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clipcast3
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Supposedly it's due to a death in the family that he's missing tonight's Clippers Flop-phis Flopzzlies game but maybe is it because he doesn't want to play against his new soon to be team mates???

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He's attending his grandmother's funeral.

ekker3
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unfortunate on both accounts - sympathies for rudy and i really wanted to face a grizzlies squad that was at 100%

fattner
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Maybe he come back as clipper !!

what_up_clipnation83
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Chris Paul questionable tonight as well because of that incident where he banged knees

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^ Link?

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clipperBryan32 wrote:
^ Link?

https://twitter.com/BA_Turner/status/290885499470635008

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No volume-chucker Rudy Gay and no CP3 has a Clippers blowout loss written all over it. Hope I'm wrong.

hoopfanjd31
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Not having CP is going to hurt us more than not having Rudy is going to hurt the Grizzlies. Assuming CP is out, Bledsoe is going have to play really, really well and Blake is also going to have to step up. It'll be tough.

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Games without Chris Paul on the lineup have been automatic losses for the Clippers in the regular season only. But here's some weirdness:

  • Some of the games where Chris Paul was out had Chauncey Billups on the starting lineup. I think most of those were wins.

  • The preseason, which doesn't really count (yet it can be used against them), featured Eric Bledsoe on the starting lineup. The surest win I remember with Bledsoe on the lineup was that game against the Lakers.

If Paul is out for tonight's game, the lineup could be as follows: Green, Butler, Barnes, Griffin, Jordan

Grant Hill may get a starting nod, even.

Clippersfan86
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That would be so wrong. Bledsoe SHOULD start for various reasons.

  1. It's a great chance to increase his trade value and he knows he can boost his minutes so will likely have a great game.

  2. Bledsoe dominated the Grizzlies guards in the playoffs and seems to match up well with their intensity and physical game.

  3. We should be taking every chance we get to develop our young players (primarily Bledsoe and DJ) yet instead Vinny has them in some kind of idiotic doghouse.

  4. Willie Green is an atrocious ball handler and putting him at PG would be a disaster.

clipcast3
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For sure start Bledsoe... This could be a boost in the grand scheme of things if we win. We will see crossover play more PG tonight too if CP doesn't play. And agree, Grant Hill will see more action because he handles the ball well too.

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Lol Green at PG. lol

Bledsoe should start and Crawford should be the PG for the bench.

Clippersfan86
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Green starting at PG would be a slap in the face to Bledsoe and would cause a 20 point loss IMO. The Grizzlies ball pressure would force Green into 10 turnovers and make him look like the worst player in the NBA.

hoopfanjd31
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No way in hell VDN would start Green at PG. He's not a PG. It'll be Bledsoe, just like when CP didn't play in the preseason.

xldicelx
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if Green starts @ the Point - I am for sure not going to watch the game

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The only reason why VDN refuses to start Eric Bledsoe is to protect him from being traded. If Vinny puts Bledsoe on as a starter, the other teams (Lakers included!) will want to pry their best backup point guard off their hands with endless trade talk, a distraction that could only be stopped if Bledsoe forces a trade demand. This would ruin the Clipper's chemistry and their chances at a championship. They would also lose Chris Paul and become losers again. The ultimate whammy is the Lakers piggybacking off of their misery and converting that to wins. Clippers cannot let this happen.

It's a huge sacrifice, but keeping Bledsoe on the bench is the only way to protect him from being traded. That's what I think.

tense2
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I respectfully THINK your wrong.

fattner
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Omg calm dwn !! No one is sure Paul isn't playing so just relax , be a real fan , not a faker fan !! If Paul doesn't play so be it , get behind ur team and stop bitching !!! You act as if your writing the checks !! I'm happy with the way they come out and play period !! Sorry I blew up

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espn just said cp3 is out with a bone bruise in his knee

hoopfanjd31
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Key is for Bledsoe not to try and do too much. Play good D, distribute the ball and pick his spots for scoring. Minimize the dumb turnovers and we should have a chance.

fattner
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Ok so wht , were a good team everyone has to step up , that's wht good teams do , step up

ekker3
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i hope geoff calkins gets the start for rudy so griffin can give him the blakeface with a side of mcnuggets.

Clip-Man
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Per Clippers pregame report "Chris Paul, who sustained a bruised right kneecap against the Magic on Saturday, will be a game-time decision for the Clippers". This sucks. On the brightside, if there is one, this should prove to be a good test on the rest of the team stepping up which I am sure they will do if he is not playing.

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IF Chris doesnt play starting lineup will obv be:

Bledsoe

Green

Butler

Blake

DJ

Tribe Called Bench doing what they do with more minutes for Grant Hill. Expect Crossover to be quarterbacking when it ain't E Bled aka Kid Lightnin

LotsoHope
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Even if Bledsoe just shuts down Conley and isn't productive offensively, that'll make the game MUCH easier. That'll only leave their 2 remaining frontcourt players to deal with (BOX OUT!) as Allen doesn't create a lot of his own shots and their bench isn't delivering much this season. Crawford and Barnes need to take advantage of Memphis' weaker bench, though I suspect Hollins will have Allen shadow Crawford in the rotation. And yes, we now have Hill to throw out there for limited minutes, not expecting much from him tonight but he could use the minutes.

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You are REALLY reaching here dude. You think he doesn't play Bled because they're afraid of the phone ringing too much? Bled doesn't want to be a SG anymore than coaches do. I would be shocked if there's a single GM out there that wants to trade for Bled and pay him 8-10mil per year to be a barely 6ft. off guard. He's undersized at PG already and he's not a shooter. It would make no sense at all.

He's not using him at SG because we have multiple guys at SG in the depth chart, we have extreme depth at all positions when healthy so mix and match lineups are counter-productive, and we are still grooming him considering the possibility is still there that he remains with us long term.

Vinny obviously is very focused on keeping the first team and second team units intact as his philosophy is that units perform better when they have an understanding of their roles, estimated minutes per game, and who is going to be out there with them most of the time.

Bled is having a hard enough time learning how to be an efficient PG, throwing him out there at SG, while most of us agree would put more raw talent on the floor at times, would be bad for team continuity and chemistry and bad for his development at the same time.

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This week will be good for Bled and the team. Would not be surprised if we win tonight. If Bled is on, he can shred Conley. The rest of the team should play with less pressure on their shoulders, maybe other than Blake, considering there is an "excuse" if we lose.

I'm excited for this one! They're gonna be pissed after the ugly home loss thisweekend...

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No, the only reason why VDN refuses to start Bledsoe is because we have the greatest player in the world at the point-guard position.

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