Clippers Vs. Jazz Official Game Thread 2013-12-28

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Jazz-Clippers Preview

By JORDAN GARRETSON

Posted Dec 28 2013 2:00AM

After suffering two road losses in painfully close fashion, the Los Angeles Clippers will likely welcome a lesser opponent in its return home.

Meanwhile, the lowly Utah Jazz hope to find some momentum from a last-second victory.

Los Angeles aims for its seventh straight victory in the series on Saturday night.

The Clippers (20-11) are coming off a 116-112 overtime loss at Portland on Thursday despite committing a season-low six turnovers to the Trail Blazers' 17.

One of their biggest disadvantages came on the glass where they were outrebounded 60-48.

"They didn't actually get them (rebounds) when we went small, which is amazing," coach Doc Rivers said. "We were helping a lot. When you have to help, it does create somebody with a body off of them and I thought they took advantage of that."

However, it was also the fifth straight game in which Los Angeles was outrebounded after losing out 49-38 in Wednesday's 105-103 loss at Golden State. Rivers' team is being outrebounded by an average of minus-8.4 over the last five contests, far worse than its minus-1.5 margin on the season.

Other than DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, Chris Paul's 3.8 rebounds per game are the most on the team during the last five games.

Friday's loss also came despite big performances from Griffin, who had 35 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul, who added 34 points and 16 assists. Griffin was playing a night after a controversial ejection for two technical fouls against the Warriors, which the NBA described Thursday as a mistake by the officials.

"It'd be different if we lost both games by 15 or 20 points, but to lose two emotional games like that is tough," Jamal Crawford told the team's website. "I think, honestly, those ones are tougher to digest than losing by 20. Sometimes you lay an egg and you come out and you just don't have it that night, but to have the opportunity to win both of them is tough."

The Clippers have been much better at home however, going 12-2 and averaging 111.9 points compared to 99.7 per game on the road.

The Jazz (9-23) come in feeling good about themselves after a dramatic 105-103 home win over the Lakers on Friday. Derrick Favors had a putback dunk with 2.1 seconds left on Gordon Hayward's missed shot, converting what he said was the first game-winning shot of his career at any level.

"The two big guys for the Lakers went over and altered his shot a little bit," said Favors, who had 18 points and 14 rebounds. "It went off the rim and I was just there for the offensive rebound."

Utah has struggled against the Clippers, losing six straight after winning 11 of the previous 12. Los Angeles is averaging 107.8 points on 49.9 percent shooting during its six-game winning streak, and Paul is averaging 22.2 points during that stretch.

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spontane
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We need this win bad. We have to come out hungry and stop this inferior team!

WinningBasket
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I hope Clippers play with gusto and not play down to the Jazz's level. Clippers need this win!

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After two losses on the road, they BETTER play with gusto at home! lol

CP3Heliflopter
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After those two hard losses I have a feeling we will blow the Jazz out. Hopefully I am right.

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You would think,but,the Jazz are a pretty bad team and we know how we prepare for those types,

GoClipShow
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This starts a key stretch in which only 6 of the next 19 games are against teams that currently have winning records.

A_DOG_NAMED_BUD
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Let's run these guys out of their gym. If we take care of business, we'll win this one easily.

Voyeur
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No Hollins tonight for personal reasons apparently. A Mullens siting tonight?

ClippersDA
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No Mullens - small ball

gman
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Trap game.

Jazz though, are a better team than their record indicates. Injury to start of season to Trey hurt them.

pedroskinny
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Not an easy game but if we play our game we can easily win this one.

WinningBasket
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Oh boy. This is definitely a trap game. Clippers off to a poor start with 4 turnovers already.

JahvonTheClip
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Pretty ugly so far

Voyeur
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Blake's gotta stop with the early fouls. We need him too badly.

ClippersDA
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This game sucks.

Voyeur
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All hesitation shots by Crawford.

ClippersDA
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Chris looks out of sorts. Dudley is the same unfortunately. Barnes I'm still angry with from the Portland game. Let's hope they pick it up. Nice. Play by barnes and dj.

JahvonTheClip
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They are trying to find a groove right now. I'm not worried at all

gman
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Who the heck is this guy?

Did someone come up with at time machine? Last time I saw Richard Jefferson play he stunk up the place. Today he looks like Richard of old, not old.

ClipperKyle32
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S-Jax looks good right now! Could be the new Willie Green!

ClippersDA
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I'm so jealous of portland's three point shooting

JahvonTheClip
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I Have never seen so many "fouled" jumpshots come on!

ClippersDA
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Do we foul a three point shooter every game?

gman
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This years Willie?

Or last years Willie?? Right now he looks like this season Willie.

Voyeur
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We need to stop playing like @ss. Blake in foul trouble. JC hesitating. Dudley missing shots. Ugh.

WinningBasket
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Awful first quarter by the Clips. I hope they pick up steam and get out of this trap and start making some more baskets. What happened to our 3-ball? Yikes.

ClipperKyle32
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Definitely not this years Willie! Willie this year has just looked bad! He came in this game and went 0/2 in the first 20 seconds he was in! These curl jumpshots he is taking should not be taken! Wing and Corner 3's are the only shots Willie should take right now! All this dribbling and other stuff he is doing trying to be Jamal should stop

Icecoldclipper
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Killer Mullens attack. Lol

JahvonTheClip
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Its been so long i forgot how terrible mullens was...

pedroskinny
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Man Mullens is so bad.

Icecoldclipper
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Willie got greedy again.

JahvonTheClip
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Willie and Mullens are so detrimental. We need to exterminate them from this team permanently Omg

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It would help if we stopped passing to Willie. Collison was open to shoot.

Laak
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So that's what happening when Mullens tries posting up...

WinningBasket
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Clippers are out of sorts. I hope they start finding their groove pretty soon or it could get really ugly.

Voyeur
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Somebody's changing channels on my link. It's weird. lol

comeONcraig
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wow... That line up of Collison, Jackson, Barnes, Green, and Mullens was so hard to watch... No scoring threat.

Voyeur
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WHAT is BG doing tonight? He needs to stop hesitating and KILL these guys!

JahvonTheClip
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Crawford gets no fouls on drives. He needs to start driving for fouls instead of buckets cause this is ridiculous

gman
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Let me know when the game start.

This looks like a bad D league game.

WinningBasket
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It's really strange how Clippers play down to their opponent's level especially when they are the bottom of the barrel. Lol. I'm still hoping Clips will get something going and actually be in the lead and stay there.

WinningBasket
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About time for a bingo for Dudley, lol. I hope this is a start of something!

Voyeur
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It would be awesome if our SG's could score.

JahvonTheClip
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Once we get JJ and Reggie Back we will be at full power. Man do i miss jj

gman
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Something weird right now for those who love the + and -

Everyone who has played for Clippers today is -2. Everyone!!!

WinningBasket
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LOL, must be because of the Mullens effect.

Voyeur
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BG's beasting now, but we can't stop their shooting.

JahvonTheClip
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We can't play any worse than this, so...

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I swear, Dudley is like a child that constantly does bad things until his parents finally scold him. Then he'll give you 2-3 days of being good, but reverts back to doing bad things again.

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