Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08

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By KEVIN CHROUST

Posted Jan 08 2014 2:56AM

The Los Angeles Clippers are coming off one of their best defensive performances of the season. The Boston Celtics are not.

The more upbeat of the two will go for their fourth win in five games Wednesday night at home as Clippers coach Doc Rivers looks to beat his former team for the second time this season.

The Clippers (24-13) held Orlando to 35.7 percent shooting in a 101-81 home win on Monday, their second game without star point guard Chris Paul.

"You couldn't really ask for a better game from a lot of guys tonight," Blake Griffin said. "I mean, guys were hitting shots, guys were defending, guys were getting steals, we were running people off the 3-point line - we did all the things that we wanted to do. And that's always encouraging. It's good to have a game like that after having such a poor first half in San Antonio."

Saturday's 116-92 loss to the Spurs was Los Angeles' first game without Paul, who is expected to miss six weeks with a separated shoulder. In his absence, the Clippers have turned to Darren Collison. He scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting with seven assists against the Magic.

"I think the biggest change D.C. made today was that there were three or four times where he could have shot the ball and instead gave it to one of his teammates," Rivers said. "When a point guard gives up shots that he could take, it's almost like the other guys want to pay it back and get it back to him."

The Celtics (13-22) have dropped five in a row after losing 129-98 Tuesday in Denver, the second stop on a five-game trip against Western Conference foes. They allowed 103 points through three quarters and fell to 3-10 this season against the West. Dating back to last season, they've lost 11 straight road games against the opposite conference.

Boston will try to end that streak against its former coach.

The Clippers beat the Celtics 96-88 on Dec. 11 in Rivers' first game back in Boston, where he coached the previous eight seasons.

His former team had a new face on the bench Tuesday after shipping guard Courtney Lee and a 2016 second-round draft pick to Memphis for guard Jerryd Bayless as part of a three-team trade that also included Oklahoma City. The Celtics also received forward Ryan Gomes from the Thunder.

"Courtney did a really good job for us scoring off the bench," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "That's what Jerryd has been very good at in his time in Memphis. He obviously had a great run last year as they went through to the Western Conference finals. He hasn't had as good of a year to start this year but he was great against us. He's a guy who can play the one and the two which gives us more flexibility at those spots."

Bayless scored six points in his Celtics debut and went 3 of 11 from the floor as Boston shot 38.5 percent as a team. Jeff Green scored a team-high 17, but it took him 19 shots to get there.

The Celtics are shooting 39.5 percent and being outscored by 14.0 points per game during the five-game skid. With games against the Clippers, Golden State and Portland remaining on the trip, Stevens recognizes it will take a considerable turnaround to head home with victories.

"Tonight's just not good enough. It's not good enough," Stevens said. "We're going to have to play really well to beat these teams on the road. Everybody's going to have to play close to an 'A' game, and that's everybody."

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WinningBasket
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I hope Clippers come out with the same defensive and aggressive mindset as they did last game. They should win this one.

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Celtics are getting killed lately. Should be easy win for us.

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NEver ever say anything is easy for the Clippers. The easier it should be,the harder they make it on themselves. Based on the lineups of both teams,on paper,we win (as i think we will). But they play on wood floors, not paper.

Take 'em out ,Go Clippers.

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easy games we usually get screwed. home we come out like we did last game

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Our season savior will most likely play Friday, sweet.

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CapsNClips wrote:

Our season savior will most likely play Friday, sweet.

Great, I want our team to be as healthy as possible so we can demolish the Lakers. We need revenge for opening night.

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Golden State just lost. Come on Clips lets get a win and get ahead of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Silasie
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Actually right now we are ahead of them but we need to win to stay ahead Smile

WinningBasket
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I'm so glad GSW lost and messed up their winning streak. Clippers gotta win this game to stay ahead.

Clippersfan86
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I want Blake to really take ownership of this team while CP3 is down. Start dominating.

CP3Heliflopter
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Dudley f***** fail. Smfh.

JahvonTheClip
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Now if we had a halfway athletic sf that would have been a dunk...

ClippersDA
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Dudley is a fool

CP3Heliflopter
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Ok Dudley redeems himself.

Clipperfan9
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BLAKEEE

JahvonTheClip
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Please, lets continue this!

WinningBasket
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Awright----I like the 7-point lead!

Voyeur
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I was about to get REALLY mad with Dudley....then he got a steal and also hit a three...so not in my doghouse yet. lol

CP3Heliflopter
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I like this version of Collison. Hope he can play like this when Paul gets back. Can't wait until Redick and Bullock come back!

JahvonTheClip
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KLove type of outlet pass good job blake!

CP3Heliflopter
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Were killing these guys with our energy. Good work.

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I thought only Kevin Love could throw the outlet pass???

Voyeur
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Not sure I like the sideline reporter taking sides on which SG should start when JJ comes back! It wasn't "broken" before JJ went down either. Anyway, I LOVE what I'm seeing right now!

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Dj with the hustle even though they got it back

Clipperfan9
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Damn... even though it ended badly for us... that was some superb defensive effort from DJ!

CP3Heliflopter
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Dam I love it when our players hustle but sometimes I don't want them to go overboard. If DJ or BG gets injured were screwd.

JahvonTheClip
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Ever since blake went through "the change" after the spurs game i can tell he is been frustrating people a lot

CP3Heliflopter
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He is starting to master his face up game. Love it.

JahvonTheClip
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Yes sir!

ClippersDA
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Stop forcing interior passes!!!

CP3Heliflopter
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Hollins=turd. We really need a halfway decent backup big.

ClippersDA
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And Hollins is like a cartoon character, he is so hapless.

CP3Heliflopter
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Those are the only 3 point shots I want Barnes to take.

JahvonTheClip
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Good 3 to give us a little space

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I remember when people were ragging on Odom so hard last season due to his offensive ineptitude. Right now Odom would be 2x better than any of the backup bigs on our bench.... So sad.

JahvonTheClip
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Olynyk shaqtin a fool!

Voyeur
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Oh lord, this is why we need a guy like JC off the bench. We're playing good D but nobody can score.

JahvonTheClip
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We needed that 3!

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I like Olynyk's game...but that hair! A little too 70's flashback!

gman
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Olinik throws a runner over the back board, then air balls a 3...hmmm maybe someone should tell him how high the rim is.

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Wayns isn't too bad. In control and doesn't force the issue

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Can't wait till Friday.

WinningBasket
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CP is really working hard as a coach, jumping up off his chair as soon as timeout was called. Lol He was already there with Doc to round up the guys.

Voyeur
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Me too. I mean, he'll probably go 0-7, but still...will be great to JJ him back! lol

gman
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Jamal just can not buy a foul, on a drive to the basket or now. Time out called 1st.

JahvonTheClip
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If he misses that many shots he should get the memo to stop shooting at 0-4. And hopefully he gets some nice backdoor layups mixed in there for easy points

WinningBasket
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Dang, what happened to our nice lead from the 1st quarter? Only 6 ahead now. Clippers gotta start making some shots again.

CP3Heliflopter
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Wonder if he is interested in coaching. Would probably be better than Kidd at least. Razz

ClippersDA
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Jerryd bayless always kills us it seems. I like his game though

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