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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Suns 12-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 328443by clipper*joe » Dec 07, 2012 - 07:41 PM PST
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Clippers Vs. Suns Game Preview

By TAYLOR BECHTOLD Posted Dec 07 2012 10:03PM

Already one of the highest scoring teams in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Clippers have taken their offense to another level lately.

The Clippers seek their fifth straight win on Saturday when they host the Phoenix Suns, losers of five in a row.

Los Angeles (12-6) surpassed 100 points for the fourth straight game on Wednesday night, cruising to a 112-90 victory over visiting Dallas.

After averaging 94.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting during their recent four-game losing streak, the Clippers have totaled 108.5 while connecting on 49.4 from the field in their four-game run.

They've scored 29 points or more in eight of their last 11 quarters.

The Pacific Division leaders don't figure to be slowed by the struggling Suns (7-13), who rank last in the league in scoring defense (102.7).

Ball security has also been a strength lately for the Clippers, who had committed 10 turnovers or less in three straight games before finishing with 18 against the Mavericks.

Chris Paul had only three turnovers, leaving him third in the league with a 4.07 assist-to-turnover ratio.

The All-Star point guard, however, made a vow to keep attacking after he had 14 points for the third consecutive game and dished out 13 assists.

"A lot of the guys have been telling me that I need to be more aggressive, that I'm letting guys off the hook," Paul said.

Blake Griffin averaged 21.3 points and 10.0 rebounds against the Suns last season, but couldn't prevent Los Angeles from dropping three of four meetings. He had 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Clippers to a 103-86 victory on March 28 in the last meeting at Staples Center.

Los Angeles will have to move on again without veteran guard Chauncey Billups, who is expected to miss at least two weeks with a foot injury.

While Billups has averaged 16.3 points in his career versus Phoenix, the Clippers might not need him against the Suns this time around.

After losing the last four games of their road trip, Phoenix dropped a heartbreaker on Thursday night when O.J. Mayo hit the go-ahead jumper with 35 seconds left to give Dallas a 97-94 win.

Markieff Morris had 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds for the Suns, who rallied from 15 down in the third quarter to tie it in the final minute on "money-back guarantee night."

"It's always the same story," said guard Goran Dragic, who had 15 points. "When you're down so many points and you're battling, your energy is going away because you're trying to get back in the game."

Aside from the breakout game by Morris, Phoenix has struggled to get consistent production from other sources.

Marcin Gortat, who's averaging 11.3 points per game, had three on 1 of 8 shooting on Thursday. Michael Beasley could be on his way out of the starting lineup after totaling 24 points on 10 of 35 shooting in his last three games.

P.J. Tucker was a candidate to take Beasley's starting spot, but he's now dealing with a sprained right MCL and may not be able to play against the Clippers.

The Suns have averaged 93.0 points during the five-game skid after scoring 102.5 over their previous 11 contests.

They might have a tough time getting back on track against the Clippers, who lead the NBA with 10.9 steals per game and have allowed 88.7 points in their last three home contests.

Phoenix hasn't lost six straight since March 3-12, 2009.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Suns 12-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 328468by BG_32 » Dec 07, 2012 - 10:30 PM PST
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Games like these next 2 make me nervous, though I guess it bodes well for tomorrow that they're 5-0 on 2+ days of rest.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Suns 12-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 328469by bullterrierclipsfan1349 » Dec 07, 2012 - 10:34 PM PST
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as long as we contain dragic and the 3 point shot from the suns, we should win tomorrow.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Suns 12-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 328487by Keatonsays » Dec 08, 2012 - 01:37 AM PST
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We should dominate this game with our work ethic and hustle. I feel like in games like these going against what are considered weaker teams, we tend to rely too much on the sheer talent of our squad. When that happens, we often get out worked in area's like rebounding which leads to too many second chance points for our opponents. We need that dominant mentality when we go up against any team, but especially need it against teams that we should actually dominate.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Suns 12-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 328497by insignificant » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:36 AM PST
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trap game? ekker3 your thoughts? would EG be good on this squad? will blake smash on Gortat without getting a charge?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Suns 12-08-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 328500by clippermitch » Dec 08, 2012 - 09:18 AM PST
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This better be a blow out. The Mavs, who we killed by 22 went to Phx the very next night and beat them.

The only way we lose is if we don't bring the energy.

Win by 20+!

                
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18 Post ID: 328501by jarca » Dec 08, 2012 - 09:30 AM PST
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They beat us last yr with telfair as pg. can't overlook an opponent

                
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Post ID: 328505by cleepers » Dec 08, 2012 - 09:48 AM PST
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Watch out for the Euros!

Dragic and Gortat seem to have their way with us lately and these early games always worry me. The players (and the crowd) had better bring the energy as if it was Saturday night - because it is in Europe time!

                
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Post ID: 328510by FightOnRon » Dec 08, 2012 - 11:11 AM PST
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Yeah,,I am nervous. These next two on paper are wins,,in reality both of these teams seem to give us a heck of a hard time,,especially the Suns. they seem to always be at their best against us. It's like for some reason they just can't stand the Clips.

                
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Post ID: 328551by LobCityTrick » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:32 PM PST
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game time! Haven't been on here during a game in awhile. Lets do this!

                
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Post ID: 328552by bullterrierclipsfan1349 » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:36 PM PST
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i forgot about that. dragic and gortat will essentially be playing to millions of viewers in slovenia and poland respectively.

                
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Post ID: 328554by FreaKeyy » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:39 PM PST
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This game scares me... They are currently on a 5 win streak. They're hungry for a win

                
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Post ID: 328555by Heediot » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:39 PM PST
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Here we go Clips!!

                
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Post ID: 328558by Grillinnap » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:41 PM PST
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No Chauncey again?

                
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Post ID: 328559by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:44 PM PST
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Butler and Green playing like an absolute bums on both ends:/.

                
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Post ID: 328560by Heediot » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:44 PM PST
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Shitty start

                
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Post ID: 328561by Grillinnap » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:44 PM PST
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AND off to a sluggish start. Why do the Suns own us?

                
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Post ID: 328562by renshaibob » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:45 PM PST
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why not go back to DJ, why go way from what worked don't understand their thinking.

                
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Post ID: 328563by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:46 PM PST
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DJ just don't jump geez....

                
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Post ID: 328564by Heediot » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:46 PM PST
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That Markieff Morris guy looks familiar

                
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Post ID: 328567by clipper321 » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:50 PM PST
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By looking at the play by play seems Butler and Green are bumming it once again.

                
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Post ID: 328568by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:50 PM PST
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BG improved jump shot and defense Smile.

This is why I want to upgrade at the SF spot. Sorry Butler. Mad

                
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Post ID: 328569by Icecoldclipper » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:52 PM PST
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Its like Caron avoids passing to DJ at all cost

                
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Post ID: 328570by Heediot » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:53 PM PST
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High scoring affair.

                
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Post ID: 328571by jarca » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:53 PM PST
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He has a twin in houston

                
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Post ID: 328572by FreaKeyy » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:53 PM PST
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i know seems like they dont trust him

                
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Post ID: 328573by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:54 PM PST
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I dunno whats up with Butler just so many bad decisions.

                
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Post ID: 328574by Heediot » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:54 PM PST
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A Hill/Barnes platoon will suffice. Trade Butler if possible.

It'll be easiest to Trade Caron in the off-season when he becomes an expiring.

                
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Post ID: 328575by what_up_clipnation83 » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:55 PM PST
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He's out 1-2 weeks

                
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Post ID: 328576by Icecoldclipper » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:55 PM PST
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post game

                
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Post ID: 328577by Heediot » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:56 PM PST
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Blake is killing it!

                
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Post ID: 328578by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:57 PM PST
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What the **** are you doing Butler?!

                
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Post ID: 328579by what_up_clipnation83 » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:57 PM PST
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Wow BG is becoming potent with that jump shot, and really becoming a threat in that triple threat part of the floor

                
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Post ID: 328580by Icecoldclipper » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:57 PM PST
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thats goaltending

                
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Post ID: 328581by Icecoldclipper » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:58 PM PST
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come on got to hit one

                
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10 Post ID: 328582by Heediot » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:58 PM PST
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jarca wrote:
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That Markieff Morris guy looks familiar

He has a twin in houston

Razz

                
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Post ID: 328583by tense2 » Dec 08, 2012 - 02:58 PM PST
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Again if he isn't shooting well, he's almost worthless.

                
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Post ID: 328588by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:00 PM PST
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tense2 wrote:
CP3Heliflopter wrote:
I dunno whats up with Butler just so many bad decisions.

Again if he isn't shooting well, he's almost worthless.

Its not even about shooting well.... Bad passes. Letting Dudley get uncontested 3s.... He is an extreme net negative like that.

Poor shooting is acceptable since people get hot and cold but poor defense, lack of hustle, careless decision making is not.

                
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Post ID: 328589by FreaKeyy » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:00 PM PST
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Can you guys imagine blake with longer wingspan? UNSTOPPABLE

                
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Post ID: 328590by tense2 » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:01 PM PST
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CP3Heliflopter wrote:
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I dunno whats up with Butler just so many bad decisions.

Again if he isn't shooting well, he's almost worthless.

Its not even about shooting well.... Bad passes. Letting Dudley get uncontested 3s.... He is an extreme net negative like that.

That's what I said. lol

                
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Post ID: 328591by Icecoldclipper » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:02 PM PST
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we need a young strong athletic wing finsher this off season

                
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Post ID: 328592by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:04 PM PST
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Freaking Phoenix Suns Medical Staff reviving the corpse of Jermaine.

                
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Post ID: 328593by Icecoldclipper » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:04 PM PST
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stick to slashing barnes no more 3's

                
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Post ID: 328594by what_up_clipnation83 » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:04 PM PST
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Beasley always has a good game against us

                
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Post ID: 328595by Heediot » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:06 PM PST
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NBA draft.

                
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Post ID: 328596by FreaKeyy » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:06 PM PST
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Cmon BG make them FTs man

                
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Post ID: 328597by jarca » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:07 PM PST
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How r we down?

                
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Post ID: 328598by bullterrierclipsfan1349 » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:07 PM PST
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come on clips, defend. focus on D

                
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Post ID: 328600by Voyeur » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:11 PM PST
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Caron can be so frustrating. Missing some open jumpers...then trying to pass the ball in mid jumpshot. That's inexcusable for a guy who's been in the league as long as he has. BG on the other hand...

                
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Post ID: 328601by Voyeur » Dec 08, 2012 - 03:13 PM PST
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Need Jamal to go off today, I think.

                
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