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Clippers Vs. Kings Game Preview

Posted Dec 20 2012 7:10PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - These are heady days for the long-suffering Los Angeles Clippers. They've tied a franchise record with an 11-game winning streak and at 19-6 are tied for the second-best record in the NBA.

Still, Chris Paul wants to keep the fans' euphoria in check, saying, "We're not trying to peak now. We're trying to build something."

While the Lakers, their Staples Center co-tenants, continue to stumble with a losing record and an early-season coaching change, the Clippers are flying high led by All-Stars Paul and Blake Griffin. Bolstered by one of the league's deepest benches, which was remade in the offseason, Paul and Griffin haven't been seeing much playing time in the fourth quarter.

That's when they become cheerleaders for free agent additions Jamal Crawford and former Laker Matt Barnes, along with Eric Bledsoe, Lamar Odom and Ronny Turiaf, the latter two being the other former Lakers on the team.

"They have their identity and it starts on defense," Griffin said.

The Clippers have shown they're capable of winning without big numbers from Griffin. They are 13-3 in games when he scores less than 20 points. He's averaging 18.0 points and 8.6 rebounds.

Veterans Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill, another free-agent pickup, have been vocal with their leadership and support while rehabbing injuries.

"We're all playing for one goal and not individual accolades," Paul said.

The Pacific Division leading-Clippers have taken advantage of a soft stretch in their schedule to win those 11 straight games, with victories over some of the league's worst teams, including New Orleans, Charlotte, Toronto, Detroit, Phoenix and Sacramento, their next opponent on Friday night.

"Eleven in a row. Not bad, is it?" owner Donald Sterling said before leading a locker room cheer after a 93-77 victory against the Hornets on Wednesday night.

Before the streak began, they knocked off some of the league's best. They have wins over Memphis, the Lakers, San Antonio (twice), Atlanta and defending NBA champion Miami.

"They have a chance to win it all," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said.

Even the team's veteran announcer, Ralph Lawler, is on his own winning streak. His "Lawler's Law," which dictates that the team reaching 100 points first will win, is 19-0 this season.

Paul and Griffin have clearly clicked on and off the court in their second season together. They frequently kid each other during their dual postgame interview sessions held in a separate room next to the locker room.

Paul regularly rallies his teammates for outings on the road, including dinners and trips to a mall or movie theater. The team took in the new Tom Cruise flick "Jack Reacher" on their last trip, a 4-0 venture as part of the current winning streak.

There's a family feeling in the locker room, too, with Paul's 3-year-old son and Barnes' twins among the kids cracking up the players after games. Big man DeAndre Jordan has a drawing of himself done by Caron Butler's 8-year-old daughter taped to his locker.

"I've never been on a team this close," said Crawford, averaging 16.6 points off the bench. "Everybody here is pulling for each other, whether it's your night or somebody else's night. Everybody has a role to play."

Willie Green, who has started 22 games in place of Billups, sat when the veteran guard recently returned for three games before getting hurt again.

"He didn't complain and he didn't play a minute," Paul said, giving an example of the attitude permeating the team.

The last time this franchise won 11 in a row was as the Buffalo Braves in 1974-75.

"Most of the guys weren't even born then," coach Vinny Del Negro points out. "We want to make our own history and that's only going to happen if we have the right mentality."

Del Negro preaches defense first and the Clippers have bought into it.

"We can score on any given night," Paul said. "As long as we defend, we give ourselves opportunities to win."

They should have a great opportunity to beat the Kings, who have won only one of their 11 road games. That includes a 116-81 drubbing at the hands of the Clippers on Dec. 1.

Sacramento (8-17) did manage to end a five-game losing streak with a 131-127 home win over Golden State on Wednesday, getting 24 points from DeMarcus Cousins and 23 from Aaron Brooks to help hold off a late Warriors rally.

"We showed a little bit of character and fired back," Brooks said.

Tyreke Evans missed his second straight game with a knee problem and his status is unclear for Friday.

http://www.nba.com/games/20121221/SACLAC/gameinfo.html

BG_32
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Gotta take care of business. I actually like that Sacramento got that win last night, always have a bad feeling when teams come in with long losing streaks.

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The big question isn't whether or not the Clips will win 12, but will Cousins out-douche his own douche record?

He'll go at Blake early, because one of them is sure to be sitting out the 4th... Blake in a blowout, or DeMarcus for an ejection.

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Another blowout win expected here. Seeing DMC get a nice b!tchslap in the face will be a great early Xmas present. Would love to see him get dunked on AND foul out of the game.

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we need to blitz them again from the start. if we bring the energy early, i dont see why we cant win by 15 plus.

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Ironic that the Clippers are set to break their franchise record on 2112.

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Dont understand the recent moves by the Sac GM. I thought the dude was pretty astute a few years ago, recent draft picks and trades have been less than impressive overall. Cousins was a know commodity in college. Jason Thompson is a chump. Salmons has been run out of several decent teams in the league, which speaks volumes about him as well. Its a generally lousy core. I would blow it up and start over.

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Playing the Kings with our present winning streak just seems too easy. I hope the players don't get complacent.

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I will be there tomorrow to celebrate.

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When's the world suppose to end again.....ah, what a way to go out.

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Okc is losing. We got a chance to not only break our franchise record but also grab the longest winning streak in the nba this season

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Clippers have the longest active win streak in the NBA thanks to J.J. Barea and the T Wolves.

CP3Heliflopter
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Barea treated the OKC like they were the Lakers in the 2011 playoffs. lol

Utter destruction.

clipperAndrew
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Thank You TWolves Smile

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We should win this game no matter what to stay at number two position we have two winnable game tomorrow and Sunday, we'll win this two it's a a two birds in one stone , we continue the streak and we are closer to the top position and we beat the old record as well. OKC will play in Miami, if Miami wins and we win the two games we are tie on top.

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Watched the Denver game tonight. They looked really bad too. Set a new record for missing 3 point shots. 0-22 or something like that. Denver should actually be a really easy win too, especially at home.

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And Boston is not playing well nowadays inspite of Terry's claim that they have the best bench in the league this season.

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wessleejr wrote:
sfernald wrote:
Watched the Denver game tonight. They looked really bad too. Set a new record for missing 3 point shots. 0-22 or something like that. Denver should actually be a really easy win too, especially at home.

And Boston is not playing well nowadays inspite of Terry's claim that they have the best bench in the league this season.

Boston is just a terrible team this season period. Their offense isn't below average even though they have a "great PG" running it and their defense is crap every time KG leaves the floor.

Heediot
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Next loss looks like @Utah at the end of the month. That's a 2nd of a back to back, even then I still like our chances to sweep December.

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Last night proved any team can get upset. We're going to lose eventually. Like CP3 recently mentioned, I hope it's not because we didn't show up. The difference between us and OKC is I think our defense is more solid...and we don't just rely only on 2 or 3 guys. Still we could be upset tonight if we don't stay focused. Man, I hope we do stay focused and keep playing defense and forcing turnovers.

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Man, if we lose, the Kings and DeMarcus Cousins will celebrate on our home court like they won the NBA championship.

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I can't wait to go to this game tonite (section 108 row 7) and I'm also happy to be apart of CTB! ive been a fan of the site for a year now and I must say u guys are a cool bunch of people and I'm excited to be apart of this experience. Hopefully we'll win tonite becuz that would be a epic ending to an already epic day!!!

GO CLIPPERS!!!!!!

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^ Welcome to CTB and enjoy the game!

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That's the spirit!

Welcome to the board.

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Welcome DHopson. Enjoy the game!

clippersforlife33
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we have to contain marcus thornton. he's one of those players who if they get hot than everything will go in.

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just guard the perimeter well. force them to take tough shots and pound the ball inside and we will break the franchise win streak record.

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Repped High Quality Post

If the Kings don't have another crazy 3-pt spree (.60%), it should be a franchise-record 12 straight of these:

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clippers will lose in phoenix. we never win there.

clipper*joe
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Did you make that? Love it!

Repped!

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Sorry to go off on a tangent here but do you guys see the Knicks falling apart ? Hilarious actually..

renshaibob
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hope Thorton doesn't light Green up

ClippersRise
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Already spotted the douche in a Kobe jersey. Smh

Musy101
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does anyone have a link for a stream with ralph? I can't stand the king announcers!

renshaibob
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oh yaaaaa J Craw

FreaKeyy
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All griffin does is dunk... Smh haha

FreaKeyy
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Wow Chris played the whole quarter

JahvonTheClip
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Chris paul has 8 points in 7 assists already!?

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Watching the Sacto feed. WTF, Bill Walton is with them now?

dkongos
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Yeah, Bill Walton is one negative nancy undermining both the Clippers and the Kings.

renshaibob
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glad VDN is staying on them, he not letting them play to the competition, Stay hungry

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Anyone else found it weird when Barnes helped a Kings player up after the dunk? Was he trying to impress the refs in order to avoid a technical later on?

renshaibob
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Damnit EB, please be ok

dkongos
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Noooo Bledsoe!! Stay strong my friend.

renshaibob
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Naw, he from Sac so prob just showing some love

renshaibob
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can't let Thorton get off, please keep a eye on him

FreaKeyy
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I really like how blake hustles and he has good hands

renshaibob
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i don't know if i was the kings i would be pissed at the commentators cause they giving Clips alot of props lol

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So close to making history keep it up

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Up 14 Razz

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Hmmm what did DC do?

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