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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423719by clipper*joe » Dec 26, 2013 - 09:49 AM PST
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Posted Dec 26 2013 2:46AM The Portland Trail Blazers are tied for the league's best record, and they'll be tested severely as 2013 comes to an end.

Three of the Trail Blazers' final four contests in the calendar year are against division leaders, beginning with Thursday night's visit by a Los Angeles Clippers team that could be in a bad mood.

Portland (23-5) is only 10 wins shy of its total from last season as one of the league's biggest surprises. The Trail Blazers, who can notch their best 29-game start since going 26-3 in 1990-91, are led by the one-two scoring punch of LaMarcus Aldridge and last season's rookie of the year, Damian Lillard.

"I didn't know that this would happen going into Christmas but it feels good," said Lillard, averaging 33.7 points in his last three games after he had 29 in Saturday's 110-107 win over New Orleans.

Returning from a four-day break won't be easy. The Trail Blazers face the Pacific Division-leading Clippers (20-10) before defending NBA champion and runaway Southeast leader Miami visits Saturday. Following a rematch with the Pelicans is a New Year's Eve matchup at Oklahoma City, which is tied with Portland for the Northwest lead.

First-year coach Terry Stotts has installed an exciting new style of play that has seen his club average 108.4 points while shooting 40.5 percent on 3-pointers - both NBA bests.

"We're playing the style of basketball that I envisioned as far as moving, being unselfish, versatility, shooting 3s," Stotts said. "That's what we envisioned."

This contest should be a fun, up-tempo affair since Los Angeles averages 105.0 points to rank fifth in the NBA. The matchups to watch will be between Lillard and Chris Paul at point guard and Aldridge and Blake Griffin at power forward.

"The trade they made to get (Robin) Lopez really set them to another level because it allowed Aldridge to go to his natural position, be a four full-time and have a big guy, a dirty guy next to him," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

Griffin should have plenty of energy after he was ejected for his second technical with 10:43 remaining for scuffling with Andrew Bogut in Wednesday's 105-103 loss at Golden State that ended the Clippers' season-high win streak at five.

"If you look at it, I didn't do anything and I got thrown out of the game. It all boils down to they (referees) fell for it," Griffin said. "To me, it's cowardly basketball. I don't know their intentions, but it worked. ... If I knew the answer I'd probably be in a different position. Tonight I got two technicals for nothing."

The Los Angeles star still finished with 20 points and 14 boards for his fourth straight double-double - a stretch in which he's averaging 24.3 points and 12.5 boards despite fouling out twice and getting ejected against the Warriors.

Paul also notched his fourth straight double-double with 26 points and 11 assists. He's averaging 16.8 points and 11.5 assists in that span.

The Clippers took three of four from the Trail Blazers last season. Paul missed two of those contests, and Los Angeles has won four straight in this series with him in the lineup.

Portland only shot 34.6 percent on 3s last season versus Los Angeles, and its confidence has risen under Stotts' new system.

"You're at your best when you're not worried about what someone's saying about your offensive game," said guard Wesley Matthews, shooting a career-high 43.8 percent on 3-pointers to lead the team. "There are structures and guidelines, but he trusts us enough to make the right plays out there."

Lillard's backup, Mo Williams, sat out Monday's practice with a bruised right hip and his status is uncertain

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423721by Heediot » Dec 26, 2013 - 10:00 AM PST
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Clippers gotta play angry and take out the frustration on the Blazers. They have 4 days rest, we played two extra games since both teams played 5 days ago. Splitting this back to back would be sweet.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423723by ClippersDA » Dec 26, 2013 - 10:00 AM PST
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I'm not feeling good about his name. We need to win if we want to remain ahead in standings. Houston won.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423729by CapsNClips » Dec 26, 2013 - 10:36 AM PST
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Well, we know atleast 2 of our players should be pissed about last nights game, and luckily they are our 2 best players. I'm looking for monster games from both CP and BG.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423730by jarca » Dec 26, 2013 - 10:39 AM PST
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We're playing against small market team that the NBA love.,expect ref ball again

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423734by Icecoldclipper » Dec 26, 2013 - 10:54 AM PST
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Team should play angry but yet composed. Doc can't let these guys lose concentration when they get called for fouls tonight more than any other night. Clips going to be edgy but with the right focus they should be able to grab this game. Defense and rebounding are key need team effort and some scoring from Dudley would help.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423739by Akclipps » Dec 26, 2013 - 11:45 AM PST
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Is Prime Ticket showing the game tonite too?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423740by comeONcraig » Dec 26, 2013 - 11:53 AM PST
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I just hope there is no other victim under the laws of the refs...

                
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Post ID: 423741by cleepers » Dec 26, 2013 - 11:54 AM PST
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Probably get screwed again, but at least we can make some money to soften the blow...

Take the over on how many times Chuck says "Da Clippas is sof' as tissue paper" no matter what the line says!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423746by ClippersDA » Dec 26, 2013 - 12:20 PM PST
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The match up that worries me the most is Batum and Dudley. Other than that we are fairly well matched, although their bench might be better.

                
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Post ID: 423752by jarca » Dec 26, 2013 - 12:41 PM PST
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Dudley needs to learn from Redick, that if you're not athletic, he gotta learn how to take charges

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423761by LobAngelesBlakers » Dec 26, 2013 - 02:17 PM PST
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If we lose tonight, watch the doubters pile on...Tonight is a must win, something I never say during regular season. We need this as a team, but also so the media doesn't get into an anti-Clipper mindset.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423763by CP3Best » Dec 26, 2013 - 02:25 PM PST
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Yesterday was a great team game. I'm not gonna doubt my Clippers one second, Crawford had a good shot, considering how bad refs wanted us to lose, I'm surprised we were so close.

                
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Post ID: 423764by what_up_clipnation83 » Dec 26, 2013 - 02:34 PM PST
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Yes, game will be on PT

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423765by what_up_clipnation83 » Dec 26, 2013 - 02:36 PM PST
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I think Clippers come with a chip on their shoulders, specifically CP n BG.

It'll be a tough matchup between CP n Dame also BG n LA.

Looking forward to it, should be good.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423767by what_up_clipnation83 » Dec 26, 2013 - 02:37 PM PST
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Also it seems we are always playing on the road of a b2b when we play on TNT.

                
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Post ID: 423774by realbull17 » Dec 26, 2013 - 02:51 PM PST
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i hate when the clippers on TNT. i like PrimeTicket.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423783by CP3Best » Dec 26, 2013 - 03:50 PM PST
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Don't tell me the fatman is commentating on the game today!

                
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Post ID: 423784by JahvonTheClip » Dec 26, 2013 - 04:05 PM PST
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Atleast he will actual watch the game instead of same bs analysis which you can clearly tell he hasn't watched the game

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423785by cleepers » Dec 26, 2013 - 04:16 PM PST
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^ Spends the entire game in the TNT green room scoffing Krispy Kremes.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423786by ClipperPostman » Dec 26, 2013 - 04:26 PM PST
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This needs to be a statement game to the League. I feel when we play at our potential there is no one who can hang with our fire power.

We did it against the Spurs, and we need to embarrass the TrailBlazers.

Time to play with what we call in boxing "Bad intentions". Which just means your not playing around. Have to go in for the kill early and stay on top of them.

Just my opinion.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423789by cleepers » Dec 26, 2013 - 04:38 PM PST
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Maybe we should scrap the "guess the score" game in favor of a "guess which Clipper gets bogusly ejected" game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423801by WinningBasket » Dec 26, 2013 - 05:43 PM PST
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I hope the Clippers get to play 5-on-5 basketball tonight. The Blazers are a good team, but Clippers are better. Clippers probably have more motivation to win this game especially after what happened last night with the Warriors. At least Blake is relatively well-rested for this game --- I hope he continues his beast mode.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423806by ClipperKyle32 » Dec 26, 2013 - 06:20 PM PST
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@EricPatten: Blake's 2nd technical was rescinded after league review. Two games, two #Clippers players whose ejections were ruled inaccurate a day later

^^^^^^ THAT SAYS ALOT!!!!!!!! There is obviously some agenda out on the Clippers

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423809by Voyeur » Dec 26, 2013 - 06:26 PM PST
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You think deep down, the T Blazers are just a tiny bit nervous how we're gonna come out against them after last night's game?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423810by Silasie » Dec 26, 2013 - 06:26 PM PST
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Lets hope the refs feel embarrassed by these 2 games and start over compensating and let the Clips get away with more than usual. That way they would end up treating us like any other team if you get my logic.

                
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Post ID: 423816by FightOnRon » Dec 26, 2013 - 06:33 PM PST
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Dreamer. My guess, they are worse tonight to show us who is boss. They will let the Snailblazers run all over us,you watch.

I am tempted to not watch because I don't want to stroke out yelling at the TV,because I understand the people on the other end of the picture can't hear us at home.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423817by ClipperB23 » Dec 26, 2013 - 06:40 PM PST
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http://www.nba.com/news/referee.html

refs for the night:

Mike Callahan, John Goble, Violet Palmer.

                
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Post ID: 423824by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 26, 2013 - 06:57 PM PST
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I hope Blake doesn't look too angry. Might get a tech for that.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423827by ClipsGForce » Dec 26, 2013 - 07:07 PM PST
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TNT analysts about Blake Griffin's ejection coming up....

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423828by comeONcraig » Dec 26, 2013 - 07:11 PM PST
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Oh Chuck... still about that retaliation.

                
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Post ID: 423835by tense2 » Dec 26, 2013 - 07:26 PM PST
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Good site for ref stats (and other advanced numbers): http://www.nbastuffer.com/2013-2014_NBA_Regular_Season_Referee_Stats.h tml

                
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Post ID: 423838by Voyeur » Dec 26, 2013 - 07:34 PM PST
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Which retaliation? I'm at work right now.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423839by CP3Heliflopter » Dec 26, 2013 - 07:34 PM PST
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^Don't like Mike Callahan.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423840by clipper*joe » Dec 26, 2013 - 07:38 PM PST
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Can someone tell me what the Anal-ists said on TNT about the techs last night? I was going to watch it but got a business call seconds after.

Thanks in advance.

                
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Post ID: 423846by tense2 » Dec 26, 2013 - 07:50 PM PST
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Overall ref crew is better then the Bill Kennedy crew last night. Not by much though. Sad

                
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Post ID: 423864by jarca » Dec 26, 2013 - 08:28 PM PST
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What they say?

                
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Post ID: 423866by FightOnRon » Dec 26, 2013 - 08:50 PM PST
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I think they all sort of agreed Blake got punked but the deal was BigMouthChuck says Blake is getting picked on and he needs to haul off and clobber someone. They did not address the rest of the horrible officiating,just the deal with Blake.

I get the impression had the league not come out and say the refs erred (not effing up the game) these guyss would have blamed Blake for whining.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423869by Steady818 » Dec 26, 2013 - 09:22 PM PST
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The first quarter is going to determine just how much last nights game drained this team emotionally.. This game is going to be a very hard game to pull through with a W but hopefully we get it donee

                
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Post ID: 423871by ClipperB23 » Dec 26, 2013 - 09:25 PM PST
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ClipperB23 wrote:
http://www.nba.com/news/referee.html

refs for the night:

Mike Callahan, John Goble, Violet Palmer.

tense2 wrote:
Good site for ref stats (and other advanced numbers): http://www.nbastuffer.com/2013-2014_NBA_Regular_Season_Referee_Stats.h tml

thanks tense but that link didn't work for me!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423880by david » Dec 26, 2013 - 09:49 PM PST
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Friggin' Grizz can't stop fouling- game is OVER fellas!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423881by gman » Dec 26, 2013 - 09:50 PM PST
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I saw Harden flop his way to a foul today.

Can someone tell me how is it that Harden gets more protected then BG?

Is it because he came out of the Thunder organization?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423882by david » Dec 26, 2013 - 09:54 PM PST
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CP3 post up over Lillard for 2!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423883by JahvonTheClip » Dec 26, 2013 - 09:58 PM PST
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How is that a foul on blake. I swear these refs don't let any of us play physical.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423884by FightOnRon » Dec 26, 2013 - 09:59 PM PST
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and it begins............................

                
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Second foul on Blake just like that. Looked BS on the replay SMH.

                
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Jamal nice little looping jumper.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Blazers Official Game Thread 2013-12-26 Post ID: 423887by JahvonTheClip » Dec 26, 2013 - 10:02 PM PST
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Wow i smell some fishy reffing again

                
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I always hated that violet Palmer ref

                
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It's like Blake has to play on egg shells. I swear I start to worry that if BG is even REMOTELY physical or sets a great screen, a whistle could blow at any moment.

                
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