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Clippers Vs. Twolves Game Preview By TAYLOR BECHTOLD Posted Jan 16 2013 1:39PM Having passed a pair of difficult road tests, the Los Angeles Clippers haven't missed a beat without their All-Star point guard. The Clippers might have to try for their third straight win without Chris Paul on Thursday night when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have lost five of six without star Kevin Love. After missing the past two games with a bruised right kneecap, Paul is a game-time decision for Los Angeles (30-9) as it concludes this three-game road trip. He suffered the injury when he bumped knees with J.J. Redick on....

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The TWolves' defence has gone down the pan recently and with Love out it should be a fairly easy win. Of course you never know in the NBA and Minnesota has given us trouble in the past. Still I think we should pick up the W, with Paul or not.

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If there's anything that looks like a guaranteed win in this league, this upcoming game is pretty damn close. Our boys better do their homework and come in prepared, I don't want to see Barea and Williams getting big games. These guys have lost 5 out of their last 6 with Love out and 4 straight coming into tomorrow, and unlike Orlando, every one of those losses in the last 4 is a complete blowout. CP3 should sit this one out, we got this Cliff! Road trip sweep!

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Wolves always play us tough. No need to rush CP3 back if he's not 100%.

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Another W. No K.Love Very Happy

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Timberwolves are a good home team and Love's impact is grossly overrated especially this season(he has been flat out mediocre). It could be a tough one.

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This is one of those teams that minus their big star we could overlook,,I suspect CP3 will not let us over look them though.

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Yeah we can't sleep on this team... Need we say TRAP game like last Saturday???

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I want to see BG go off in this game. I'd really like for him to assert himself a bit more now that CP3 is out. Just to show his leadership.

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Our problem is we don't have energy when we play a bad team, it happen twice already first againts NO and second was againts Orlando, I hope not this time.

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Win or lose it's been a very good road trip under the circumstances.

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The warriors getting their butt whoop. Lets extend our lead in the Pacific division. I wonder if mark Jackson will give the heat a "heavyweight stare down"

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I have tickets to this game in Minneapolis. Clippers have looked often lazy vs wolves. If DJ does not get completely destroyed by Peckovic of the wolves, clip will win easy.

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the clips need to step on the gas early. put them down and keep them down. rest cp3. if dj stops or contrains pekovic, we should run away with this. but yes this is a trap game, so the clips need to keep focus

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Cut their throats early. Last thing we need is Orlando 2.0 where we let them hang around and steal one.

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The key to winning this will be hunger. The Timberwolves are coming off a 4 road game losing streak and a loss at home(5 game losing streak). They will come at us hard. Literally like hungry wolves.

We have to show similar intensity or we might lose. Never underestimate a team desperate for a win.

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We will win an come ready to play. It's a national televised game, so I think the guys will be ready.

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Anybody know of a sports bar in the Korea town/ downtown areas that will be showing the game tonite

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This. Its all going to come down to focus and desire in this one. If we come out with the right level of intensity, we should win. But if this turns into one of those games that we don't take serious enough (see home losses to Cleveland, NO, and Orlando), it could be a long night.

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CP playing tonight?

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^^^ Game time decision, but if I had to guess, I'd say no. Considering how well the team played in the prior two games and that Minnesota is, on paper, a worse team than either Memphis or Houston, I think they'll be conservative and let CP have another night off.

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play strong inside and don't get stuck on jumpers. This is all on Vinny he needs to make the right adjustments if the game gets close late in games like Orlando we can lose this if he can't draw up a play to bully the ball inside to close out.

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Contain Pekovic and Barea, keep someone on Williams as often as possible, have Bledsoe shadow Rubio, and we'll be fine. They don't have a lot of options right now but we've seen how just 1-2 of these guys getting hot can burn us big time last season. Offensively we'll have our way with them, we just need to come in focused defensively.

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Trap game, they need to come out focus and agressive on offense and defense.

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We can't try and play to the Timberwolves style of game, we already know we are probably going to lose the rebounding game against Pek, so we must play our style of fast pace and ball movement. If we play slow and lethargic we will get destroyed.

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I believe the definition of a trap game is where you have a weak opponent first and a tough game following it. You are looking to the next game rather than focusing on the current one. With Washington on Saturday I wouldn't exactly consider this a trap game.

Last Saturday against Orlando that was a trap game, with the hyped up showdown against the grizz on monday(didn't turn out so great for them).

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With this one being on TNT, I'm going to miss Ralph and Mike's call. I just hope they don't put Reggie Miller on our game... hearing his blatant anti-Clippers bullshit is even worse than hearing him suck laker nuts.

In order to mitigate the pain, I shall play my usual TNT drinking game... a large sip whenever I hear any of the following:

  1. Barkley says that Kevin Love "when healthy" is the best power-forward in the NBA.

  2. Barkley says that the Clips can't win in the playoffs because "the game slows down".

  3. Barkley says that the Clips have no half-court offense.

  4. Barkley says that a front line as "affa-letic" as the Clippers' should get more rebounds.

  5. Barkley completely contradicts items 1-4 by saying "only God's an expert, Ernie".

  6. Shaq says "Throw it down, big man".

With that said, I apologize to you all in advance for the content of my posts after about 5.30, because I expect to be rat-arsed drunk.

blasana
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^How come Ralph and Mike do the ESPN games but not the TNT games? I have noticed that and was wondering why. Anytime a game is on ESPN I make sure to still watch Ralph and mike.

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Ralph and Mike don't do the games for ESPN, but ESPN doesn't have exclusivity, so those games are still shown on Primeticket (with Ralph and Mike). TNT has total exclusivity for their games.

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I am anti Reggie Miller too, I have no idea why TNT even hired him but anyways Cheers! Weedman 2 man down

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Anybody??? I'm about to get off work in an hour

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^ If I'm down that way, I'd usually go to the espnzone at Staples, but it'll be full of laker fans and they'll probably get restless because they know their season ends tonight. Repping the Clips in there tonight is asking for trouble.

Better to steer clear. #Riot

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clipperBryan32 wrote:
cleepers wrote:
With this one being on TNT, I'm going to miss Ralph and Mike's call. I just hope they don't put Reggie Miller on our game... hearing his blatant anti-Clippers bullshit is even worse than hearing him suck laker nuts.

In order to mitigate the pain, I shall play my usual TNT drinking game... a large sip whenever I hear any of the following:

  1. Barkley says that Kevin Love "when healthy" is the best power-forward in the NBA.

  2. Barkley says that the Clips can't win in the playoffs because "the game slows down".

  3. Barkley says that the Clips have no half-court offense.

  4. Barkley says that a front line as "affa-letic" as the Clippers' should get more rebounds.

  5. Barkley completely contradicts items 1-4 by saying "only God's an expert, Ernie".

  6. Shaq says "Throw it down, big man".

With that said, I apologize to you all in advance for the content of my posts after about 5.30, because I expect to be rat-arsed drunk.

I am anti Reggie Miller too, I have no idea why TNT even hired him but anyways Cheers! Weedman 2 man down

We're get a little reprieve tonight, as Mike Fratello is the analyst alongside Kevin Harlan tonight. Reggie's calling the Heat-Laker game with Marv Albert.

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cleepers wrote:
blasana wrote:
^How come Ralph and Mike do the ESPN games but not the TNT games? I have noticed that and was wondering why. Anytime a game is on ESPN I make sure to still watch Ralph and mike.

Ralph and Mike don't do the games for ESPN, but ESPN doesn't have exclusivity, so those games are still shown on Primeticket (with Ralph and Mike). TNT has total exclusivity for their games.

I know they don't do the games, but you understood what I meant. I figured it had something to do with the rights.

Thanks!

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That's cool. I like Fratello.

He'll probably be even more of a Clipper homer than Mike Smith. I was watching a game he was calling a few weeks ago... I forget who was playing, but 'the czar' couldn't even focus on the game and kept talking about how great the Clips are.

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cleepers wrote:
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We're get a little reprieve tonight, as Mike Fratello is the analyst alongside Kevin Harlan tonight. Reggie's calling the Heat-Laker game with Marv Albert.

That's cool. I like Fratello.

He'll probably be even more of a Clipper homer than Mike Smith. I was watching a game he was calling a few weeks ago... I forget who was playing, but 'the czar' couldn't even focus on the game and kept talking about how great the Clips are.

He used to work part-time with Ralph on Clipper telecasts back in the day, even sometimes filling-in for Bill Walton.

The Czar has always been one of my favorite NBA analysts, among the few I actually like.

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^ Wow, I didn't know that. I've only been watching since '04.

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Hopefully the Clippers won't let this be a trap game and will handle their business tonight. Plus they have Washington @ Staples next game, so they can build some momentum before playing away at Golden State. Let's go Clipps!

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If we get up but a lot, I'd really like to see JC put on a show to boost his All-star credentials.

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Hearing Kevin Harlan makes me feel like I'm playing 2K lol

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Willie still hot. Should open up the paint some.

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What a flop by Rubio. I've never liked him.

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Geez grab a board.

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Another second chance points arrrrrgh

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Lol Turiaf with three consecutive buckets.

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LOL, why does Ronny have to look at the bench after he scores? Trying to show up his own teammates?

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Hopefully, it spurs his defense. He's not been great on that end for a few games now.

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We are running like a well-oiled machine. Great to see that we can play this well even w/o CP3.

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Go clippers destroy this team in 1st half !!!

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Turiaf is beasting in the paint.

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