Bledsoe: Clippers 'play to the level' of competition

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http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/post/_/id/2869/clippers-p lay-to-the-level-of-competition PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- After opening the season with back-to-back wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers proceeded to sleepwalk through back-to-back losses to the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Monday night, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said his team was "in no position" to take teams lightly and they "haven't done anything yet." Of course, that's sometimes easier said than done. "I think we play to the level of our competition sometimes," Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe said Tuesday after practice. "Like we don't get up for the games we're supposed to win,....

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And until we can get pass that playing "down or "up" to our competition and focus on maintaining our consistency with every opponent, we'll evade every being in the elite team category.

Again, let's see how we progress in the next 20+ games.

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Then the only way we win on a consistent basis is if the comp we face is above avg lol j/p

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Yeah,,that seems to really be the way the CLips have operated over the last decade. Ply up to our opponents and let the should'a wons get away. I suspect in a week or two this won't be happening much anymore.

CP3Best
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Dude if we're this lethal right now, without having everything worked out, as Billups said, imagine what we do once we are 1-2 months into the season!

LotsoHope
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I remember during the Baron Davis days, most of the team would show up to play only when the game's on national TV. Lakers have had the same problem on playing down to their competition even during their championship years. If this team wants to stay focused every game and finish the season with a high playoff seeding, the coaching staff and veteran leaders on the roster need to be the reminders pre-game.

The silver lining I saw in the last 2 losses was that these were early wakeup calls, rather have it now than later in the season.

tense2
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That's the point....we'll see.

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And we stayed in those losses. Fought back to literally tie late and have the possibility to win. Just fell short. Wake up call for sure

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Bigger difference,,Baron didn't have a winners attitude or that driving desire,,,CP3 wants to win no matter what and has turned this entire team's attitude around from the Boom Dizzle days.

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I can understand the GS loss, it was sort of a trap game. The Cavs loss though, inexcusable, just a lack of effort and court smarts. When a guy has hit several threes, you dont leave him in the corner to play help defense. Of all the things they did wrong in that game, letting a rookie hit 7/11 threes, many of them wide open, was the worst.

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Hoped they wouldnt make mistakes to learn from, but hey... better have the newsflash now rather than later.

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i am hoping they employ the same tactics they did last night when facing every team, not just the playoff teams.

Amnesty_David_Stern
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If this is true, the guys really need to step it up. Lesser teams like Minnesota ( until they get Love and Rubio back ), Charlotte, Detroit and so on could hammer us and really disrupt our chemistry.

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well so far, the clips are stepping their game up. the d is solid and we blitz teams with our constant pressure

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