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By NOEY KUPCHAN

Posted Mar 31 2013 10:14PM

Coming off back-to-back losses, the Los Angeles Clippers are still one win away from reaching 50 for the first time in team history.

Coach Vinny Del Negro is hoping to see a stronger sense of urgency down the stretch.

Hoping to move a step closer to their first division title, the Pacific-leading Clippers return home looking to regroup Monday night against the surging Indiana Pacers.

While Los Angeles (49-25) beat New Orleans 105-91 on Wednesday to tie the 1974-75 team record for wins, it's had difficulty breaking the record. The Clippers fell 104-102 at San Antonio on Friday, then put on an embarrassing display the following night in a 98-81 loss at Houston.

Unable to take advantage of James Harden's absence, the Clippers were outscored 30-13 in the third quarter and 48-26 in the paint. Chris Paul had 19 points but was the only starter to play in the fourth as Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler and Willie Green were benched.

"We were terrible, our effort was terrible, our attitude was terrible and our urgency was terrible," said Del Negro, whose team was playing its fourth game in five nights. "They know exactly how I feel, and they didn't say much. That's not what we're about."

Del Negro was especially upset with Griffin and Jamal Crawford, who both drew technical fouls for arguing calls.

"When that happens, it's a selfish act that doesn't make any sense, and it hurts the team," Del Negro said. "I've got a lot of whining going on and a lack of urgency going on and it's disappointing."

Though they haven't played up to par of late, the Clippers sit seven games ahead of Golden State in the Pacific with eight to go. Los Angeles, which joined the NBA as the Buffalo Braves in 1970-71, has never won its division.

"Every game now counts, it's a dogfight till the finish line," Grant Hill said. "We got to stop making excuses and look at ourselves and take responsibility. At this point in time, a nice win would be good. Just get a win, get back to playing Clipper basketball."

The Clippers could have a hard time bouncing back against the Pacers (47-27), winners in seven of eight. Having outscored opponents by an average of 12.0 points during its four-game run, Indiana stayed hot Saturday with a 112-104 victory at Phoenix.

Paul George had 25 points and all five starters scored at least 14 for the Pacers, who shot 34 of 46 from the foul line to set season highs in both categories. Indiana, which sits percentage points behind second-place New York in the Eastern Conference, improved to 20-3 when making at least 20 free throws.

"We try to pound it inside and force teams to foul us if they don't have great low post defenders, and then we pound the glass," coach Frank Vogel said. "We have ones, twos and threes that are good attackers as well."

Roy Hibbert added 20 points, Lance Stephenson 16, George Hill 15 and David West 14.

"We are a team that is filled with leaders," said Hibbert. "Paul took over in moments, David came in and closed the game out, George made some spectacular plays and Lance is our bulldog."

While Hibbert missed a 99-91 loss to the Clippers on Feb. 28 due to suspension, he could be a difference maker Monday. The All-Star center is averaging 19.8 points - 8.4 more than his season mark - and 11.2 rebounds over the last five games.

Paul had 29 points, Crawford scored 23 and Griffin posted 18 and 14 boards for Los Angeles in that Feb. 28 win.

http://www.nba.com/games/20130401/INDLAC/gameinfo.html

lobcityhawaii
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Pacers will be looking for revenge. Hopefully we can take care of business at home!

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they are an excellent road team. the way we've been playing of late. im scared 2morrow. Sad

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Alright, Dodgers win on Opening Day. It's your turn to get the W, Clippers. Please don't ruin this day.

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Hopefully, the Clippers realize that talent alone won't win games, but the will to win is equally as imporant.

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We need somebody like this on our team. I would give anything for Blake or CP3 to be more open and vocal like this. Tired of the PC support my teammates bullshit. You HAVE to hold each other accountable.

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My Angels beat the Reds in 13 innings! Yes, the Clippers better not ruin my day also!!! They are my most important and favorite team of all sports!!!

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VDN says Matt Barnes (ankle) will play vs. Pacers. "He'll give us what he can"

Dam, I rather him get 100%! Hope he can play well. I'm worried he will be ineffective on defense.

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MadelynBurke: Chauncey Billups (groin) will play tonight. #Clippers

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MadelynBurke: HUGE typo fail. Chauncey Billups (groin) WILL NOT play tonight. My apologies for confusion. #Clippers

Hopefully he will be better by the Lakers game on Sunday. I would love for a repeat performance by Big Shot. He destroyed the Lakers the last game.

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april fools perhaps? haha all jokes aside, you guys actually believe billups will be back before the start of the playoffs? i think the clippers just haven't reported anything yet but he's definitely done for the year but we might get to see him in the playoffs.

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MadelynBurke: HUGE typo fail. Chauncey Billups (groin) WILL NOT play tonight. My apologies for confusion. #Clippers

Hopefully he will be better by the Lakers game on Sunday. I would love for a repeat performance by Big Shot. He destroyed the Lakers the last game.

april fools perhaps? haha all jokes aside, you guys actually believe billups will be back before the start of the playoffs? i think the clippers just haven't reported anything yet but he's definitely done for the year but we might get to see him in the playoffs.

I don't think he'll be back before end of reg season. I was just being hopeful. I just loved it when he destroyed the Lakers last game. Wide open 3's all day. lol.

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Forget who is playing , clippers need heart and defense to win period !! Stop going backwards and move forwards plz !!!

lobcityhawaii
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Agree, we definitely need to play harder. That Houston game was an embarrassment. No effort and heart.

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If we don't win by 20 or 30 we won't be able to get the sour taste out of our mouth of losing 3 games we shouldn't have lost in the last 4. The only "excusable" loss was the Spurs one considering it was on the road vs the best in the west BUT we blew that game so it still sucks. We have GOT to stop playing Houston Rockets/Denver Nuggets style basketball where we trade buckets all game long. We don't have the shooters/runners and overall youth those teams have, not to mention teams like that don't win when it counts.

I can't remember the last time we strung together a full half of dominant defense.

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Dallas game we got robbed by the refs. Spurs game was sickening cause we should have won. Houston game was an embarrassment and a joke. Lazy effort. I was mad the whole weekend.

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Hmmm....

...I honestly don't know what to expect tonight. We're on NBATV tonight. Maybe that's a good thing. Better that, than TNT.

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Grizzlies won on game winner. FML. Now we are 1 full game back in the 5 slot. I knew those losses would bite us in the ass.

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the luck we have... spurs up 4 with a minute left against memphis, conley hits a 3 to tie the game and a game winning lay up. popivich decides to rest duncan and kawai leonard when their also missing ginobili to a injury. must win game for the clippers

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Yeah, whats new. We get lots of bad luck with refs and all these other games. Spurs clearly should have won that game over Memphis.

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No Duncan to make a ridiculous 3-point play in the final moments, I guess.

Still...we have to make our own luck from here on out...starting tonight.

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Voyeur wrote:
lobcityhawaii wrote:
Yeah, whats new. We get lots of bad luck with refs and all these other games. Spurs clearly should have won that game over Memphis.

No Duncan to make a ridiculous 3-point play in the final moments, I guess.

Still...we have to make our own luck from here on out...starting tonight.

yeah. man, this last week has been miserable.

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by the way, i just replayed duncans game winner over us and he traveled 100% even before the foul.

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Don't talk about lol

lobcityhawaii
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True. Unfortunate the results won't change cause of it. Refs don't like making calls in the end. Except against us...Dirk Flop

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Man,,,this HAS to be a win today,,HAS TO

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Man we aren't ****. First round sweep.

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Nice start guys. Sigh.

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What a joke. This team is a complete joke. We aren't even better than last season. Regressed to the mean.

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Wtf is this!? Team plays with no urgency or game plan

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Wow

Clippersfan86
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Tired of these pu**ies with no heart. I wouldn't give a damn if most the team was traded at this point.

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blake and dj are the worst defender in the world,.

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Wow this game is fun to watch, Indiana is ripping the Clippers.

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Same old bullshit again.

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Our bigs just let the other team waltz in there. Especially DJ.

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loving all the effort

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And it takes a miracle shot from Blake. Oh goodie a wide open 3.

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One of the few times that I am convinced we are losing even before the 4 minute mark. I could be wrong but with this effort....

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Bunch of pussies is what our team is. No grit. Every fu**ing time we shoot with like 1-3 seconds left on the clock! Run a mother fu**ing play!

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what happened to BG jump hook? is he not allowed to take it anymore is no one pushing him or telling him to take it?

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clippers bigman can't defend crap....frustrating to watch

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Our half court offense is rubbish. 6 points with less then a quarter left is a complete joke.

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The interior D looks non-existent so far....ugh

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BG defers and try to do to much passing and creating.

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LOL Vinny getting outcoached early. Has no clue how to solve the Indy defense.

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So Roy is a shooter now?!

FreaKeyy
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Their defense is so good. Why can't we have a defense like this?

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man i don't understand what the hell their trying to run, and it looks like all outside sets with no movement

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Much better

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