Clippers Vs. Nets Official Game Thread 2013-12-12

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Posted Dec 11 2013 11:47PM

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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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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Could this be our first win at TNT?

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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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Be nice if we can hit some open 3's for a change.

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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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I wonder what the odds are on Jason Kidd spilling another drink tonight.

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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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its on TNT tonight? Oh no, we never win those

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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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Just our luck that we face them just when they get healthy.

Silasie
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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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its nice to catch a break. I'm glad they gave us that one

pageC4
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man, people are never going to let him forget that stunt.

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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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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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Who's calling the game tonight? Anybody know?

Silasie
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Barkley was watching the game at the TD Garden last night!

A_DOG_NAMED_BUD
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We gotta win convincingly tonight to shut up the TNT announcers, mainly Barkley.

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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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wow, I'm surprised we haven't heard him talk s##t yet

Silasie
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I am sure its coming. Particularly as we weren't very good.

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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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im sure its the highlight of his night. he probably has a list of clipper jokes all lined up

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Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Craig Sager (sidelines)

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I'll do that.

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Injuries are going to suck with the firepower they have got to find a way.

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Willie hits his first shot!

david
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Nice pass Blake to DJ for the dunk!

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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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already like the rebounding urgency by Dud

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Blake hits his 3rd jump shot attempt!

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CP3 for threeeee!

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Dudley working on the glass again tonight

Agent0
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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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Ever since chris put the sleeve back on he is been shooting better

Agent0
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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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Need to stay aggressive like this throughout the game.

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Great decision by Blake, feed the open Willie

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Willie hits it from deep!

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Griffin to Jordan alley oop 2nd time!

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Dudley hits the fast break 3, Clippers on a roll for once to start the first quarter!

Icecoldclipper
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Its been a long time the offense is clicking and hitting shots.

Agent0
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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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I don't know if you've noticed, but the Nets are just shooting nothing but jumpers.

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Pretty bizarre to start a game and not be behind by 5 right off the bat

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This is how we need to play!!! Great start!

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This is more like it. Nice start Smile

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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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The defense looks good. Lopez had to earn that bucket.

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