Clippers Vs. Nuggets 01-01-13 Official Game Thread

Clippers TopBuzz Forum/Message Board » Clippers Game Day
Post new topic   Reply to topic
Author Search This Topic:
 
clipper*joe
CTB MVP Champion
 Avatar
Posts: 15842
Location: los angeles
calif.gif
votes: 125

Clippers Vs. Nuggets Game Preview

Posted Dec 31 2012 5:07PM

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.

http://www.nba.com/games/20130101/LACDEN/gameinfo.html

Voyeur
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 5129
votes: 29

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.

A7XDreamTheaterClipps
Clipper Starter
Posts: 710
votes: 5

I'll be in the stands of the Pepsi Center giving my support on the road.

BG_32
Clipper 6th Man
Posts: 103
votes: 0

4 in the next 5 days against these teams is gonna be really tough, i'll be happy with 2-2.

clippermitch
Clipper All-Star
Posts: 1394
votes: 4

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!

bullterrierclipsfan1349
CTB MVP X1
Posts: 4526

mx.gif
votes: 30

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

realbull17
Clipper All-Star
Posts: 2371

us.gif
votes: 5

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.

bullterrierclipsfan1349
CTB MVP X1
Posts: 4526

mx.gif
votes: 30

^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

jarca
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 7963

rp.gif
votes: 35

Bump

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

cleepers
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 8732

us.gif
votes: 107

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!!!

Worldbthree
Clipper 6th Man
Posts: 246
votes: 2

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

CP3Best
CTB MVP X1
Posts: 4916
votes: 12

What's FFS? and I'm okay with 2-2 as long as we beat Warriors and Lakers.

A7XDreamTheaterClipps
Clipper Starter
Posts: 710
votes: 5

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.

bullterrierclipsfan1349
CTB MVP X1
Posts: 4526

mx.gif
votes: 30

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

cleepers
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 8732

us.gif
votes: 107

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.

jarca
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 7963

rp.gif
votes: 35

If we blow them out, we'll be in great position to avenge our loss to gsw

ohMEohMy!
CTB MVP X1
Posts: 3695

rp.gif
votes: 32

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.)

theLOBtheJAM
Clipper 6th Man
Posts: 162
votes: 0

If we do blow them out we can rest the starters for GS and have a decent chance of winning GS.

tense2
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 8769
votes: 20

Clippers +1.....hmmm.

Voyeur
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 5129
votes: 29

We're talking about "if we blow them out"...I just hope they don't run us out of the building.

JoeClipplet
Clipper 6th Man
Posts: 168
votes: 1

Got my CP3 Jersey in my hand, ready for wavin'!!

LETS GO CLIPS!!

clipper*joe
CTB MVP Champion
Posts: 15842
Location: los angeles
calif.gif
votes: 125

Is there anyone in the league who can hold/grab/handle the ball worse than DJ?

Icecoldclipper
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 9425
votes: 20

it was a tap to keep the ball alive

clipper*joe
CTB MVP Champion
Posts: 15842
Location: los angeles
calif.gif
votes: 125

Damn, DJ is killing us!

Icecoldclipper
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 9425
votes: 20

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

Icecoldclipper
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 9425
votes: 20

we should zone up force them to shoot

clipper*joe
CTB MVP Champion
Posts: 15842
Location: los angeles
calif.gif
votes: 125

Not as foolish as you looking like you're protecting your man.

LobAngelesBlakers
Clipper Starter
Posts: 757

us.gif
votes: 6

Green -________-

JahvonTheClip
CTB MVP X1
Posts: 2973
votes: 5

Looks so sloppy right now

theLOBtheJAM
Clipper 6th Man
Posts: 162
votes: 0

We're not converting on the Nuggets turnovers.

theLOBtheJAM
Clipper 6th Man
Posts: 162
votes: 0

Come on...

Icecoldclipper
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 9425
votes: 20

how the hell are tired already dj

theLOBtheJAM
Clipper 6th Man
Posts: 162
votes: 0

CP needs to be aggressive.

Icecoldclipper
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 9425
votes: 20

where is Bledsoe

clipper*joe
CTB MVP Champion
Posts: 15842
Location: los angeles
calif.gif
votes: 125

Damn Odom, shoot the freaking ball!!!!!

clippermitch
Clipper All-Star
Posts: 1394
votes: 4

Looks like BG is getting really frustrated with CP. I've noticed him get upset about not getting the lob or pass.

Icecoldclipper
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 9425
votes: 20

why pass that you are open for the lay in

clipper*joe
CTB MVP Champion
Posts: 15842
Location: los angeles
calif.gif
votes: 125

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.

Icecoldclipper
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 9425
votes: 20

Hope Paul remembers that on the road he has to shoot more

clippermitch
Clipper All-Star
Posts: 1394
votes: 4

Exactly. We're in the penalty too.

JahvonTheClip
CTB MVP X1
Posts: 2973
votes: 5

They're playing like they want to lose

CP3Heliflopter
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 5986
votes: 10

Embarrassing.

Icecoldclipper
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 9425
votes: 20

free hollins

Voyeur
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 5129
votes: 29

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.

jarca
CTB MVP X2
Posts: 7963

rp.gif
votes: 35

Did the clippers drink too much last night?

theLOBtheJAM
Clipper 6th Man
Posts: 162
votes: 0

We're not even playing hard.

clipper*joe
CTB MVP Champion
Posts: 15842
Location: los angeles
calif.gif
votes: 125

Lazy passes are killing us.

Grillinnap
Posts: 7377
Location: Laughing at irrational Laker morons
votes: 22

I'm not feeling this game at all.

pageC4
CTB MVP X1
Posts: 4510

us.gif
votes: 22

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

clipper*joe
CTB MVP Champion
 Avatar
Posts: 15842
Location: los angeles
calif.gif
votes: 125

Grillinnap wrote:
I'm not feeling this game at all.

Go To the Top of the ThreadGo Home

or Comment Using FB

Post new topic   Reply to topic


← Guess the Score Game Clippers vs Nuggets

→ Guess the score game Clippers vs Warriors

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

register
You are an anonymous user- Register now!


Follow our Los Angeles Clippers RSS Feed, plus the Clippers Rumors RSS Feed, the LA Clippers News RSS feed, and the Clippers Forum RSS feed to get the newest updated Clippers News and Trade Rumors plus Clippers Game update in your RSS/XML reader!