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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427705by clipper*joe » Jan 08, 2014 - 08:50 AM PST
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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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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427706by WinningBasket » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:10 AM PST
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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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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427792by Laak » Jan 08, 2014 - 06:14 PM PST
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Celtics are getting killed lately. Should be easy win for us.

                
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Post ID: 427795by FightOnRon » Jan 08, 2014 - 06:23 PM PST
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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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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427802by Clippers_FTW » Jan 08, 2014 - 07:52 PM PST
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easy games we usually get screwed. home we come out like we did last game

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427804by CapsNClips » Jan 08, 2014 - 07:55 PM PST
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Our season savior will most likely play Friday, sweet.

                
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Post ID: 427820by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Jan 08, 2014 - 08:58 PM PST
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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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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427828by Silasie » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:07 PM PST
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Golden State just lost. Come on Clips lets get a win and get ahead of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427832by Silasie » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:11 PM PST
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Actually right now we are ahead of them but we need to win to stay ahead Smile

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427841by WinningBasket » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:28 PM PST
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I'm so glad GSW lost and messed up their winning streak. Clippers gotta win this game to stay ahead.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427842by Clippersfan86 » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:30 PM PST
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I want Blake to really take ownership of this team while CP3 is down. Start dominating.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427844by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:47 PM PST
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Dudley f***** fail. Smfh.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427845by JahvonTheClip » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:47 PM PST
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Now if we had a halfway athletic sf that would have been a dunk...

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427846by ClippersDA » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:48 PM PST
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Dudley is a fool

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427847by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:49 PM PST
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Ok Dudley redeems himself.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427848by Clipperfan9 » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:49 PM PST
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BLAKEEE

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427849by JahvonTheClip » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:51 PM PST
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Please, lets continue this!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427850by WinningBasket » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:51 PM PST
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Awright----I like the 7-point lead!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427851by Voyeur » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:51 PM PST
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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

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427852by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:52 PM PST
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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!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427853by JahvonTheClip » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:54 PM PST
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KLove type of outlet pass good job blake!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427854by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:54 PM PST
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Were killing these guys with our energy. Good work.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427855by gman » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:54 PM PST
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I thought only Kevin Love could throw the outlet pass???

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427856by Voyeur » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:55 PM PST
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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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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427857by JahvonTheClip » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:58 PM PST
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Dj with the hustle even though they got it back

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427858by Clipperfan9 » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:58 PM PST
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Damn... even though it ended badly for us... that was some superb defensive effort from DJ!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427859by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:58 PM PST
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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.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427860by JahvonTheClip » Jan 08, 2014 - 09:59 PM PST
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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

                
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Post ID: 427861by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:00 PM PST
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He is starting to master his face up game. Love it.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427862by JahvonTheClip » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:00 PM PST
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Yes sir!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427863by ClippersDA » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:02 PM PST
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Stop forcing interior passes!!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427864by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:02 PM PST
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Hollins=turd. We really need a halfway decent backup big.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427865by ClippersDA » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:02 PM PST
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And Hollins is like a cartoon character, he is so hapless.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427866by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:05 PM PST
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Those are the only 3 point shots I want Barnes to take.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427867by JahvonTheClip » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:05 PM PST
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Good 3 to give us a little space

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427868by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:08 PM PST
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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.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427870by JahvonTheClip » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:11 PM PST
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Olynyk shaqtin a fool!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427871by Voyeur » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:11 PM PST
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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.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427872by JahvonTheClip » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:13 PM PST
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We needed that 3!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427873by Voyeur » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:14 PM PST
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I like Olynyk's game...but that hair! A little too 70's flashback!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427874by gman » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:14 PM PST
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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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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427875by jarca » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:14 PM PST
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Wayns isn't too bad. In control and doesn't force the issue

                
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Post ID: 427876by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:14 PM PST
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Can't wait till Friday.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427877by WinningBasket » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:15 PM PST
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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.

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

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427879by gman » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:17 PM PST
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Jamal just can not buy a foul, on a drive to the basket or now. Time out called 1st.

                
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Post ID: 427880by JahvonTheClip » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:18 PM PST
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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

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427881by WinningBasket » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:18 PM PST
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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.

                
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Post ID: 427882by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:18 PM PST
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Wonder if he is interested in coaching. Would probably be better than Kidd at least. Razz

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Celtics Official Game Thread 2014-01-08 Post ID: 427883by ClippersDA » Jan 08, 2014 - 10:19 PM PST
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Jerryd bayless always kills us it seems. I like his game though

                
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