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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418312by clipper*joe » Dec 03, 2013 - 08:47 PM PST
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By JEFF BARTL Posted Dec 03 2013 5:19PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are set to embark on the first of two seven-game road trips over the next two months, and they're clinging to an old clich: one game at a time.

The Clippers make their first stop on the trip Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks, who have lost five of six.

Los Angeles (12-6) will look to get back on track after its four-game winning streak ended with a 105-100 home loss to Indiana on Sunday. Jamal Crawford had 20 points off the bench, Blake Griffin scored 16 with 12 rebounds, and Chris Paul finished with 17 points and 10 assists for his 15th double-double.

Paul missed a pair of makable shots late, though.

"I had two great looks at the end," he said. "If I make one of those shots, it ties the game up and puts pressure on them, so I was mad and disgusted in myself because I got the shot that I wanted."

After facing the Hawks, the Clippers will visit Memphis, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn and Washington before returning home.

Los Angeles, which opens another seven-game trip Jan. 17, is 4-4 on the road while averaging 100.5 points. The Clippers are 8-2 at home with a 111.2 scoring average.

"It's our job - C.P., myself and DeAndre (Jordan) - to keep reassuring everybody that we can't look ahead," Griffin told the team's official website. "Something that we always say about a road trip, 'You can't win them all without winning the first one,' so that's kind of the mindset that we have to have."

Griffin had 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the last meeting with Atlanta, though the Clippers fell on the road 104-93 on Nov. 24, 2012.

The Hawks (9-10) return home after losing 108-101 at Washington on Saturday and 102-100 at San Antonio on Monday. Jeff Teague scored 19 and Paul Millsap added 15 points and 14 rebounds against the Spurs.

"It's a very, very (tough loss)," Millsap said. "The effort was there, the effort was definitely there. Guys were out there in sync. So to get out there and lay it all out there and not come out with the victory is kind of tough."

Though Atlanta has struggled lately, it has scored at least 100 points in back-to-back games after averaging 89.7 over its previous seven.

"I'm proud of our guys. (Monday) was a very good effort," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "If we play that long and that hard in games, we're going to be OK. It's good for our guys to compete the way they competed."

The Hawks are allowing an average of 103.8 points over their last five, and they'll face another tough test with a Clippers offense that ranks among the best in the league with 106.4 per game.

Coach Doc Rivers elected to bring Crawford off the bench again Sunday despite him scoring a season-high 31 points in nearly 38 minutes as a reserve in Friday's win over Sacramento.

Regular starter J.J. Redick suffered a broken bone in his shooting hand and a ligament tear in his right elbow against the Kings and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Willie Green started Sunday and could do so again in this contest.

The Hawks have won four straight at home against the Clippers and six of the previous eight overall.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418314by WinningBasket » Dec 03, 2013 - 09:19 PM PST
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I hope the Clippers set the pace and not play down to the Hawks' level. This is very winnable.

                
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Post ID: 418317by pageC4 » Dec 03, 2013 - 09:47 PM PST
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That's my worry as well. I'm reminded of the Orlando, and Lakers game. Also, the game against Sacramento where we barely won. The Clippers need to apply pressure early, Paul needs to be the one setting the tone by scoring early as well. We don't have Reddick to hit those threes for us and keep us in the game in the first quarter.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418331by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Dec 04, 2013 - 12:19 AM PST
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WILLIE! WILLIE! WILLIE!

We need him to fill that solid role he played last season. Gotta have faith.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418340by JahvonTheClip » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:09 AM PST
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They lost to the spurs by a game winning jumper. We can't sleep on them at all

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418342by Voyeur » Dec 04, 2013 - 09:41 AM PST
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I don't see us sleeping on anyone...playing down to anyone...or overlooking anyone on this trip. Because all teams on this trip are kinda sorry-to-mediocre. I think we'll play hard. I believe if we don't win, it's because of the disruptions the injuries have caused.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418355by TheBlakeShow » Dec 04, 2013 - 12:11 PM PST
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This could easily be a 7-0 road trip if the Clippers do not get lazy or play down competition.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418356by cleepers » Dec 04, 2013 - 12:17 PM PST
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Already dropped a couple of road games we shouldn't have. This trip could help bring that road record back where it needs to be.

                
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Post ID: 418357by pageC4 » Dec 04, 2013 - 12:44 PM PST
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Let's hope so. Tough thing is that after Atlanta we face the dirty bears. For those Clippers fans who are planning on watchng the game against Memphis you will also be treated to a UFC match courtesy of those cheap shot punks in Tennesse.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418358by Steady818 » Dec 04, 2013 - 01:26 PM PST
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i have the feeling we gonna make this game a lot harder than it actually needs to be..

                
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Post ID: 418359by clipperboy24 » Dec 04, 2013 - 01:36 PM PST
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Hope not but it seems like we usually do when it should be easy and make the games that are tough easier than they should have been.

Really hoping reggie bullock can get some significant time in, he should really be able to dominate Kyle Korver or Lou Williams if they are guarding him.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418360by ClipperPostman » Dec 04, 2013 - 02:11 PM PST
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The problem is many fans believe that because a teams record isn't good, that somehow they are supposed to just get blown out.

This is the NBA and athletes are getting paid Millions so you can expect games to be competitive even if the other team isn't a playoff team.

Miami doesn't blow out every weaker opponent. In fact they even lose some of those games.

Because any given game shots can fall one way and not the other way.

With that being said I expect us to go at least 5-2 on this road trip even with the injuries.

                
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Post ID: 418361by tense2 » Dec 04, 2013 - 02:11 PM PST
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Where the Clips are right now, nothing is going to be easy. Hopefully we can go 5-2 on this trip.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418364by clipper*joe » Dec 04, 2013 - 02:49 PM PST
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If memory serves me right, we seemed to have a hard time in the ATL the last several years. This isn't going to be any different.

#cautionsignupahead

                
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Post ID: 418368by CapsNClips » Dec 04, 2013 - 04:56 PM PST
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I remember there being a controversial call against Griffin on Horford when we played them at their arena. I can't remember exactly what happened, I just remember we got robbed.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418369by ClipperKyle32 » Dec 04, 2013 - 05:04 PM PST
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Last Season Blake got a T on the bench in ATL! I was there! The past two seasons the Clippers have lost in ATL! I have been at both! I will not make it tonight so maybe I have been "Bad Luck"! So if we win tonight its gonna make me feel bad because I am "Bad Luck"

                
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Post ID: 418370by Silasie » Dec 04, 2013 - 05:07 PM PST
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Does that mean you would rather we lost?

                
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Post ID: 418371by CapsNClips » Dec 04, 2013 - 05:08 PM PST
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Think of it as you being good luck for the Hawks.

                
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Post ID: 418372by ClipperKyle32 » Dec 04, 2013 - 05:15 PM PST
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NOOOOOOOO NOT AT ALL

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418373by ClipperKyle32 » Dec 04, 2013 - 05:20 PM PST
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Isn't Kyle Korver back in the lineup? Isn't he one game from setting the record for consecutive games with atleast 1 3 made? I know wouldn't like records set on his team! I wonder what kind of defense he plans to throw at Kyle? Maybe some traps, double teams, some length like a Bullock or make him shoot over Griffin or Jordan? I'm looking forward to see how Doc plays that

                
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Post ID: 418374by Silasie » Dec 04, 2013 - 05:21 PM PST
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LOL there wasn't a emoticon for tongue-in-cheek, so I thought I'd just say it cold. Wink

                
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Post ID: 418380by FightOnRon » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:22 PM PST
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Your memory is air tight. This will not be a cake walk and I really am not looking forward to the brawl coming up too. Who will the Jizzlies hurt now,as they sharpen their elbows.

But no looking ahead to the fight,gotta focus on tonight.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418381by ClipperKyle32 » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:34 PM PST
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Doc just photobombed Domonique Wilkins and said "D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I don't know how many of you are watching the Hawks broadcasting! They also said try to turn Lob City into Sob City

                
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Post ID: 418382by Clipperfan9 » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:43 PM PST
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I'm on the same broadcast unfortunately

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418383by JahvonTheClip » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:44 PM PST
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Blake putting in work early, I like

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418385by JahvonTheClip » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:50 PM PST
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Willie green is so bad....

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418386by uncool » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:52 PM PST
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DUD looks so sloppy and it seems like he out-thinks himself on passes. I haven't seen all that "b-ball iq" yet...

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418387by clipper*joe » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:54 PM PST
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DJ is playing horrible...HORRIBLE.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418388by jarca » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:55 PM PST
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Come on DJ

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418389by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:55 PM PST
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DJ sleeping on D.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418390by Icecoldclipper » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:55 PM PST
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rebound!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418391by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:56 PM PST
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**** DJ and Dudley ugh.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418392by clipper*joe » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:57 PM PST
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Take DJ the **** out!!!!!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418393by Icecoldclipper » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:57 PM PST
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bad rebounds and bad shootings

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418394by jarca » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:58 PM PST
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0-4 so far yikes

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418395by JahvonTheClip » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:58 PM PST
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I've been thinking about this for a while. I honestly think we might need to trade DJ. He can't make any fts. Shaq was a better ft shooter and he isn't the best partner to put next to blake. Pau Gasol would be perfect next to blake or someone like that

                
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Nobody but Blake are hitting shots. Bad start.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418397by clipper*joe » Dec 04, 2013 - 06:59 PM PST
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DJ is breaking down the team defense. This is all on DJ. He lost at least 3 possessions alone by losing the ball. He can't play any worse....

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418398by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:00 PM PST
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DJ doesn't know how to protect the rim.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418399by clipper*joe » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:03 PM PST
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DJ caught sleeping again/

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418400by Silasie » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:04 PM PST
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CP has woken up. About time.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418401by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:05 PM PST
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Terrible start. DJ was the main reason for that poor start. Dudley was also awful.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418402by Icecoldclipper » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:06 PM PST
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idk how we do anything in the playoffs if Griffin and Jordan don't take a huge leap on defense. The team overall needs to improve bu now it seems teams targe them.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418403by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:06 PM PST
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I have to admit my patience with Dudley is wearing thin. Hope Barnes gets healthy already so Dudley can sit on the bench until he is 100%.

                
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This game feels like clippers could be winning easily but they are playing down to the hawks.

                
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Post ID: 418406by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:08 PM PST
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More DJ than Blake since that is DJ's primary job. He is not doing a satisfactory job as a defensive anchor. Our starting wings have been terrible this game too.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418407by Icecoldclipper » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:08 PM PST
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The bench has been better than the starters simce Jamison start playing.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418408by JahvonTheClip » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:10 PM PST
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We gotta get stops. Scoring with a team won't get a win

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Hawks Official Game Thread 2013-12-04 Post ID: 418409by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:12 PM PST
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Wake the **** up!

                
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Post ID: 418410by ClipperPostman » Dec 04, 2013 - 07:13 PM PST
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DJ is second in the league in rebounding and 5th in blocks. To me his defense has been solid but his Rebounding the last 2 games have been horrid.

                
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