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By JORDAN GARRETSON

Posted Dec 05 2013 1:20AM

The Los Angeles Clippers failed in their first attempt this season to avenge their first-round playoff loss.

Their second try might not be successful if they can't shore up their defense.

Los Angeles looks to avoid losing a third straight game Thursday night when it visits the Memphis Grizzlies.

After winning the series' first two games, the Clippers were eliminated from in the Western Conference quarterfinals with four straight losses to Memphis. They suffered a 106-102 home defeat in the season's first meeting on Nov. 18.

A similar result could be imminent based on what Los Angeles (12-7) showed in a 107-97 loss at Atlanta on Wednesday to open its seven-game trip.

The Clippers let the Hawks go 12 of 23 from 3-point range, with six coming from Kyle Korver. They had held teams to 25.2 percent 3-point shooting over the last seven games.

Nonetheless, they've been one of the league's worst defensive teams overall, yielding 102.1 points per game.

"Part of it's effort," said point guard Chris Paul, whose team had lost two of its previous 11 contests before dropping its last two. "Part of it's pride. We've got to step it up. It's a long road trip, man. This is not a good start. You're not going to win too many games when you let the other team shoot 51 percent from the field."

Los Angeles also struggled offensively in the teams' first meeting, shooting 39.5 percent, its second-lowest mark of the season.

Memphis might be without Zach Randolph in addition to Marc Gasol. The duo combined for 49 points and 24 rebounds earlier against the Clippers.

Gasol is expected to be out at least another month with a sprained knee, while Randolph is day-to-day after missing two games due to ingrown toenail surgery performed Saturday.

However, the Grizzlies (9-8) got strong performances from lesser-known commodities in their absence during a 110-91 home victory over Phoenix on Tuesday. Jon Leuer scored a career-high 23 points and hauled in nine rebounds, while Ed Davis finished with 21 and 12 to help end the club's first four-game home skid in nearly four years.

Kosta Koufos also recorded his fourth double-digit rebound game in as many starts since Gasol's injury.

"We all have to pick it up from the first guy to the last guy on the bench," Davis said. "We can't replace Marc, and we can't replace (Randolph), but we all can replace some of the things they do."

Memphis looks like a team that could threaten Los Angeles' ailing defense after shooting 54.8 percent from the field with 26 assists Tuesday.

"The key is to try and spread it around because I can't do it by myself," said point guard Mike Conley, who had 18 points and 14 assists for his third double-double in four games. "Tony (Allen) can't do it by himself. We have to have everybody collectively chip in."

Jamal Crawford has just 19 points on 6-of-28 shooting over his last three meetings with the Grizzlies.

The Clippers have won three of their last four regular-season games at Memphis.

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JahvonTheClip
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No reason we shouldn't win this. Unless shitang like yesterday happens

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I really really hope we win tonight. Of course it is always important to beat the Grizzlies but it seems more so after our last two poor showings. Last night was just plain bad and the Pacers game we had several oppurtunties to beat an elite team that is flying high.

We need to beat the Enemy to restore our confidence and put the last 2 games behind us.

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I'd LIKE to think, in order to beat our worse nemesis on their own home court...a team with all the confidence in the world against us...we needed the poor taste in our mouth of that loss in Atlanta. We need to play with a nasty attitude tonight.

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Let's hope Elbows Randolph has to take the day off too,then maybe we can escape serious injury.

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You're forgetting Tony Allen's Kung Fu moves.

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We should win this game.. But then again we should have won yesterdayss game as well so lets just see how things turn out...

Less jump shooting more post play would be nice as well..

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Well I was assuming Doc would have them in football helmets tonight.

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no gasol so DJ should not get destroyed inside

austin009009
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although zach will probably get the best of blake

austin009009
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does anyone know when matt will be back?

austin009009
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it should be pretty soon

austin009009
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and JJs hurt his shooing hand so hopefully it doesn't affect his shot

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i heard another 2-3 weeks because he found out that theres another tear in his eye so he needs another surgery

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I'm gonna be disappointed if we don't have a statement win tonight. A 5 point win is still going to be a loss in my eyes.

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Really?

After last night and the Pacers I will take a W however it comes. A W and no injuries.

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Yup, at this point with the Clippers team a statement game = a win by however many points.

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These eye struggles are killing me, three eye surgeries in the last two weeks, hopefully this will be http://instagram.com/p/hjqchxrzV_/

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We have to come out and hit them in the mouth from the tip. We need to expose them with Gasol out. Blake really needs to keep Randolph in check.

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How have the Grizzlies been doing since Gasol has been out?

Voyeur
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Oh man. I hope he's gonna be okay. Don't want to mess around when it comes to eyes.

Voyeur
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I think I read that their last game was only their second win without Gasol. But they've also been without Randolph too.

JahvonTheClip
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Look Ma I got no hands...

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Playing respectable d

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DJ and BG have been trash lately.

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I EXPECT and WANT to see a lot of Reggie tonight and less of Dudley.

Our shooting is horrid right now

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Clippers are off to a slow start again.

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You forgot about CP3. CP3 perimeter defense has been horrid.

tense2
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And our wings have been worse.

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at this rate, we're going for 15-17 points for the 1st quarter

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Why is Dudley so useless?

JahvonTheClip
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We get too jump shot happy. We barely attack the rim. That should always be the first option and then jump shots second.

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Boy, I really wish we had Trevor Ariza right about now

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Zach seems off so far. Good sign for the Clippers.

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So far it looks like last night.

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Hope we play Bullock more at least he can play defense.

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Agreed.

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Why is the arena so empty

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Our bigs* still fail to contest a driving layup from a point guard that blows by cp3...

Dunkathon
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WEDGIE!

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Not having Gasol out there gives us a luxury to put Deandre on Zach.

I'll take that.

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Fast break and a jumper SMH

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They have but Green is a 3rd stringer and Dudley has been crap all season due to injury. Expectations are much higher for a superstar PF and DJ who is supposed to be our "defensive anchor" and is paid big time money.

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Wow dj...im sorry but he is just not a great fit for blake griffin. We need a inside-out big man who can pass a la pau gasol. Or atleast a Center who can play defense and make a ft...

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Why isn't Blake attacking a handicapped Randolph?

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Both teams look pretty bad right now. Come on Clips we can take them easy.

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Come on get the rebound! The block but we are not rushing the ball.

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Blake is a superstar??

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Good job attacking Randolph, Blake.

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Ice Storms?

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