Clippers Vs. 76ers Official Game Thread 2013-12-09

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By JOHN KOSIK

Posted Dec 08 2013 6:33PM

It wouldn't have been a stretch to say the Los Angeles Clippers could dominate during a seven-game road trip featuring six Eastern Conference teams that hardly seem like heavyweights.

Instead, the Clippers are 1-2 on a thus-far disappointing swing that continues Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Los Angeles (13-8) started off Wednesday with a 107-97 loss to Atlanta, which came in at 9-10. The Clippers turned it around the next night with a 101-81 victory in Memphis - the lone West opponent on their trip.

What followed was a testy 88-82 loss against Cleveland on Saturday night in which Los Angeles shot a horrendous 32.2 percent and failed to score at least 90 points for the first time this season. The Cavaliers improved to 7-13 with the victory.

"We did a lot of pouting today," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who was disappointed after his team's solid all-around performance against the Grizzlies. "You can't play like that. I think we had a lot of emotional hijacks, then we missed shots."

It was by far the worst offensive game of the season for the Clippers, who went 7 for 35 from 3-point range and fell 22 points below their season scoring average.

Blake Griffin went 3 for 12 and his frustration boiled over late in the fourth quarter when he got into a scuffle with Cavs center Anderson Varejao. Varejao bumped his shoulder into Griffin, who then shoved Varejao to the floor and continued after him. Players and coaches from both teams surrounded the two players.

"He initiated contact and I pushed him. That's about it," Griffin said.

Jamal Crawford scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 13 for Los Angeles, which has lost three of four overall.

The Clippers certainly have a chance to bounce back against the 76ers (7-14), who have lost six of their last seven and 10 of 12. Los Angeles will then face three more teams that enter Monday's action with losing records - Boston (10-12), Brooklyn (6-14) and Washington (9-10).

Philadelphia held a four-point lead at the break against Denver on Saturday, but fell apart in the second half of a 103-92 loss.

Tony Wroten scored 20 points for the Sixers, who gave away the lead during a 15-2 run by the Nuggets and scored just 15 points in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia didn't even attempt a free throw in the final period.

"The right run at the right time definitely helps," said Evan Turner, who went 3 for 12 and scored six points. "I thought we had control of the game most of the game."

Turner, leading the team with 20.5 points per contest, failed to reach double digits for only the second time this season.

The Sixers followed a 24-for-48 performance in the first half by hitting 16 of their 40 shots in the second. They went 1 for 9 from 3-point range after halftime.

Philadelphia is still without rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who spent his third night in the hospital Saturday while recovering from a skin infection on his right knee. He has missed two straight games and the 76ers are 1-5 without him this season.

"It's being monitored closely, but nothing to get too overly concerned with," coach Brett Brown said before Saturday's game.

The 76ers have lost three straight and five of their last seven against the Clippers.

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Voyeur
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No MCW according to twitter. They say he's still limping pretty badly.

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We have to win this one. Come on Clips!

I really don't want another loss to a struggling team.

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Word is getting out... the Clips are an easy "elite" scalp for struggling teams to take. We need to start playing like underdogs.

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That sounds about right. The teams probably think " they're good but we can take them". We've got to prove them wrong. I would fancy it if I was a 76er.

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This team needs to wake up and play hard.. Hopefully that snow in Philly awakens the potential..

JahvonTheClip
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In our losses we keep taking jumpshots even when our shot isn't there that night. We need to have a more balanced attack

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The Clippers better rebound well and limit these guys from getting easy 2nd chance buckets, or else this could be another loss.

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Yep, we need to have a rebound game literally and figuratively.

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Most importantly...we better shoot better or it won't matter.

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Brad Turner @BA_Turner about 2 hours ago

DeAndre Jordan practiced today. Has strained right arch. Game time decision for tonight at Philly.

Hope he plays or we could really be trouble.

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The thought of Mullens and Hollins playing extended mins is pretty damn scary!!

Silasie
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^ And I don't mean for the 76s

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Doc's pre-game speech: "If we don't take this game by 20, we ride the bus to Boston and NOBODY gets a f*cking cheese steak!"

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Let's try playing form the outside and move to the inside,not the reverse as they did last game.

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How come NBA games don't start on time? Soccer games here in England start exactly at the time they are scheduled.

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God Willie forgot how to play. It's enough already. No more!

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Guess they are still going to brick the 3s all night

ClippersDA
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Same for Dudley.

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No sport in the USA starts on the hour,always 10 minutes after. We're not very on time people I guess.

ClippersDA
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Earth to Willie...stop shooting threes! Completely out of control.

Icecoldclipper
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Post ups and pick and rolls to the bigs nothing else. Wings are cold or Paul needs to go Point god mode.

CP3Heliflopter
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Wow our wings have been complete and utter crap the last few games. Unbelievable.

I thought DJ was seriously injured. I am really really glad that he seems fine.

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I liking most of the looks early on and the energy. If you keep playing good basketball you usually don't just miss everything,and if you do then it isn't that you played bad basketball. They need to keep it up. Pace has been pretty fast to start out this game

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Willie's feet are allergic to painted wood.

CP3Heliflopter
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Paul, Blake and DJ(our "big 3") have to really step it up with the poor wing play. Geez.

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Glad to see CP3 being aggressive and driving to the basket so far.

Agent0
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Willie to the basket, mixing it up

Icecoldclipper
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This is more like it keep it rolling.

Agent0
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Nice play on the fast break

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Chris with 6 ast

Blake with 7/4

DJ with 7 reb

This is good when everyone is doing their job

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Finally Willie!

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Good energy so far

Agent0
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I heard Paul say "I got young fellow on me" to Doc and interestingly enough they run the post up play where he faces up and looks to get a foul on the rip through move.

Just mean

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Paul and Durant are probably the best at utilizing the rip through move.

Icecoldclipper
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Disgusting go rebound!

CP3Heliflopter
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Btw the Sixers announcers are pretty good and not too biased.

ClippersDA
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Omg haha.

CP3Heliflopter
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Lol how many chances did they freaking have?

Dunkathon
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Can't blame the team too much for some of those rebounds. Just went the wrong way. Should only have two shots at the rim at most though.

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Our inability to get a defensive rebound is a real problem. DJ has been doing pretty well, but Blake has been completely MIA with hustle, energy and boxing out.

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Blake seems to prefer jumpers than banging in the post.

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Wings players have to step in and help rebound.

JahvonTheClip
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Well he said he worked on his face up game.

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I think his motivation is that he wants to continue working on his jumper.

IMO, it's not the worst idea to go to the jumper first to open up looks inside, but I would rather have him do it the other way around.

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Blake is a streaky foul shooter.

Agent0
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He needs to mix it up based on matchups a little better. Go at some of the smaller guys a bit more

JahvonTheClip
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Aww that was a sucky call

ClippersDA
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The problem is blake is special. Ear the. Asker and so so away from it. He should play to his strengths, that is why he is paid.

Icecoldclipper
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Sloppy 1st considering the chances we had but nice to have a lead.

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