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clipper*joe
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Just win...Can you do that for us Clippers???????

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Posted Dec 31 2013 4:22PM

Looking to bounce back from their most lopsided loss of the season, the Los Angeles Clippers should have a good chance to get back on track at home after their winning streak there was snapped.

The first-place Clippers seek their sixth straight victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, who will try to avoid a 17th consecutive road loss to a Western Conference opponent Wednesday night.

Los Angeles (21-12) saw its five-game run at Staples Center end as Phoenix closed to within a half-game of the Pacific Division leaders with a 107-88 victory Monday.

The Clippers committed 20 turnovers and shot a season-worst 36.5 percent, losing for the third time in four games overall. They had averaged 110.6 points and 46.4 percent shooting in their previous five home games.

"On a night like this when our offense isn't going, we have to be able to rely on our defense," guard Chris Paul said. "We couldn't."

After allowing the Suns to shoot 48.2 percent with 12 3-pointers, Los Angeles may be able to tighten things up against a Charlotte team that ranks near the bottom of the league with 92.5 points per game, a 42.1 field-goal percentage and a 32.5 mark from 3-point range.

Paul and Blake Griffin hope to regroup after combining for 26 points and shooting 10 of 29. Griffin had totaled 75 and shot 59.6 from the field in the previous two contests, while Paul scored 55 and made 53.3 percent.

Though Paul was held to seven points and 3-of-7 shooting in a 106-84 win over visiting Charlotte on Feb. 26, Griffin made 11 of 14 shots en route to a team-high 24 points.

While the Bobcats (14-18) have improved this season, they're looking to avoid a season-worst fourth straight loss after dropping their first two on a season-high five-game trip.

Charlotte's last six losses have come by an average of 3.3 points, but it's lost 16 consecutive road games to West foes by a 19.2 margin dating to last season.

The Bobcats fell to 0-4 in such matchups this season after Utah's Trey Burke made a go-ahead layup over Kemba Walker with 19 seconds left in Monday's 83-80 loss. Charlotte's Gerald Henderson finished with 19 points.

"It's a make-or-miss league and they made it and we missed," said coach Steve Clifford after his club's fourth loss in five games. "That's happened to us the last three nights. We've gotten good shots by the right people and if we're going to win, they're going to have to go in the basket."

They didn't for Walker and Jefferson, who shot a combined 14 for 40 from the field (35.0 percent) as the Bobcats made 36.9 percent overall.

Though he was 8 for 23 on Monday, Jefferson has played well with 22.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game in his last four on the road.

Walker, averaging a team-high 18.6 points, has shot just 29.6 percent in his last three games despite going 6 for 11 from 3-point range. He had 15 points while making 5 of 15 from the field but Henderson scored 24 in the February loss at Los Angeles.

For the first time in franchise history, the Clippers are heading into New Year's Day without a losing streak of more than two games in a full season.

They've won six of eight meetings in Los Angeles.

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Silasie
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Time to get back on track. Good energy right from the start is what is needed.

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Oh yeah.

Happy New Year Clipper Nation.

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Ditto, M8!

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Happy New Year, everyone! Let's hope the Clippers didn't party hardy last night and they actually come out with a vengeance at tonight's game. They need to restore order in the Clipper universe and start the new year with a banging win. Crossing my fingers they win this game and not play down to the Bobcats' level.

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BAd opponent,we all know what that could mean. Have to nut up tonight.

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Nut up? lol I must be living under a rock I've never heard that expression.

austin009009
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Al jefferson will god off tonight without interior defense

austin009009
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we shouldn't love to this team under any circumstances

austin009009
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If there is any lack of energy this game that is unacceptable

austin009009
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but then again new years partying could ruin the energy as well haha

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This needs to be a statement game for the Clippers.. If they don't come out and dominate than something is wrong with this team. Right now we look no better than we were last year..

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Urban Dictionary:

nut up

(v.) To gird ones loins. Nutting up entails using one's proverbial balls or "nuts". Mainly used on the US west coast, it's the sister (brother?) term to cowboy up.

I better nut up or I'm gonna get my ass kicked in this fight.

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That's classic. I'll consult you for all jargon, slang and expressions I am unfamiliar with Very Happy

ClipperB23
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Let's get a win tonight to the start the new year off right!

also, Happy New Year to all ctb members! ClipperNation for life!

ClipperDodger1214
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Well, i would like to think that tonight can't get anywhere near as bad as Monday, Let's hope so. We need to start 2014 on the right track.

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Maalik Wayns is actually available to play tonight!

itsLuigi
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you guys think he'll actually get waived?

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Yes. So will Jackson.

Clipperfan9
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happy new years all! Lets have a great year w/ the clippers!

david
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Nice- Jamal hits his first jumper!

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Dudley corner BINGO!

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Blake smooth looking FT J.

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Come on Dudley, defend without fouling

WinningBasket
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These Bobcats are surprisingly better than I thought they would be. They're up 4 already. Ugh. At least Clippers have made a couple of 3s so that's encouraging.

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Jamal is looking sharp- hits another jumper!

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Bobcats are pretty decent

david
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Dudley hits his second 3!

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B2B 3's by Tolliver- come on can't leave him.

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CP looking sharp!

WinningBasket
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It's great CP is being aggressive early in the game. I hope this bodes well for the rest of the game. Need this win!

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Blake is OUT OF CONTROL tonight. he needs to settle down and stop forcing it. He should no he is not gonna get any calls from Violent Palmer. He gets mad at a no call doesn't hustle back and compromises the defense giving up a three to Tolliver. FOCUS !!

Voyeur
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I DO NOT want to see Blake regress on his FT shooting. Also not in love with his body language right now. Not sure what's going on.

ClippersDA
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Is it just me or do we look line we have no chemistry again.That is the biggest issue.

Akclipps
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If we play defense we win tonite

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we need to go on a run

Silasie
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He didn't like that foul call on him and then he turned it over and he seems really pissed. Doc needs to shake him up and tell him to get his head sorted.

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Bench doing well!!

JahvonTheClip
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Atleast matt has decide to move in now instead all them 3s!

Silasie
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I don't know, they seemed to be a bit cautious or something. Maybe they are smarting from that Suns loss?

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2 steals result in 2 jumpers by Barnes!

Clipperjan
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Hollins has been in 1:19 and already has 1 foul

Clipperjan
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Hollins keeps this up (2 fouls under 2 minutes) he will not make it to the half

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I like the defensive intensity by the second unit thus far.

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Hollins and 1!

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Willie nice jumper!

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Jamison needs to find his 3-point shooting groove back.

david
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When is Jamison going to make a 3 again- sheesh.

Laak
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I hope one of CP3's new year resolutions is to be more aggressive...

JahvonTheClip
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Our trigger happy wings who barely can shoot 3s will be the death of us. Stop shooting so many damn 3s! Its been a consistent problem

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