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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-12 Post ID: 420342by clipper*joe » Dec 12, 2013 - 09:52 AM PST
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Kevin Garnett didn't feel that facing his most recent former team was too emotional because his coach wasn't there.

Doc Rivers, now with the Los Angeles Clippers, didn't feel the same.

Rivers, Garnett and Paul Pierce continue an unusual three-day stretch of reunions Thursday night when the visiting Clippers meet the Brooklyn Nets.

Pierce and Garnett were the leading scorers for Rivers on the 2007-08 Boston Celtics team that captured the NBA title.

This stretch of reunions for this trio began Tuesday for Garnett and Pierce with a 104-96 home victory over Boston in their first game against the Celtics.

"Because Doc ain't over there, it's probably a little less emotional," Garnett said.

That means it will probably be more emotional for him Thursday when Rivers comes to the borough one night after the coach guided Los Angeles (15-8) to a 96-88 road win over the Celtics. Returning to Boston clearly meant a lot to Rivers.

"It was just a really nice day," said Rivers, choking back tears in his postgame news conference. "This is, it's just such a classy place here. ... They cheer for their teams and they love their athletes. The best decision I ever made was 10 years ago, when I decided to come."

Rivers will finally face Garnett and Pierce after both were out in the Clippers' 110-103 home win over the Nets on Nov. 16. Brooklyn (7-14) was severely short-handed in that one, with Brook Lopez and Deron Williams also injured.

All of those players are available now for first-year Nets coach Jason Kidd since Williams returned Tuesday with 25 points after he had missed nine straight games and 11 overall with a sprained left ankle.

"He's the head of the snake," said Pierce, who also came back Tuesday from a four-game absence due to a broken hand. "I mean he's one of the most important pieces of what we're trying to do here, what we're trying to build and trying to win a championship."

Williams' presence figures to be critical as he renews his point guard rivalry with Chris Paul, who had 12 points and 13 assists against Brooklyn last month.

Williams was selected third overall in the 2005 draft and Paul was picked fourth. Williams' teams hold a 14-5 edge in their previous matchups.

Their numbers are fairly even in those contests. Williams is averaging 16.7 points and 8.5 assists, and Paul is averaging 16.4 and 9.2.

Another key matchup will be inside with Lopez going up against Blake Griffin. Lopez is averaging 23.0 points and Griffin 14.8 in four previous meetings, with the Nets winning three of them.

Brooklyn has won consecutive games for the first time thanks to some defensive improvement. The Nets have allowed opponents to shoot 42.5 percent in these contests after that figure was at 46.3 percent through 19 games.

"Obviously it's only two games but when you look at the tape you see guys with our new schemes, you're starting to see a turnover and those are positive signs," Garnett said.

The Clippers improved to 3-2 on their seven-game trip as Paul had 22 points and nine assists and reserve Jamal Crawford scored 21 on Wednesday.

Los Angeles has lost its last five on the road versus the Nets.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420343by Silasie » Dec 12, 2013 - 10:06 AM PST
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So yesterday Doc went back to his old team, but tonight is another return with PP and KG being the big stars he coached for so long. That's back to back nostalgia for our head coach Wink. Lets have another W for Doc!!!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420344by jarca » Dec 12, 2013 - 10:47 AM PST
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Could this be our first win at TNT?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420347by Voyeur » Dec 12, 2013 - 11:05 AM PST
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I would say expect BKN to be tougher with D Will back than they have been. Lopez usually has great games against us too.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420348by cleepers » Dec 12, 2013 - 11:16 AM PST
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Be nice if we can hit some open 3's for a change.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420350by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Dec 12, 2013 - 11:25 AM PST
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If the Clippers play an entire game and don't take it easy for the 1st half, like they're so used to doing, then this should be an easy win.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420351by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Dec 12, 2013 - 11:26 AM PST
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I wonder what the odds are on Jason Kidd spilling another drink tonight.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420355by namzug » Dec 12, 2013 - 12:19 PM PST
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I'm really hoping DJ does well this game against both Lopez and KG. This will be a tough match up, and he can continue to show his progress with a good showing against one of the better offensive centers in the league.

I'm also looking forward to seeing more of Jackson, I think he can be a defensive stopper against some of the bigger wing players we will come up against.

                
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Post ID: 420357by pageC4 » Dec 12, 2013 - 12:25 PM PST
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its on TNT tonight? Oh no, we never win those

                
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Post ID: 420362by TheDude » Dec 12, 2013 - 12:57 PM PST
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Hope you're right. I don't see anything easy about this game. They have everybody back and were resting yesterday. They've been winning some games lately and that's without decent performances from PP and KG. You know those two guys are going to be balls out tonight.

I'll be thrilled with a 1point win tonight. I think it's a tough game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420364by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 12, 2013 - 01:07 PM PST
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Just our luck that we face them just when they get healthy.

                
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Post ID: 420372by Silasie » Dec 12, 2013 - 02:47 PM PST
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We also played them when 4 of their starters were out so we can't really complain about that.

                
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Post ID: 420373by pageC4 » Dec 12, 2013 - 03:21 PM PST
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its nice to catch a break. I'm glad they gave us that one

                
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Post ID: 420374by pageC4 » Dec 12, 2013 - 03:24 PM PST
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man, people are never going to let him forget that stunt.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420375by Clipperman#5 » Dec 12, 2013 - 03:45 PM PST
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We did win our 2nd TNT game of the season on TNT Halloween Night vs The Warriors though, but yeah we don't have much luck on TNT nights lol

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420378by FightOnRon » Dec 12, 2013 - 04:24 PM PST
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TNT means radio not TV. I can't stand any more of those announcers and studio idiots. This will be way tougher then last night so guys,stop bricking up 20 3-pointers in the 1st quarter.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420380by CapsNClips » Dec 12, 2013 - 05:17 PM PST
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Who's calling the game tonight? Anybody know?

                
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Post ID: 420384by Silasie » Dec 12, 2013 - 06:23 PM PST
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Barkley was watching the game at the TD Garden last night!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420386by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Dec 12, 2013 - 06:27 PM PST
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We gotta win convincingly tonight to shut up the TNT announcers, mainly Barkley.

                
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Post ID: 420387by clipnasty » Dec 12, 2013 - 06:28 PM PST
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Dude, it was a couple weeks ago...

In any event, people will NOT let him forget it, along with the whole mess he created. PS. Look for the Fake Lawrence Frank on Twitter. Pretty funny.

                
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Post ID: 420388by pageC4 » Dec 12, 2013 - 06:29 PM PST
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wow, I'm surprised we haven't heard him talk s##t yet

                
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Post ID: 420389by Silasie » Dec 12, 2013 - 06:38 PM PST
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I am sure its coming. Particularly as we weren't very good.

                
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Post ID: 420392by tense2 » Dec 12, 2013 - 06:50 PM PST
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With their current shooting and injury woes I wouldn't bet on it and the odds support that (Clippers -1). Applaud your optimism though.

                
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Post ID: 420393by pageC4 » Dec 12, 2013 - 06:55 PM PST
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im sure its the highlight of his night. he probably has a list of clipper jokes all lined up

                
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Post ID: 420394by MrHill » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:03 PM PST
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Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Craig Sager (sidelines)

                
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Post ID: 420395by pageC4 » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:17 PM PST
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I'll do that.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420396by Icecoldclipper » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:17 PM PST
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Injuries are going to suck with the firepower they have got to find a way.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420397by david » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:20 PM PST
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Willie hits his first shot!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420398by david » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:21 PM PST
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Nice pass Blake to DJ for the dunk!

                
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Post ID: 420399by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:22 PM PST
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The only way he can out due himself is if he steps in the court and almost trips CP3 or Blake on a fast break play.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420400by Icecoldclipper » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:22 PM PST
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already like the rebounding urgency by Dud

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420401by david » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:22 PM PST
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Blake hits his 3rd jump shot attempt!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420402by david » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:23 PM PST
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CP3 for threeeee!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420403by Agent0 » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:26 PM PST
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Dudley working on the glass again tonight

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420404by Agent0 » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:26 PM PST
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Paul and Blake didn't communicate too well on the switch back there, that kind of scrambled the defense

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420405by JahvonTheClip » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:28 PM PST
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Ever since chris put the sleeve back on he is been shooting better

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420406by Agent0 » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:28 PM PST
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It's interesting because it Paul misses those same shots, the conclusion might be that he isn't being aggressive because he would be at zero points. Good start so far.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420407by Icecoldclipper » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:30 PM PST
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Need to stay aggressive like this throughout the game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420408by ClipperDodger1214 » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:34 PM PST
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Great decision by Blake, feed the open Willie

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420409by david » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:34 PM PST
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Willie hits it from deep!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420410by david » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:35 PM PST
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Griffin to Jordan alley oop 2nd time!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420411by david » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:35 PM PST
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Dudley hits the fast break 3, Clippers on a roll for once to start the first quarter!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420412by Icecoldclipper » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:35 PM PST
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Its been a long time the offense is clicking and hitting shots.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420413by Agent0 » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:35 PM PST
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Those defensive numbers in terms of F% and 3PT% over the last couple of games match what we have been seeing on the court.

Dudley and Willie both looking good tonight, it's like the Twilight Zone

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420414by Grillinnap » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:35 PM PST
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I don't know if you've noticed, but the Nets are just shooting nothing but jumpers.

                
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Post ID: 420415by FightOnRon » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:36 PM PST
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Pretty bizarre to start a game and not be behind by 5 right off the bat

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420416by uncool » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:36 PM PST
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This is how we need to play!!! Great start!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420417by Silasie » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:36 PM PST
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This is more like it. Nice start Smile

                
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Post ID: 420418by Agent0 » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:37 PM PST
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They have ran Joe in mid-post, I mean he's shooting jumpers, but it is a different look. They have also missed some close shots, but they were well decently contested.

Outside of jumpshots, Lopez is their other option going to the post, and Blatche with action around the basket.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-13 Post ID: 420419by ClipperDodger1214 » Dec 12, 2013 - 07:37 PM PST
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The defense looks good. Lopez had to earn that bucket.

                
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