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Post Subject: Clippers vs. Suns 12-23-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 333362by jarca » Dec 23, 2012 - 11:06 AM PST
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The Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers aren't satisfied with setting a franchise record for consecutive wins. Perhaps a victory in Phoenix would bring some satisfaction. Los Angeles goes for a 13th consecutive victory on Sunday night when the Suns try to win their 11th in a row with the Clippers in town. Los Angeles (20-6) has gone undefeated since a season-worst four-game skid and has broken a 38-year-old club record for consecutive wins. The Clippers set that mark - and matched Oklahoma City for the longest winning streak of the season - with Friday's 97-85 victory over Sacramento. "It's very exciting, 12 in a row," Jamal Crawford, the NBA leader with 16.1 points per game off the bench, told the Clippers' official website. "We just have to keep the streak going, but not get over excited about it." The Clippers have to be pleased with their effort on the defensive end. Los Angeles, the league leader with 10.7 steals per game, is giving up 88.2 points per contest and holding teams to 41.5 percent shooting since its last loss. Included in that stretch is a 117-99 victory over Phoenix (11-16) on Dec. 8 when the Clippers forced the Suns into a season-worst 20 turnovers. Los Angeles arrives in the desert with a franchise-record five-game road winning streak, yet it hasn't won at Phoenix since April 17, 2007. The Suns were hoping to return home on a five-game winning streak, but their best run of the season ended Saturday with a 96-93 loss to Portland. Phoenix was outrebounded by 13 and shot 17 fewer free throws than the Blazers, but it still had a chance in the final seconds to tie as Goran Dragic missed a 3-pointer. Shannon Brown also missed a short jumper as the Suns dropped their sixth straight on the road. "We had an opportunity to go down, and I thought we could get a quick two with a timeout left,'' said coach Alvin Gentry, a former Clippers head coach. "Then we peeled off and started looking for a three, and just never got the timeout called.'' The Suns, though, return home where they've won a season-best four straight by an average of 11.3 points. Phoenix is holding opponents to 89.5 points per game during this stretch. The Clippers haven't reached 98 points in their last three contests, but they're still scoring 103.0 per game during their winning streak. Los Angeles' bench is averaging 44.8 points, 19.2 rebounds and 10.8 assists since the team's last defeat. The Clippers' reserves had 56 points on Dec. 8 - their second-most of the season - with Crawford scoring 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Matt Barnes finishing with 13 and Eric Bledsoe chipping in with 10. As much as the Clippers rely on their deep bench, expectations remain the highest on Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Griffin is averaging team highs of 19.8 points and 8.6 rebounds during the streak, while Paul is scoring 16.0 points with 9.3 assists. "That's what All-Stars do," coach Vinny Del Negro said. Griffin scored a team-high 24 points and grabbed eight boards on Dec. 8 and Paul notched his fourth straight double-double against Phoenix with 16 points and 11 assists. Dragic, the team leader with 14.8 points per game, had a season-low eight points in that defeat. Despite shooting a combined 40.6 percent, Los Angeles lost by just three in each of its two visits to Phoenix in 2011-12.



                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers vs. Suns 12-23-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 333363by jarca » Dec 23, 2012 - 11:08 AM PST
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i didnt see a game thread this morning, but there's one already then the mod can delete this thread.

Anyway, GSW and Memphis lost last night!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers vs. Suns 12-23-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 333367by clipper*joe » Dec 23, 2012 - 11:28 AM PST
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Thanks jarca! I freaking completely forgot about it. I blame the Mayans for that. lol

                
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Post ID: 333370by Voyeur » Dec 23, 2012 - 11:39 AM PST
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Yeah I had mixed feelings about that. Glad GSW lost, not happy LAL won...I just don't want the Lakers to get a big streak of their own going.

Anyway, we're obviously a better team than the Suns. Yet, we haven't won there in a long time. I'm a little concerned that after 12 wins in a row, we'll let our guard down a little and lose focus...especially considering we looked a little lazy late in that last game.

But I'm hopeful our defense is becoming second nature to our team, like it's locked in.

Got my fingers crossed we'll keep winning!

                
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Post ID: 333371by pageC4 » Dec 23, 2012 - 11:40 AM PST
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Great news. Memphis losing gives us a nice cushion in case we drop one. SanAntonio now has dropped quite a few, so we could drop two and still be at the same record. Also, I like that the Warriors lost and that the Lakers won. I'm actually going to commit blasphemy and say that I am rooting for the Lakers to improve and get the seventh seed so we can meet them in the first round of the playoffs and beat them.

                
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Post ID: 333372by pageC4 » Dec 23, 2012 - 11:44 AM PST
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Voyeur wrote:
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i didnt see a game thread this morning, but there's one already then the mod can delete this thread.

Anyway, GSW and Memphis lost last night!

Yeah I had mixed feelings about that. Glad GSW lost, not happy LAL won...I just don't want the Lakers to get a big streak of their own going.

Anyway, we're obviously a better team than the Suns. Yet, we haven't won there in a long time. I'm a little concerned that after 12 wins in a row, we'll let our guard down a little and lose focus...especially considering we looked a little lazy late in that last game.

But I'm hopeful our defense is becoming second nature to our team, like it's locked in.

Got my fingers crossed we'll keep winning!

Phoenix can potentially be a trap game, as long as we get this win and the game on christmas we will be ok.

                
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Post ID: 333373by clipper*joe » Dec 23, 2012 - 11:49 AM PST
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I had mixed feelings about that game too. I found myself going back and forth but in the end, I'm glad GS lost. Between those 2 teams, it's the Warriors I am most worried about. I find solace in knowing that the Knicks play the Lakers next. They have a LOT of GOOD teams coming up before they hit their long road trip. I feel a lot better having some breathing room than the Lakers' having a little lucky winning streak.

                
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Post ID: 333382by BG_32 » Dec 23, 2012 - 01:11 PM PST
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Feel a lot better about this one now than I did last night. Probably because of the huge minutes Brown, Gortat, Dudley and Dragic played last night.

But we'll see.

                
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Post ID: 333385by LotsoHope » Dec 23, 2012 - 02:12 PM PST
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This game worries me. Clips haven't been that sharp offensively lately. While our D has gotten us wins, on the road against a team that's won 4 out of its last 5, I'd rather have us shooting better. Catching them on the wrong end of a road-home back to back certainly should help.

                
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Post ID: 333386by realbull17 » Dec 23, 2012 - 02:12 PM PST
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Lets get the 13 in a row. Wink

                
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Post ID: 333387by jarca » Dec 23, 2012 - 02:15 PM PST
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Phoenix always worry me especially in their home court

                
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Post ID: 333394by ohMEohMy! » Dec 23, 2012 - 02:49 PM PST
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The suns being at Portland the night before should help us too.

                
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Post ID: 333404by -GeoffClankinsDaddy- » Dec 23, 2012 - 03:43 PM PST
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when was the last time we won in PHX? I'm so worried about this game. This is where I have the streak ending. Unfortunately. But if we win, I have the streak going 18+

                
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Post ID: 333406by -GeoffClankinsDaddy- » Dec 23, 2012 - 03:43 PM PST
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when the **** is billups and hill playing?!

                
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Post ID: 333407by Keatonsays » Dec 23, 2012 - 04:21 PM PST
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no timetable for Billups, Hill is expected to be back mid January.

                
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Post ID: 333408by BG_32 » Dec 23, 2012 - 04:30 PM PST
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Last win in Phoenix was April of '07, someone tell CP.

                
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Post ID: 333420by gman » Dec 23, 2012 - 05:13 PM PST
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BG_32 wrote:
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when was the last time we won in PHX? I'm so worried about this game. This is where I have the streak ending. Unfortunately. But if we win, I have the streak going 18+

Last win in Phoenix was April of '07, someone tell CP.

im sure ralph already memtioned it to him. team will be fine as long as the defense is good. most of our off comes from our defense and i suspect that the losing streak in phoenix ends today!

                
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Post ID: 333421by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 23, 2012 - 05:15 PM PST
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That was when Phoenix was a decent-elite team though. They have gotten a lot worse this season. They are a lottery team. I am not worried.

I don't see how you can be more worried about the Suns than the Jazz at home.

                
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Post ID: 333422by pageC4 » Dec 23, 2012 - 05:17 PM PST
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Technically, we shouldnt need Billups and Hill. This streak has largely been built with them not in the lineup. My guess is that they will come back if another bad losing streak happens.

                
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Post ID: 333430by Clippersfan86 » Dec 23, 2012 - 06:12 PM PST
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Hill still being out is a joke. Dude has been out what 3 months from this bone bruise? Sure we don't "need" him but it's important to integrate him and Billups now, well before the playoffs start.

                
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Post ID: 333435by JahvonTheClip » Dec 23, 2012 - 06:59 PM PST
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Maybe they want to be extra cautious cause hes old

                
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Post ID: 333438by ClipsGForce » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:00 PM PST
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Geez 86, another hostile post right there. Come on he's an old guy and we're fine without him. Don't need to rush him.

                
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Post ID: 333440by tense2 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:11 PM PST
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We have 3+ months before the PO's start...clam down. roll

                
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Post ID: 333441by tense2 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:13 PM PST
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Suns 0-5 in BB.

                
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Post ID: 333442by Clippersfan86 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:15 PM PST
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10 bucks says Green gets our team into a hole early. Why not just start Barnes, Bledsoe or Crawford!?

                
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Post ID: 333443by Keatonsays » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:16 PM PST
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^ watching Willie Green play makes my stomach hurt lol

                
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Post ID: 333444by clipper*joe » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:19 PM PST
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MY god, DJ is playing horribly. He hasn't done one positive thing yet. Most of the points that the Suns have is a direct, or indirect result of DJ.

                
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Post ID: 333445by Clippersfan86 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:19 PM PST
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Green is scrappy and tries hard but he reminds me of a SG Gomes. The heart and hustle are there as is the great locker room attitude but he just can't help himself but to F up like 20 times a game. Constantly getting burned on D, bricks badly needed 3's. I mean we have 3 players behind him that are significantly better in Barnes, Bledsoe and Crawford. Hell I'd even bench Butler for Barnes and start Bled at SG. Once Billups and Hill are back they can go to bench and Hill+Billups should start.

                
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Post ID: 333447by Clippersfan86 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:20 PM PST
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Yea DJ is close to deserving a benching too.

                
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Post ID: 333452by Keatonsays » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:21 PM PST
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WHY IS BLAKE HESITATING AGAIN ????

                
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Post ID: 333453by Clippersfan86 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:21 PM PST
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So Butler stays in with 2 fouls??

                
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Post ID: 333454by renshaibob » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:22 PM PST
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Exactly!!!! Shoot the damn ball when your open.

                
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Post ID: 333455by Clippersfan86 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:22 PM PST
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WTF DJ!!! Do you study game film? Yes let's leave Scola open for wide open 18 footers. Great idea! Bench this guy.

                
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Post ID: 333456by clipper*joe » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:22 PM PST
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Jeezus christ! BG tells DJ to guard scola and in less than 2 seconds, DJ gives him a easy look!

                
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Post ID: 333457by CP3Best » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:22 PM PST
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Look at the PoS that Butler is, 2 fouls 2 mins, and can't grab a ball that is coming at him.

                
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Post ID: 333458by Clippersfan86 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:23 PM PST
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Wow DJ again ball watching. How about fu**ing playing defense?

                
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Post ID: 333459by renshaibob » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:23 PM PST
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DJ needs to just stay with his jump hook and forget all that other stuff he trying to do

                
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Post ID: 333460by Keatonsays » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:24 PM PST
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Dj is looking really bad tonight. He's been reverting back to old tendencies in these last 2 games.

                
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Post ID: 333461by renshaibob » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:24 PM PST
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DJ needs to get pulled

                
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Post ID: 333462by clipper*joe » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:24 PM PST
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Stupid! Get DJ out of there!

                
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Post ID: 333463by Clippersfan86 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:24 PM PST
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Wow. DJ and Butler singlehandedly responsible for this. Even Green is off the hook right now.

                
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Post ID: 333464by clipper*joe » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:25 PM PST
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DJ looking for the cheap block and lets Gortat have an easy shot on this BUM!

                
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Post ID: 333465by Clippersfan86 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:25 PM PST
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I don't understand. You work on a jump hook only to forget how to play D? Dude has gotten schooled 4 times now purely by playing lazy ass defense. Love to see Odom send DJ and Caron's sorry asses to the bench. Vinny gets props for identifying the weak links and benching them.

                
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Post ID: 333466by Keatonsays » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:27 PM PST
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Man Chris Paul is playing like how I use him on 2k. Absolutely beautiful basketball from him right now. Blake needs to stop hesitating with his jump shot. He's letting CP3, Clipper Nation and Barack Obama down with all this hesitation!

                
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Post ID: 333467by JahvonTheClip » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:27 PM PST
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Man chris paul is such an offensive weapon it looks like he can score whenever he wants

                
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Post ID: 333468by tense2 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:27 PM PST
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Chris shooting the 3 well the last 2 games.

                
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Post ID: 333469by Clippersfan86 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:27 PM PST
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I say Odom+Barnes start in place of Butler and DJ for a few games and see if there is a big difference.

                
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Post ID: 333470by tense2 » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:30 PM PST
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No, it's been find so far this season.

                
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Post ID: 333471by renshaibob » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:30 PM PST
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Damn, BG got to shoot

                
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Post ID: 333477by Battlegun » Dec 23, 2012 - 07:30 PM PST
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Good to see Chris being aggressive to score. We are much more dangerous team.

                
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