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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 430957by clipper*joe » Jan 19, 2014 - 06:28 PM PST
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Posted Jan 19 2014 4:45PM This duel during the day in Detroit will display some of the NBA's dunking dynamos.

That's certainly the preferred method of scoring for the Pistons given the way they shoot 3-pointers.

Fans of ferocious finishes should have fun Monday when DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers take on Andre Drummond and the Pistons.

Jordan has an NBA-high 109 dunks, Drummond is second with 99 and Griffin fourth with 85. The Pistons also have Josh Smith, who is known for his aerial ability but has played more on the perimeter this season and has just 33 dunks.

Smith isn't playing to his strengths if he stays behind the arc for Detroit (17-23), which is shooting a league-worst 31.0 percent on 3-pointers - 27.2 percent while losing seven of its last 10. He and Brandon Jennings shoot the most 3s on the team and are the biggest culprits of late.

Jennings is shooting 27.5 percent from beyond the arc over his last eight games while Smith has made four of his last 28 attempts (14.3).

The Pistons are shooting 25.4 percent on 3-pointers while going 2-12 against Western Conference foes. The Clippers defend the 3-point arc well, limiting opponents to 33.5 percent.

Los Angeles (28-14) will be looking to get back on track after its five-game win streak ended with Saturday's 106-92 loss at Indiana. The Clippers averaged 114.6 points and shot 46.0 percent during their run before being limited to 39.8 percent shooting against the league's best defense.

"We didn't play well at all," coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought their defense really rushed us. We talked about how they tried to channel you into their bigs and we kept falling for it over and over again. We just didn't execute offensively."

The Clippers have to like their chances of getting back to their high-scoring ways against the Pistons, who are allowing opponents to shoot 46.5 percent and average 102.6 points.

Los Angeles has won five of seven since Chris Paul went down with a separated right shoulder Jan. 3. Darren Collison has taken over as the starter and is playing well, averaging 15.0 points and shooting 55.1 percent, although his four assists against the Pacers marked his lowest total of that stretch.

"You've got to be able to move the ball from side to side," Collison said. "At times, we did it, at times we didn't."

Detroit has won three of four following Saturday's 104-98 victory at Washington. The Pistons got 41 points from their reserve after their bench had a season-high 55 the night before in a 110-89 defeat to Utah.

Rodney Stuckey totaled 41 points in those games and helped spark some key surges against the Wizards.

"I just go in there and try to do what I do and try to change the game," Stuckey said. "That's what we did tonight, the bench players. We came in and did a good job of changing the game."

Jordan leads the NBA with 13.5 rebounds per game and is second in field goal percentage at 63.5, with Drummond third at 60.1.

Los Angeles has captured the last four meetings.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 430961by Diamond909 » Jan 19, 2014 - 07:29 PM PST
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I just hope the clippers capitalize with an (W) and not an (L) because of they might look at this as an easy win and loose focus. Jordan please don't let Drummond punk you or any other down low player. Darren, you got this! Blake, come out strong! JJ, well he doesn't need a lecture because he normally get it done! Crawford, if you're hot then shoot away but if not use you're pg skills and get it done.

                
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Post ID: 430971by pageC4 » Jan 19, 2014 - 09:13 PM PST
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Sometimes it's easy to forget that Crawford can be a very serviceable PG. He has had games even as recent as this season of +10 assists in a game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 430974by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 19, 2014 - 09:49 PM PST
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DJ vs Drummond will be interesting.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 430975by clipperharry » Jan 19, 2014 - 09:54 PM PST
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We got this cause doc won't let this team over look this sub 500 team , come out stronge and jump on them early !!!! Jd and jj will have great games!!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 430976by ClippersDA » Jan 19, 2014 - 10:27 PM PST
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How injured are these guys?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 430979by gman » Jan 19, 2014 - 10:45 PM PST
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Can this game be any earlier? Holy smokes. I won't be watching but I will be checking twitter. Work calls.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 430980by WinningBasket » Jan 19, 2014 - 10:51 PM PST
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I hope DC, JJ, and Matt are okay for this game. Clippers have to win this to get back on track.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 430981by JahvonTheClip » Jan 19, 2014 - 10:56 PM PST
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This is a good time (for me) to be living in the east coast!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 430995by ClipperB23 » Jan 20, 2014 - 04:26 AM PST
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It's my birthday today and I want a Clipper win! Let's go ClipperNation!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 430997by kjavis » Jan 20, 2014 - 05:33 AM PST
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Good front court matchup, pistons have been worst at home than away, hopefully that poor showing carry through for us,

                
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Post ID: 431002by worm » Jan 20, 2014 - 09:30 AM PST
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Happy Birthday! with a Clipper win Smile

                
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Post ID: 431003by dunc182 » Jan 20, 2014 - 09:33 AM PST
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This is perfect for me in the UK! I am really struggling to catch the clips without league pass this season so great news for us over the pond.

                
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Post ID: 431004by Silasie » Jan 20, 2014 - 09:50 AM PST
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Too right. Only problem is I am working tonight so will miss most of it anyway. Might be able to watch the 4 quarter though.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431005by Voyeur » Jan 20, 2014 - 09:52 AM PST
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A sprained big toe sounds almost unbearable for a basketball player. Not sure how DC is gonna do it. JJ looked pretty good the rest of the Indiana game aside from bricking shots. It looked like he ran pretty well.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431006by Silasie » Jan 20, 2014 - 09:53 AM PST
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Why is this game on so early? It's not a Sunday.

                
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Post ID: 431007by Voyeur » Jan 20, 2014 - 09:54 AM PST
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Martin Luther King Jr Day.

                
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Post ID: 431008by Silasie » Jan 20, 2014 - 09:57 AM PST
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Oh ok. So do people have the day of work then?

In the UK we have several Mondays off a year: Bank Holidays.

                
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Post ID: 431009by Voyeur » Jan 20, 2014 - 10:00 AM PST
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I do, dammit. I think most folks are working.

                
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Post ID: 431010by Silasie » Jan 20, 2014 - 10:03 AM PST
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Oh cr*P. I got the East and West coast time mixed up. The game starts just when I go to work so I'll miss it all. That is not cool, one of the few times I could watch a match live and not stay up late into the night and I am working.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431013by Voyeur » Jan 20, 2014 - 10:20 AM PST
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Detroit's got some big boys...but they're not a very good defensive team. Coming of playing the best defensive team should make a difference. I sure hope JJ breaks out of his little slump here. Not sure how the bruised knee might effect his play. I like what I've seen from Crawford last 2 games.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431015by CapsNClips » Jan 20, 2014 - 11:05 AM PST
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Do I smell a Jared Dudley game today? I think so.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431016by Voyeur » Jan 20, 2014 - 11:15 AM PST
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If one basketball player likes to celebrate MLK Day, it's Blake.

Last year (in a loss to GS), he had 26 points on 61%, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. 2012, he had 23 points, 60% (but only shot 5-13 from the free throw line so he should have had around 28 points), 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block in a win against NJ. 2011, as we know 47 points on 79%, 14 rebounds, 3 assists and a block in a win against Indy.

Hope he continues that trend.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431018by what_up_clipnation83 » Jan 20, 2014 - 11:25 AM PST
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Hopefully we can keep them off the offensive boards, with AD, Monroe and J smooth.

I think this game will be close throughout the first half, then we bust it open in the third.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431020by Steady818 » Jan 20, 2014 - 11:51 AM PST
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i hope chauncey is playing.. and i also hope griffn lays chauncey down once to show him how soft he is.. that is all for now..

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431021by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Jan 20, 2014 - 11:59 AM PST
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This game could be scary if Blake or DJ get into foul trouble. It will be hard to stop Smith, Monroe, and Drummond if we don't have both Blake and DJ playing big minutes.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431022by clipperharry » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:05 PM PST
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No worries we got this period !! Come out stronge and put them away

                
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Post ID: 431023by ClipperPostman » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:09 PM PST
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Your exactly right. Toe injuries are generally impossible to "Play through" in sports.

Unless he gets so doped up before the game so he doesn't feel the pain, I don't see how he is going to play.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431024by jarca » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:12 PM PST
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Barnes started

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431025by ClipperPostman » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:14 PM PST
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Matt Barnes starting over Dudley! That could be interesting.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431026by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:15 PM PST
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Wow Matt Started?!? I just checked in to the game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431027by wessleejr » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:17 PM PST
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Good start, Matt is starting, hope this one will work.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431028by jarca » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:20 PM PST
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Jordan is beasting

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431029by ClippersDA » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:20 PM PST
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I despise the stupid spinning thing barnes does.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431030by Icecoldclipper » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:20 PM PST
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This game is super early. Great effort early by Griffin and Jordan.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431031by ClippersDA » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:21 PM PST
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Redick is bumming me out too.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431032by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:22 PM PST
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Barnes getting killed by Josh Smith. Redick looks limited. Bullock is inactive apparently:/. Maybe we will see some Willie....

                
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Post ID: 431033by ClipperPostman » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:22 PM PST
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He's only taken 1 shot. Please don't start....

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431034by WinningBasket » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:23 PM PST
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Interesting that Matt is starting. Probably about time Jared gets to rest his knees a bit. I hope Matt has a great game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431035by what_up_clipnation83 » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:23 PM PST
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Dj tryna get an all star nod, playing like he has something to prove

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431036by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:23 PM PST
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Sucks our guys always seem to get injured.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431037by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:24 PM PST
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Barnes lazy pass.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431038by what_up_clipnation83 » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:25 PM PST
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Wow Blake

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431039by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:26 PM PST
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Release the Turkonator lol

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431040by jarca » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:28 PM PST
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Our guards aren't doing so well but our bigs have been dominant

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431041by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:28 PM PST
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Can't believe I am saying this but I am glad that Barnes dumb ass was benched for Dudley.

                
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Post ID: 431042by ClippersDA » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:29 PM PST
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He is having zero impact and looks terrified. Not a good sign. On the whole we are beating ourselves with stupid turnovers.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Pistons Official Game Thread 2014-01-20 Post ID: 431043by Icecoldclipper » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:29 PM PST
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Our defense has to kick it up another level greatly struggling.

                
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Post ID: 431044by pageC4 » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:29 PM PST
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I love that nickname. Too bad it doesn't instill fear though. It sounds like some kind of device you use to prep a Turkey during thanksgiving

                
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Post ID: 431045by ClipperPostman » Jan 20, 2014 - 12:30 PM PST
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Actually barnes didn't do too bad. Smith made some tough shots, but really wasn't due to "Bad defense".

I like the Idea of Dudley playing with the second unit. I think we need his shooting ability to boost the second unit.

                
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