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By JUSTIN EINHORN

Posted Apr 02 2013 8:40PM

On the verge of matching their longest losing streak of the season and following two particularly bad defeats, the Los Angeles Clippers may be getting a break with the Western Conference's worst team coming to town.

Chris Paul expects them to treat it like a playoff game.

The Clippers get their fourth crack at a franchise-record 50th victory and have a shot to wrap up the Pacific Division on Wednesday night as they meet the Phoenix Suns.

"We've had three chances to get to 50 wins, and we still haven't been able to do it. So Wednesday's a big game for us," Paul said. "We've got to approach it like a playoff game. Most teams are approaching us like that."

Los Angeles (49-26) has been outscored by double digits with its All-Star point guard on the floor in each of the last three games. The first one was a solid performance by the Clippers, losing 104-102 at West-leading San Antonio on Friday, but the last two were poor efforts that left many players frustrated.

Paul was the only starter not benched for the entire fourth quarter of Saturday's 98-81 loss to a Houston team missing James Harden. Los Angeles returned from a 1-3 road trip only to lose 109-106 to Indiana on Monday, when the starters again sat out the fourth except for Paul and Blake Griffin entering late after the reserves nearly made up a 24-point deficit.

"You'd love to sit here and say, 'Yeah, it's a wakeup call and we're going to be completely different,'" Griffin said. "And that's the idea and that's what we've talked about and that's what we want to do moving forward.

"We have to prove that."

Griffin averages a team-leading 8.4 rebounds but has grabbed 5.0 per game over the last four. His averages of 14.0 points and 40.9 percent shooting over the last seven games are well below his season marks (18.3, 54.0).

Paul is shooting 35.2 percent in the last four, including 2 for 12 from 3-point range.

Their struggles could be why the Clippers remain stuck on 49 wins, tied with the 1974-75 Boston Braves for the franchise record, and looking to avoid losing a season-high four straight for the third time.

They will clinch their first division title with a win Wednesday and a loss by second-place Golden State to New Orleans.

"You can only talk so much, eventually, answers speak louder than words," said reserve Jamal Crawford, who had 25 points Monday.

Phoenix (23-51) also is one loss shy of matching its worst slide of the season, having dropped six in a row and 10 of 11.

Like the Clippers, the Suns hosted the Central Division-leading Pacers in their last game but were more competitive, trailing by single digits for most of the contest before losing 112-104 on Saturday.

"I can definitely see that trend where guys get up a little bit more for the high quality teams," forward Jared Dudley said.

That may have been the case when the Suns last saw the Clippers, winning 93-88 in Phoenix on Jan. 24. However, an injured Paul missed that game after averaging 16.5 points and 12.0 assists in two December matchups as Los Angeles won both.

Griffin averaged 23.5 points in those victories before getting held to 12 in January.

Phoenix's Goran Dragic had 24 points in that meeting after totaling 15 in the first two. He's coming off a 21-point, nine-assist performance Saturday after being rested for the previous two games.

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One more half assed performance and I will kill myself. we need to demolish the suns. I WILL NOT be happy with a 10 point win. we need a legit 20 point win (assuming we even get the win Embarassed)

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^

I agree with the sentiment but I find the way you expressed it offensive.

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Secound team was assume , keep it up and this time dnt dig a hole and come go and win

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YOu probably should not have used the "R" word,,but we get your feelings.

We need 2 for the Division,,this HAS to be one of those or we are screwed.

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Lmao I changed the wording a bit, happy now guys?

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Um...please get your 50th win guys...finally!

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Demolish is cool, thanks.

Though I would really like a good blowout, with things as they stand I would happily just take the W. Some effort and fire would be good too.

JahvonTheClip
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This may sound weird but the momentum we had in the pacers game should carry. Even though we lost that fire should be shown from the starters!!

Clippersfan86
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Honest dont even care if we beat bad teams. Proves nothing. We need to demolish the Grizzlies this week and to win the remaining 7 games for me to regain any faith in this team.

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"I'm tired of saying that we got to do this and we got to do that, and then say we will and go back and forth. I kind of want our actions to speak for ourselves." Blake's words today.

Looks like he's tired of the "gonna", or the "give it time" BS. Okay then BG, step to it. I wanna see a 30 point, 12 rebound game from you TONIGHT. Do what shaq and Charles have been begging you to do, DOMINATE. Use your body, go up with power and go to the rim. Let's do it Blake

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if the clips wore purple and yellow jerseys, they'd have well over 50 wins at this point. thanks refs.

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^agreed. those who say thats an excuse have probably never played contact sports. contact is fine, but there are rules that the refs enforce for most teams, but not the clips. we would have 52 wins by now, possibly more if the refs hadnt robbed us

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no debate there.

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If we wore purple n piss, we'd have close to 60 at this point

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That's exactly what I want to hear right now.

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I'm so glad we have Matt Barnes on our team !! Go clippers

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CapsNClips wrote:
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@Matt_Barnes22: "It's time for us to put up or shut up.. The type of basketball "WE'VE" been playing lately is gonna have us on vacation in a couple weeks"

That's exactly what I want to hear right now.

100% agree. Great quote.

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It might be good that we're sucking right now, cause I have a feeling we're going to catch fire in the playoffs

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I hope so! and I'm definitely praying for that!

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lobcityhawaii wrote:
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It might be good that we're sucking right now, cause I have a feeling we're going to catch fire in the playoffs

I hope so! and I'm definitely praying for that!

Same here man

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The Suns is the right team to start a possible run with. And then the Clippers have the opportunity to sweep the Lakers.

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Let's go historic #50!

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Would be awesome too!

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Agree. Lets start a major run now! Sweeping the lakers would be awesome.

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time to get win #50! Let's go ClipperNation!

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Was hoping win #50 would be over a better team to give the win more meaning. Oh well...

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Lets get #50!!!

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Play Rooney and hill tonite

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ready to trade Jordan for Al Jefferson

DO IT

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Does Mike Smith mix his Red Bulls with his 5hr energy drinks????

Dude is annoying

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This is a good game to get a feel for our team

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This was the kind of start we were having back in December. Blowing the team out early and we would take it from there.

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You have got to step on these guys throat while they are down....no let ups when you have a 15-0 lead.

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15-0 !!!!!

This Clipper team needs to call a time out........they don't know who they are right now

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Dj has 6 rebounds already nice!

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All of sudden they let them back in the game...because that is what this team does....

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Damn, so much for he blow out.

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Here come the good ol clippers...

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Put our secound team in

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LOL on the empty space in the Staples rafters reserved for Clippers

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Nice move bledsoe!

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Good our secound team

Is in

JahvonTheClip
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Atleast the starters got a lead for the second team to build on!

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Brilliant rotations so far for Vinny. Which leads me to wonder why he hasn't done this all year long? We would have 7-10 less losses and I'd be supporting bringing him back 100 percent. He's been going out of the norm on rotations lately and taking risks which is what I've asked for all along.

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. Hello faker fan , its cuz we will need all that space for our nba championship banners

JahvonTheClip
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I really like how Hollins is the first big off the bench now

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fattner wrote:
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LOL on the empty space in the Staples rafters reserved for Clippers
. Hello faker fan , its cuz we will need all that space for our nba championship banners

The last time I cheered for the Fakers was 1987...the year before they stole a championship from my former hometown Pistons...in 1988....hated them ever since.....we got them the next year though in 1989 and then again in 2004....

Go Clips!!

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Dam Hollins with 2 fouls...

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Our energy reminds me of December. Too bad we had to get in a hole like this to wake up.

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