Clippers Vs. Wizards 01-19-13 Official Game Thread

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Clippers Vs. Wizards Game Preview

By ALAN FERGUSON

Posted Jan 19 2013 2:20AM

While they weren't completely satisfied with their latest performance, the Los Angeles Clippers managed to win again in spite of Chris Paul's absence.

The Clippers would love to have their All-Star point guard back for their brief return home, a matchup with the suddenly surging Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

Paul has missed the past three games with a bruised right kneecap, but Los Angeles (31-9) has won all of those contests by an average of 15.7 points. The Clippers committed 18 turnovers for the second consecutive game Thursday in Minnesota but completed a 3-0 road trip with a 90-77 victory.

Jamal Crawford scored a team-best 22 points off the bench, giving him 52 in the last two games. Blake Griffin, named an All-Star starter along with Paul earlier Thursday, contributed 20 points.

"Guys have been hurt and out, and other guys have stepped up," Crawford said. "I think that's a credit to our coaching staff keeping us prepared and a credit to our team for being professionals and staying ready."

The Clippers, winners in 17 of 19 at home, have prevailed in seven straight over Washington. Los Angeles won last season's two matchups by an average of 22.0 points, including a 102-84 home win Feb. 15.

Griffin had 23 points and 15 rebounds in that game while former Wizard Caron Butler was also among six Clippers players in double figures with 21 points. Butler had 12 points Thursday - his most in his last eight games - despite dealing with a sore right foot.

"We should come into every arena feeling we should get the W," said Butler, whose team will play 11 of its next 14 on the road. "That's not being cocky or overconfident. That's having enough confidence in our ability and ourselves and the personnel we have out there and the system that we run."

Despite their recent dominance in the series, the Clippers might not want to overlook the Wizards, who have won four of five. Washington (8-29) had one victory in its first 17 road games this season before winning 112-108 on Friday at Denver, a team that's now 15-3 at home.

Bradley Beal had a team-best 23 points and the Wizards got a combined 46 from reserves Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Ariza and the still-recovering John Wall.

Wall had 14 points and a season-high 12 assists, also blocking Ty Lawson's attempt at a tying layup in the final seconds in his fourth game since returning from a stress injury to his left kneecap. Jordan Crawford had eight points in 17 minutes following a four-game absence due to a sore left ankle.

"We played the game that we wanted to play tonight against a very good team," coach Randy Wittman said.

Wall is averaging 22.3 points, 9.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds in four all-time games against the Clippers, but he was just 4 of 13 from the field in last season's visit to Los Angeles. He finished with 18 points, 12 assists and five turnovers in that defeat.

Griffin is averaging 25.8 points on 60.0 percent shooting in his four career matchups with Washington.

http://www.nba.com/games/20130119/WASLAC/gameinfo.html

realbull17
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We got this! We better cuz GSW on mon and OKC on tues. Wink

LotsoHope
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Trap game. CP3 should rest this one out, Blake and Jamal usually feast at home. The Wiz have only won 1 road game all season and coming off 2nd on b2b from Denver, that place takes its toll on visiting teams.

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Wowzers can't wait for Mon (FYI to all its a 1pm tipoff) and Tuesday. The Clips get these next three, conceivably can not only take over best record but be 9 (that's right) 9 games over the Warriors. Sucks on that you obnoxious Golden State @ssholes

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Another Staples doubleheader tomorrow...the Kings have their home opener at noon on NBC, where they're unveiling their championship banner. Let's hope their good luck rubs-off on us.

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The Wizards winning at Denver might be the best thing that could have happened as far as the Clippers getting up for tomorrow.

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The wiz won in the altitude, great for us... Okc plays a desperate Denver team in Denver on Sunday.

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its definately a trap game. now that john wall is back, they are a dangerous team that the clips cant overlook. they do have some talent. again, if the clips come out with focus, energy and with purpose, we will beat them. but im not saying it will be easy.

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The Wizards have some nice players- obviously Wall is back. They also have Nene, Beal who is hitting 3's like crazy recently, and Okafor is tough as well. Just looking at their last 5 games, the Wiz have beaten the likes of OKC, Hawks & of course the Nuggets. Very dangerous game.

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Kings and Clippers unveil their first championship banners in the Staples center!!! Oh just imagine the beauty of it all!

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I hate these games,,it's always the sucky teams that give us fits because they all have a star that is always injured or out until the day they play us, and those stars go nuts.

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I'm not as worried about tonight's game as Monday's up in Oakland. At least this one is an evening matchup... the guys should have no problem getting 'up' for a Saturday night in Staples. But those matinees seem to give us fits.

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Our man Jamal Crawford will be mic'd up for this game

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GhostShip wrote:
Our man Jamal Crawford will be mic'd up for this game

https://twitter.com/JCrossover

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All it'll pick up is a "swish" sound... and maybe the occasional crack of an ankle breaking.

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edit: Wow, I'm checking out his twitter feed... is there a more humble guy in the league?

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How the hell can a player be mic'd up during a game lol?

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Need to bring focus and energy early. This Wizard team is on a hot streak. 4 wins in the last 5 games vs OKC, Orl, Atl, and Den. Their only loss is vs Sac by 1 point.

The one thing that hurt us all season is teams with multiple perimeter players going off. Irving & Waiters, Curry & Klay, Durant & Westbrook, Lawson & Gallo, Afflalo and Redick, Vasquez & Anderson.

Wizards have Crawford, Beal, and Wall that are capable of going off. They played last night so if we can just jump on them from the start, I think we'll be good.

Is CP3 playing?

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Should be interesting CP3 vs Wall or if CP3 is still out Bledsoe vs his old teammate Wall. I hope Bledsoe dominates John Wall if CP3 is still out. Would be nice to see.

Btw the Wizards have won 4 of their last 5 games. lol

I wouldn't underestimate them even after a road game at Denver. Were the best team at losing in trap games after all. wink

I wouldn't be surprised if we blew them out like crazy but I wouldn't be surprised to see them hang close.

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Clippers -13. Careful...

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I remember a game they faced off in their rookie year.

Wall: 25 pts, 7 reb, 8 ast

Bled: 23 pts, 8 reb, 6 ast

The difference?

Wall played 42 minutes, Bledsoe played 21.

http://www.nba.com/games/20110312/LACWAS/gameinfo.html

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cleepers wrote:
CP3Heliflopter wrote:
Should be interesting CP3 vs Wall or if CP3 is still out Bledsoe vs his old teammate Wall. I hope Bledsoe dominates John Wall if CP3 is still out. Would be nice to see.

Btw the Wizards have won 4 of their last 5 games. lol

I wouldn't underestimate them even after a road game at Denver. Were the best team at losing in trap games after all. wink

I wouldn't be surprised if we blew them out like crazy but I wouldn't be surprised to see them hang close.

I remember a game they faced off in their rookie year.

Wall: 25 pts, 7 reb, 8 ast

Bled: 23 pts, 8 reb, 6 ast

The difference?

Wall played 42 minutes, Bledsoe played 21.

http://www.nba.com/games/20110312/LACWAS/gameinfo.html

^ lol

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the kings lost Confused

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As per Clippers live, CP3 will play tonight.

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Watching the warriors and Pelicans. Pelicans up by 2 points and can virtually end the game with another basket. Gordon turns it over and he fouls. Jack makes 2 points and tied. Next possession, he runs out the clock without making a pass and bricks a 15 ft'er. Now the warriors lead with by 3 points with 22 seconds left. Gordon still one of the worst late game players.

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Just watching the Bulls v Griz, and remebering when Clips played Mem, and Ralph was talking abt rumors of trading Gay, they said they had offer for Beal. I won't say Gay sucks, but he's well over rated and I think we've seen his ceiling. Ralph said no way, I say they should jump at it. Game on

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Willie brick playing great

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Sam Cassell is on the wrong bench. Can we trade Howard Eisley for him?

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I don't like the feel of this game already. Feels like the Cavs and Magic games.

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GRIFFINSANITY wrote:
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Another Staples doubleheader tomorrow...the Kings have their home opener at noon on NBC, where they're unveiling their championship banner. Let's hope their good luck rubs-off on us.

the kings lost Confused

Unfortunately, the Lakers' shittiness was more contagious than our awesomeness.

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John wall just towers over Chris

FreaKeyy
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Clips are playing sloppy -_-

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Not complaining, but it's always surprising when Vinny goes almost the entire 1st without subbing.

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wow dj that movewas ugly

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We letting then hang

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orlando 2.0?

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^ hope not

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bg and dj please set hard screen to free the guys up, don't slip, you can't shoot

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We never get calls. Stupid refs.

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Crawford ft slump continues

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Jamal has to reward Barnes. 2nd time he had a 2-1 fast break and just took it himself

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Lakers fan cheering. Talk about bandwagon

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Blake dunks and they zoom in on a guy in the crowd with a fisher laker jersey on

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Did anyine see that Faker fan applauding after they closed up on Turiaf celebrating the Blake dunk? WTF?

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Finally playing like we should this game.

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the Grant Hill effect...up 11

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Like that unit on the floor for the Clipps.

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Damn, they look good out there!

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Paul, Crawford, Barnes, Hill, & Blake is a pretty versatile line. It's "small," but fast and athletic.

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Hill should be starting, period. Butler sucks.

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Seriously, Clipper fans need to show more hostility at Staples so that these random Faker fans are discouraged to wear Faker jerseys if they want to attend Clipper games.

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Up 7. Could be worse.

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