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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427054by clipper*joe » Jan 06, 2014 - 07:45 AM PST
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By JOHN KOSIK Posted Jan 05 2014 9:17PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have handily beaten some of the NBA's top teams when Chris Paul is on the floor. Now they've showed how poorly they can play against a tough opponent without him.

The lowly Orlando Magic don't fit into that category, but they'll be looking for a season sweep of the Clippers on Monday night at Staples Center after having already beaten Los Angeles when Paul was healthy.

Paul separated his shoulder Friday in the third quarter of a 119-112 win at Dallas and the team announced Sunday he'll miss up to six weeks, though he won't need surgery. He has been the catalyst for the Clippers (23-13), averaging 11.2 assists against 2.4 turnovers with 2.5 steals to spark an offense that has hovered around the NBA's top five in scoring all season.

His absence was glaring in Saturday's 116-92 loss at San Antonio. The setback was a near-exact reversal of Los Angeles' 115-92 home win over the Spurs on Dec. 16. Paul had 23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in that game.

In Saturday's loss, the Clippers had no outside touch, matching a season worst with 20.0 percent shooting from 3-point range (3 for 15), and had at least 18 turnovers for only the third time in their last 22 games.

They fell to 1-1 this season without Paul, who also sat out with a strained hamstring at Sacramento on Nov. 29 - a 104-98 overtime victory for the Clippers.

Jamal Crawford scored 24 points against the Spurs, Blake Griffin had 19 and Darren Collison added 14 points and six assists starting in place of Paul.

"No one has to replace Chris' anything," Griffin said. "Not his voice, not his game, nothing. Everybody does things differently."

Los Angeles gave up 70 points in the opening half against both the Mavericks and Spurs. The difference is that with Paul they trailed by three at the break Friday but were down 35 at halftime Saturday.

"It'll work just fine," Griffin added. "That would be our biggest mistake, is to try to replace him with someone or something."

The good news for the Clippers is that nine of their remaining 13 opponents in January are currently below .500. The bad news is their suspect defense will likely be exposed without Paul.

They are allowing 100.1 points per game this season and are 1-8 when they fail to reach triple digits. One of those eight was a 98-90 loss at Orlando on Nov. 6 in which Los Angeles was outscored 44-30 in the paint and allowed center Nik Vucevic to dominate with 30 points and 21 rebounds.

The Magic (10-23) come in riding a three-game losing streak as they open a five-game trip that also takes them to Portland, Sacramento, Denver and Dallas. After winning two of its first three games against the Western Conference this season, Orlando has dropped nine straight.

Vucevic may not be a problem for the Clippers this time after he missed his second straight game with an ankle sprain in Orlando's 110-94 home loss to Miami on Saturday.

Jameer Nelson scored 21 and Tobias Harris added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic. Arron Afflalo, leading the team with 21.2 points per game, had 16 on 5-of-16 shooting to drop his field-goal percentage during the losing streak to 34.7.

"It's getting back to that point again, we just want to win," Afflalo said. "Regardless of any and everything, each and every night, whether it's this or that - we just want to win."

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427055by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 06, 2014 - 07:55 AM PST
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Blake's Words were very intelligent!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427056by WinningBasket » Jan 06, 2014 - 08:36 AM PST
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I hope the Clippers start with a defensive mindset and control this game from the beginning.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427057by Laak » Jan 06, 2014 - 08:41 AM PST
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Hopefully our bigs can stop Vucevic this time.

                
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Post ID: 427059by tense2 » Jan 06, 2014 - 10:38 AM PST
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Good news is we may have gotten help, as he may not play due to a tweaked ankle. Bad news (as if we need more) is the Magic have beaten the Clippers 11 out the last 13 meetings.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427060by ClipperB23 » Jan 06, 2014 - 10:41 AM PST
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Really hope we get a win tonight, Magic got us good last time we played, LETS GO CLIPPERS!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427064by clippersforlife33 » Jan 06, 2014 - 11:07 AM PST
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is it too early to say that this is a must win game?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427065by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 06, 2014 - 11:09 AM PST
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Vucevic is coming back just for us just like Dirk did. -.-

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427070by Silasie » Jan 06, 2014 - 12:16 PM PST
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Hopefully Doc having some time to set up how things work without CP should help the teams performance tonight. A win is very important for confidence I reckon, not to mention keeping the Warriors at bay in the standings.

                
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Post ID: 427075by CapsNClips » Jan 06, 2014 - 12:50 PM PST
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And Aldridge and Anthony Davis. Man, players love to get better right when they happen to play us.

                
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Post ID: 427147by tense2 » Jan 06, 2014 - 06:20 PM PST
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50-50 chance he plays: http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nba/1862/nikola-vucevic

                
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Post ID: 427157by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 06, 2014 - 06:59 PM PST
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I said Saturday this was a must WIN, just to build the teams CONFIDENCE! That they can win without Chris! It is also a turning point for our DEFENSE! Without Chris the offense won't flourish as usual , so the Clippers will have to depend on defense!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427158by Clipperjan » Jan 06, 2014 - 07:02 PM PST
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Eric Patten just twittered BG: "Nobody's going to replace Chris. We shouldn't try to replace Chris. We have to all step up and do our own part." Now hopefully it starts tonight with this game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427160by Clipperfan9 » Jan 06, 2014 - 07:14 PM PST
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We gotta get this!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427163by what_up_clipnation83 » Jan 06, 2014 - 07:32 PM PST
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we should win this game

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427184by AirGriffin » Jan 06, 2014 - 08:13 PM PST
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Darius Moreis just got signed to a 10-day contract!!! He's expected to play tonight

                
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Post ID: 427190by tense2 » Jan 06, 2014 - 08:18 PM PST
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Can't play until he signs his 10 day contract, which he cannot do until tomorrow. So he won't being playing tonight.

http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nba/1855/darius-morris

                
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Post ID: 427192by ClippersDA » Jan 06, 2014 - 08:20 PM PST
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Arash says he has suited up.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427195by tense2 » Jan 06, 2014 - 08:23 PM PST
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Looks like Vucevic is playing tonight.

http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nba/1862/nikola-vucevic

                
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Post ID: 427196by tense2 » Jan 06, 2014 - 08:25 PM PST
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"Suiting'" up and playing are two different things.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427202by CapsNClips » Jan 06, 2014 - 08:38 PM PST
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Sounds like he's gonna play to me.

                
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Post ID: 427204by tense2 » Jan 06, 2014 - 08:46 PM PST
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CapsNClips wrote:

Sounds like he's gonna play to me.

It looks like the other site was mis-informed and the 10 day contract can be signed on the 5th of Jan. Also it looks like a player can sign no more then 2 10 day contracts.

http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q78

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427219by Steady818 » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:16 PM PST
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Defense Defense Defense.. We need to stop Affalo and Vucevic and can't let them dominate us on the boards..

                
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Post ID: 427222by gman » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:24 PM PST
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Even if he plays, what do we think of him? I have not seen much of him.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427225by ClippersDA » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:24 PM PST
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Was it true we could have flipped Bledsoe for afflalo?

                
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Post ID: 427226by ClippersDA » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:26 PM PST
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I so that is severely depressing. Can we trade our front office?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427227by WinningBasket » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:26 PM PST
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Darius Morris is wearing #7. Lol That's Lamar's old number.

                
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Post ID: 427228by tense2 » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:28 PM PST
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Those were just rumors.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427230by Clipperjan » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:31 PM PST
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Well that means good bye Lamar. He will not be back

                
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Post ID: 427233by jarca » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:34 PM PST
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Depressing indeed. Then we ended up with a dud

                
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Post ID: 427235by tense2 » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:41 PM PST
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Afflalo in his last 13 games; .446 FG% and .356 3PT%. Starting to come back down to his LT numbers from the real hot start. Hope he keeps it going against us tonight.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427236by gman » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:41 PM PST
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Lets gooooo. SO pumped for this game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427237by JahvonTheClip » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:44 PM PST
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Playing a little sharper

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427238by pedroskinny » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:46 PM PST
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I like the ball movement so far.

Ps: Blake with 2 fouls already.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427239by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:46 PM PST
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That ball is flying across! This is amazing! MUST WIN

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427240by Clipperfan9 » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:46 PM PST
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wait what?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427241by Dunkathon » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:47 PM PST
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If Blake hadn't gotten two fouls already, this would be a perfect start.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427242by what_up_clipnation83 » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:47 PM PST
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Refs b hatin on Blake fareal

                
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Post ID: 427243by jarca » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:47 PM PST
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Agree Very Happy

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427244by clipper*joe » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:48 PM PST
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Man, can it get any sweeter? The movement, the energy, everything!

                
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Great energy and great ball movement. Too bad on the Blake fouls, really puzzling offensive foul.

                
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Superb start in spite of Blake's 2 fouls. Great ball movement too. Keep it up, Clips!

                
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Post ID: 427247by Steady818 » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:49 PM PST
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I honestly like Reddick more honestly..

But hey great start right now by us.

                
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DJ finally defending the paint like a defensive player of the year!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427249by what_up_clipnation83 » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:50 PM PST
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This is how we supposed to play against inferior Teams

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427250by gman » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:51 PM PST
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Big Baby just got POSTERIZED!!!!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427251by what_up_clipnation83 » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:51 PM PST
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Baby got banged on LOL

                
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BIG BAYBEE!!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427253by Steady818 » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:51 PM PST
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Nice They are playing like they had a great nights sleep..

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Magic Official Game Thread 2014-01-06 Post ID: 427254by JahvonTheClip » Jan 06, 2014 - 09:51 PM PST
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LOL! Did big baby really try to get that?

                
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