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Bulls-Clippers Preview

By JEFF MEZYDLO

Posted Nov 16 2012 10:39AM

While the Los Angeles Clippers are off to their best start in six seasons, the Chicago Bulls have been rather inconsistent while playing without their injured star.

The Clippers look to end their recent home struggles against the Bulls while trying for a fifth straight win Saturday night.

Los Angeles is 6-2 for the first time since 2006-07 thanks to some strong play against a few of the league's top teams. Blake Griffin had 20 points with 14 rebounds while Chris Paul added 16 and 10 assists as the Clippers ran their home winning streak to three games Wednesday with a 107-100 victory over Miami.

They also have wins over the rival Lakers, San Antonio and Memphis - all at Staples Center, where they've played seven of their first eight.

"These wins are good, but we're playing at home and we expect to win," said coach Vinny Del Negro, whose team had two winning streaks of at least five games last season.

Echoing their coach's sentiments, Los Angeles' players won't make too much of the early success even though they are shooting an NBA-high 49.5 percent and averaging 102.8 points.

"It's early, very early," Paul said. "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves. Just keep playing the right way every night."

Los Angeles outscored Miami 33-20 in the third quarter thanks in large part to Paul, who scored the Clippers' final 13 points of the period during a 13-4 surge.

"He makes things happen and that's why I've always felt that he's the best point guard in the game," LeBron James said.

The Clippers may need Paul and Griffin to be at their best as they try to avoid a third consecutive home loss to Chicago. Griffin has totaled 66 points, 26 rebounds and 10 assists in the last two home meetings with the Bulls, who won both by a combined 31 points. Paul had 15 points and 14 assists as the Clippers lost for the fourth time in five home tries against Chicago, 114-101 on Dec. 30.

Chicago (5-3) had star Derrick Rose for four of those meetings, but continues to play without the former MVP as he recovers from a torn ACL. After opening with back-to-back victories, the Bulls have alternated losses and wins in their last six contests.

Carlos Boozer had 28 points with 14 rebounds while Joakim Noah and Luol Deng each scored 21 as Chicago opened a five-game trip with a 112-106 overtime victory at Phoenix on Wednesday. The Bulls' 2-0 road start is their best since winning their first six away from home in 1996-97.

"I think it's good for us to get on the road and be together," Deng said. "It's good that we got a win. Now we'll try to get the next one."

The Bulls hope to play better and keep focused after blowing an 18-point third-quarter lead and being outscored 31-17 in the fourth Wednesday.

"The lesson we have to learn is we have to play tough with the lead," coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Noah has been tough to stop while averaging a career-high 16.0 points and pulling down 9.8 boards per game. He scored 19 at Los Angeles in December.

Deng has averaged 21.8 points on 51.6 percent shooting in his last four against the Clippers at Staples Center.

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CP3Heliflopter
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There is a mistake in the title. Its 17th.

Should be a bit of a test but as long as we don't play lazy we should win handily. The Bulls are still elite defensively but their bench has gotten worse and they don't have Rose. They are complete inept offensively now.

As long as we play solid defense and do what we normally do offensively we will beat them by a good margin.

We need to beat the Bulls. We have some tough road games coming up. We cannot afford to lose to pretty good but not great teams especially not at home.

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Good team, but there is no reason they should beat us. We have to win to get the second place in the conference and fight Memphis for the first.

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I Expect another W. Razz

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CP3 will remember losing his first home game here. It'll be a rout.

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good catch!

Fixed.

ClipsGForce
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It's weird that this game is at 6pm instead of 7:30pm. Is this game going on nationally?

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It was originally at 1230pm. I guess a Kings game at nite. due to the lockout. the clips moved it to 6pm. when they go to chicago it will be on ESPN 630pm.

FreaKeyy
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^ so wait its 6:30 not 6:00?

Musician391
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No it's at 6:00.

uncool
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I expect a win but their D is great... I think Crawford should shoot a lot since great defense doesn't phase him. We also tend to have an issue with really active bigs like Anderson Verajo so we need to box out Noah, don't let him get hyped!

JoeClipplet
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I was on ESPN looking at the game preview and to my astonishment WE HAVE NO PLAYERS THAT ARE INJURED?!?!?!?

Usually it would say G. Hill and C. Billups | OUT... but NOTHING anymore... COULD WE POTENTIALLY BE SEEING THEM TODAY?!?!?!?

uncool
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Doubt it, there would be articles about it.

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Wouldnt want to see them out there anyway. Chicago is not an opponent you would want to re-insert these guys in the lineup against. If they are back we should wait for a cellar dweller team and give Hill and Billups small minutes

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Ugh. I've got a sore throat today and not feeling good at all. I hope our team cheers me up tonight.

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the clips just need to push the tempo against the bulls. make their defense have to be on their toes the whole time. dj needs to set the defensive intensity early. if the clips bring the intensity, we should win somewhat easily

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We need to win the rebounding battle.

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^agreed. dj has to take noah seriously and not let him shoot wide open j's, even if noah's shot is ugly.

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Bump.

Let's take off for this road trip on a high note!

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Fellow clipper fans! its time for gmans' stat of the night brought to you from rainy LA.

Clippers 6 and 0 when wife at work.

0 and 2 when she is at home.

Wife will be working!

Lets go! lets take the bull by its horn!

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I have 3 teams that play on the weekend lately. Clips, Trojans and Raiders. USUALLY only one of them will win. My Trojans got their asses kicked today (I am seething still),,,it's a pretty much a given the Raiders will lose tomorrow,,,therefore my win must come from tonight game.

Our team is good enough to take out the Bulls (actually they are a better team),,if they play up to their abilitys

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Rebound or die trying! Its all about hitting the glass and defense in this one

CP3Best
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Man This is a nice game, and DID U GUYS NOTICE GRIFFIN ISN'T WEARING HIS SLEEVE? His elbow sac is recovered, YOHOOO! I think if we keep up this pace we will win! We need the offense to get going!

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Our defense was bad those times thx vinny for taking timeout, gotta teach Griffin to come help!

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Not liking the pace

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Hamilton is a one dimensional type of player - catch and shoot. Willie Green needs to fight through screens a bit harder

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Energy punch keep this going G-Unit!

CP3Best
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Man Odom can run now, he has to get back to being that awesome playmaker! Good for you Odom!

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Need a nice push to start the second

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Jamaal Crawford is AMAZING! I love our 2nd unit everyone is awesome! Odom is finally getting his legs back under him!

CP3Best
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Now this THIS is healthy Blake Griffin!

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Odom looking a little better finally. Hats off to our bench giving us a big lead

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Out side of rebounding doing great

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Probably should rest Paul and try super big with Odom or Blake at 3

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One legged three...by JC

Icecoldclipper
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Paul seems off this game let Bledsoe go heavy mins

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I love J Crawford! Courtney Lee couldn't do this stuff against a highschool team!

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So far, so good. BG's jumper not going in, but heck, his 2 FT's did. And he's hustling like the Blake Griffin we know and love! Our bench is unstoppable right now. And the D looks solid also...let's hope we keep it going!

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Our first team looks average today, but the second unit is ELITE!

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I have a name for our bench. The "Wreck It Ralphs!"

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Our team = AMAZING! Defense has changed the culture in this team, I don't care who you send, send Miami, SA, lakers, ALL of them WE WILL CRUSH THEM WITH OUR DEFENSE!

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Bench Nickname... The 2nd Coming

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Lol at our bench making fun of Noahs release

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Jordan trying to hard he needed to sit

CP3Best
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Man I love how Jordan just does what is needed, his defense is really good, cap off to the big guy!

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Thibadeau wasted his 20-second timeout with just 2 seconds left in the 3rd.

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Our defense is elite.

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chris palmer from espn just predicted that jamal crawford will be an allstar this year. lol its funny how he wasn't even on the ballot

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Rebound!

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Poor bench play atm.

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