Clippers Vs. Pacers 02-28-13 Official Game Thread

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By JORDAN GARRETSON

Posted Feb 27 2013 5:22PM

Two teams that have been dominant lately will meet Thursday as the Indiana Pacers host the Los Angeles Clippers. But with the Clippers' front line wreaking havoc on opponents, the Pacers - playing without their starting center - could be in trouble.

Indiana has won 10 of 12, including the past five by an average of 23.8 points, while Los Angeles has won six of seven with the victories coming by 16.7 points.

A sixth straight win for the Pacers (36-21) would be a season best, but they will be without Roy Hibbert, who was suspended for one game after being ejected for an altercation toward the end of a 108-97 win over Golden State on Tuesday.

Hibbert was tossed due to a shoving match with David Lee that began under the basket after a missed shot and eventually spilled into the first row of seats.

The former All-Star is averaging 10.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots. If the Pacers find any benefit to a brief absence for Hibbert, it could be strengthened unity after his teammates quickly backed him up during the incident.

"There were two or three guys coming after (Hibbert)," said David West, averaging 20.6 points in 10 games this month. "We preach and talk about togetherness, so that's part of what we're going to do. We're going to defend one another. They came after him too many times."

A weakened interior defense may be too much for the Pacers to overcome against the Clippers (41-18 ), as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan continue to score efficiently inside.

Griffin and Jordan's combined 56.4 field-goal percentage this season is tied with Miami's LeBron James and Udonis Haslem for the second-highest among starting frontcourt duos behind Denver's Kosta Koufos and Kenneth Faried (57.4).

Over the last six games, Griffin has averaged 20.2 points on 62.2 percent shooting while Jordan has shot 20 for 31 (64.5 percent). Even small forward Caron Butler has stepped up in the past five with 16.0 points per game on 50.0 percent shooting - both well above his season averages.

That trio combined for 53 points and shot 23 for 31 from the field in a 106-84 win over Charlotte on Tuesday. Griffin and Jordan provided 12 of the team's 13 dunks in that game, and the duo is a big reason why the Clippers have outrebounded five of seven opponents during the team's current surge.

"DeAndre and Blake are two of the best athletes you've got in the league," the Bobcats' Gerald Henderson said. "If you don't put a body on them and be physical with them, they're going to play over the top of the rim."

The Pacers hope to get a bigger boost from Danny Granger in this third game back, but it's been a struggle so far. He's 2 for 17 from the field for seven points since returning from a knee injury that had kept him out all season.

Granger has averaged 26.3 points over his last three games against the Clippers while hitting 11 of 17 3-pointers. He scored 25 in a 102-89 home win over Los Angeles on March 20 in the teams' last matchup.

Griffin had 23 points in that game and scored a career-high 47 in the previous meeting.

Clippers guards Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford are expected to make the trip to Indiana after missing Tuesday's game. Crawford was with his wife, who gave birth to the couple's daughter Monday, and Bledsoe remains day-to-day with a sore left calf.

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Voyeur
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If we can beat the Grizzlies in Memphis, there's no reason we can't beat the Pacers in Indiana! Of course, we HAVE to be on our game.

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With Hibbert out, there's no reason why Blake and DJ can't pummel these guys down low. Denver is creeping up on us for playoff position.

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i alway want my LAC to win but i think indiana will murder us. i hope im wrong.

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Denver is not creeping up. It's Memphis that is right behind us. They have won 8 straight!

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Fox sports Midwest broadcasts Pacers games now, so here is St. Louis we get to see this game live on TV. Crappy part being that Mike and Ralph won't be doing play by play. oh well.

We should be able to beat up on the Pacers, they are playing abnormally well, and I believe they will come back to earth a little tonight. The Pacers play a lot of mid range and down low basketball, which happens to play into our defensive strengths. This is going to be a win for the clips, mark it down.

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Does the NBA or TNT/ESPN not have flex scheduling?

I'm sure majority of NBA fans in general would rather see the Clippers/Pacers game instead of the 76ERS/Bulls game.

Their is no intrigue or headlines in that game.

The PACERS are HOT right now and the Clippers are riding a win streak. Just makes more sense for it to be nationally televised.

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With Hibbert out, there's no excuse for our bigs not to go off tonight. We should win big if both Blake and DJ have great games tonight.

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If our defense and our physical play show up in the beging of the gm and Paul takes over the tempo of the gm we will win !! Lets shut up the media and destroy them !!!!!!

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Still going to be a tough game the way Indy has been playing lately. No Hibbert is a huge plus but still doesn't make this a cake walk.

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Also, it would be nice if Blake could rediscover whatever magic caused him to drop 47 and 14 on the Pacers in his rookie year.

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Hopefully we can snap pacers win streak.

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This. It will be a very tough game. Tough match ups on both sides. I think we need to speed the game up and get out in transition to pull out the win. If we get bogged down in a half court game against the Pacer defense, I'm not sure we can pull out the W.

But, honestly, I'm almost more concerned about the game against Cleveland, since the Cavs are one of those teams that just seems to have our number, regardless of who's playing.

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blasana wrote:
A7XDreamTheaterClipps wrote:
With Hibbert out, there's no reason why Blake and DJ can't pummel these guys down low. Denver is creeping up on us for playoff position.

Denver is not creeping up. It's Memphis that is right behind us. They have won 8 straight!

Luckily Memphis plays at Miami tomorrow. The Heat better not crumble like they did in the Finals two years ago.

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Tough tough game,,,not setting my expectations too high,,,I know we can beat these guys but our guys have to play that flawless ball we know they can play if they put their minds to it.

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blasana wrote:
A7XDreamTheaterClipps wrote:
With Hibbert out, there's no reason why Blake and DJ can't pummel these guys down low. Denver is creeping up on us for playoff position.

Denver is not creeping up. It's Memphis that is right behind us. They have won 8 straight!

Don't count out the Nuggets. They're prone to go on good stretches and they have a better overall team than the Grizzlies.

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Yeah I reckon you are right!

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Lets make a statement , defense and run there asses off

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We need to attack attack attack and go at their bigs because no Hibbert. Also we should try some zone again because it seemed to work against the bobcats.

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Then again it is the bobcats lmao

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Can't wait, should be fun game to watch. Lets Go Clippers!

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Gotta contain George Hill. He can light it up from the 3pt line.

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A lot of clipper fans in the crowd

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Blake with a quick 2 and 2 to start.

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Is Granger playing tonight?

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Good activity!

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DJ being active early.

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Blake and DJ doing all the scoring so far, which is exactly what I wanted to see.

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Where was the foul?

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Fcking BS foul on Jordan. Way too late.

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Refs already trying to screw us over.... SMH.

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Apparently we can't make any threes tonight.

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Good three point shots but just not making them!

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Gotta knock down those open shots.

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The fact that we're dominating the paint is encouraging, since the threes will have to start falling eventually in addition to that, and we're due for a big run when that happens.

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DJ did not take advantage the absence of Hibbert

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Blake is beasting tonight.

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Come on make a 3 guys!

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What the hell. Somethin's blowing the ball out of the rim when we shoot 3s.

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Starting to smell a bit like ref ball

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Those 2 George Hill jumpers were heartbreakers. He made those shots out of broken plays.

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No hot jump shooting for us tonight, wont be easy at all lmao

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We should have a commanding lead, but instead it's tied largely due to the SEVEN bricks they've chucked up from three point land. SMH.

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Invisible thread the scorekeeper activates and it closes the hole

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I like that CP3 is coming out looking to score.

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Um,,maybe give up the 3 for now

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0-8 from 3

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Now 0-8 from three... STOP CHUCKING.

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Oh man we're not getting calls either

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Don't worry, I'm sure Crawford will make a couple of 3s soon.

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