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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426464by clipper*joe » Jan 04, 2014 - 10:09 AM PST
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The last time the Los Angeles Clippers played the San Antonio Spurs, Chris Paul turned in a terrific effort while Tony Parker left early.

Sadly, there won't be a rematch between these outstanding point guards.

The Clippers begin an extended period of time without Paul on Saturday night when they visit the Spurs.

Paul will miss three to five weeks after separating his right shoulder in Friday's 119-112 win at Dallas. He was tripped by Mavericks guard Monta Ellis while dribbling around a screen. He rolled over and stayed on the floor holding his shoulder while trainers attended to him.

"I don't think you could find one guy in the league, maybe LeBron or whoever, but besides that there's no one guy who can make up with what Chris brings," guard Jamal Crawford said. "For us we have to lean on each other."

Darren Collison, who started a game in November that Paul missed, will take over at point guard. Collison scored a season-high 20 points against Dallas.

Paul not only leads the league in assists per game but also entered play Friday averaging 7.4 minutes with the ball in his hands to rank third in the NBA. His average of 97.9 touches per game also ranked third.

"It changes for everybody," Collison said. "Everybody's got to step up and play big. But we'll be fine."

Paul had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists Dec. 16 in a 115-92 win over San Antonio (25-8) in which Parker scored eight points before leaving with a right shin contusion.

That marked the Spurs' most lopsided loss of the season, but it didn't draw the kind of harsh words that coach Gregg Popovich has had about his team's last two defeats - calling both of them "embarrassing."

He said that about a loss to Houston on Christmas and again when San Antonio's three-game win streak ended Thursday with a 105-101 home loss to lowly New York.

"I thought they were much more physical than we were and most of the time, physical, aggressive teams are going to win in the NBA, that's just the way it is," Popovich said. "I thought we were very poor in that area. We should be embarrassed by how soft we played tonight."

Spurs star Tim Duncan didn't take the bait when asked about his coach's comments, pointing to the fact that the game was tied with 34 seconds to go.

"We have all the plays right in front of us even though we were soft and whatever else we are," Duncan said.

The defeat overshadowed Marco Belinelli's career-high 32 points.

Los Angeles (23-12) has won two of its last three regular-season games in San Antonio after losing 40 of its previous 43 there.

Without Paul, the Clippers figure to lean more on their frontcourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Each scored 25 and posted double-doubles Friday, with Jordan grabbing 18 boards and Griffin 15.

Griffin had 27 points and nine rebounds in the first meeting while Duncan countered with 17 and 11.

The Clippers' depth will also be tested against a Spurs team that leads the NBA with 46.3 points per game from its reserves. San Antonio also leads the Western Conference in field goal percentage at 48.5.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426472by Barnes » Jan 04, 2014 - 10:27 AM PST
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Tonight is the test. Blake will be tested.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426513by cleepers » Jan 04, 2014 - 01:07 PM PST
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^ Yeah, hopefully he gets another 27 points in another 23-point blowout of the W/C champs and doesn't throw up an airball as his attempt at a game-winner like that choker Curry did.

Very Happy

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426526by worm » Jan 04, 2014 - 02:04 PM PST
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Hope DJ will have a monster game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426529by WinningBasket » Jan 04, 2014 - 02:10 PM PST
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This game is a major test. I'm hoping Clippers will find a way to defeat the Spurs.

                
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Post ID: 426532by tense2 » Jan 04, 2014 - 02:13 PM PST
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We've had a lot of "test" so far this year. How many have we pass, lol.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426545by Steady818 » Jan 04, 2014 - 02:50 PM PST
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I don't know how good we will be tonight but I'm expecting some sloppy offense..

Time for Blake Griffin to shine and time for DC to show what he showed back in NO when chris paul went down back then.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426546by itsLuigi » Jan 04, 2014 - 02:53 PM PST
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im hoping dj steps it up and has another 20 point game that would really help

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426555by Battlegun » Jan 04, 2014 - 03:29 PM PST
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Darren Collison had a break-out stretch when Chris Paul was out before in a New Orleans jersey. Perhaps we will see more of the same in the future?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426560by Clipswhit » Jan 04, 2014 - 04:11 PM PST
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I hope we go out and compete tonight. The game rests on the shoulders of our backup guards. I think griffin puts in his usual 22-30, DJ pulls down 15+ boards, but who steps up in our time of need? I think Crawford is due for a huge game, if he can go for 25 or just 20 very efficiently, I think we got a good shot of pulling this out.

                
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Post ID: 426566by pageC4 » Jan 04, 2014 - 04:22 PM PST
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I remember that he had a great stretch of games

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426570by CapsNClips » Jan 04, 2014 - 04:56 PM PST
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We might have to take a page out of the Grizzlies Grit N Grind play book. There's no way we beat them by trying to match their ball movement and 3 pts shooting. Defense and banging down low is the only way I see us winning.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426577by cleepers » Jan 04, 2014 - 06:13 PM PST
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No Boris Diaw tonight. He always seems to play well against us. I guess every little helps.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426584by Steady818 » Jan 04, 2014 - 06:30 PM PST
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hopefully Doc has the team fired up from the opening tip

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426586by tense2 » Jan 04, 2014 - 06:32 PM PST
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Clippers +9.5....ouch!. Is it time for a bet?...hmmm.

                
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Post ID: 426589by FightOnRon » Jan 04, 2014 - 06:34 PM PST
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Now if we could get the rest of them out we could win.

I really have no clue. I know our history in SA. I know we have no elite PG. I know our team can be brilliant one night (last night for example) and be garbage the next. I know that SA won't really know what to expect (as neither do we) without CP3 as everyone I am sure prepared as though he will be there an by the time they learned he wasn't all they have is today to make their guesses.

But I honestly thought we would lose 2 road games so we are ahead in my book !

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426591by tense2 » Jan 04, 2014 - 06:42 PM PST
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Question....who's gonna score for the 2nd unit now that Collinson is starting. That should be fun. Yikes!!

                
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Post ID: 426592by cleepers » Jan 04, 2014 - 06:45 PM PST
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There'll be 3 "starters" on the floor at all times. Book it.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426593by Laak » Jan 04, 2014 - 06:51 PM PST
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Who's our backup PG? I thought Wayns is injured.

                
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Post ID: 426594by tense2 » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:02 PM PST
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There's going to be some starters with lots of minutes tonight and maybe for a while then.

By the way, the Spurs have allowed 100+ points to the opponents in 13 of the last 17 games. 4 and 3 in the last 7 games....maybe this a trap game for the Spurs. Very Happy

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426595by jarca » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:06 PM PST
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Wayne will not see action tonight. Who's gonna be the back up pg. Jackson?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426598by clipperharry » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:22 PM PST
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Feed the beast , DJ !! Yes yes yes

                
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Post ID: 426602by Silasie » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:41 PM PST
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I thought he had just recently got healthy enough to play?

                
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Post ID: 426603by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:43 PM PST
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He has been activated! He can play!

The Clippers look great thus far

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426604by Laak » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:45 PM PST
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BG over Timmy!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426605by jarca » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:46 PM PST
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Spurs not messing around

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426606by gman » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:47 PM PST
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Can not seem to get a good shot vs this guys. At the other end, Spurs getting what they want. Not a good start.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426607by Laak » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:47 PM PST
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Some good hustle plays early, but too many iso on offense.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426608by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:48 PM PST
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Basketball is a game of runs but this Clipper team has came back before! Portland and Dallas game all over again! They go up and we come back they go up and we come back! Basketball is a game of runs now lets go on ours! Clippers lets go

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426609by Silasie » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:48 PM PST
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Spurs are getting easy buckets. We have to stop that to compete in this game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426610by Clippersfan86 » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:52 PM PST
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DJ's D on Splitter is atrocious. How about a hard foul FFS? Or you going to let him dunk/layup in your face all night?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426611by jarca » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:52 PM PST
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Blake is losing splitter

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426612by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:53 PM PST
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Id rather let Splitter beat us than Ginobli or Parker or Duncan or Bellinelli

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426614by Icecoldclipper » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:55 PM PST
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Come on DJ could of just grabbed that block instead of hitting it toward Collision.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426615by Clippersfan86 » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:55 PM PST
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Sorry but DJ is no DPOY. He's not even trying to help. Guys like Ben Wallace and Dwight are great defensively because of consistent help D. Jordan has allowed a dunk literally 5 times tonight which he could have easily contested.

                
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Post ID: 426616by Laak » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:56 PM PST
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None of the Spurs beat you individually, it's all ball movement / screens.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426617by gman » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:56 PM PST
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The Spurs are a sizzling 10 of 13 from the field and have 2!!!! offensive rebounds!!

This is not a recipe for success.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426618by Icecoldclipper » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:59 PM PST
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Need a run soon.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426619by Steady818 » Jan 04, 2014 - 07:59 PM PST
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This is pretty atrocious

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426620by ClippersDA » Jan 04, 2014 - 08:00 PM PST
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I hate that this team is playing to expectations

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426621by Clippersfan86 » Jan 04, 2014 - 08:00 PM PST
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Garbage. They have freaking 28 points in the paint already!!! DJ isn't doing **** on D!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426622by JahvonTheClip » Jan 04, 2014 - 08:01 PM PST
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How was that an offensive foul i didn't see anything

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426623by tense2 » Jan 04, 2014 - 08:02 PM PST
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Nobody on the Clips playing defense...nobody.

                
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This is frustrating. Every offensive play is going 1 on 1, taking contested shots. While almost all of spurs shots have been uncontested.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426625by Icecoldclipper » Jan 04, 2014 - 08:03 PM PST
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Why is Blake leaking on a defensive rebound when there is no other big man in? That is so damn frustrating this team continues to run before securing the ball.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426626by ClippersDA » Jan 04, 2014 - 08:04 PM PST
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They've quit.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426627by Clippersfan86 » Jan 04, 2014 - 08:04 PM PST
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Well I thought we might drop to 6 seed, that was optimistic. Without CP we look like a lotto team. Need Redick bad and maybe a trade no other contender in the NBA including the Heat is so crippled by a loss of their star.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426628by Steady818 » Jan 04, 2014 - 08:05 PM PST
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On the offensive end losing cp3 this is expected..

On defensive end however this is just unacceptable, Not defending not rebounding just not doing anything. It's almost like they gave up on this game. Hopefully this becomes more respectable because if this is a sign of things to come this team could end up on the outside of playoff picture by the time CP3 returns..

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426629by clipper*joe » Jan 04, 2014 - 08:05 PM PST
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No help defense on penetrating guards. Both BG and DJ are to blame for this. BG is not paying attention on defense which is making Splitter look immortal.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Spurs Official Game Thread 2014-01-04 Post ID: 426630by FightOnRon » Jan 04, 2014 - 08:05 PM PST
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Tim to watch the NFL and put this one in the rear view mirror. Our new team may take a while to get it going,like a week or more. Guess they wore out last night so figured maybe if they could just play offense they would win. They were wrong.

                
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