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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Blazers 11-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 316950by clipper*joe » Nov 08, 2012 - 12:12 AM PST
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By NOEY KUPCHAN Posted Nov 08 2012 3:03AM

With Chris Paul running the show and Blake Griffin down low, the Los Angeles Clippers feature one of the game's most explosive offenses.

Their defensive efforts are also earning some well-deserved acclaim.

The Clippers try to build on an impressive result and pick up a rare road win over the Portland Trail Blazers when these teams square off Thursday night.

Los Angeles (3-2), which opened 2-0 before suffering back-to-back home losses, regrouped Wednesday with a 106-84 victory over previously undefeated San Antonio. Griffin and DeAndre Jordan combined for 42 points and 21 rebounds while Paul notched his fourth double-double with 10 points and 12 assists.

"Chauncey (Billups) gave us a good talking to after the last two games," Jordan said. "We really didn't want to disappoint him. He told us that we took our last two opponents for granted and we didn't come out to play. Tonight we brought more intensity and it helped us."

While the Clippers are fourth in the NBA with 104.6 points per game, they're also getting things done on the defensive end. Los Angeles held the Spurs to 41.1 percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers, outrebounding them 46-29.

The Clippers are forcing 18.8 turnovers per game to rank second in the league - a huge improvement from last season's mark of 14.6.

"We were so successful (Wednesday) because of our defense," Paul said. "When you defend and stop teams, that's when it's fun. If you can defend on a nightly basis in this league you've always got a chance to win. We needed a win like this."

The Clippers had dropped six straight road matchups to the Trail Blazers (2-2) by an average of 14.5 points before breaking through with a 74-71 victory Feb. 16 behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from Griffin. Los Angeles, which didn't face LaMarcus Aldridge that night, has just six wins in 32 all-time visits to the Rose Garden.

This is the team's first game outside Staples Center this season, although it had a "road" game against the Lakers.

Portland is returning home following a disappointing three-game road swing. The Blazers fell to Oklahoma City on Friday before beating Houston in overtime the following night, then concluded their trek Monday with a 114-91 loss to Dallas.

Aldridge and Wesley Matthews each had 20 points against the Mavericks but star rookie Damian Lillard was held to 13 on 2-of-13 shooting. The No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft had scored at least 20 in each of his first three games while shooting 47.1 percent, and his five assists Monday were also a season low.

"He missed some open looks that he's been making. He saw some pick-and-roll defense," coach Terry Stotts said. "(The Mavericks) were very aggressive in the second half; blitzing and trying to take the ball out of his hands. And we anticipated them doing it. We didn't have necessarily enough time to prepare for it. But, I think more teams will do that and it's one of the adjustments that we need to anticipate."

The Blazers, who were limited to 38.7 percent from the field Monday, dropped to 0-2 this season and 4-42 since the start of 2008-09 when shooting under 40.0 percent.

Griffin has recorded seven double-doubles in as many matchups with Portland. He's averaging 20.0 points and 13.7 boards in those games.

Los Angeles' Jamal Crawford, who put up 14.0 points per contest for the Blazers last season before opting out of his contract, entered Wednesday averaging 24.0 before scoring 10 against the Spurs. He's shooting 52.4 percent after posting a dismal 38.4 mark for Portland.

The Blazers are lacking bench scoring, with their reserves averaging a league-worst 12.8 points.

http://www.nba.com/games/20121108/LACPOR/gameinfo.html



                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers 11-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 316955by FreaKeyy » Nov 08, 2012 - 12:20 AM PST
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers 11-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 316964by clippersforlife33 » Nov 08, 2012 - 12:37 AM PST
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this game scares me for some reason. it might be because that arena is so loud

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers 11-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 316968by Clipperfn4lf » Nov 08, 2012 - 12:47 AM PST
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Woah we gotta watch out for number 11 in that picture on Portland!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers 11-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 316984by TheDude » Nov 08, 2012 - 01:14 AM PST
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We'll win this game. Mainly because it's Olshey's team and I'm sure they'd love to crush him. I hope they know that Olshey is so petty and classless that he will actually talk $hit if they luck into a W in this one. Can't let that happen. We should tear them up.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers 11-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 316987by bullterrierclipsfan1349 » Nov 08, 2012 - 01:17 AM PST
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we need to build on the spurs win and blitz the blazers from the beginning. keep the momentum going.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers 11-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 316997by gman » Nov 08, 2012 - 01:38 AM PST
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Defense. defense wns you games. if tue clippers play with energy at the defensive end like they did vs spurs we will be ok. if not ita a long game

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers 11-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 316998by CapsNClips » Nov 08, 2012 - 01:43 AM PST
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They don't even have a Center. If DJ performs like he did tonight he might build some actual confidence.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers 11-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 317005by lobcityhawaii » Nov 08, 2012 - 02:13 AM PST
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Blazers are so lucky they have not played a game since Monday! They had 3 days to rest and come up with a game plan against us! Plus Blazers are a tough out in the Rose Garden. As long as we play well, we will win. We need to bring the same energy as against the Spurs! Rebounding and defense! DJ needs to slow down Lamarcus like he did against Duncan!

                
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Post ID: 317025by hoopfanjd31 » Nov 08, 2012 - 07:16 AM PST
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This. We basically need a duplicate of last night's performance. Strong individual defense against the Blazers' best players (Aldridge, Lillard and Batum) and guard the 3 point line. Plus, rebound, rebound, rebound.

                
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Post ID: 317027by fattner » Nov 08, 2012 - 07:46 AM PST
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Let DJ and crew destroy them !!! Can we plz not play odem !!! Plz

                
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Post ID: 317044by xldicelx » Nov 08, 2012 - 10:52 AM PST
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we'll play him for 5 mins @ the end of the game just for you....

no reason why the clips shouldnt win this one... but Confused i'll wait before I say anything negative until 2mins left in the 4th

                
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Post ID: 317047by CP3Best » Nov 08, 2012 - 10:58 AM PST
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I have to say though that our bigs crush guys that aren't good at rebounding! ANd I know our recipe for success: INTENSITY, on the defensive end, and keep looking for the open guy or lane on the offense! LET'S CRUSH THEM NOW!

                
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Post ID: 317049by LotsoHope » Nov 08, 2012 - 11:10 AM PST
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As long as Lillard doesn't pull a Waiter and we play D and rebound like last night, we'll bag this one.

                
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Post ID: 317053by LetsGoClipShow1 » Nov 08, 2012 - 11:43 AM PST
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The team should expect a big game from DJ since they don't have a center. Hold him accountable. Tonight he has a chance to follow up the great game he played against the big fundamental last night and show everyone that he's earning his salary. Expect Jamal to go off as well. He didn't get many touches last night and I think that he is going to go out and play hard against his former squad.

                
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Post ID: 317059by ClipperSam » Nov 08, 2012 - 11:55 AM PST
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Hopefully the Clips respond the way they should and beat a team like the Blazers. Especially after a big win over SA. This is the true test tonight. Go Clips!

                
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Post ID: 317061by CP3Best » Nov 08, 2012 - 12:00 PM PST
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I don't know why last year we struggled against bad teams, hopefully different story this season!

                
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Post ID: 317068by clipcast3 » Nov 08, 2012 - 12:37 PM PST
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Agree... This is a big game, on the road against a team well rested, back to back, first game vs. O'Shey... The key is making sure Batum doesn't go crazy from three. If we win this, we basically have two games the next week and a half.

                
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Post ID: 317070by clippermitch » Nov 08, 2012 - 12:40 PM PST
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The key is not turning the ball over and rebounding. Blazers have a pretty bad bench averaging 14 points a game. We can't let their shooters get off with open 3s.

I'll call this the "Revenge of Jamal Crawford" game. I think he goes off tonight for 20+ and we win!

                
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Post ID: 317073by tense2 » Nov 08, 2012 - 12:49 PM PST
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Let's see how well they learned their lesson. Test time.

                
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Post ID: 317193by gman » Nov 08, 2012 - 07:00 PM PST
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Did you see the GS and cleveland game? Same story so far. ive been saying this since gs game and now ebled said it as well. we play up or down to the opposition.

                
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Post ID: 317203by VinnyDelNegro » Nov 08, 2012 - 07:33 PM PST
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I know, I know. I'm getting a lot of heat for playing Odom. To be honest with you Mark Cuban and I had a poker game...i lost so i had to take Lamar off his hands, im so sorry Clippers nation

                
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i think dj will have a clear chance to have a great game 15+points 10 rbs.. blake 17+points 7rebounds a couple assist.. craford 20+ points with a win and i feel the clippers are going to have a couple of highlight dunks tonight... 8)

                
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Post ID: 317205by apostle » Nov 08, 2012 - 07:53 PM PST
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I say Jamal Crawford goes off tonight. I'm sure he'll have a point to prove to Portland after the bad year he had last year & how quickly they got rid of him. And he didn't do a lot against San Antonio so he should be due for a better game tonight(probably why he didn't give it all against San Antonio). Hopefully DJ stays out of foul trouble (Lamarcus Aldridge) & we see a lot of minutes from eric Bledsoe(Lillard) and Caron Butler(for Nicolas Batum)

                
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Post ID: 317208by CP3Best » Nov 08, 2012 - 08:15 PM PST
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Butler doesn't have that good a defense, if anything I would love to see Barnes irritate Batum!

                
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Post ID: 317209by AD84 » Nov 08, 2012 - 08:17 PM PST
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NODEM!!!

                
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Post ID: 317210by apostle » Nov 08, 2012 - 08:19 PM PST
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Butler's in better shape this year (as opposed to last year) besides he plays with one hand if we need him too. And Barnes just can't seem to be able to do anything offensively.

                
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Post ID: 317213by Jerediscool » Nov 08, 2012 - 08:29 PM PST
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Ill be at the game, section 106 row D next to the clippers bench. Ill wave to you CP3best! haha

                
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Post ID: 317219by -GeoffClankinsDaddy- » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:18 PM PST
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I always predict a L at the Rose Garden, that place is just tooo crazy...plus guys are tired on a back to back and Lilard will wanna give it to cp...

oh and yes NODEM!!

                
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Post ID: 317220by CP3Best » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:24 PM PST
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Just to see they put u on camera what u look like? Also when I enter CTB it keeps saying "YOU GOT MAIL" I got no mail deleted it!

                
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Post ID: 317222by tense2 » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:33 PM PST
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Last night he did just fine.

                
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Post ID: 317223by worm » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:37 PM PST
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They need to play Odom to get in shape,he is valuable in playoff time

                
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Post ID: 317224by CP3Best » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:38 PM PST
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We're already paying him 8.5 mil this season what else does he want?

                
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Post ID: 317227by CP3Best » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:40 PM PST
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Oh wait my bad thought you said "PAY" ^^

                
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Post ID: 317228by gman » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:41 PM PST
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Its time for gmans' stat of the night, brought to you by gman Clippers record wife at home 0 and 2. Clippers record when wife at work 3 and 0. And that was gmans' stat of the night

(for the record she is working)

                
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Post ID: 317230by worm » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:43 PM PST
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Good match up for DJ and Hickson

                
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Post ID: 317231by worm » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:47 PM PST
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Last time Hickson posterizes DJ

                
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Post ID: 317232by clippermitch » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:48 PM PST
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Gotta watch Hickson. He has killed us over the years.

                
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Post ID: 317233by Ghost_of_Eric_Piatkowski » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:49 PM PST
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this team can definitely match our athleticism... come on fundamentals!

                
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Post ID: 317234by FreaKeyy » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:53 PM PST
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Oh wow

                
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Post ID: 317235by FreaKeyy » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:53 PM PST
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Nice job DJ

                
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Post ID: 317236by CP3Best » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:54 PM PST
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This is the energy we don't currently have! DAMN!

                
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Post ID: 317237by Ghost_of_Eric_Piatkowski » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:55 PM PST
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Portland looks good... definitely a threat this year

                
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Post ID: 317238by CP3Best » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:56 PM PST
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WHAT ARE WE DOING?

                
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Post ID: 317239by CP3Best » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:57 PM PST
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We need more defense, our offense is good but we need OFFENSE!

                
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Post ID: 317240by Clippersfan86 » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:57 PM PST
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Clippers as always making it easy as hell for teams with sloppy defensive rotations. Why the fu** are we playing off their shooters? Aldridge has become a jumpshooter with no post threat this season. Let the dude drive to the paint but don't give the guy 4 feet of space to shoot! Same with their wings. Make them drive.

CP3 finally being aggressive!

                
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Post ID: 317241by Ghost_of_Eric_Piatkowski » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:58 PM PST
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it's still early, we are definitely matching baskets for now...

                
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Post ID: 317242by clippermitch » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:58 PM PST
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Looks like CP is taking the challenge from the rook. Schooling the young guy.

                
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Post ID: 317243by CP3Best » Nov 08, 2012 - 09:59 PM PST
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I hope Vinny is telling his bigs that they need to get up LA's grill!

                
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We need some attacking on the defensive end, make it tough chip away anything you can!

                
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