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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Jazz 12-28-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 335063by clipper*joe » Dec 28, 2012 - 12:42 AM PST
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Clippers Vs. Jazz Game Preview

By JORDAN GARRETSON Posted Dec 28 2012 2:44AM

Another game for the Los Angeles Clippers means another opportunity to continue writing history.

The Clippers can extend their franchise-best winning streak to 16 games on Friday night as they head to Salt Lake City to play the Utah Jazz, where they had lost 16 in a row before winning the last two contests, including one earlier this month.

Los Angeles' streak is the league's longest since San Antonio ran off 15 straight into the playoffs last season. Another win would make it the best run since Boston won 19 consecutive games in 2008-09.

The Clippers were just 8-6 after Nov. 26 - the date of their last loss, a 105-98 defeat against New Orleans. They have since become the owners of the NBA's best record (23-6), which was improved with Thursday's 106-77 home win against the Celtics - Boston's worst loss of the season.

"Some people may be impressed by the record, but we can't be," Chris Paul said. "We're not measured by our regular-season wins."

Blake Griffin agreed, saying, "We want to be winning in April, May and June."

Considering the fashion in which the Clippers have been beating teams - badly - the streak might not end for a while. Los Angeles is winning by an average of 16.3 points during its run while shooting 48.4 percent from the floor.

The Clippers are also succeeding with arguably the NBA's best depth. They own the league's best scoring bench at 43.1 points per game.

The reserves didn't let up on Thursday, with Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford leading the team in scoring with 21 and 17 points, respectively.

DeAndre Jordan also credited the team's chemistry for allowing them to blend players as old as Lamar Odom (33) rather seamlessly in the rotation with some as young as Griffin (23).

"We have a mixture of some young guys, some guys in their prime and some veterans on this team," Jordan said. "We play well together on the court, but we are also close off the court and I think that helps our play. If we continue to stay close and everybody stays healthy we will be alright."

The Jazz (15-15), meanwhile, have stumbled recently, losing five of seven overall and their last two home games after starting 9-1 at EnergySolutions Arena.

Utah matched a season low in points with a 94-83 loss to Golden State on Wednesday and its offense seemed disrupted by the absence of point guard Mo Williams. Williams, averaging 12.9 points and 6.7 assists, missed his second straight game with a sprained right thumb and is out indefinitely.

Jamaal Tinsley has started the last two in his place, averaging 5.5 points and four assists.

"He (Williams) can attack the rim, take a shot, make a shot and we just didn't get that tonight," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "It was a sluggish effort all night."

Utah had beaten the Clippers in 11 of 12 before losing the last three games, including a 105-104 home loss on Dec. 3. Griffin posted 30 points and 11 rebounds while going 14 of 20 from the field.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Jazz 12-28-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 335083by Keatonsays » Dec 28, 2012 - 01:03 AM PST
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Our first back to back in a while and it's on the road. It will be a good test to see how our guys play on the second nights of back to backs which is the one scenario that worries me about this team. I think being able to rest our starters in the 4th quarter should help our guys stay fresh but our bench has to be able to stay fresh as well seeing how they account for a heavy amount of our overall scoring.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Jazz 12-28-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 335099by bullterrierclipsfan1349 » Dec 28, 2012 - 01:37 AM PST
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^ i think the starters will be able to play hard on both ends from the onset, which will make it easier for us to get the win.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Jazz 12-28-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 335104by CapsNClips » Dec 28, 2012 - 01:46 AM PST
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Utah will always frighten me, but in reality we should win the next 2

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Jazz 12-28-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 335105by jarca » Dec 28, 2012 - 01:49 AM PST
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No mo fo tomorro

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Jazz 12-28-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 335112by cleepers » Dec 28, 2012 - 02:02 AM PST
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Every game is balls-out for as long as this streak is alive. Every team wants to bust it.

But if we bring our (dare I say) "trademark" defensive intensity, we can keep winning for a long time.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Jazz 12-28-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 335114by clipperstown » Dec 28, 2012 - 02:19 AM PST
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Our guys are all well rested. Utah is always a tough opponent, these guys can really catch fire at home. We really cant afford to start the game sloppy.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Jazz 12-28-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 335124by Grillinnap » Dec 28, 2012 - 02:38 AM PST
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Little Mo with the gimpy thumb

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Jazz 12-28-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 335142by LotsoHope » Dec 28, 2012 - 03:08 AM PST
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GSW beat them on their court, that gives me confidence we can pull out another W here.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Jazz 12-28-12 Official Game Thread Post ID: 335150by bullterrierclipsfan1349 » Dec 28, 2012 - 03:15 AM PST
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^yup, as long as one of their reserves doesnt go off on us.

                
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Post ID: 335160by Heediot » Dec 28, 2012 - 03:52 AM PST
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lol classic!

                
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Post ID: 335181by Heediot » Dec 28, 2012 - 05:17 AM PST
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Fatigue shouldn't be a work for neither Starters or Bench. These guys are pros as long as your not playing 35 plus the night before there is still much energy left.

                
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Post ID: 335206by clippermitch » Dec 28, 2012 - 10:48 AM PST
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DJ, Blake, Odom and Ronny has to control the paint. Millsap and Jefferson will try to beast inside.

Lets get that sweet #16!

                
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Post ID: 335216by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 11:45 AM PST
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Mo being out is a huge help because he's motivated to kill us. That being said we need to continue the formula of clamping teams throats early and making them quit. If we let them stay in it for long it will be tough to put them away.

                
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Post ID: 335244by realbull17 » Dec 28, 2012 - 01:07 PM PST
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I'll be biting my nails 2nite. lol. Razz

                
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Post ID: 335272by tense2 » Dec 28, 2012 - 02:04 PM PST
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Clippers off rtg still=4th.......but we've moved up to 2nd in the def rtg. Wow.

                
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Post ID: 335290by mj_shoefanatic » Dec 28, 2012 - 03:19 PM PST
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After all at the rest last night in the 4th our starters better be ready to show up and do work tonight. Matty Ice can't be the leading scorer every game. Razz

No excuses. Win #16InARow is upon us.

                
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Post ID: 335296by bullterrierclipsfan1349 » Dec 28, 2012 - 03:52 PM PST
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just lockdown kanter and favors, and we should win easily. cant let hayward shoot open jumpers

                
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Post ID: 335321by Heediot » Dec 28, 2012 - 04:48 PM PST
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We should handle them. They were on fire from three in the first half last game at Utah. I don't think they'll repeat that.

                
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Post ID: 335337by Keatonsays » Dec 28, 2012 - 05:44 PM PST
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Rebounding will be key in this game. As long as we're able to limit Big Al and Saps offensive rebounding we should be able to pull this one out easy. Also, Mo being out definitely helps a ton. We should have no problem forcing turnovers from their younger players. I love how tenacious our defense is. They're like a pack of wolves hounding the ball handler forcing the ball out of their hands and getting out on the break.

                
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Post ID: 335338by -GeoffClankinsDaddy- » Dec 28, 2012 - 05:46 PM PST
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wow back to back at Utha -_- I'm scared. Last game vs the jazz big shot was playing right?

                
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Post ID: 335339by Keatonsays » Dec 28, 2012 - 05:47 PM PST
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I'm sure our offensive rtg would be much higher if our starters actually played 4th quarters.

                
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Post ID: 335342by Grillinnap » Dec 28, 2012 - 06:07 PM PST
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And what is RTG?

                
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Post ID: 335344by -GeoffClankinsDaddy- » Dec 28, 2012 - 06:07 PM PST
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rating^

                
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Post ID: 335346by clipperstown » Dec 28, 2012 - 06:23 PM PST
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I think so, but also remember Mo was playing too

                
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Post ID: 335366by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 07:31 PM PST
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Not back to back at Utah. What it is... is that we play them in Utah tonight and back here in LA Sunday.

                
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Post ID: 335372by theLOBtheJAM » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:11 PM PST
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Damn it, Utah gets to wear there alt greens...When will the Clipps wear there alt blues? Very Happy

                
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Post ID: 335373by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:17 PM PST
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Man.... Willie Green playing way better but defensively he blew it now 3 times in a row. I'd consider benching DJ already... dude does NOTHING right lately. Like seriously dude crash the boards... do something! Stop pounding the ball in the paint if you can't score.

                
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Post ID: 335374by david » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:18 PM PST
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Blake to DJ for the monster dunk!

                
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Post ID: 335375by david » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:19 PM PST
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Blake- the steal, the slam!

                
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Post ID: 335376by Keatonsays » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:19 PM PST
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DeAndre Jordan seems to be regressing offensively. Getting stopped in the post by Al Jefferson TWICE is an all time low.

                
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Post ID: 335377by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:19 PM PST
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Is Green capable of getting defensive stops? I mean Foye is doing nothing but catching and shooting wide open shots when Green isn't even within 10 feet of him.

                
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Post ID: 335378by jarca » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:19 PM PST
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First mo now Foye going off

                
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Post ID: 335379by clipperstown » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:20 PM PST
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Blake's locked in defensively

                
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Post ID: 335383by Grillinnap » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:20 PM PST
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DJ will have to play more than his average minutes tonight. He is our only guy that is strong enough to defend Jefferson down low.

                
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Post ID: 335384by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:21 PM PST
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I'd put Barnes or Bledsoe in already. Hell even Crawford at least tries on D... but Foye cannot be allowed to run around free like this all game.

                
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Post ID: 335385by clipperstown » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:21 PM PST
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Dj's gonna have these kind of moments guys. The post moves are a work in progress. Id rather him making these mistakes now and learning from them in time for playoffs

                
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Post ID: 335386by david » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:22 PM PST
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CP3 smooth J

                
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Post ID: 335387by OptimusDimes » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:22 PM PST
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Green is the poker face on D...if smell what's cooking

                
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Post ID: 335388by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:22 PM PST
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Then CP3 loses him! Are you kidding me!? He's the only fu**ing wing guy you have to guard!! wake up.

                
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Post ID: 335389by david » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:23 PM PST
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What a pass Blake to Green for the bingo!

                
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Post ID: 335390by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:24 PM PST
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Odom and Barnes need to be in already.

                
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Post ID: 335391by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:25 PM PST
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Vinny with the great rotation. Perfect time to pull starters.

                
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Post ID: 335392by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:25 PM PST
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WTF!? Odom got called for a foul when dude didn't touch anybody before that whistle went off. What a joke.

                
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Post ID: 335393by david » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:27 PM PST
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Jazz are using screens to get Foye open looks- it's not about individual defense by Green & CP3 here. There simply has to be better recognition by the entire team of these screens.

                
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Post ID: 335394by Grillinnap » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:27 PM PST
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I agree. DJ used to turn it over after one dribble. Now he can dribble the ball 3-4 times without turning it over. Now he just has to learn how to finish with the jump hook more consistently.

                
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Post ID: 335395by fattner » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:27 PM PST
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Tough "d" will make our offense and our 16 th win in row !!!

                
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Post ID: 335396by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:28 PM PST
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david wrote:
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Then CP3 loses him! Are you kidding me!? He's the only fu**ing wing guy you have to guard!! wake up.

Jazz are using screens to get Foye open looks- it's not about individual defense by Green & CP3 here. There simply has to be better recognition by the entire team of these screens.

Agree it's all screens but that's how the Jazz have played for 3 decades! Just defend the screens better. They also kept taking their off off their man.

                
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Post ID: 335397by david » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:30 PM PST
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Foye is hot right now, but he can quickly cool down as well.

                
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Post ID: 335398by Clippersfan86 » Dec 28, 2012 - 08:30 PM PST
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Odom already improving our D tremendously over DJ by sealing his man off and now forcing two turnovers already. Sorry but DJ will be our bench backup 5 soon.

                
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