Clippers Vs. Knicks 02-10-13 Official Game Thread

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Posted Feb 09 2013 6:10PM

The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers could be battling fatigue as much as each other Sunday.

Both teams were unable to get out of town immediately after their previous games because of the massive storm in the Northeast ahead of this matchup at Madison Square Garden.

New York (32-16) stayed in Minnesota after a 100-94 victory Friday and Los Angeles (35-17) remained in Miami that same night following its 111-89 loss. New York City's three major airports were closed that evening, and both teams made plans to travel Saturday - more than likely less than 24 hours before this nationally televised contest begins.

Los Angeles has dropped eight of 11, but a big positive Friday was that Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford returned.

Thursday marked the first time coach Vinny Del Negro had all 15 players available for practice. Paul had missed the last nine games before Friday with a bruised right kneecap and Griffin sat out two with a strained left hamstring.

Billups has appeared in four games all season, most recently being bothered by left foot tendinitis. Crawford has been hampered by a sore right shoulder and missed an 86-76 win over Orlando on Wednesday.

"The Clippers have been great," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "They've had their struggles as of late because they've had injuries."

Billups will play in New York for the first time since his 21-game stint with the Knicks in 2010-11. Paul will face the Knicks for the first time with the Clippers.

"Anytime you have Chris Paul and you have Griffin and you have the big fellow inside (DeAndre Jordan), I mean they're talented, they have a talented team with (Eric) Bledsoe and Crawford," Woodson said. "We're going to have to play a complete game when we go home."

Paul had three points and two assists in 19 minutes Friday as he tries to work his way into shape.

"Obviously, Chris is trying to get back," Del Negro said. "He's got to take control of the game and physically right now he's not capable of doing that."

The Clippers allowed the Heat to shoot 52.9 percent, the second-highest figure they have yielded all season.

"You never want to make excuses but they shot the lights out of the ball," Paul said. "We never really made an impact defensively."

New York rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Timberwolves behind Carmelo Anthony's 36 points and nine rebounds. The Knicks had a five-game win streak snapped when they blew a lead in the fourth in a 106-96 defeat at Washington on Wednesday.

"We had to go get it," Anthony said. "Our backs were kind of against the wall, being down 11. It was one of those games we didn't want to look back on saying we should have won this game, kind of like the Wizards game."

Anthony's teams have won 10 straight at home against the Clippers, including a 99-93 victory April 25 in the last meeting.

Griffin is averaging 31.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in three career games against the Knicks.

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jesus the 3 point barrage is going to be unbearable....

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20+ point loss, we don't even have a chance. Not with this pitiful excuse for a perimeter defense. Might as well just rest the starters Popovich-style.

JahvonTheClip
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I feel Vinny might have actually made a point to defend the three after getting embarassed multiple times and I expect a good bounce back game

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Bank on it. clips win and win with D

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Hmm...we are playing the Knicks and we can't defend the 3 to save our lives. I can't see any way this could end badly. LOL

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Defense wins championships lets start now !! Clipper won by 8

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We need to defend the perimeter like we did that last game against Portland. BG's had some big games against NY in the past. Hopefully he'll have another one. But it won't mean anything if we have to play catch up from an avalanche of 3 pointers.

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If only vinny has a brain

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If he was going to make it an issue, he'd have done so two years ago. He's just that stupid.

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^oh relax. vdn isnt going anywhere til after the season, so enough with the vdn hatred. yes, we get it u hate the guy as much as clipper sam. going back to the game, it will be tough, but if the effort is there on both ends, we will win. we need cp3 and bg to have stellar games and have our bench step up. hopefully DJ keeps on rolling

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I'm praying the Knicks are off from 3's. we're due for an off 3pt game from our opponents!

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I am starting to wonder if we play so bad lately to distract the attention and eventually slip to 4 with potential Memphis clash in the playoffs? To be honest I like Memphis without Gay much more than GSW or Houston as a potential first round clash and another Spurs series in the semis is more appealing than playing OKC there right now.

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Clippers should win this. They need to guard the 3 point lines. Oh yeah, beside the playoff, this is like our first Sunday's ABC regular season game to be broadcast. This will be awesome.

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We really have to sort out this 3 pt issue. Surley VDN knows this is a problem. Maybe he is too stubborn to adjust his defensive system? How can a man who is getting paid big bucks to do that job not be at least trying to work it out.

It would be great to beat the knicks, I reckon our team could really do with that confidence boost. I was going to say that if we do lose I almost hope it is a blowout from raining 3's to highlight the problem. But of course I don't actually want that at all I just want this issue sorted!

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Give some confidence on your team,if you are not enjoying watching Clippers game time to switch allegiance to other team.Too much negativity and the game is not starting yet will translate to losing the game.

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GUARD THE 3 POINTER,,,,that is all

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Nice. Last time you posted something like this it was true,,,we blew the other team out by 20. So we all thank you for jinxing the Knicks.

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Love your optimism dude.

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I've personally viewed the Knicks as our East Coast rivals this year. I've been waiting for this game all year. I expect for it to be a close one with us pulling out the victory in the end.

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Go clippers plz show ur dec form on national tv !!

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Omg I love basketball !!!

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I hope DJ keeps up his play against Tyson Chandler. We'll see how he does

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trade DJ and Bledsoe for Shump and Chandler

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Defend the 3 pressure the ball right away !!! Bring it them fast and hard and early !!

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We've never been a great 3 point defensive team but we have been a great overall defensive team this year. We have to get back to that. The team has to communicate with each other like they did so well during the streak.

And I say I don't care if Carmelo gets 60 points today....as long as we can shut everyone else down.

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20+ point loss, we don't even have a chance. Not with this pitiful excuse for a perimeter defense. Might as well just rest the starters Popovich-style.

Nice. Last time you posted something like this it was true,,,we blew the other team out by 20. So we all thank you for jinxing the Knicks.

If it works, I'm all for it. 8)

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great, we get to listen to hubie brown. the madden of the nba

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Lets go clippers! Pumped up for the game. Hope Paul and billups shake off the rust!

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CP3 having a much better game so far.

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CP3 en fuego!

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We can shoot 3?

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Predictably, these ref$ are garbage.

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Blake looks awful so far.

lobcityhawaii
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Griffin needs to put melo in foul trouble! He's way too strong inside.

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Griffin can't take advantage of the mismatch

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Couldn't agree more. So far crap.

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Does Griffin have wrist/palm/hand injury? Than WTF is he doing out there?

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Great start shooting. Our defense looks not bad so far.

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I haven't watched alot of knicks games this year but it seems like Carmelo gets a lotta ticcy tac fouls called for him, although not as bad as Durant..

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I'll do this, but will NY?

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Blake doesn't look quite as sharp as his teammates right now...in fact, he already looks exhausted. Hopefully he'll settle down and do his thing.

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Butterfinger Blake lol how he threw it off CP

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We suck, there's no movement without CP3 on the court.

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Is Bledsoe ever gonna learn to make plays? I thought he was learning from CP3, but now we's just giving it to Crawford.

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Oh god is that Joey Crawford? We're in for a tough game

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Nice Bled!

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I wonder if vdn plan to use billups like green where he only plays the first 6 minutes of 1st and 3rd quarter

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Great start! Whoever is guarding Novak, please don't let him shoot. No helping out on def.

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