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Clippers Vs. Suns Game Preview

By ALAN FERGUSON

Posted Jan 24 2013 2:52AM

The Los Angeles Clippers are unsure if Chris Paul can play in their upcoming games, most of which will take place on the road.

A visit to the Phoenix Suns might help if Paul has to sit out and could aid the Clippers' attempt to avoid a third straight defeat Thursday night.

Paul missed the Clippers' sweep of a three-game road trip last week because of a bruised right kneecap. He tried to play in the next two games but the injury ultimately proved too bothersome.

"There's no timetable right now," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "He's just sore ... It's a pain tolerance thing. It's a bruise on your kneecap and you have to be able to run and move and cut and jump and do things and it's going to be sore for a while.

"He's just go to work through it and we'll get him a lot of therapy and when he's ready, he'll be ready."

In a 106-99 loss at Golden State on Monday, Paul had a season-low four points on 1-of-7 shooting and sat out a 109-97 defeat to Oklahoma City the next day. Blake Griffin had a season-high 31 points but the other starters combined for just 28.

Eric Bledsoe had 12 points - on 5-of-16 shooting - and four assists while starting in place of Paul. It might be up to Bledsoe to try to fill his All-Star teammates' big shoes when the Clippers play 10 of their next 11 on the road.

"Chris is the orchestrator. He'll organize everything out there," guard Jamal Crawford said. "There's no way to replace him, but collectively we'll get it together."

The Clippers have had it together in their two matchups with the Suns this season. Los Angeles (32-11) has won those games by a combined 44 points and handed out a 103-77 rout in Phoenix on Dec. 23, snapping a string of 10 consecutive defeats there.

Griffin had 23 points and 11 rebounds in that win and Jamal Crawford chipped in 22 off the bench on 8-of-12 shooting.

The Suns (14-28 ), the last-place team in the Pacific Division, don't appear poised for their first win over the first-place Clippers this season as they've lost 13 of 16 and a season-high four in a row at home.

Phoenix, though, pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 106-96 victory at Sacramento in its first game under interim coach Lindsey Hunter on Wednesday. Michael Beasley had 13 of his 19 points in the final period, and Luis Scola scored a team-best 21 on 9-of-13 shooting.

Hunter replaced Alvin Gentry, who was let go Friday after Phoenix dropped seven of eight.

"It's been painful," Scola said about the change in coaches. "You don't want it to happen. It's not the coach's fault, it's everyone's fault. We couldn't do it with Alvin, but we're going to try to make this coach successful."

Beasley is averaging 20.2 points on 53.8 percent shooting in 11 all-time games against the Clippers, his best output versus any opponent. With his help, the Suns will try to avoid suffering a fifth straight home loss for the first time since March 2004.

Crawford has topped 20 points in each of his last three games against Phoenix, and Griffin has averaged 23.5 points on 62.1 percent shooting (18 of 29) in this season's two matchups.

The Clippers haven't won three straight over the Suns in a single season since 1995-96.

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BG_32
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I'm assuming CP3 isn't gonna play, but if they can't beat PHX playing off a back-to-back with travel (losing an hour) without him, then they have bigger problems.

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We got this

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is this another "must win"

Worldbthree
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No its not a must win, have the Clips really had one of those yet? I'd say its a bonafide "should win" and "get back to business win", but must win, no.

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I saw on my fantasy team notes that CP3 is likely out. Does not sound like any big issue but merely soreness. Lets hope that is the case, but we should be OK tonight without him.

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Not a must win, but considering 10 of our next 11 are in the road, we gotta take all the easy ones we can get.

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lets not forget that phoenix handed us some devastating losses last year. its a completely different roster, but still.

must have that killer instinct tonight.

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Still no updates on Chauncey? We are so freaking thin at the PG position with CP and CB out. Bledsoe is not a playmaker and when he is on the bench, we have no one. While Odom and Hill are good playmaking forwards, they are still not point guards.

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honestly if we can't win this game, we have to do some serious revising with our defensive strategy.

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CB is the highest paid assistant coach in the nba

ClipperHeart
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C'mon, Clipps! Make me the perfect birthday gift!!

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Clip set Clip set

Clippstream
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it's your birthday today? happy birthday where are you gonna watch the game?

ClipperB23
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Happy birthday man, Now let's get that W!

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no Cp3 tonight

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How come this game is also on Primeticket?...I thought TNT had exclusivity. Anyways, let's do this.

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That was great D by both Blake and DJ on Gortat in one possession.

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damn dj foul and throw ball off griffin foot TO

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ugh, charles barkley commentating, fun stuff.

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dj no hands

Clippersfan86
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DJ is a tool as usual who can't catch ANYTHING. Blake playing like sh** and now his knee is hurt. SMFH. We are playing like complete ****. Bledsoe isn't even being aggressive so he's rendering himself 100 percent useless... which means we are better off benching him.

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barkley as usual saying stuff against us

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It was Griffin's fault he didn't catch, stop blaming DJ, Griffin is a no show.

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Damn, Griffin missing free throws now that chuck is watching :/

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When Barkley is watching this is when Blake needs to have a 40/10 game and basically force him to kiss another donkey's ass. Instead he proves Barkley right with 2 turnovers, 0-4 free throw shooting and a few failed passes.

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Now give up a wide open 3. Back to being dipshits.

3pc
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why does dj have to jump on everyone when going for a block???? Just go up and use your aem please

Clippersfan86
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About to go down by 7 already to arguably the worst team in the NBA. CP3 or not this effort is horseshit.

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We SUCK! There's no clue to what everyone's supposed to be doing without Chris. CLUELESS

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Wow. What a freaking embarrassment on national TV. I know CP3's hurt but this team is deep for a reason. I'm starting to worry that this team peaked too soon.

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why bledsoe like abum now, make a play. Be like the old bledsoe

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Oh me oh my- the sad version

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I would support the banning of the 3pt shot because it hurts us more han it helps us.

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Bledsoe can't even run a two on one break TOW ON ONE!

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Are we even trying?

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charles barkeley is freakkin pissing me off... hatin on the clippers all day

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With how this team has played lately, they deserve the hate. roll

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Bledsoe's such a stupid player, honestly.

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This is boring, I'm going to do something else.

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I'm worried about this team. And I'm not justtalking about tonight. We are regressing.

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This is pathetic so far

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doesn't look like it. Confused

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I can't believe it, we're seven and 5 this month SEVEN AND FIVE! WHAT THE F***??!!??

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I'm worried that it's going to be just like last year: peaked too early, then got figured out. Last year's team started mailing it in and racking up embarrassing losses to lottery teams in the second half of the year, too.

We need a coach with actual plays and a system, and we need to move low-IQ players like DJ and Bledsoe who can't be relied on.

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Goes to show how bad Vinny is too that without his leader and on court coach the team fails. Pop and Thibs rest their starters and still play their game and compete every single time pretty much.

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I feel like they think of themselves too high right now and feel like they are better than everyone else. They don't seem like the team that was so focused a month ago

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I'm gonna head to the gym if this game doesn't improve. At least I can exercise and take my frustration out while watching the game

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Barnes has not been shooting well lately

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DJ seems to mess up the most easy fundamentals like making an accurate pass 5ft to 10 feet away. He jumps as the first fake when his reach could easily contest a shot. He has no timing.

Bledsoe is made of the same cloth. He doesn't know how to run a team and he loses his man a lot that lead to 3pts.

Griffin is watching the ball too much right now where he could have easily gotten a few rebounds.

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