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By KEVIN CHROUST

Posted Nov 20 2013 1:58AM

Chris Paul is after his 12th straight double-double, and the Los Angeles Clippers are after their seventh straight win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Paul will try to orchestrate both for the Clippers Wednesday night in Minnesota.

His 18-point, 11-assist effort in Monday's 106-102 loss to Memphis made him the first player since Magic Johnson in 1990-91 to begin a season with 11 straight double-doubles. Paul's career-best streak at any point in a season is 12.

Both the Clippers (7-4) and Timberwolves (7-5) are out to avoid losing back-to-back games for the second time this year.

The Clippers beat the Timberwolves 109-107 in Los Angeles on Nov. 11 and have won six straight in the series, including four meetings last season.

Paul had 21 points and 11 assists in this year's matchup and has double-doubles in three straight against the Timberwolves.

After Monday's loss, the Clippers have failed to win a game in which they've scored fewer than 107 points.

"They hit first tonight," Clippers coach Doc Rivers told the team's official website. "But in the games we hit first, not physically hit, but established the pace and the way you're going to play, we've won those games. In the games that they've dictated it, they've been close but they've won most of them."

The Clippers are scoring a league-best 109.3 points per game and the Timberwolves are third at 107.8.

Blake Griffin scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against the Grizzlies and has at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in eight of his last 10.

He said the Clippers are at their best playing up-tempo basketball.

"We just kind of fell into that slow grind and that's not going to work for us like we talked about," Griffin said. "We can play that way, but not as well as we can the other way."

The Timberwolves haven't minded those kinds of games in their own building. They're 5-1 at home and have averaged 109.8 points in those games despite shooting 44.2 percent from the floor.

They're returning home after Tuesday's 104-100 loss at Washington to continue a stretch of five games in seven days. Minnesota had a 16-point lead in the first half but scored just 37 in the final two quarters.

"If you're going to be somebody in the league, you have to be ready to win every night," Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio said. "I think we didn't do it tonight in the second half and this kind of game is one of the games that you're going to need."

Kevin Love had 25 points and 11 rebounds for his 11th double-double in 12 games. Sixteen of those points came in the first quarter.

Kevin Martin had his worst shooting night of the year, going 4 for 17 with 11 points. He's 10 for 35 in his last two games.

"We need everybody every night," coach Rick Adelman said. "We can't usually get by if we have a couple guys with off games."

Martin had one of his three 30-point nights this season against the Clippers nine days ago.

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Silasie
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They are coming off a back to back again which is good for us. Will probably be tough again. I hope CP can get his shot back.

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The T Wolves love to have huge 1st quarters. They did it again last night, though they ultimately lost. We're one of the few teams that didn't allow them to shoot us out of the gym in the first quarter last time. It may be a tall order at MIN, however if we stick to our plan and everyone at least shows up, we can persevere. I think a lot of their strategy (which seems to work very well) is to break teams spirit early. The Wizards didn't fall for it last night and neither should we...especially considering how many points we can put up.

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No Matt Barnes on this road trip? SIGH

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That is not good. A very small silver lining to a large cloud is that Reggie will probably get some mins. I hope his shot start falling.

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Dudley's tendonitis isn't gonna get better with Matt out!

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And of course he was injured by the effing Jizzlies. I hate that team more then any other team in the league with their whining( can Gasol or Randolph ever get a foul without their constant crying) and fighting.

That done,tonight will be tough as will tomorrow.

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I hope Doc is now clear that Willie is not interchangeable for Matt!

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Jamison? Maybe? Throw us a bone, Doc!

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Same here!! Come one Reggie this is your time to shine!!! Show Doc you deserves minutes instead of Dudley!

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Griffin has got to stay close to Love. Love is clever, but he's not going to blow by guys, so Griffin needs to focus on him, stay close, and forget about help defense. Love is good, but you have to at least take away his open, spot up looks.

And Love can't guard Blake One on One, Blake will kill him. That Is Pek is usually guarding Blake and Love on DJ. If Love get caught guarding Bkake, the Clips need to feed the beast and let him do work.

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Uhhhh In my opinion it was a mistake giving Matt all that money! He isn't to me a high-dollar guy! Not to say he doesn't deserve it after his career year but it wasn't a great move to give him all that money! It to me seems like he isn't hungry this year like he was last season! He has to get healthy first! And he hasn't been so I will give him a while before I start speaking bad about him! #GetHealthyMatt

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You may be right, but would we have been able to re-sign him we didn't give him the money? And if we wouldn't are you advocating letting him go?

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NOOOOO! Matt is one of those gritty defensive guys! A glue guy!!! My thing is if we pay you more we expect more! He hasn't been healthy so I am no where saying let him go! I do not jump to conclusions less than 15 games into the season except Byron Mullens hahaha Love Ya BJ!!!! Much is given , much is required, right? My thing is you get paid more you need to produce more and that goes for Chris , Blake , DJ and everyone else! But he hasn't been healthy all season so I havent concluded anything because I have seen flashes of the Old Matt!!!! We just need him to get healthy first then after he is healthy for a couple of weeks then I can judge! But I can't judge unhealthiness that is the same for Jared Dudley as well! I do not think he is healthy!

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@EricPatten: Doc said he thinks Antawn Jamison will play "sooner than later" because the #Clippers "will need him on the floor" #ItsTime

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Well, that is the thing, you say we shouldn't have paid him but that might have been the only way to keep him. And like you and me, the FO/Doc didn't want to lose him.

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I suppose with Matt out and Dudley not 100% we could do with some help at the SF.

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Just gotta try and keep possessions even. Work the defensive glass and force turnovers.

Silasie
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Here we go. Come on Clips!

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JJ doing work early!

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This is the perfect start.

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WoW Redickulous

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Mr 1st quarter doing it again. 8 early points for JJ.

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man, I'm stuck on league pass - have to listen to these idiot homers talk about how Reddick's charge was "a total flop", not gonna be the most enjoyable game tonight lol

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Great start!

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and hopefully a perfect ending. Smile

ClipperKyle32
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Instead of "Linsanity" we have "Redickulous"

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TWolves have been having massive 1st quarters, this is the way to stop that.

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Keep this up. They look like they're on the ropes already.

tense2
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Didn't we start with a 8-0 run at home against these guys??.

ClipperDodger1214
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WTF DJ DUNK THAT!!!

ClippersDA
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Trading baskets after a great start. Need cp3ti have a big game

ClippersDA
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Wow. Come on guys.

JahvonTheClip
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So many easy points missed right now sheesh!

ClippersDA
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Turnover city, why can't we sustain big leads?

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Maybe we need a TO.

Clipperfan9
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missed layups everywhere

JahvonTheClip
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Good D reggie!

ClipperDodger1214
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Missed layups and other easy baskets simply cannot happen. They have to finish those.

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Tooearly for a REGGIE! REGGIE!! REGGIE! chant?

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I know our announcers try to be nice and unbiased (Unlike TNT and ESPN) but I am tired of hearing about how glorious Rubio and Love are. I don't give a sh** about them, Ralph and Mike. YOu guys are supposed to be biased for us

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Yes let him keep his head.

tense2
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Take that better shot Blake!

Silasie
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How long had Hollins been in before committing a flagrant?

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Blake needs a little consistent floater from 10 feet because he gets a lot of those looks and if he could hit a floater at 60% from there! it would give him 2-3 more scoring opportunities a game.

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Reggie!

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Refs caught them up

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Blake needs to front Love there, there's no space for a pass over the top

ClippersDA
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Not a hollins fan. Ugh we were up 12-0,this team gives you high blood pressure. They have the attention span of a gnat,can only focus for five minutes at a time.

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Yes Reggie, the first of many Smile

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