Clippers Vs. Wizards 02-04-13 Official Game Thread

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Posted Feb 03 2013 11:25PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are struggling without Chris Paul, and they're still not sure when he's coming back.

That may not matter against the lowly Washington Wizards.

The Clippers attempt to begin reversing a sluggish stretch without their All-Star point guard by continuing their dominance of the Wizards on Monday night.

Los Angeles (34-15) has dropped six of eight, and five of those defeats have come in the seven consecutive games without Paul, who is hampered by a bruised right kneecap. Overall, the injury has sidelined him for 10 of the past 12 games, and there's no timetable for his return.

The Clippers are 1-2 to begin this eight-game road trip after committing 21 turnovers in a 106-104 loss at Boston on Sunday.

"We're just a little out of rhythm," said forward Matt Barnes, who missed all six of his shots and failed to score. "Guys are just playing a little out of position, but that's no excuse."

Los Angeles hasn't needed any excuses when facing the Wizards lately. The Clippers have put up 108.0 points per game while winning eight straight in the series, including three consecutive wins at Washington by an average of 20.3 points.

Paul was a major reason that dominance continued Jan. 19, posting 22 points and 11 assists in a 94-87 home victory.

Blake Griffin turned in one of his worst shooting performances of the season in that game, needing to hit 7 of 10 free throws to get to 17 points since he was just 5 of 18 from the floor. Still, the All-Star forward is averaging 24.0 points and 11.8 rebounds in five career meetings with the Wizards.

Washington (11-35) is tied with Charlotte for the worst record in the NBA, and is struggling again even with John Wall back in the lineup.

The Wizards won six of their first nine after Wall returned from a stress injury to his left kneecap, but they've since dropped four in a row. They scored a season-low 26 points in the first half Saturday, and their comeback attempt fell short in a 96-86 loss at San Antonio.

"That's the way we gotta play throughout the whole game," Wall said. "We're not a team that can just turn it on in the second half. Everyone felt embarrassed to only have 26 points in a half."

The second quarter has been particularly troubling for Washington over the past three games, with a combined 30 points on 19.7 percent shooting - 0 for 15 from 3-point range.

Wall is trying to find some consistency himself after scoring 21 points - but needing 22 field-goal attempts to do so - against the Spurs. He's averaging 13.4 points over eight games since scoring a season-high 24 off the bench against the Clippers last month.

He has 22.6 points per game over five career meetings with Los Angeles.

Jordan Crawford managed only three points while making 1 of 5 from the floor in the latest matchup with the Clippers, and he's had a tough time scoring of late. Averaging 13.8 points on the season, he's totaled 21 during the Wizards' four-game skid while shooting 29.6 percent.

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LotsoHope
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Clips need to stop messing around. Let's pray the team that beat Minny shows up instead of the team that lost to Toronto.

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Another embarrassing loss coming up. Even if it's close, Vinny will lose it for us with crap rotations, plays, and time management. I'm not getting my hopes up one iota.

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No Chris Paul, no hope.

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Loving the confidence!

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Put in fattner !! I can do this !!!

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Scared for this game. The Wiz are finally healthy now and they have the talent to be scary especially at there house.

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its not about the fact that Washington has talented players coming back into this roster. The clippers can lose to any team playoff bound or not

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pageC4 wrote:
GhostShip wrote:
Scared for this game. The Wiz are finally healthy now and they have the talent to be scary especially at there house.
its not about the fact that Washington has talented players coming back into this roster. The clippers can lose to any team playoff bound or not

This. We're capable of beating any team (at least, when CP3 is playing) and also capable of losing to any team. Would not be at all surprised if we drop this one. I have a feeling Beal is going to go off and hit like 8 threes. I'm hoping we'll be able to withstand that and pull out a W. That would be nice, since its my birthday today.

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^ Happy Birthday and expect a Win tonight!

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hoopfanjd31 wrote:
pageC4 wrote:
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Scared for this game. The Wiz are finally healthy now and they have the talent to be scary especially at there house.
its not about the fact that Washington has talented players coming back into this roster. The clippers can lose to any team playoff bound or not

This. We're capable of beating any team (at least, when CP3 is playing) and also capable of losing to any team. Would not be at all surprised if we drop this one. I have a feeling Beal is going to go off and hit like 8 threes. I'm hoping we'll be able to withstand that and pull out a W. That would be nice, since its my birthday today.

Happy birthday. I hope the clippers give you a win. We need one

hoopfanjd31
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Thanks for the birthday wishes. Also, looks like I spoke to soon on my prediction of Beal having a big game:

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Bradley Beal (wrist) is OUT for Wizards.

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When is Vinny going to figure out he shouldn't change things up at the last five minutes by isoing Crawford every time down the court? Why can't the team play the last five minutes the way they play the first 43? That has been the beginning of doom for us lately.

When is Blake going to figure out he has to start looking to dominate the last five minutes? He seems scared to even hold the ball then, passing away to Crawful without even looking at the basket. Why do they always move him to the high post at the end of games? Why can't he stay at the low post where he dominates and scores at will during the previous three quarters?

I would rather go into Blake into the post and miss four shots at the end of the game and us lose than watch Crawford take four crazy shots while double teamed and we win. This is the time when Blake should be learning how to close out games! These games probably don't matter too much, but the experience Blake is getting being the "man" is priceless.

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pound the ball inside to bg and kick out to open shooters. we need big games from ebled, butler, and crawford along with BG. and for god sakes close out hard on shooters

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^our perimeter d has really been bad lately hasn't it? Seems like teams get exactly the shots they want, with barely a hand in their face.

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^ it has been bad for most of the season unfortunately. our guys dont close out hard. they need to put effort on defense.

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Espn posting Paul is out tonite "again" wow. Either you have to need surgery or u "man up " and play earn ur money !!

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our perimeter D has always been bad under del negros reign

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VDN said today that he hopes Paul will be back on this road trip. Also Chauncey will be back in the lineup before paul. Saw is on my twitter following fred katz

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This could be fugly,,for us

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Yet another reason to get KG. He wouldn't tolerate our absolute sloppy joke of a perimeter defense. I daresay if we add Garnett to the roster, the perimeter defense will immediately improve just by having him out there telling the guys what to do defensively.

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No Blake tonight.

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F U C K no blake

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Game. Clippers lose.

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Lmao no blake

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82-0 wrote:
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No Blake tonight.

Game. Clippers lose.

And after they win, can you not post on here for at least a week?

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This could get ugly. LO might go 1 for 12 in this game

Clippersfan86
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I hate to say it but I don't sense any urgency at all among our team. Players taking their time coming back from injuries, players sitting over minor injuries. We have literally dropped SIX full games in the standings last I saw. We have lost 6 of 8 games. This is not the time for guys to be sitting with sore hamstrings and sore ankles.

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Wow. This is so foreign to us. Never thought I'd see a day Blake miss a game. Yeah, he missed his entire rookie year (the original rookie year). But this is just shocking.

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WOW.

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At least ryan hollins will get more playing time

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Basically we are going to be dependent on guys like Butler, Green and DJ more than any other game before which means an automatic loss, probably by 10-15 points.

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Look at the open shots we're giving up and our shitty half court D

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Let's pray for the Clips tonight! I don't know if I can handle a loss to the Wizards .... Go Clipper Nation!

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Yeah, I'm not going to watch this disaster. ANOTHER f***** injury, you've gotta be shitting me. And you just know Blake will be out forever, as well.

FIRE THE TRAINING STAFF.

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Great start! lol

Clippersfan86
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Already down 15-7 in no time flat. Too predictable. We need some roster changes honestly and I'm not saying this out of anger.

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We are a .500 team at best without CP. We are a lottery team without CP AND BG. Our offense tonight basically revolves around an over-the-hill former all-star in Caron. Ouch.

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Congrats on your division title, Golden State! Only took half our team being injured... roll

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StBrg wrote:
82-0 wrote:
Hooch20 wrote:
No Blake tonight.

Game. Clippers lose.

And after they win, can you not post on here for at least a week?

How about if they win or lose?

CP3Heliflopter
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We have no BG or Paul. Our team is filled with a bunch of role players with no direction and an invisible coach. My expectations are pretty much nonexistent at this point.

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What else is new...an injured Clipper is listed as "day-to-day", which basically means at least 2 weeks.

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What is the deal with Blake, that same left ankle?!

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Realistically,,I cannot fathom how we will win a game on this road trip,,,we have no scorers anymore

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Hammy

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This team should have finished with the best record in the league. Maybe the fact that we'll be a 5-8 seed will be a wake-up call to the front office that our joke of a training staff is the worst in the league, bar none.

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Our team should at least be trying on defense.... Have they just given up?

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^

I totally agree. Our starting line up today is hardly going to scare anyone. Mind you how would OKC do without RW and KD?

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^This is agree with you,,they are and have been the worst for years

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This game's hilarious

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