Clippers Vs Pistons 3-10-2013 Official Game Thread

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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/pistons-cl ... --nba.html

Bounce back game- hopefully the guys will play intense defense and won't overlook the Pistons!

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Hopefully we crush them and our 3pt defense is better! We should win with or without JCrossover. But we need him on Wednesday against the grizzlies.

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--The Los Angeles Clippers can usually count on a huge edge in bench points behind Jamal Crawford, who helped key a victory over the Detroit Pistons earlier this season.

The host Clippers are hopeful that Crawford will return from a sore ankle Sunday night when they look to defeat the Pistons for the fourth straight time.

Los Angeles (44-20) is averaging 40.8 points off the bench, among the best in the league, but sorely missed Crawford and his average of 17.2 points that leads all NBA reserves in a 107-92 loss at Denver on Thursday. Crawford injured his left ankle in a 117-101 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday.

The Clippers opted to rest him and managed a 36-35 edge in bench points Thursday, with backup forward Matt Barnes scoring 19.

"We have plenty of capable guys on this team, so when one guy goes down someone else has to step up," Barnes told the Clippers' official website. "We just ran out of gas tonight." Crawford and Blake Griffin each scored 15 in an 88-76 victory at Detroit (23-41) on Dec. 17. Barnes added 10 as the Clippers finished with a 37-21 cushion in points from reserves.

The Los Angeles bench has more depth now with former Pistons guard Chauncey Billups back in the starting lineup after missing the first matchup. Willie Green had been starting in his place.

This marks the third meeting at point guard between the Pistons' Brandon Knight and Clippers star Chris Paul. Knight averaged 11.0 points and 26.7 percent shooting in the first two, but he's averaged 20.0 points in five games since missing three with a hyperextended knee.

Detroit is beginning a four-game trip against Western Conference opponents. It's lost 30 of 31 on the road versus the West, including 13 straight. Brian Hill has filled in as the Pistons' coach for the last two games with Lawrence Frank away from the team due a personal matter. It's unclear when Frank will return.

The Pistons have dropped four straight, falling 102-99 at home to Dallas on Friday. Knight scored 21 and Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe posted double-doubles.

Rookie Khris Middleton was another bright spot with a season-high 14 points. "None of us are going to give up no matter how the game is going," Middleton said. "They went on a nice little run with 3s, and we answered right back."

The Clippers have allowed 24 3-pointers over their last two games, with Denver shooting 47.8 percent from beyond the arc Thursday. Los Angeles is among the worst teams in the NBA in that department, allowing teams to shoot 37.2 percent. "Yeah, our 3-point defense has been terrible and part of it tonight, we know how many points they score in transition and in the paint," Paul said.

The Pistons may not be in position to take advantage, shooting 33.0 percent on 3s during their slide.

Griffin matched a career low with two rebounds against the Nuggets. He's averaging 12.5 in four games against Detroit.

The Clippers have won six straight over East foes.

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Defense Frm the get-go and jump on their throat !! We will win by 25

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We really shouldn't need Crawford to beat the Pistons. If we have any trouble with this team at all tonight then they have much bigger problems then we thought. I won't be around to watch the game so hopefully we don't have any issues.

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I didnt even realize we are the 4th seed now. Crazy. Thats fine with me, rather play Houston than GS!

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We would have to be the third seed and Houston would have to move up to the sixth seed in order for us to play them. Otherwise, improbable.

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I didnt even realize we are the 4th seed now. Crazy. Thats fine with me, rather play Houston than GS!

We would have to be the third seed and Houston would have to move up to the sixth seed in order for us to play them. Otherwise, improbable.

ah crap...we play the 5th seed at number 4. I forgot. You are right. Oh well, Still rather play Denver than GS. I dont know I hate Curry and Lee so much! haha

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why are we the 4th seed? we are tied with memphis. we win tonight, we are half game ahead of them. we are 2-0 against them. so im confident come wednesday, we will be a game and half ahead of memphis

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"VDN said he didn't like my 3-point story on the Clippers today. I told him I didn't like his 3-point defense. Good times." -Arash Markazi

Lol

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ok lets get this win.

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I want to see us attack and finish the game attacking.

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Lets go clip clips!

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I often agreed with 82-0 regarding VDN, but I sure am glad I don't have to read his knee-jerk reactions to a close score in the 1st half instead of being up by double-digits.

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Winning percentage. They also have one less loss.

Clippersfan86
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Anybody notice the major defensive intensity? Seems like the practice paid off.. hope it sustains.

JahvonTheClip
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Now that we have so much time between games we can develop a game plan instead of three back to back in 2 weeks time

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Link to that article?

Clippersfan86
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Blake had 9 points in just 4 minutes. Too bad he got those fouls.

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Anyone saw that tool who is wearing a Faker uni? He was on TV when they showed the replay of the Butler layup.

JahvonTheClip
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A break can do so much for a team wish we had one against the nuggets.

Clippersfan86
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Grillin it was from his twitter not an article.

Clipperfan9
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even with 2 fouls Blake shouldn't sit only 5 mins in..

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We better take care of business today.

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no body wants to shoot?

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dj step up

JahvonTheClip
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Good 3 point defense so far

Clippersfan86
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Defense is great but without Blake offense kinda sucks. CP3 needs to attack way more early in games.

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There you go CP!

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Chris attacking now! Good. I just wish he did this every game. LOL at that foul call. DJ and Odom are going straight up... refs need to understand that's not a foul.

JahvonTheClip
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Nice moves by chris

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Hope we see Wayns in the 4th.

Clippersfan86
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Love that hard foul by Hill! Tired of uncontested easy buckets by teams. Hit them like they do us and make them think twice.

JahvonTheClip
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Apply this philosophy to OKC make them feel pain

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Meet Ronny in COMPTON? No thanks.

JahvonTheClip
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Lmao

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We officially don't have the lobgest winning streak this season anymore as the Heat crushed Indy.

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I wanna see Wayns play.

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Blake Griffin had the most productive 4 minutes I have ever seen from him. Shame he picked up two quick fouls.

Three days until we play Memphis for 3rd seed. Can't wait. I hope we make a statement with that game. We haven't been doing well against elite teams as of late.

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Awesome game if you like whistles. Wink

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Perfect description of an OKC Thunder fan. lol

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CP3Heliflopter wrote:
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Awesome game if you like whistles. Wink

Perfect description of an OKC Thunder fan. lol

LOL!

Clippersfan86
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Why the hell is Green out there? Try the new kid. Green does nothing.

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Maalik Wayns

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2.7 1.0 0.2 1.94

I hope VDN doesn't.

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OK, Blake...NO FOULS!!!

Clippersfan86
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I just think it would be cool to give a hungry D league player a shot, especially because Green is crap.

Clippersfan86
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Blake is becoming our best player. CP3 is great but wow... I never thought in year 3 Blake could have as much impact as CP3 but the last 3 weeks or so he DOES. I can't believe Blake did that tip shot.

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Blake has the potential to be the BEST power forward ever. In his prime he will be completely unstoppable

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He can do that in garbage time. Razz

We are not a lottery team.

Green is bad but a proven rotation player while the new guy hasn't proven himself to be anything more than a scrub.

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JahvonTheClip wrote:
Clippersfan86 wrote:
Blake is becoming our best player. CP3 is great but wow... I never thought in year 3 Blake could have as much impact as CP3 but the last 3 weeks or so he DOES. I can't believe Blake did that tip shot.

Blake has the potential to be the BEST power forward ever. In his prime he will be completely unstoppable

Last year my expectations lowered but this year went back up a lot. I may be crazy, tell me what you guys think but when Blake plays well he seems to dominate games more than CP3 this year.

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