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Posted Feb 13 2013 2:44AM

Seemingly healthy, Chris Paul is again making a major impact for the Los Angeles Clippers, but they didn't seem to miss him against the Houston Rockets last month.

This time, it's the Rockets that could be without their top guard.

Paul looks to stay hot Wednesday night and lift the Pacific Division leaders to a fifth straight victory over a Houston team that might be without James Harden.

Paul missed 12 of 14 games with a bruised right kneecap, and Los Angeles (37-17) split those contests. The Clippers withstood his absence in impressive fashion at Houston on Jan. 15, shooting 53.8 percent from the floor - and 11 of 19 from beyond the arc - in a 117-109 victory.

It's been three games since Paul's return, and he was tremendous in engineering wins at New York and Philadelphia in the past two contests. He totaled 46 points, 18 assists and nine steals while hitting 19 of 28 attempts from the field in that back-to-back stretch, which concluded with Monday's 107-90 win over the 76ers.

"I think CP is one of the best players in the world," said guard Jamal Crawford, who has totaled 47 points in the past two games. "He does everything to set us up and get us going."

The Rockets (29-25) may feel the same way about Harden, who is among the league leaders with 26.1 points per game. He's been even better over the past four games, averaging 32.0 points on 54.1 percent shooting - 12 for 27 from long range.

Harden had 27 in Tuesday's 116-107 victory at Golden State, but stepped on David Lee's left shoe going for a fast-break layup and his right ankle twisted violently. He returned, but his reaction after the win hardly sounded like someone who'd be ready to go in less than 24 hours.

"Very tough. I can barely walk. Still limping," said Harden, who's already dealing with a nagging left knee injury. "I kind of felt the momentum going our way in the third quarter ... so I didn't want to shut it down."

Still, while Harden could rest up and head back home to Houston, where he'll be teammates with Paul and Blake Griffin in Sunday's All-Star game, he wasn't ready to rule himself out against the Clippers.

"Why not? I'm tough," he said, smiling.

The Rockets would likely have trouble in their final game before the break even if Harden was 100 percent. The Clippers have won all four meetings since Paul's arrival in LA, averaging 108.5 points.

Los Angeles has also taken three straight in the series at Staples Center, including a 95-91 victory behind Paul's 23 points and five steals in the most recent meeting there March 17.

Paul has averaged 24.8 points over his past four games against Houston, but Crawford did much of the damage with Paul out last month. He scored a game-high 30 points, including 12 straight to start the fourth quarter.

This time, Los Angeles may be without guard Chauncey Billups and forward Caron Butler, who are hampered by sore lower backs that kept them out of the win over the 76ers.

If Harden is out, Houston may need another big effort from Chandler Parsons, who had 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds Tuesday. The second-year forward is second on the team with 14.5 points per game, and will participate in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend.

While the Rockets are off until next Wednesday after this meeting, that's not the case for the Clippers. They'll be the road team against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

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The Rockets are on the second game of a back to back and probably without The Beard so we should be good for a W.

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Home cooking is what we need , not look ahead to the fakers , stay focused on defense and stop the 3s and we will win !! Then on to the faker gm and give them a lose for Valentin's day !!! Lol

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1st game home after a road trip, especially after this long one, is always the toughest. Beware and stay focus boys.

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James Harden out tonight....we should win, hopefully we don't look past them because James is out

BoomRizzle
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oh great a trap game, we perform SO well in those roll

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Trap game,,time to be careful,,didn't this team take out GS last night?

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That usually only happens in day games.

Silasie
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GoClipShow wrote:
BoomRizzle wrote:
oh great a trap game, we perform SO well in those roll

That usually only happens in day games.

At least half the games we play fans say it is a trap game.

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^ Trap season.

CP3Heliflopter
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Trap game? The Rockets aren't bad enough to be a trap game even with Harden out.

lacsmoove
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Whats up Joe? Haven't seen you post any opinions on these threads lately. Seems like you and SamMays have dropped off a bit. We need you guys heading into the home stretch of the season. Hope all is well Bruh!

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Very much disagree with this. With harden they're the 8th best team in the west. Without harden they're a team full of role players. Hard working role players that still play in the NBA, but role players none the less. Role players that will have a good amount of trouble making up for his lost 26PPG.

We're favored by double digits tonight, and playing a game against a team full of hard working role players that will out work us if Clips come out lazy and think the game is locked up. Why is that not a trap game?

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Silasie wrote:
GoClipShow wrote:
BoomRizzle wrote:
oh great a trap game, we perform SO well in those roll

That usually only happens in day games.

At least half the games we play fans say it is a trap game.

Trap game =Playing a weak opponent the day before the strong opponent.

That is why,,,carry on

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"Houston, we have a problem.... We're playing the Clippers tonight"

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Harden out? Wow it really might be a trap game then. Lin plays better without harden though, so watch out for him

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No Harden, no problem.

CP3Heliflopter
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Yep in this case the Lakers are the weak team and the Rockets are the pretty good team. At least they can get hot off 3 while the Lakers just suck. lol

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the trap game is on thursday versus the corn flakers. cuz we play the spurs next, unfortunately til next week

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I think we should win both of these and im pretty sure the 14 people playing tonight think so too

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Agree people over look their depth, Lin, delfino can get hot from deep, great center on Asik, and athletic squad off the bench. DO NOT overlook them period

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=Om@R= wrote:
CP3Heliflopter wrote:
Trap game? The Rockets aren't bad enough to be a trap game even with Harden out.

Agree people over look their depth, Lin, delfino can get hot from deep, great center on Asik, and athletic squad off the bench. DO NOT overlook them period

Parsons is pretty good too.

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Gotta watch Parsons, Delfino, and Lin. They'll shoot a lot of 3s and will make them on our superior perimeter D.

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Tight game between the Spurs and the Cavs.

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Lin sucks. Only thing we have to watch out for with him is when he's gonna tear another ligament. We'll win by 22.

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The spurs always pull it out its really amazing. So consistent

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Yeah I was cheering for the Cavs there and the Spurs win it by 1pt. They really are a regular season juggernaut. Just like they were last year, but then they crumbled vs the Thuner.

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Right I am going to bed (its 2.30am here in England), make sure the Clips win for me guys so I have good news in the morning!!!!

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Houston Rockets ‏@HoustonRockets

Beard will play!!!!!!! RT "@JasonCFriedman: James Harden will play tonight and is going to start (of course)"

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Chauncey hopes to give it a go for Clippers v Houston tonight. Back home after 8 game trip.

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Silasie wrote:
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The spurs always pull it out its really amazing. So consistent

Yeah I was cheering for the Cavs there and the Spurs win it by 1pt. They really are a regular season juggernaut. Just like they were last year, but then they crumbled vs the Thuner.

They ran out of gas. The big 3 they have is too old. I am confident we can beat them this season with our depth. We can outlast them.

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James harden to start tonight

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Dam James harden. Hopefully we slow him down!

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His Ankle should take care of that for us Twisted Evil

JahvonTheClip
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Report: Harden isn't play change in plans lmao

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James harden back to not playing, they are screwing with us

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Is you, or is you ain't lol

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Can he come in to play if he feels better sometime in the game?

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Butler and Billups both to start tonight

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Lets smash Houston so we can get some rest. Got a b2b with the lakers. Want to crush them also!

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We can't miss out there!!

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Amnesty_David_Stern wrote:
Lin sucks. Only thing we have to watch out for with him is when he's gonna tear another ligament. We'll win by 22.

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Good start!

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lobcityhawaii wrote:
JahvonTheClip wrote:
Report: Harden isn't play change in plans lmao

Lets smash Houston so we can get some rest. Got a b2b with the lakers. Want to crush them also!

Yeah, rest would be nice. We all know those bum-ass Lakers will play desperately hard like it's Game 7 of the Finals tomorrow, because that's how pathetic they've become at this point in the season.

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Nice start Clippers!

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Kobrick is probably sobbing in the fetal position right now while he's watching this.

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It is so nice to finally have a legit threat from the 3pt line. Chauncey with another bingo!

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CP3 is a beast.... take notes, J-Lin.

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Shoot hurt BG isn't hurt too bad.

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**** Blake hurt his ankle. Rest him for the rest of the night.

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