Clippers @ Warriors Christmas Game Day 2013-12-25

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ClippersDA
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They are treating this lime a playoff game, making it a christmas white out with t shirts. We seem to struggle in Oakland but would love to take this one. I think we need to split the back to back.

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Lets go all balls out and win them both!! It is time (no pun) to step up show people we are for real and an elite team.

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I hate mark Jackson and his hypocritical belief

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It honestly looks like we are gonna run away with the pacific division award again. This will surely help

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Hoping Blake takes it to Lee down low and Dudley puts in a good shooting performance. Going to be a fun one!

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I think we can win both games honestly! Reporters seem to give all the props to Golden State and Portland ( Respectivley, I feel otherwise about the Warriors ) we should solidify our props going 2-0 or 1-1 on this back to back!!! For the Clippers every game is winable! CANT WAIT! More excited about this game than I am for opening Christmas presents

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All I want for Christmas is to see Mark Jackson humiliated.

Blake throwing down a Mozgov then smirking at the "reverend" before resting the 4th Q because we're up by 30 would be a very nice gift.

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LOL I see yuo've got the Christmas spirit causing through your veins there Cleepers. I would take a win happily for Christmas.

And to beat Portland too, now that would be a great present. Come on Santa, us Clips fans have been good Wink

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I don't like the Back to Back excuse. If that was a good excuse for losing

there wouldn't be any win streaks in the nba.

We won 17 straight last season and some were back to backs.

Both games are winnable. Portland I feel is easier of the 2.

If they put bogut on blake that could cause a little trouble. Bogut

is pretty strong on the post.

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Clippers +2.5. Hopefully we get the 1st road game and don't "need" to win the 2nd one.

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Well if this were the beginning of the season I would be really really worried,but I am just worried now so it's not too bad. they are sort of on a downswing, we are for sure in an upswing,go balls out and it is ours. Just no one get hurt pushing it.

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Last time we played GS we needed both JJ's and Jamal's 17 points each. Hopefully Dudley can fill any gaps.

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This needs to be a win against both teams. I want our road record to be better than it is. Also, a win against Portland would bring huge since this would narrow the gap between us and them. They are currently 1st place...and like the great humpty used to say "please allow me to bump thee."

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Damn, I wish we wouldn't have to play Golden State and Portland on a back to back. This is going to be tough, but I think we can pull it off. This will be a good test for us.

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Merry Christmas Clippernation. Hope all is well.

May our wishes come true of finally winning a championship and then some.

Today will be one small step towards our final goal. Today we beat the Warriors!!!!

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Friggin' Portland has 4 days rest to prepare for us. Where as the Clips played two extra games in between their last game. Who made the schedule?

Back to this game. I have a feeling the Warriors are going to play a good game at home for Xmas. They have been struggling lately and hope to take it out on us, who they perceive as a top enemy. We need to go all out against them to win this.

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Lets get this Christmas day game first and than lets concentrate on beating portland..

Again i think this game will be a tougher match up i still don't believe the Blazers are as good as their record indicates

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Two real tough tests for us. These are two playoff teams that were are going to face on the road and should we beat them we go from a pedestrian 8-7 road record to a respectable 10-7 road record. Also, it's always a plus to take down teams that are ahead of you in the standings

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Or Stephen Jackson slapping that kid Bazemore lol

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and Chris Paul going off for over 40. We won't win this game if Chris is lethargic. He has to push the pace

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Currently the Clippers stand in 4th place in the western conference. Three teams stand ahead of them: Portland, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio. As I started examining the top four teams in the west I noticed a key difference between the top three and our Clippers.

#1 Portland has an impressive record of 23-5, 11-2 at home, and 12-3 on the road.

#2 Oklahoma City has a record of 22-5, 13-1 at home, and 9-4 on the road.

#3 San Antonio has a record of 22-6, 10-3 at home, and 12-3 on the road.

#4 Clippers have a record of 20-9, 12-2 at home, and 8-7 on the road

For the most part the top three teams are very close in overall record. Only a one game difference stands between the 1st seed and 3rd seed. Yet there are is a 3 1/2 game difference between us and the first seed.

If you examine the numbers our home record is superb. In fact, at 12-2 only the Thunder have a better home record than us. As you can see our achiles heel is our road record. At 8-7 we are closer to performing like the teams below us, which hold a 7-6, 7-7, 5-9, and 7-9 road record than the top three, who pretty much play elite basketball whether at home or on the road.

The reason why this is a concern to me is that the 4th seed is not where you want to be. In the past two years we have seen the 5th seed upset the 4th seed both times. The 4-5 matchup tends to be a dogfight, and it is the most evenly matched series among all the seedings. Even two years ago when we upset the Grizzlies as the 5th seed they beat our team up so bad that Butler, Paul, and Griffin were all hobbled up and basically not at 100% against a Spurs team that was well rested after an easy matchup against the 8th seed. So even when a team wins this matchup it tends to be more physical and hard won that it can result in injury.

If the Clippers are to be an elite team we need them to be better on the road. This road trip can be a great opportunity for us to prove we belong in that elite three. This road trip will have huge implications

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I mentioned that the a Clippers were struggling on the road during the little losing streak when people were freaking out. The main guys, Paul, Griffin, Jordan had fairly similar production on the road, as well as Crawford. I believe while still good, a Redick had a big drop off from being great at home.

A few of the role players, mainly Hollins seemed to be struggling on the road. The plentiful loses to some of the Eastern teams were surprising, but hopefully they start to turn a new lead in terms of road play.

Clippers have the best record against the Western conference.

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Our 3pt defense has been outstanding and it will be tested again tonight. This is a true test of how far we have come on three point defense and if continue to defend the three like we have the past few weeks we should be able to snatch a win.

Curry and Thompson vs CP and Jamal ooohhhhhhh Lee vs Blake ahhhhhhhhhhhh I can't wait !!!!

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Last year Denver snuck up and stole the 3rd spot from us. This year Portland is on its way to finish on the top 3

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I checked out the numbers and you're right. According to ESPN, we lead the league in 3 point percentage defense.

http://espn.go.com/nba/statistics/team/ ... ctOpponent

As for our defense though we are in the middle of the pack. Which should improve with the addition of JJ Redick.

http://espn.go.com/nba/statistics/team/ ... e-per-game

So at least the acquisition of these new wings has successfully resulted in progress in that area

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Matt Barnes breaking that punk's nose with a headbutt and still managing to stay on the floor would be a Christmas miracle!

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Was Bazemore the kid that was dancing like an idiot on the sideline and waving his towel?

Agent0
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PPG isn't really an accurate measure of defensive efficacy if you aren't taking pace into account. The Clippers are definitely not a middle of the pack defensive team, they are a good one.

I think our on court production is a testament to that more than any ranking of opponent PPG. Drtg, opponent eFG% (takes into account FG% and 3PT%) are better measures

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Yup the dancing jester

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I don not think even Santa has that ability. Matt got tosses for a good hard-nose foul.

If you want to go there how about Mullens gets involved? He can not hurt us if he misses any games. Twisted Evil

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These other NBA games are brutal.

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what a clown.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy Holidays CTB...

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Very sad actually.. I'm hoping for Lakers to put up a fight and they are.. Let's go Lakers!! I want pacers with home court!!

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Looks like BG might finally get a signature shoe, he's wearing some tonight with a cool "BG" logo on them, maybe they are prototypes.

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This is cold,and I am sorry it went through my head,but watching on TV right now the pre-game show is showing the Clips at a Christmas party with the Salvation Army for 30 families. There is a scene of the Clips walking around, some of them are sitting and reading to the kids (and you hear them reading) ,and one shot of some kids holding up a book with DJ half holding a book with a kid and the first thought in my head was,which kid is reading to DJ (there is no sound in that scene)?

DJ,I apologize !

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I wonder who Iggy guards? Chris or Jamal?

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Well, no matter what happens I had a Merry Christmas and hope all you folks did too! Good luck. Clippers!

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Bcuz whoever he doesn't guard should go off tonight

JahvonTheClip
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I got a ps4

"I ain't worried bout nuthin!"

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Doesn't Mike Smith read this site? We already covered the Griffin Vs Love who is better situation. Yellow_Flash_Colorz_PDT_07

This is going to be a good game. Need to keep up the defensive intensity against this guys. Keep Curry in check.

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Road teams are 4-0 today.

Lets go Clips! Make it 5-0.

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Doing work early!!

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Good start by Griffin on offense. Great job by DJ to recovered after the initial offensive rebound by Bogut and the ball-watching on the following shot.

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strong game so far I am so tired I hope we can get to win

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Clips starting hot, but we need to get our defensive intensity UP!

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Great start by Blake and the clippers

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Our big 3 are playing great so far

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Paul keep going at him.

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