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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429184by clipper*joe » Jan 15, 2014 - 01:18 AM PST
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By JEFF MEZYDLO Posted Jan 14 2014 11:50AM Riding a three-game winning streak, the Dallas Mavericks feel they're better prepared than the last time they faced the Los Angeles Clippers.

Looking to match their longest winning stretch of the season, the visiting Mavericks hope to avenge a loss earlier this month to a Clippers team that's also trying for a fourth straight victory Wednesday night.

Dallas (23-16) averaged 108.5 points and shot 49.0 percent while sweeping a home-and-home set with New Orleans then rolled to a 107-88 victory over lowly Orlando on Monday. The Mavericks are seven games above .500 for the first time since the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season and have bounced back from a stretch of three losses in four games.

That slide began with a 119-112 defeat to Los Angeles (26-13) at home Jan. 3. The Clippers overcame the loss of star Chris Paul to a separated shoulder and a seven-point deficit in the final 4 minutes to beat the Mavericks for the fifth time in seven games.

Dallas couldn't build on a perfect three-game trip that preceded the previous matchup with the Clippers, but after bouncing back from the recent rough stretch it feels better equipped to handle this rematch and difficult games with fellow playoff contenders Phoenix and Portland that follow.

"I think our mindset is different heading into this game on a three-game winning streak," said guard Monta Ellis, who had a team-high 21 points Monday. "Hopefully we continue with it."

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 and Shawn Marion added 20 points against the Clippers two weeks ago, but Marion could miss a fifth straight game with a sore shoulder. If so, the Mavericks might need to again rely on a bench that outscored the Magic reserves 42-14. Vince Carter highlighted that production with 17 points and Wayne Ellington added 12 for Dallas, which last won four in a row Nov. 16-22.

"If they continue to keep that up, we can make a run for a couple of games in a row," Ellis told the Mavericks' official website.

They first have to get by the Clippers, who have won five of six overall and are 17-3 at home. Los Angeles has been off since a 123-87 rout of the in-house rival Lakers on Friday.

Veteran Darren Collison has filled in nicely for Paul, who could miss up to five weeks. Collison had 20 points against the Mavericks, and has averaged 17.5 on 65.9 percent shooting and 6.5 assists as a starter in the four games that followed.

"It's just (a matter of) letting the game come to you and picking and choosing your spots," he told the Clippers' official website. "Those shots are going to come.

"For me, as a point guard it's making sure other guys get touches. I know I can get my touches whenever I can. It's not forcing the issue and playing within the system."

Collison continues to get the ball to Blake Griffin, who has scored 62 points on 21-of-29 shooting in the last two contests. He had 33 along with 12 rebounds, four steals, four assists and two blocked shots against the Lakers.

"Blake is doing everything for us, rebounding and defending," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "He is a great passer. It gets lost in his fancy dunks."

Griffin had 25 points, 15 boards and five assists at Dallas earlier this month.

Nowitzki has totaled 57 points and shot 57.9 percent in the last two games versus Los Angeles - both at home. However, he's been held to a combined 32 on 35.5 percent shooting in his last two on the road in the series.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429185by wessleejr » Jan 15, 2014 - 01:20 AM PST
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Their two win againts pelicans and wolves are questionable, it was a bonus from the ref.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429205by namzug » Jan 15, 2014 - 10:25 AM PST
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I'd like to see a great defensive effort right off the back. I've only seen us start strong off defensively a few times, usually we wait until the 3rd. I also would like to see a great defensive showing from Blake against Dirk, but realize I might be asking for too much.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429206by Voyeur » Jan 15, 2014 - 10:26 AM PST
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Interesting connections here. Collison vs his old team. Redick vs old teammates Ellis and Carter. Interesting matchup between Dirk and Blake (although they will probably put Marion on BG). Dallas is good. I'm almost surprised by their record. But with JJ back, and with Jamal due for a great game...we need to beat their @ss!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429213by cleepers » Jan 15, 2014 - 10:40 AM PST
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Gotta find a way to get "up" against these guys. This game doesn't have the energizing effect of a Grizz, Dubs, Spurs, OKC or Lakers matchup, but they're still dangerous.

Maybe the fact that they're the ones who took out our point-god should be on the bulletin board. I'm looking for a blitz in the first Q like the last few games. And keep an eye on Calderon... he missed a bunch of open 3's last time and will likely be out to drop some bombs.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429249by CapsNClips » Jan 15, 2014 - 01:16 PM PST
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I like the idea of Monta having to guard Redick and Jose having to guard Collison. Both in theory should get torched tonight, but that doesn't mean they don't do the exact same to us.

Blake just keep doing you. DJ you need to pretend Dirk is Al Jefferson and don't bite on everything, you've improved immensely in that area. Dudley just hit one or two 3's and I'll be happy.

Let's get it boys!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429253by Silasie » Jan 15, 2014 - 01:30 PM PST
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It'd be nice if Jamal could get hot tonight, it'd be great for him and would really help the team.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429257by Icecoldclipper » Jan 15, 2014 - 01:46 PM PST
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Team needs to finish off the home stand strong. Knicks are finding their flow outside of their last loss so they may be tough at home and the Pacers are always a tough outing. Rest of the road trip looks easy enough but this team has come out very flat against East teams.

                
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Post ID: 429259by pageC4 » Jan 15, 2014 - 02:02 PM PST
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Strange that we struggle against eastern teams. The heat, Pacers, and Atlanta I could understand, but to lose against the lotto bound east teams is odd. There's got to be some underlying cause.

                
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Post ID: 429263by tense2 » Jan 15, 2014 - 02:17 PM PST
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It would be great if Jamal can just be average tonight. Wink

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429269by WinningBasket » Jan 15, 2014 - 02:28 PM PST
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Clippers need to bring out their anaconda defense, lol. Squeeze the Mavs tight and suffocate their offense. I'm hoping Dirk slumps off too to make things easier. It'd be a great way to start a Grammy road trip by winning tonight!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429270by JahvonTheClip » Jan 15, 2014 - 02:34 PM PST
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I wouldn't necessarily say we struggle against east teams, 9-6 is ok b=not great but not terrible

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429293by cleepers » Jan 15, 2014 - 04:53 PM PST
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I've said it before and I'll say it again... when Ralph eventually decides to hang it up and his microphone is in the rafters at Staples, we'll be in excellent hands with Brian Sieman.

Check out this Blake Griffin mix from his soundcloud...

https://soundcloud.com/brian-sieman/01- ... um=twitter

Some epic calls in there... "What's worse... being a Kardashian or being in the Mozgov hall of fame?".

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Post ID: 429298by CapsNClips » Jan 15, 2014 - 05:14 PM PST
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Brian Sieman is fantastic, it's a Shane that he'll have to replace an all time Legend.

Those are some big shoes to fill.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429304by austin009009 » Jan 15, 2014 - 05:39 PM PST
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great mix^

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429305by austin009009 » Jan 15, 2014 - 05:39 PM PST
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i really hope we shut them down again

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429306by austin009009 » Jan 15, 2014 - 05:40 PM PST
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9-6 against the east... we need to do better than that!

                
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Post ID: 429311by Silasie » Jan 15, 2014 - 05:44 PM PST
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Yeah right. By comparison average would be hot.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429314by austin009009 » Jan 15, 2014 - 05:46 PM PST
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its been great seeing jamal and griffin step up over these last several games

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429316by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Jan 15, 2014 - 05:50 PM PST
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I'm hoping Vince Carter goes for 30 points tonight, but we still win comfortably. VC's been one of my favorite players for years, but the Clippers need to win this one. It would be great to go on a nice win streak without CP3 to get everyone's confidence up.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429318by austin009009 » Jan 15, 2014 - 05:51 PM PST
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VC is one of those old gems that is still continues to be a threat but goes under the radar now

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429319by austin009009 » Jan 15, 2014 - 05:52 PM PST
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and he can still throw it down occasionally

                
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Selfishly, I hope no Mav has a good game tonight. In fact, I want us to beat them so bad, they all contemplate retirement. Razz

                
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Post ID: 429350by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 15, 2014 - 07:45 PM PST
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Do we have another player named Jamal that I haven't heard of?

                
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Post ID: 429352by pageC4 » Jan 15, 2014 - 08:03 PM PST
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Oh the amount of puns we can make with the last name Sieman lol. I'll give it the first shot: No amount of Seiman can ever compensate for Ralph.

                
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Post ID: 429363by JahvonTheClip » Jan 15, 2014 - 08:18 PM PST
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Its funny cause the first pun is "I'll give it the first shot" very funny!

                
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Post ID: 429364by pageC4 » Jan 15, 2014 - 08:21 PM PST
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lol, I honestly overlooked that..that was pure coincidence lol

                
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Post ID: 429368by cleepers » Jan 15, 2014 - 08:43 PM PST
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I'm more worried about what his idiom equivalent of "Lawler's Law" would be.

"Sieman's seed" - You've gotta come with energy!

                
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Post ID: 429370by JahvonTheClip » Jan 15, 2014 - 08:45 PM PST
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That shows his name is too easy to make fun of. Oh goodness he is gonna be in trouble!

                
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Post ID: 429376by pageC4 » Jan 15, 2014 - 08:55 PM PST
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lol, you know that for one minute when Kevin Love was drafted by the Grizzlies that team would have had Gay Love on their team. When asked about the awkwardness of those two last names on the same team Love chuckled and said "I guess we're going to have to try and avoid standing next to each other"

                
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Post ID: 429377by pageC4 » Jan 15, 2014 - 08:58 PM PST
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Lol, awesome. Oh god, its gonna be good times when Sieman takes the the mantle. These puns are the best. Someone suggest this to Tosh.0 on the how many puns in limited seconds segment

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429378by Clipperjan » Jan 15, 2014 - 08:58 PM PST
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From LAClippers "Doc says Reggie Bullock (ankle) is available, but "he's not 100% yet so we're going to take that slow"

So we may not see much of Reggie tonight

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429379by cleepers » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:00 PM PST
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Should have kept them together and traded for Ramon Sessions. That huddle would have been hilarious.

I remember seeing this pic ages ago...

                
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Post ID: 429381by pageC4 » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:04 PM PST
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Gay, Love, Sessions, LMFAO no one would want to go near that huddle. You could discuss any play without fear of a Rondo eavesdrop

                
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Post ID: 429382by pageC4 » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:05 PM PST
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I almost spit out my beer dude LMFAO

                
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Post ID: 429383by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:12 PM PST
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LOL, I never thought I would hear a Brian Sieman mix set to Aloe Blacc music. Good stuff though. And I agree, I think Sieman would make a good TV play by play man for the Clippers once Ralph retires.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429384by comeONcraig » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:15 PM PST
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let's win this... every time I think of the Mavs/Clips match up, I'm always reminded of Blake's potential game winner of a lifetime if Dirk had not flopped.

                
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Post ID: 429385by pageC4 » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:18 PM PST
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Although he has to change his last name though, Sieman is just an obscene word..perhaps Brian Man Milk would be more family friendly

                
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Post ID: 429386by cleepers » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:19 PM PST
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True... but I prefer to remember his spectacular screen (taking out 2 Mavs) for Chauncey's game-winner with 1 second left.

                
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Post ID: 429387by cleepers » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:20 PM PST
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Yeah... "Pearl Jam" probably would have been more appropriate for a Sieman mix.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429389by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:34 PM PST
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I have a feeling Collison is going to have another big game against his old team.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429390by pedroskinny » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:36 PM PST
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Cmon Clips!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429392by gman » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:41 PM PST
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This will be a good test for the Griffin lead Clips.

                
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Rust? None what so ever.

                
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A Redick bingo!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429395by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:43 PM PST
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That's a bad-early foul on DJ. Let's hope he can control himself and stay out of foul trouble.

                
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DJ nice second effort!

                
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Blake to the streaking Redick for the layup!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429398by Clipperfan9 » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:45 PM PST
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most athletic offensive rebound by dudley ever.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Mavericks Official Game Thread 2014-01-15 Post ID: 429399by david » Jan 15, 2014 - 09:45 PM PST
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Collison playing very well to start the game.

                
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