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By ELI KABERON

Posted Jan 09 2014 11:30PM

The battle for Los Angeles will be without its two brightest stars Friday night when the Lakers and Clippers square off.

Given the way both teams are playing undermanned, one team is clearly missing its leader more than the other.

The Clippers, the home team in Friday's game, have won back-to-back contests without Chris Paul, who is sidelined for up to six weeks with a separated right shoulder. Blake Griffin led the way in Wednesday's 111-105 victory over Boston with 29 points and eight assists.

Doc Rivers has seen plenty of progress in a pair of wins by a combined 26 points since the Clippers lost their first game with Paul out by 24 points in San Antonio.

"I've been very encouraged," Rivers said. "I've got to do a better job figuring out the second unit. I've got to keep a couple of starters on with both groups because with Chris out and with J.J. (Redick) out it changes a little bit, too."

Redick, who started the team's first 17 games before suffering a broken hand and a torn ligament in his wrist, could return to the court on Friday.

The Lakers (14-22) have not been as strong without their top player. After winning their first game following Kobe Bryant's latest knee injury, they've lost nine of 10, allowing 108.9 points per game while scoring just 97.5.

A major problem has been turnovers, as the absence of Bryant - along with injured guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar - has left the Lakers searching for consistency at the point. Recently signed guard Kendall Marshall has dished out 46 assists in his four starts, but he's given it away six times in the last two games and the Lakers had 18 total turnovers in Wednesday's 113-99 loss at Houston.

Since Christmas, the Lakers are allowing a league-worst 22.8 points per game off turnovers.

"That's probably the number one factor in why we're losing," coach Mike D'Antoni told the team's official website. "We're giving up between 20, 25 and 35 points off turnovers. When we get our halfcourt defense set, we're in the top half."

The Clippers (25-13) are well-equipped to take advantage of any Lakers mistakes. The team averages 18.8 points off turnovers and 16.3 fast-break points, both among the top five in the league.

While much of that has to do with the terrific play of Paul, the Clippers have combined for 39 points off turnovers and 44 fast-break points in their two latest games without their star.

Darren Collison is averaging 16.7 points on 62.1 percent shooting since Paul went down.

"(Paul) kind of has the ball in his hands a lot, he's the quarterback," said Jared Dudley, who had 18 points and four steals in the win over the Celtics. "When he's not there, we kind of do (more of a) spread formation where you get the ball to Blake down low, let him dominate, get out in transition, let Jamal (run), so we can kind of pick and choose our shots better."

The Clippers had a four-game win streak in this series before getting outscored 41-24 in the fourth quarter of a 116-103 loss in the season opener Oct. 29.

Lakers guard Xavier Henry led the way with a then career-high 22 points in that win, but he'll miss a sixth consecutive game Friday with a bone bruise in his knee

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cleepers
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Anybody see the primeticket teaser for this game during the Boston game?

"WATCH BLAKE GRIFFIN TAKE ON... UUH... NICK YOUNG - IN THE BATTLE FOR LOS ANGELES"

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Kudos to their voiceover guy for not cracking up.

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I hope Nick Young gets the Kobe beat out of him today,as he has turned into Kobe .05....the Black Hole redux.

Wonder how angry the Lakers fans will be when they turn up and see for real their precious yellow toilet paper,err banners, are covered up.

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The thing is, we know Nick can get H-O-T...and he'll be extra motivated tonight. We have to make sure that won't matter.

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Clippers need to dominate the Lakers tonight. With JJ back, I hope the Clippers start out with a bang!

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Just have to contest their 3's... they've got literally nothing else offensively, and they can't defend for sh*t.

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Good. We need to crush these em effers for what they did to us in game 1.

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Is that for sure about Redick?

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jarca
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david wrote:

Why is his arms super dark. Did it get hairy from the cast or is that tattoos lol

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Ah youth (JJ),I broke my wrist 8 years ago,still doesn't work right. NBA rehab vs HMO rehab. (and 30 years of extra age)

We need to beat these guy into the ground,then into the underground, then into the earth's core. Then out the other side (wherever that would be)

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Lol yeah good point I don't know- maybe the photo filter they used exaggerated the arm hair?

CapsNClips
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J.J. Redick has Robin Williams arms now.

Clippersfan86
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Gotta beat them by 30 and prove opener was a fluke.

CapsNClips
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Blake Griffin is 8th on the MVP ladder. I've never been more proud in my entire life.

ClipsGForce
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Just beat the Lakers! I don't care how they do it, as long they beat them and not be embarrassed like the season opener, I'll be a happy man.

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ill be there tonight... payback time

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same here. I don't want to just win I want a blow out. one where all their fans leave super early

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Just shows how much he has improved.

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Found these quotes by Kris Humphries funny

Gary Washburn: Kris Humphries on dunk by Blake Griffin: "We're still debating if that's actually a dunk when you don't touch the rim at all."

Gary Washburn: Humphries on Griffin: "It was like a volleyball play. Obviously he makes those kind of plays if you come late defensively"

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A blowout would be great, but as long as we keep stacking up the W's against inferior opponents with CP3 out - especially division games - I'll be happy.

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Where the hell did this "You have to touch the rim" come from? They said the same about the Perkins one. Howard's superman one even won the dunk contest... easily.

If anything, it's even more impressive to throw it down when you're not even close enough to touch the rim.

It's like saying "That wasn't actually a 3-point shot because he made it from the backcourt".

Since it wasn't actually a "dunk" per se, we'll need to invent a new category of shot just for Blake... my suggestion is a "castration".

Keep krying, Kris.

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I heard it was like Blake was Zeus throwing down thunderbolts through the hoop while flying over Kris on SportsNation or something like that.

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We should win this game without JJ playing well. He should have some rust,

not to mention he broke his shooting hand so he may require

6-10 games to get back into the rythym he was in Pre-injury.

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I agree with @ClipperPostman, what we get from JJ should be a bonus. I do think it will take him a few games maybe closer to 6 since it was his hand he probably stayed in decent shape, but that is a good estimation.

His shot might take time, but I think we really miss his off ball movement which forces his defender to chase him around and not help with anyone else. We also saw all his movement really tire guys out like Harden who don't seem to like to play both sides of the ball.

I do hope we stomp them, with everyone especially Blake and DJ having monster games.

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should just call it the superman dunk or for Blake the Thor hammer toss.Smile

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should just call it the superman dunk or for Blake the Thor hammer toss.Smile

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Hopefully Blake lays down a Thunderbolt on Pau tonight.

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good news is that our schedule is soft all the way through January 30. a good win % is attainable

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Clippers -10. Let's get a win tonight boys by what ever point spread necessary.

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I'm thinking it's DJ's turn tonight.

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Thunderbolt...I like it! Very Happy

Is out team doing the nickname thing?

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These injuries for Thunder and Clippers could very well benefit them in the long run! Chris Paul on Russell Westbrook are obviously very important to their team, both teams depend on them night in and night out because that is what superstars do! With them out the teams "role" players have to step up! I hate the word "role" players though! In My Opinion every player on the team is a "role" player and they all contribute! Thunder and Clippers could very well meet up in the WC Finals because of the injuries that sped up the growth process of the team on OFFENSE AND DEFENSE! That is why I believe there is a silver-lining for these two teams in these injuries

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ESPN Countdown crew giving Blake some major props.

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We definitely need to shut down Young. ...I can't stand him now. He has been non stop disrespectful towards the clippers AND clipper nation! His mouth has been like diarrhea!! I say we throw Barnes on him early. ... throw him off. .. get him out of his game.

Does anybody know if Xavier Henry is back yet?? (Gotta keep him under control also if so)

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I agree was sad how Young flipped on us. Maybe he was low key upset we did not bring him back and got Crawford but as a Sixer we showed him love when he came to Staples.

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Wooooo J J is back baby!!!11!!

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Damn. I guess the nickname thing is only for the Heat-Nets game. I sure was hoping to see names like THE BLAKE SHOW and J CROSSOVER on the back of our jerseys tonight!

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Hopefully this game is much like the last 2 where we come out with massive amounts of energy and take it to the Lakers from the get go.. The starts we have had have been essential in our last 3 games.

The first one we came out flat and got beat up like a hanging piece of cow meat in a rocky balboa movie. The last 2 we came out on a mission and really set the tone for the wins hopefully tonight is like the latter

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I agree. They look so much better when they come out with energy (especially on defense)

ClipperSam
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Clipper better beat the Lakers ass.

That's all folk's

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Arash Markazi: Doc said Hedo Turkoglu looked good and his workout and was interested in signing him but gave no timetable.

Do you think they are waiting to see what Bynum does first?

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Hope to hell they are. I'm sure Hedo's not on any Hot List by many GM's.

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Looks like JJ is starting tonight:

http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nba/1264/jj-redick

ClipperKyle32
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Clippers win to gain a little separation from Golden State and Houston! If Golden State loses to the Celtics!

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Yes go clippers beat the fakers ass !!

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For anyone who needs to know, the game is starting on ESPN West right now, probably until the Heat game ends.

ClipperKyle32
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REDICK!!!!

Voyeur
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And of course the Lakers are hitting their shots.

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Damn JJ! We have so missed you buddy!! LOOKING GOOD

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