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Clippers Vs. Rockets Game Preview By JORDAN GARRETSON Posted Jan 15 2013 12:37AM The Los Angeles Clippers could be without their superstar point guard for a second straight game. If their most recent contest was any indication, they should be just fine. Chris Paul will likely be a game-time decision for the Clippers as they continue a three-game road trip Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets. Paul is day-to-day with a bruised right kneecap and missed his first game of the season on Monday, but the Clippers (29-9) matched their second-largest victory margin of 2012-13 in a 99-73 win at Memphis. He sustained the injury when he....

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CP3 should sit. The big win in MEM proved we can play w/o him for a bit. We're looking at the bigger picture here, and we need him to be 100%.

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i think the matchup with houston can be beneficial for us. bledsoe should give lin a very terrible time. i would not be surprised if ebled has over 5 or 6 steals tomorrow. as long as they close out on their shooters and dj is not manhandled by asik, we should be fine, even without cp3

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Is this our first look at Linsanity? I don't think he played against us when he was with the Knicks last year.

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Lin is questionable with a sprained ankle too, he will be a game time decision.

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Its our first time but Bledsoe should give Lin fits.

The Rockets are a fast paced team. I think we match up well against them since were one of the few teams that can run with them.

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We need to defend the 3 and run out on shooters because the Rockets can light it up from the outside.

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agreed. but based on mario chalmers locking up lin the times they have played against each other, i feel ebled will lock him down and give him a lot of trouble. we just have to control harden's penetration into the paint and make sure we close out on their shooters.

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Also the All-Star voting ends tomorrow, so Bledsoe could potentially be guarding the starting PG for the West.

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smh at that. that is the reason why fan voting sometimes is questioned.

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What we need to do is sneak into Hardens home and shave his beard while he sleeps, thus eliminating any super powers (like samson) that he might have aquired over the years and showing his bustedass grill to the whole world. He has rows of teeth like a shark!!! The embarassment of having a worse facial feature than Anthony Davis's unbrow or Charlie Villanuevas hairlessness should take all the wind out of his sails to the point he never leaves the locker room.

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Lol when was the last time Harden even shaved? lol

Jerediscool
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^3rd grade? That beard looks older than Grant Hill!

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Lin vs. Ebled. Harden vs. Green. Who you got? lol

Jerediscool
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that beard is uglier than Greg Oden

Jerediscool
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Griffin is a better point guard than Lin

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Wish we had "The Beard" ugly or not.

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tense2 wrote:
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that beard is uglier than Greg Oden

Wish we had "The Beard" ugly or not.

Eeww, you want Baron back?

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Harden will get his 25 but the key is to make him take tough shots and limit his free throw attempts.

Also, gotta defend the 3! Delfino, Lin, Parsons, and Douglas love that 3 pointer.

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I'm pretty sure Anthony Davis also has shark-like rows of teeth.

Jerediscool
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Oh he does too. Worse tha hardens I guess, Unibrow has 3 rows on the bottom and Harden only has two rows on the top, either way they both look like blenders

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Sit Paul and cut bleodsoe loose !! Total excitement !! Watch you will see !!!

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I think Oden actually lives inside the beard.

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They better hold him out. Bled playing 30+ minutes of defense on that kid and he'll want to retire after the game.

Bled's steals total for tonight, I put the over/under at 5 1/2.

Run Barnes/GHill at Harden as much as possible and he'll have a very hard time as well. Bring the defensive intensity and Houston will have their 4th straight loss by the end of the night.

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Spread first came out at -1.5 Houston then quickly jumped to -3... didn't these clowns see the beatdown we gave Memphis and notice we didn't even use our starters in the 4th?

I like our Clips chances. I don't recall a time when Harden ever exploded for 30+ points against us, but that was with OKC and less touches. If Lin is out (who I consider a non-factor anyway), that's certainly a plus. If we sweep this road trip w/o CP3, that'll make up for the Orlando loss Smile

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I expect this one to be tougher than last night -- Memphis really played pretty awfully. Houston will be better. But if we show up with the same kind of defensive effort and Bledsoe plays the same kind of solid, steady game he did last night, we should be able to pull out a W. Houston has been pretty bad against the better teams in the West, so hopefully that holds true again tonight.

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Btw some more updated info on Lin, he looks to be good to go tonight:

http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nba/1772/jeremy-lin

Not like it matters, I think he's overrated and often exposed against good defensive teams. Bledsoe's going to make that ankle sprain a lot worse Smile

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I think our guys got gassed tonight and may be running low on fuel today,,but heck with these guys you never know. they sometimes find energy where another team would just shut down (ala Memphis and their incredible lack of shooting last night)

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^ Nah. Lamar was the only guy to log in over 30 min last night, Vinny sure thinks he needs the workout. Bledsoe is next highest at 28 min but he's young, he did look gassed when he left after the first half but he should be fine for tonight, don't think he played at all in the 4th. BG should be fresh for tonight, that's for sure.

Vinny did an excellent job spreading the minutes last night, fatigue shouldn't be an excuse for tonight.

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The only thing that scares me is that Houston has been stone cold from 3 pt line, if you've watched any Clipper games over the years you'll know that teams that have been cold suddenly get hot. I would expect Rockets to shoot high 30's low 40's from downtown, the 2 keys are defend the three and defensive rebounds, if the Clips do that they should be fine.

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Oh and one other thing, does it bother anyone else how Ralph says Jam mal? What is that?

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Yeah it kinda bothers me also, but as long as he says Bingo right after it I think I'll get use to it.

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CapsNClips wrote:
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Oh and one other thing, does it bother anyone else how Ralph says Jam mal? What is that?

Yeah it kinda bothers me also, but as long as he says Bingo right after it I think I'll get use to it.

BINGO.....SLaaaaaaaaammmm Dunk

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Brad Turner doesn't think CP3 is a go tonight, knee still swollen.

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TheDude wrote:
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Lin is questionable with a sprained ankle too, he will be a game time decision.

They better hold him out. Bled playing 30+ minutes of defense on that kid and he'll want to retire after the game.

Bled's steals total for tonight, I put the over/under at 5 1/2.

Run Barnes/GHill at Harden as much as possible and he'll have a very hard time as well. Bring the defensive intensity and Houston will have their 4th straight loss by the end of the night.

Rockets better make sure that ankle is Lin-sured Yellow_Flash_Colorz_PDT_04

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we may see bledsoes first 5-5-5-5 game tonight. im not doubting that can happen.

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^ As long as TOs and PFs aren't in that column Smile

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cleepers wrote:
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Lin is questionable with a sprained ankle too, he will be a game time decision.

They better hold him out. Bled playing 30+ minutes of defense on that kid and he'll want to retire after the game.

Bled's steals total for tonight, I put the over/under at 5 1/2.

Run Barnes/GHill at Harden as much as possible and he'll have a very hard time as well. Bring the defensive intensity and Houston will have their 4th straight loss by the end of the night.

Rockets better make sure that ankle is Lin-sured Yellow_Flash_Colorz_PDT_04

Omg I can't believe I laughed at something so corny. lol

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Barnes and Hill need to be guarding Harden all night, no exceptions. Green and Crawford will get killed.

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I loved grant hill's performance last night! Hope he has a similar one tomorrow, great having such a respected leader put there with cp3 out again.

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CP3 confirmed out by Madelyn Burke.

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No need to play CP3 tonight. We are 20 games over 500 already.

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Clippers +3.

ClippersDA
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How severe is a bruised kneecap? Steve Nash banged knees and was out months.

hoopfanjd31
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I definitely see Hill getting some minutes tonight to defend Harden. Between him, Barnes and Green, we definitely should be able to make the Beard work for his points.

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Deep/severe bruises can take a while. I believe Nash's was a slight fracture.

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As long as Harden's scoring is limited we should be fine. Grant Hill will definitely help in that department. Thankfully we have such as deep team that one of our start players being out doesn't spell disaster.

With CP3 out any word on when Chauncey will be back on the court? I just worry a little long term with Bledsoe being the only healthy true PG we currently have.

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tense2 wrote:
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How severe is a bruised kneecap? Steve Nash banged knees and was out months.

Deep/severe bruises can take a while. I believe Nash's was a slight fracture.

Yeah, and Nash's was also on one of his leg bones... fibula, tibia, whatever... a patella (kneecap) doesn't support any weight, so he should be good fairly soon.

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I think CP3 can play as early as Thursday but wouldn't be surprised if the staff played it safe and made him sit that one out, esp. since Minnesota is banged up beyond recognition. Billups was supposed to be doing some light practice last week, probably end of the month is my best guess for his return.

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Let CP3 rest Ebled will destroy the rockets

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