Clippers Vs. Nuggets 03-07-13 Official Game Thread

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By JEFF BARTL

Posted Mar 07 2013 2:31AM

While the Denver Nuggets' home winning streak already is quite impressive, the quality of competition they've faced during the run makes it even more noteworthy.

It likely won't be easy adding the surging Los Angeles Clippers to that list.

Denver seeks a 12th straight home win Thursday night against a Los Angeles team that has won five straight road games.

The Nuggets (40-22), who are 26-3 at the Pepsi Center, have been solid no matter where they've played lately, winning six straight and 16 of their last 20 overall after beating Sacramento 120-113 on the road Tuesday.

Ty Lawson is averaging 23.8 points over his last 11 games after scoring 24, and Danilo Gallinari added 23 for Denver, which ranks third in the NBA at 105.7 points per game.

"Early in the season we lost some leads on the road in the fourth quarter, and we lost some tough games lately," said coach George Karl, whose team is averaging 112.0 points during its six-game streak. "But we're a young team and young teams will do that. We are maturing and finding our identity a little better."

The Nuggets' home winning streak began with an overtime victory against Oklahoma City on Jan. 20, and they also knocked off the Thunder 105-103 on Friday.

Denver, which hasn't won 12 straight at home since March 16-April 19, 2005, also has wins over Indiana, Houston, Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta during the streak - all clubs currently in playoff position.

It's getting solid efforts lately from multiple players, as Kenneth Faried finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Andre Miller added 16 points off the bench Tuesday.

"You never know who's going to grab the steering wheel and who's going to drive us home," Karl told the team's official website.

Lawson sat out with a strained left Achilles when the Clippers visited the Pepsi Center on Jan. 1, but Gallinari scored 17 points and Faried added 14 and 11 rebounds as the Nuggets won 92-78.

Another home victory over Los Angeles, which shot only 38.5 percent overall in that contest while going 5 of 29 from 3-point range and 13 of 29 from the free-throw line, may not come as easily this time.

The Pacific Division-leading Clippers (44-19) have won nine of their last 11 after Wednesday's 117-101 victory over Milwaukee, as Blake Griffin recorded his third career triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists.

Jamal Crawford, who scored a game-high 22 points in the Clippers' 112-100 win over Denver on Christmas Day, netted a game-high 25 points off the bench Wednesday and is averaging 23.0 while shooting 59.3 percent over his last four.

He lauded Griffin's all-around effort.

"He's doing everything," Crawford said of Griffin, who has averaged just 12.3 points in his last three games against Denver. "He demands a lot of attention down (low), so he's getting double-teamed and kicking out to our shooters. He's making the right play all of the time."

While Griffin has struggled somewhat in this series, Karl isn't expecting anything but brilliance from Chris Paul, who is averaging 20.0 points and 10.0 assists in his last four contests.

"I think he's one of the guys that I think almost wills wins," Karl said. "Not only is he very talented and very skilled, but he has an approach and attitude to the game that beating him is offensive to him."

The Clippers have won six of the last eight meetings with the Nuggets.

http://www.nba.com/games/20130307/LACDEN/gameinfo.html

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I wonder if Hill will play. He played 21 minutes tonight.

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were not going to win if chris paul plays the way he played tonight. he must look to score from beginning to end or else there's no chance to beat them on their own floor.

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That's more minutes then usual but he hasnt played much in the games before. Hope he can recover.

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He definitely needs to be more aggressive offensively, driving and creating for others and for himself as well. Denver scores ALOT of points.

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Stand by for a track meet !! Lol should be fun to watch !! Hope Crawfords ankle is all good !! Go clippers

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I must admit, I hate this game is on TNT. Seems we have bad luck there. Of course Barkley guaranteed a victory for Denver. He hates us, but he's really "going out on a limb" with that prediction. Denver's lost only 3 at home. Clippers coming off a back-to-back...travelling from LA to Denver, in that high altitude. This is a tough assignment. I'll be highly impressed if we come away with a win here.

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Big game for Chauncey. 5 3-balls for 21 points and a big W!

Blake/CP/Crawford have big games too!

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PLEASE win. If we lose this would be like the 5th or 6th straight loss vs the best teams.

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Bledsoe is our secret weapon for guarding Lawson's penetration in the paint. I want to win this game so badly, there has been too many heartbreakers this last month. Lets get the W Clippers.

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Chris really needs to show Lawson who the Alpha Male is of the two, Chris needs to score! score! score!.

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Gut check tonight. If we lose to another playoff West team, we are definitely as Steve Kerr points out 'second tier'.

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im rooting for my clips & the knicks. lol

dont let me down.

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For us, it's all going to be about taking care of the ball and pounding it inside. If we have less than 15 turnovers and run the offense through Blake we have a chance. If DJ and Odom don't have good defensive games against the triple-headed center of DEN (ie: defending without fouling), unfortunately we'll be screwed.

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I hoping the Knicks can win too, but I'm not very optimistic about their chances tonight since Melo isn't playing again. The Thunder just keep getting all the lucky breaks lately.

Well, if karma means anything, Ibaka or someone else on OKC will get injured soon. While I usually don't wish harm on anyone, I don't mind doing it in sports. No one had pity on the Clippers when Billups got injured last season or when CP3 missed a bunch of games this season.

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Why should anyone believe anything Steve Kerr has to say? He was just a shooter who rode the coat tales of Michael Jordan and then Tim Duncan.

And besides we've done pretty well against the Western playoff teams. We won both our games against Memphis and went 2-1 against the Spurs. We did lose the 1st game against OKC in OT but the 2nd game CP3 didn't play. Plus we all know the Clips got robbed in the last OKC game. Not to mention after tonight, we'll be 2-1 against Denver. We had problems against GSW but I'll give them that. They still have no playoff experience and aren't going to do a thing in the playoffs, I guarantee it.

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NO BARKLEY TONIGHT!!!

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A_DOG_NAMED_BUD wrote:
allbeast32 wrote:
im rooting for my clips & the knicks. lol

dont let me down.

I hoping the Knicks can win too, but I'm not very optimistic about their chances tonight since Melo isn't playing again. The Thunder just keep getting all the lucky breaks lately.

Well, if karma means anything, Ibaka or someone else on OKC will get injured soon. While I usually don't wish harm on anyone, I don't mind doing it in sports. No one had pity on the Clippers when Billups got injured last season or when CP3 missed a bunch of games this season.

And Ibaka just took a mean elbow to the face haha

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^ SAW THAT BOW! REVENGE IS SWEET!

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^ Yup, Amare elbowed him right in the face, gave me a smile Very Happy

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^

Normally I never want to see anyone hurt. But to hear that Ibaka took a blow sounds great to me right now. Was it bad?

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Agreed.

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Jamal is a game time decision, oh boy that stings

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karma is a female dog Smile

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Why was crawford playing if he was hurt? He rolled his ankle like a second after coming into the game and was still playing in final quarter

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Whats the reason? The ankle he sprained yesterday?

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We can never catch a break

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It's Jamal's ankle, I bet he plays though. This is a must win for seeding purposes.

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Damn, Kenyon can definitly guard Durant. I still think we shouldn't have picked him up because of his attitude.

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Looked like a flop tbh.

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As long as he can play well and not be hindered by the ankle I agree.

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Jamal isn't playing tonight. F*CK!!

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CP3Heliflopter wrote:
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Looked like a flop tbh.

Nice!

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Dam, thats a huge loss. It was going to be tough with him, now tougher without him...

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Nuggets are 26-3 at home and we are coming off a b2b with no Crawford. I don't expect to win tbh. As long as we play a good game I would be happy.

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Maybe billups can drop 30 like last yr

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Exactly, I want Blake and CP to fight for this one but I'm not expecting a win at all.

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CapsNClips wrote:
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Nuggets are 26-3 at home and we are coming off a b2b with no Crawford. I don't expect to win tbh. As long as we play a good game I would be happy.

Exactly, I want Blake and CP to fight for this one but I'm not expecting a win at all.

Agreed with both. I hope its a close, competitive game and maybe Denver is off so we can steal this one.

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Damn, Jamal looked fine last night even after the injury. But anyone who has had an ankle injury before knows that the day after the injury is the most painful.

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The possibility of NO JAMAL is gonna suck bigtime but all that means is others have to bring their A game.

Ghill?? Ebled?? Bigshot?? HELLO!

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And pile that on with flying to the mile high city and that's a recipe for major swelling.

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Fisher joining the Thunder added one more reason to hate OkC.

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Jesus, 4th quarter hasn't even begun and it's already almost 7:10z looks like here will be at least a 5-minute delay before our game is aired.

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Knicks doing a good job against OKC so far but without Melo it will be tuff to fend them off.

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Go Knicks!

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Knicks have a 91% probability of winning the game when leading at the end of 3rd qtr at home. OKC has a 71% chance of losing when trailing after the 3rd qtr on the road.

I'll take those odds anytime. Go Knicks.

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Told u Crawfords ankle might not be ready , crisp he is out this gm , come on EB. Do it !!!!!

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We REALLY have to win. Cannot afford to be embarrassed by a top tier team for the 5th or 6th time in a row on national TV. I'm sick and tired of having to deal with people calling us pretenders. I'd rather them not give us credit but stay quiet than rip us apart.

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Also payback for the Nuggets blowing us out on national TV by like 20 to end our 17 game win streak. If they can't get up for this game... then we are hopeless come playoff time.

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**** TNT games. Their Game 2 never starts on time.

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