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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336565by clipper*joe » Dec 31, 2012 - 02:16 PM PST
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Having wrapped up December with just the third 16-0 month in NBA history, the Los Angeles Clippers face tough challenges starting the new year.

They'll play four games this week, with two opponents having winning records and the other at .500. The Clippers take their franchise-record 17-game winning streak into Denver on Tuesday night, where the Nuggets are 9-1 at home.

"It'll be a big test for us," forward Blake Griffin said.

Denver (17-15) is the first game of a back-to-back, with a visit to Golden State on Wednesday. The Warriors handed the Clippers their first loss of the season Nov. 3. The Clippers return home Friday to host the Lakers, a team they've already beaten once and who are back to .500. Then comes the second game of another back-to-back against the Warriors.

"We're going to lose at some point, but this is a magical run," said Caron Butler, who had 29 points in a 107-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday that maintained the league's best record at 25-6.

The Clippers haven't lost since Nov. 26.

"I want to do this every year," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "This has got to be a staple of how we go about doing our business. We're thinking bigger than the streak."

The Clippers went 16-0 in December to join the 1995-96 San Antonio Spurs, which included Del Negro, and 1971-72 Lakers as the only teams to go undefeated in a month. Their franchise-record winning streak is the longest since Boston won 19 in a row four years ago.

"I am amazed because I haven't done it since I've been in the league," said Chris Paul, a seven-year veteran who had 19 points and nine assists against Utah.

The Clippers kept their streak alive despite Griffin scoring just seven points due to foul trouble. Their bench came through again, with Jamal Crawford scoring 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Butler sat in the fourth quarter after playing "out of his mind" as Griffin put it in the opening quarter, when the veteran scored 17 points and hit five of his six 3-pointers.

"It's a tribute to everybody in here," Griffin said. "Everybody has been a huge part one night or the other. It's a selfless attitude the team has taken on. This is the most fun I've ever had playing basketball."

The Clippers have been winning without injured veterans Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill.

"We really haven't had an opportunity to see what it looks like," Paul said of the entire team.

Still, they've won 11 of their 17 games by 12 points or more, and their defense has allowed 100 points just three times during the streak. They've been winning so handily that Paul and Griffin rarely have to play in the fourth quarter. Both are averaging career low minutes in the final period this season.

"We expect to win every time we step out on the court," Butler said. "We have a good mixture of young guys and veterans, and we do a good job of policing ourselves. Coach lets us control the environment. We do a great job being unselfish on and off the court."

A 112-100 home win over the Nuggets on Christmas is part of the streak. Crawford scored 22 points to lead six Clippers in double figures, and Los Angeles held Nuggets leading scorer Danilo Gallinari to seven points on 1-of-10 shooting.

Denver won two straight following that loss before suffering an 81-72 defeat at Memphis on Saturday. The Nuggets scored their fewest points of the season while allowing their fewest.

Gallinari, who had a career-high 39 points in a 106-85 win at Dallas on Friday night, was limited to seven on 2-of-8 shooting as the Nuggets played for the fourth time in five days.

"We just ran out of gas, and ran out of bodies," coach George Karl said. "We didn't have anybody really playing a great game. We worked them as hard as we could. The fight was good, but then with the fourth quarter and turnovers, it just broke our hearts."

Los Angeles has won two in a row at Denver following a nine-game skid there, and the Clippers have taken the past three and six of seven overall meetings.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336639by Voyeur » Dec 31, 2012 - 10:57 PM PST
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I don't care how good a team is, winning on the road against Denver and Golden State back-to-back seems just about an impossible task. It's almost like it was designed to make a team lose.

I love our team so it doesn't matter what happens. They've been amazing and a dream to watch. My hope we make through this with our heads held high knowing we played our best and continue to keep up our defensive intensity throughout the season.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336641by A7XDreamTheaterClipps » Dec 31, 2012 - 11:21 PM PST
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I'll be in the stands of the Pepsi Center giving my support on the road.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336644by BG_32 » Dec 31, 2012 - 11:58 PM PST
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4 in the next 5 days against these teams is gonna be really tough, i'll be happy with 2-2.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336647by clippermitch » Jan 01, 2013 - 12:45 AM PST
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4 games in 5 night sounds like a big challenge but for a team as deep as this team, I think we take care of business!

4-0 week and #21 straight!

CP and Blake come up big this week and shuts up all the critics!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336652by bullterrierclipsfan1349 » Jan 01, 2013 - 01:08 AM PST
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if any team can pull off an undefeated week when playing two back to backs, it would be the clips. lets take it one game at a time and see where it leads

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336665by realbull17 » Jan 01, 2013 - 01:57 AM PST
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Im not concern with the @ DEN game. we beat them there b4. im concern with the next day @ GSW. Im sure GSW got wed and sat circled on the calendar.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336670by bullterrierclipsfan1349 » Jan 01, 2013 - 05:45 AM PST
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^and? they are still tough at home, which means they can make the clippers have to play hard throughout the game, which directly impacts the game with the warriors on wednesday

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336685by jarca » Jan 01, 2013 - 11:11 AM PST
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Bump

We gotta keep Faried and McGee in check. Those two can energize the crowd

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336690by cleepers » Jan 01, 2013 - 11:59 AM PST
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I hope to see some great interior passing from our bigs... just to prove George Karl right, of course...

"They pass up 3-footers just to get a dunk"

Gotta watch out for Gallinari... he's due for a big game against us. And our bench has to stop the Miller/McGee connection from getting easy points.

And FFS, grab those defensive rebounds!!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336691by Worldbthree » Jan 01, 2013 - 12:06 PM PST
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Let's get to these pre-season darlings early and build a big lead again where our starters sit for the fourth, then revenge game against the Warriors. I'd be OK with 2-2, happy with 3-1, ecstatic with 4-0

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336693by CP3Best » Jan 01, 2013 - 12:20 PM PST
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What's FFS? and I'm okay with 2-2 as long as we beat Warriors and Lakers.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread Post ID: 336704by A7XDreamTheaterClipps » Jan 01, 2013 - 01:44 PM PST
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One game at a time. Can't wait. First road game I get to go to. I already promised myself that I would save money to by a ticket for courtside seats whenever the Clipperscome back to Denver next year. I'm guessing that's about $1500+.... I can manage that.

                
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Post ID: 336759by bullterrierclipsfan1349 » Jan 01, 2013 - 05:43 PM PST
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we need to establish bg down low against faried. we cant let koufus shoot 8 for 8 (im talking to u dj). our bench needs to outscore denver's bench. cant let lawson dictate the pace of play

                
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Post ID: 336776by cleepers » Jan 01, 2013 - 07:32 PM PST
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Matt Barnes on NBATV... saying how his twin boys' first Christmas presents opened were Clippers jerseys...

"Nothing else mattered... they just wanted to go and play basketball... saying: "Daddy, we'll open the rest of the presents later"".

#Bandwagon Yellow_Flash_Colorz_PDT_04

But for real, this recent success is growing us a whole new generation of fans.

                
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Post ID: 336778by jarca » Jan 01, 2013 - 07:37 PM PST
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If we blow them out, we'll be in great position to avenge our loss to gsw

                
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Post ID: 336779by ohMEohMy! » Jan 01, 2013 - 07:40 PM PST
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According to the pre-game show on PT, Ty Lawson is sitting this one out with an injury. Looking for our PGs to command this one. Would be nice for Eric to break out of this mini-slump he's been in. (Although I think it's mostly due to not being healthy since falling on his hip.)

                
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Post ID: 336781by theLOBtheJAM » Jan 01, 2013 - 07:44 PM PST
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If we do blow them out we can rest the starters for GS and have a decent chance of winning GS.

                
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Post ID: 336782by tense2 » Jan 01, 2013 - 07:46 PM PST
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Clippers +1.....hmmm.

                
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Post ID: 336785by Voyeur » Jan 01, 2013 - 07:49 PM PST
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We're talking about "if we blow them out"...I just hope they don't run us out of the building.

                
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Post ID: 336789by JoeClipplet » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:02 PM PST
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Got my CP3 Jersey in my hand, ready for wavin'!!

LETS GO CLIPS!!

                
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Post ID: 336790by clipper*joe » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:14 PM PST
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Is there anyone in the league who can hold/grab/handle the ball worse than DJ?

                
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Post ID: 336791by Icecoldclipper » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:18 PM PST
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it was a tap to keep the ball alive

                
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Post ID: 336792by clipper*joe » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:19 PM PST
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Damn, DJ is killing us!

                
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Post ID: 336795by Icecoldclipper » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:21 PM PST
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stop it you are looking foolish his effort got us at least 5 extra plays on offense and on D he is rotating helping Green and Butler would are getting killed with strength of Iggy and quickness of Gallo

                
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Post ID: 336796by Icecoldclipper » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:22 PM PST
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we should zone up force them to shoot

                
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Post ID: 336797by clipper*joe » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:22 PM PST
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Not as foolish as you looking like you're protecting your man.

                
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Post ID: 336798by LobAngelesBlakers » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:25 PM PST
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Green -________-

                
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Post ID: 336799by JahvonTheClip » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:27 PM PST
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Looks so sloppy right now

                
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Post ID: 336800by theLOBtheJAM » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:30 PM PST
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We're not converting on the Nuggets turnovers.

                
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Post ID: 336804by theLOBtheJAM » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:31 PM PST
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Come on...

                
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Post ID: 336805by Icecoldclipper » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:32 PM PST
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how the hell are tired already dj

                
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Post ID: 336806by theLOBtheJAM » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:33 PM PST
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CP needs to be aggressive.

                
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Post ID: 336807by Icecoldclipper » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:33 PM PST
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where is Bledsoe

                
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Post ID: 336808by clipper*joe » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:34 PM PST
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Damn Odom, shoot the freaking ball!!!!!

                
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Post ID: 336809by clippermitch » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:35 PM PST
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Looks like BG is getting really frustrated with CP. I've noticed him get upset about not getting the lob or pass.

                
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Post ID: 336810by Icecoldclipper » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:35 PM PST
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why pass that you are open for the lay in

                
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Post ID: 336811by clipper*joe » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:35 PM PST
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Smith is right. We're shooting too many jumpers. Some of that blame is on CP3. He's looking to pass out on the perimeter way too much.

                
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Post ID: 336812by Icecoldclipper » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:36 PM PST
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Hope Paul remembers that on the road he has to shoot more

                
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Post ID: 336813by clippermitch » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:37 PM PST
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Exactly. We're in the penalty too.

                
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Post ID: 336814by JahvonTheClip » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:38 PM PST
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They're playing like they want to lose

                
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Post ID: 336815by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:39 PM PST
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Embarrassing.

                
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Post ID: 336816by Icecoldclipper » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:39 PM PST
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free hollins

                
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Post ID: 336817by Voyeur » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:39 PM PST
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Too many turnovers. Too many jump shots. We're allowing them too many opportunities to get hands on our rebounds. They look like us right now.

                
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Post ID: 336818by jarca » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:39 PM PST
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Did the clippers drink too much last night?

                
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Post ID: 336819by theLOBtheJAM » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:39 PM PST
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We're not even playing hard.

                
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Post ID: 336821by clipper*joe » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:40 PM PST
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Lazy passes are killing us.

                
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Post ID: 336824by Grillinnap » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:40 PM PST
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I'm not feeling this game at all.

                
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Post ID: 336825by pageC4 » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:41 PM PST
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Yup, one turnoever by crawford another by Barnes. Careless. Also, we had aloowed Denver a bout five tries at the basket prior to the Matt Barnes turnover

                
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Post ID: 336826by clipper*joe » Jan 01, 2013 - 08:41 PM PST
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I'm not feeling this game at all.

                
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