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Clippers Vs. Nuggets Game Preview

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By TAYLOR BECHTOLD

Posted Dec 24 2012 3:12PM

Playing at an unprecedented level, the Los Angeles Clippers keep taking the franchise further into uncharted territory.

The Denver Nuggets, however, would like to end their historic run while continuing their own recent surge.

The Clippers hope to celebrate a 14th consecutive win on Christmas Day when they host the Nuggets, who have won four of their last five contests.

Los Angeles (21-6) extended its franchise-record run and snapped a 10-game losing streak in Phoenix with a 103-77 rout Sunday. The Clippers have won by an average of 15.7 points during their streak, also setting a club record with six straight road wins.

"We're just taking care of business right now," forward Blake Griffin said. "To be honest, we're not really concerned with 'You haven't won here since then' or 'You haven't won this many games in a row.'"

Griffin has been one of the major catalysts, averaging 20.7 points while shooting 59.4 percent from the field in his last 11 games. He finished with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting against the Suns, adding 11 rebounds and four steals.

Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 assists for his fifth double-double in six games. The All-Star point guard is 7 of 11 from 3-point range while grabbing 10 steals in his last two contests.

Paul averaged 24.3 points on 54.0 percent shooting - including 9 of 18 from beyond the arc - as the Clippers took three of four from the Nuggets last season.

"We know what they have in Chris Paul and how he makes all of the other players around him better," Denver forward Danilo Gallinari told his team's official website. "It will be a good challenge for us and we'll be ready for them."

Gallinari, the team's leader with 15.6 points per game, scored 12 in just 22 minutes Saturday night as the Nuggets rolled past Charlotte, 110-88.

Kosta Koufos, Kenneth Faried, Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee combined for 60 points and shot 27 of 37 from the floor. The Nuggets, who lead the NBA in points in the paint per game (55.6), have put up the league's two highest single-game totals in that category this season in their last two games with 74 and 78.

They've averaged 109.3 points overall in their last four despite shooting just 26.6 percent from 3-point range.

"The pace has been getting better for us," coach George Karl said. "There seems to be a little more wear and tear on the other team as the game goes on. ... We want to keep it going."

It isn't likely to come easily against the Clippers, who have allowed the NBA's second-fewest points in the paint per game (36.7). Los Angeles has also matched a franchise record by holding eight straight opponents below 43.0 percent shooting.

The Clippers have buried opponents with their impressive depth, led by Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes and Eric Bledsoe.

Crawford, who had 22 points Sunday, leads the NBA in points per game off the bench with 16.3. The Clippers boast the league's highest-scoring reserves at 41.9 points per game.

The Nuggets (15-13) are expected to have guard Ty Lawson back after the team's second-leading scorer and top assist man left Saturday's game with a left Achilles strain.

Denver has lost four of five to the Clippers at Staples Center and is 0-3 all-time on the road on Christmas Day.

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We got this! 14 in a row. Razz

A7XDreamTheaterClipps
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Gotta take care of business. The spotlight is on us tonight.

clipper*joe
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/Christmas day

ClipsGForce
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Please Clippers. Let Get 14th in a row. I'll be there for Christmas Smile

clippermitch
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All I want for Christmas is a W! Go Clippers!!!

jarca
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Who's going to the game? Any give away for the game like free t shirt

Battlegun
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One of Blake's forgotten dunks.

Let's hope he gets some highlights along with a win on national T.V.

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i predict it will come true! Wink

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I'm going, not sure about any sort of give away.

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if the clips keep the focus on d, we should win this game easily. just watch out for gallinari and make sure faried doesnt get easy pts and lawson is held in check

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I was more worried about the Phoenix game than this one...but now I'm worried about over confidence. lol

Good luck Clips!!!!

A7XDreamTheaterClipps
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Faried is a scrappy Reggie Evans type player. I hope Blake's Jumper continues to fall tomorrow because points in the paint won't come easy.

A7XDreamTheaterClipps
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The clippers can't lose. Me and my manager made a bet that the loser of the Clips and Buttnuggs has to drink a display beer of the winners choice.

Jerediscool
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^warm ass PBR, mmmm hahaha

And the clips should be wearing their new all red christmas day unis!

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Protect. Home. Court.

A good offense is our best defense for this game. Move the ball and get good, open shots, and they won't be able to run out.

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I'm bringing an "A Tribe Called Bench" sign to the game

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#14

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Hope Lamar will be able to play. Go Clipps.

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This is the game that scares me a lot. I am happy we are at home, that may just be the edge we need.

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Blake should have a big game today. Faried is to small to guard him. Blake has trouble with taller guys

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is he listed as questionable or game time decision? or are you just assuming since he had that nasty fall on sunday

clipperAndrew
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I hope Miami wins today and we win and then yes everyone we will have the BEST RECORD IN THE NBA!

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I'm going to the game tonight and I expect a big win! Let's get our 14th win in a row!

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Good "D" = 14 th. go clippers !!!

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Damn lakers won

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clippersforlife33 wrote:
tense2 wrote:
Hope Lamar will be able to play. Go Clipps.

is he listed as questionable or game time decision? or are you just assuming since he had that nasty fall on sunday

Sprained his ankle, came back to play, but said it was painful:

"It's painful," Odom said. "But I was good enough to go."

Odom played 14 minutes 24 seconds Sunday night against the Suns.

He didn't score but had three rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

"Lamar turned his ankle a little bit," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "But he gave me what he could."

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refs gift wrapped that win for the flakers. going back to the topic, if the clippers bring the energy on both ends of the court, we should overwhelm the nuggets

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OKC lost , wow a must win and then we are best in west and in the league !! 14 th will be sweet !!!

A7XDreamTheaterClipps
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I'll be at a bar surrounded by Nuggets fans. Should be a fun night.

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Lines are really long at staples

A7XDreamTheaterClipps
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The Thunder lost to Miami. This is the golden opportunity we have to hold the best record in the league.

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Let's go!!!

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**** off, Bieber, ya little ***.

renshaibob
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Butler just can't stop or move laterally.

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DJ got a sling shot free throw, he got worse, he use to have a good srtoke

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Didn't see a tribe called bench tshirt

ClippersDA
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I hope DJs New Years resolution is that he will improve his free throws...

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Wth DJ?

Clippersfan86
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Was juat about to say DJ is getting punked and playing soft but he stepped up a bit. I'd bring in Barnes because as usual Butler sucks.

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what happen to the arch on the free throw shots its flat now

Icecoldclipper
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nobody is running back we stop Lawson no one slides over

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Guys are taking this team lightly. Not a good sign.

A7XDreamTheaterClipps
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Looks pretty sloppy. Quit shooting jumpers for the moment and go for easy shots.

Icecoldclipper
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the fact we are in the game with horrible level of play from Butler and Green is a sign CP, BG, and DJ are playing hard ball

Icecoldclipper
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those are open jumpers if we can't make those we won't beat the good times consistently.

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Blake not draining those jumpers like he has been the last few games

ClippersDA
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Is Bledsoe not playing!??

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The Xmas day unis look horrible for every team. They look like practice jerseys.

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They're playing lackadaisical out there and settling for jumpers.

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