Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings Official Game Thread 3-19-13

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The Los Angeles Clippers have 15 contests remaining to hone their game before attempting a run through the expectedly rigorous Western Conference playoffs.

They're also aware even teams like the woeful Sacramento Kings will be looking to raise their level of play down the stretch.

Los Angeles seeks a sixth victory in seven road games Tuesday night by earning a sixth straight win over Sacramento.

The Clippers (46-21) hold a slim lead over Memphis and Denver for the West's third seed and are coming off a 93-80 win over New York on Sunday to conclude a three-game homestand.

Chris Paul, averaging 21.3 points and 10.3 assists over his last three games, said the Clippers need to pick things up down the stretch if they hope to appear in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

Los Angeles has split its last six games, with losses coming to Oklahoma City, Denver and Memphis.

"We haven't been playing the style that we want to play,'' Paul said. "We can get better, so it's important for us to focus on these last 15 games.''

Blake Griffin had 12 points and 12 rebounds Sunday, including a highlight-reel one-handed dunk on a lob from Paul, and doesn't believe the Clippers will have any easy games going forward despite a relatively weak upcoming schedule.

After facing the Kings (23-44), Los Angeles hosts Philadelphia and Brooklyn before visiting Dallas and New Orleans. Only the Nets are over .500.

"You want to be playing not just for the seeding, but to be ready going into the playoffs,'' Griffin said. "We need to be dialed in for every single game, no matter who we're playing.''

Though Sacramento is allowing an NBA-worst 104.9 points per game - including an average of 109.4 over its last 12 - coach Keith Smart has been pleased with the team's play of late.

Despite missing leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings shot 54.2 percent and routed Chicago 121-79 on Wednesday before playing competitively in Sunday's 113-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. They combined for just 11 turnovers in those games.

Isaiah Thomas had 26 points, six assists and committed only one turnover Sunday. The point guard is averaging 22.3 points over his last four games - 9.0 better than his season average - and hasn't had more than two giveaways in any of his last 11, good for a 3.56 assist-to-turnover ratio.

"He's learning how to be a lead guard and how to manage a basketball game," Smart said.

With Cousins' status uncertain for Tuesday, Patrick Patterson may see increased minutes again. He's totaled 36 points on 15-of-19 shooting (78.9 percent) with 14 rebounds in starting the last two after coming off the bench in his first nine games since being acquired from Houston.

Patterson also has hit 9 of 15 from 3-point range since joining the Kings.

"He's coming along at the right pace," Smart said. "He has a gift to shoot the ball; all he has to do is learn how to get space to get the shot off. He's been very good for our team and he's going to be a good pro for us."

Thomas shot only 4 of 13 from the field while Paul finished with 24 points and 13 assists in Los Angeles' 97-85 home win Dec. 21 in the most recent meeting.

The Kings, averaging 112.8 points over their last 10, have scored only 89.0 points per game during their five-game skid versus the Clippers.

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jarca
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Clippers win and denver losing will make my day!

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Denver plays against okc, so either way a top rival will be taken down. Its up to us to win these games, what troubles me is that even CP3 and Griffin acknowledge that we have notbeen playing to the level we need to. When the players begin to acknowledge that it is important to win and play better then its not simply fans here on CTB over reacting. this team has been lethargic and hopefully the guys can snap out of it

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Dangerous game if we don't bring the urgency. I'm not concerned with the score or pretty play, just get out of there with everyone healthy and our 47th W.

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^^Yep- the Kings can put up points so if we don't defend well, get careless with the ball, and brick from the outside too much, it could be a bad result. But ultimately if we bring the intensity on defense we should be okay.

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OKC play Denver and then Memphis so we should make up some ground whatever the results as long as we take it to SAC.

LotsoHope
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Steamrolling through Sactown tonight!

I'd actually rather see Denver win tonight, gets us 1 game closer to the 2 seed.

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Some odds makers have us as a 9 point underdog,,,,wa????

hoopfanjd31
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This. But hopefully the team realizes that every game from this point forward is important. Denver and Memphis aren't going anywhere, so if we want to hang on to the 3 seed, we need to win. Plain and simple.

LotsoHope
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Typo, they must've meant the other way. Covers has us listed at -9.5.

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Does anyone know our magic number to clinch a playoff berth?

JahvonTheClip
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The other 3 teams that clinched got the mark at 50, so im guessing the same for us

SpicyClips
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If that happens, we'd still be three games behind... doubt that we'd catch up. I would rather gain more separation to hold onto that 3 seed.

Voyeur
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I'm calling in sick so I can watch my Clips beat the Kings. So....they BETTER!

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this should be a W. if not im gonna cry

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JahvonTheClip wrote:
Grillinnap wrote:
Does anyone know our magic number to clinch a playoff berth?

The other 3 teams that clinched got the mark at 50, so im guessing the same for us

This is what I am thinking too,,,I cannot do the math to figure out our number to clinch the division,,,,like the guy in the commercial I too didn't go to math school.

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FightOnRon wrote:
JahvonTheClip wrote:
Grillinnap wrote:
Does anyone know our magic number to clinch a playoff berth?

The other 3 teams that clinched got the mark at 50, so im guessing the same for us

This is what I am thinking too,,,I cannot do the math to figure out our number to clinch the division,,,,like the guy in the commercial I too didn't go to math school.

Its either this game or the one tomorrow that clinches us the division

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i read in the preview its 11 games for the division clintch is that correct???

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Our magic number is 3, since the 8th/9th seed fakers/jazz can only win a max of 49 games and we own the tiebreaker with both, we only need 49 wins to clinch.

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We clinch playoffs with any combination of 4 wins for us or 4 losses for the lakers (basically 2 full games)... if we win our next 2 and they lose their next 2, we get that little x by our name. As soon as the games remaining number for the 8-spot team is less than (or equal to if we have the tiebreaker) how many games we're ahead of them.

For the division, it's as soon as the dubs have fewer games remaining than they are games behind us.

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I think it's more around 7 games to clinch, or a combination of the gsw losing and us winning 7.

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How many more wins til we clinch a playoff spot?

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CapsNClips wrote:
How many more wins til we clinch a playoff spot?

what_up_clipnation83 wrote:
Our magic number is 3, since the 8th/9th seed fakers/jazz can only win a max of 49 games and we own the tiebreaker with both, we only need 49 wins to clinch.

This is the best explanation.

CP3Best
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Man dude our offense sucks, 2 minutes barely one basket, and our defense even worse.

JahvonTheClip
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Finally our offense is so ugly right now

CP3Best
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WTF is DJ doing? He's so damn stupid.

JahvonTheClip
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He shows so much potential but sometimes I wish we traded him. I feel like as soon as he leaves he will have a break out season just cause

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After the dunk, 32 looks like he was saying "How's that m*****f****r?!".

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Play hard on defense for 22 seconds and then we give up a basket. Seen this too many times this year.

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Of course cousins and Evans would play against us....it seems as if everyone's out to get us lol I also have a feeling the refs are going to play a part in this game and try to hand us an L, but I think we prevail regardless.

JahvonTheClip
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No i see the refs being pretty fair tonight

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Also looks like we can't count on the thunder to help us out, the nuggs are about to beat them, we can't count on no one, just us, as long as we win we get the #3 seed.

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Hope your right

JahvonTheClip
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Chris paul has 5 assists already woah!

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Great block by Blake...too bad it turned into a double foul.

JahvonTheClip
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Here comes the impossible 3's

Grillinnap
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Wow horrible defense to end the quarter.

CP3Best
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Yup that's our defense, just let the damn dude have a wide open layup than a rushed mid court prayer!

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Same ole issues. Can't guard the 3 or shoot it.

JahvonTheClip
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Hopefully we come out in the next quarter actually playing like we have .5 Lead on the 3rd seed.

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Damn no energy again!

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that's griffin not knowing how to play D, can't believe people here thinks he such a good defender.

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what_up_clipnation83 wrote:
JahvonTheClip wrote:
No i see the refs being pretty fair tonight

Hope your right

Refs are screwing the Kings, there were already a few calls like the one where it hit Butler's head and it was still ours, overall I have no idea what happened to our Awesome chemistry and defense, cause offense is out of sync with so many tos, our defense is crap too. And we're getting closer by the day to the playoffs. I don't see us going where we should/could go.

CP3Best
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See what I mean? Barnes just tripped on his own teammate to leave that guy with a wide open look.

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CP3Best wrote:
what_up_clipnation83 wrote:
JahvonTheClip wrote:
No i see the refs being pretty fair tonight

Hope your right

Refs are screwing the Kings, there were already a few calls like the one where it hit Butler's head and it was still ours, overall I have no idea what happened to our Awesome chemistry and defense, cause offense is out of sync with so many tos, our defense is crap too. And we're getting closer by the day to the playoffs. I don't see us going where we should/could go.

Like kobe said the playoffs are a different animal. Cp3 won't be lounging around he'll be out for blood

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It would be nice if Odom could hit an open jumper.

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If there was no 3pt line, I have no doubt we'd have the number 1 seed.

JahvonTheClip
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It's so strange because we contest them but they just seem to go in!

FreaKeyy
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Bledsoe still out?

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If there was a most improved defender of the year award it would EASILY be Griffin winning it. Nobody said "Such a good defender". The praise comes from the fact that he went from atrocious defender to very solid, sometimes very good one in just one summer.

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