.

Kerr cites defensive slippage as a major issue. After his “Steph is bailing us out an awful lot” comment, Kerr continued: “But we can’t count on that. We can’t rely on that. We need to get back to being the best defensive team in the league, which we were a year ago, which we’re not right now anywhere close to.”

Festus Ezeli’s absence might account for some of this, but there’s likely another explanation: Unlike last year, this Golden State knows it can win without maximum effort. This iteration might be more inclined to pace themselves in a regular-season game.

There’s also the turnover issue, a pet peeve of Kerr’s. “Some are going to happen,” Kerr said of his team’s 24 giveaways on Tuesday night. “But I could rattle off 10, easy, that were just inexcusable. That’s kind of our weakness, is that sometimes the game comes too easy for our guys and they just think they can do anything; and we’ve got a lot of talent and a lot of skill, and what we have to get back to is just simple, simple, simple, and that’s good enough. The simple leads to the spectacular.”

“The simple leads to the spectacular.” If Golden State is indeed in a minifunk, perhaps that adage can lead the way. It’s difficult to know whether the Warriors will absorb that motto until they absolutely must. Their 3-point shooting represents a larger margin for error than anyone else boasts. You could see that massive margin’s representation when Klay Thompson hit a dagger 3-pointer after Curry, and subsequently Green, lost the ball in his general direction. It’s easy to get complacent when your worst offensive plays end in three points.

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CLEVELAND — Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 100-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday that snapped a two-game slide, guard Kyrie Irving(Kyrie Irving Jersey) responded to remarks by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that Irving was unhappy playing for the Cavs.

Earlier Monday, Smith, speaking on ESPN’s First Take, said the 23-year-old Irving would prefer to be out of Cleveland and suit up for another franchise.

“There’s nothing to really address,” Irving said after putting up 22 points, six assists and an 11-for-11 mark from the free throw line against the Pacers. “Obviously there’s going to be some misunderstandings; it’s part of being on a team. For me, as a maturing young player in this league, I know what we have and the opportunity we have in order to be something special. My communication is open with all of my teammates, just knowing what’s going on and how I feel about things.

“For me, all that other stuff, what everyone is going to say, they’re going to pick one player, it’s going to change every single week. When they think that we’re down and out, they’re going to choose one player, so, for me, it has no effect on my life or what’s going on. It’s all about winning and winning a championship for Cleveland.”

Smith’s comments came after the Cavs dropped three of their previous four games, with Irving recording only one assist in a loss to Toronto and then being outdueled by John Wall in a loss to Washington in which Cleveland came out flat as LeBron James rested.

James was back in the lineup against Indiana and dominated with a game-high 33 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. He said he was unaware of Smith’s remarks about Irving but said the fifth-year guard responded the best way anyone can to an outside distraction.

“You go out and win,” James said. “You go 11-for-11 from the free throw line like Kyrie did and you lead the team to a victory. Those are just talks and reports. … I’ve been around it so long, I don’t really get involved with it too much. We have a big point in our season right now. We need to continue to get better and get ready for the postseason. I don’t think it affected Kyrie or affected our team. I don’t think he [knew about it]. I didn’t know about it, so, I’m just now hearing about it.”

Cleveland, with its league-leading team salary well north of $100 million for this season and its position in the weaker of the NBA’s two conferences, has enormous expectations on it this season to break the 50-plus-year championship drought in the city.

With those expectations comes scrutiny — whether it be in the form of reports on a player’s role (Kevin Love has been the subject of those stories) or as a comparison of how the Cavs stack up against the Golden State Warriors, the team that not only beat them in last year’s Finals but is on pace to break the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins in a season.

James was guilty of making the comparison himself earlier in the season, chastising his team for not being as hungry as the Warriors even though the Cavs were the ones coming off a loss while Golden State is the defending champ. However, James changed his tune Monday.

“I don’t think we’re the group to be looking at other people for motivation,” he said. “I think we need to figure out and worry about what we got here [rather] than try to use other teams for motivation right now. It’s a fine line when you’re trying to look at other teams and use motivation from that. Us, we need to continue to work our habits on a daily basis and not worry about what [other teams are doing].

“I mean, we don’t play Golden State again [in the regular season]. And if we’re fortunate enough to win three rounds in the postseason, which is very hard to do, then it’s a possible chance we could see them. But we shouldn’t be thinking about Golden State right now. We don’t play them again. We may not even play them again this season, so that should not be our concern.”