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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431380by clipper*joe » Jan 22, 2014 - 01:24 AM PST
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By NOEY KUPCHAN Posted Jan 21 2014 4:30PM The Los Angeles Clippers' frontcourt duo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan has helped carry the load with Chris Paul sidelined.

Big man Al Jefferson hopes to help the Charlotte Bobcats keep overcoming their point guard's absence.

Both teams will likely be looking to control the paint as surging Los Angeles goes for a seventh consecutive win over the Bobcats on Wednesday night.

The Pacific Division-leading Clippers (29-14) improved to 2-1 on a seven-game road trip after beating Detroit 112-103 on Monday. Jamal Crawford had 26 points off the bench, Griffin scored 25 and Jordan added 16 while matching a season best with 21 rebounds.

Though Paul has missed the last eight games due to a separated shoulder, Los Angeles has won six of seven while averaging 111.0 points.

"Nobody tried to do too much," said Crawford, averaging 25.7 points in the last three games. "We all played our roles and tried to help each other out as much as possible. That's the key to win any game in this league."

Griffin has scored 26.8 per game while shooting 56.4 percent over the last six, up from his season marks of 22.5 and 52.3. He's even chipped in 5.2 assists per game in that span with Paul and his league-leading 11.2 average out of action.

Jordan, averaging 9.7 points and an NBA-leading 13.7 boards, has posted 12.0 and 15.3, respectively, during the Clippers' 6-1 run along with 3.9 blocks per game.

"We feel like our front line is great now, but they're only going to get better," Crawford said of Griffin and Jordan. "They both want to be better and they're pushing each other, and they're pushing our team. They're really the anchors defensively and offensively."

Charlotte (18-25) is coming off Monday's 100-95 win over Toronto, its first game since losing Kemba Walker to a sprained ankle. Ramon Sessions scored a season-high 23 points starting in his place, and Jefferson stayed hot with 22 and 19 rebounds.

Jefferson, who became the first Bobcats player to record a double-double in the first quarter with 10 points and 10 boards, also finished with a career best-tying seven assists. The 10-year veteran is averaging 25.5 points and 12.7 rebounds while shooting 55.8 percent over the last six games.

Winners in three of five after a 1-8 slump, the Bobcats survived a scare after their 30-point lead was cut to one with 26 seconds left.

"We stuck together at the end and pulled it out, so it's a big win," Jefferson said. "I think this week coming up we have a chance to get some big wins if we play like we played tonight."

Charlotte hasn't posted back-to-back victories since a season-best three-game run Dec. 17-20 and could have a tough time doing so Wednesday, having lost six straight to the Clippers by an average of 16.7 points.

Los Angeles outscored Charlotte 56-29 in the second half of a 112-85 victory Jan. 1. Griffin compiled 31 points and 12 rebounds while Jefferson had 14 and 12, respectively.

Former Bobcats forward Jared Dudley also came up big with 20 points. The Clippers are 15-1 when he scores in double figures.

While Los Angeles is 18-3 at home, it has gone 11-11 on the road. The Clippers haven't won consecutive road games since Dec. 9 and 11.

"Every team has to play tough on the road," Griffin said. "You can't complain, you just have to go out and play."

The Bobcats are giving up an average of 37.2 points in the paint to rank in the top five in the league.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431381by Voyeur » Jan 22, 2014 - 01:26 AM PST
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Gotta watch out for Jefferson. That guy's been playing great lately.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431384by gman » Jan 22, 2014 - 09:05 AM PST
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Let's get Dudl3y going early. Or, as soon as he comes in let him shot. He plays well and scores in double digits, clips are 15-1!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431385by WinningBasket » Jan 22, 2014 - 09:20 AM PST
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I hope Clippers win this one easily.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431397by clipperharry » Jan 22, 2014 - 11:35 AM PST
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Jump on them hard right away and get turkiglue some quality time with the starters and 2nd team , we got this !!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431398by Voyeur » Jan 22, 2014 - 11:48 AM PST
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Yeah the team could use an easy game. Of course we can't take anyone for granted.

                
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Post ID: 431400by pageC4 » Jan 22, 2014 - 12:00 PM PST
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yes, they are. my hope is that Doc design plays for Dudley. Give him the ball and make him shoot at least 10 times. When Dudley scores double digits 15-1, when he doesn't we are barely above .500.

                
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Post ID: 431401by pageC4 » Jan 22, 2014 - 12:02 PM PST
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I'm curious about Hedo. Doc was very fond of him. he said he was making every shot during workouts. I hope he still has something left in the tank

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431402by cleepers » Jan 22, 2014 - 12:04 PM PST
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No easy ones on the road. That said, this should be a good opportunity for Blake to stuff those MVP-like numbers... for the first 3 quarters, at least Yellow_Flash_Colorz_PDT_08

We haven't seen a triple-double from him yet this year... just saying.

Come to think of it... tonight could well be DJ's night to log his first ever. They'll be going inside to big Al a lot, so if DJ continues to stay down on fakes he could be swatting shots all night long.

Go get 'em, DJ!

                
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Post ID: 431406by pageC4 » Jan 22, 2014 - 02:32 PM PST
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Hopefully we can get a good lead and give some play time to Jamison, Turkoglu, and Bullock. These guys definitely need the minutes to shake rust off and our starters need a break.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431410by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 22, 2014 - 03:35 PM PST
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Clipper Darrell said Chris Paul has flown to Charlotte to meet back up with the Clippers. He said,

COME OUT AGGRESSIVE. CONTROL TURNOVERS. DOMINANT IN THE PAINT AS WE DID AGAINST THE PISTONS

Side Note- If we beat the Bobcats handily without Chris Paul, I will start to worry about the Miami Heat. They will not 3-peat the way they have been playing.

I do not think Doc Rivers has transformed Griffin's play but I believe he did bring it back or found a way to Blake in the best positions to reach full potential

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I found this video of Blake playing High-School Basketball

In this video several times Blake bring the ball down the court. We saw barely any of that last season, he is doing it more this season.

I agree with Chuck( Charles Barkely for the basketball incompetent ) that Chris Pauls injury was a blessing for the Clippers. Especially Blake and DJ, maybe even Collison.

I am looking forward to this game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431426by CapsNClips » Jan 22, 2014 - 05:44 PM PST
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Don't sleep on the Bobcats, Big Al has been playing really good.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431427by gman » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:10 PM PST
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Lets go. Feeling under the weather so a clipper victory would be just dandy.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431428by fray_27 » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:19 PM PST
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Hey I just read will is inactive anyone know why??

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431430by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:22 PM PST
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Slow Start we will be fine

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431431by ClippersDA » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:22 PM PST
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Pretty pathetic so far it seems based on the play by play. Collison shouldn't be playing if his foot is bothering him so much he is offensively inept.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431432by WinningBasket » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:23 PM PST
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Why are the Clippers behind? This is not the start I was hoping for.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431433by cleepers » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:25 PM PST
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Great job by Duds... bodies up Jefferson, then a beautiful touch pass for the easy layup.

                
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Post ID: 431434by cleepers » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:27 PM PST
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Clips will make you right.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431435by pedroskinny » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:29 PM PST
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Why is that a foul? My god.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431436by ClippersDA » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:33 PM PST
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Blake is getting a reputation for being a bad rebounder. Needs to prove doubters wrong!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431437by Dunkathon » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:33 PM PST
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Here comes Mullens!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431438by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:33 PM PST
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Ewww God Byron mullens

                
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Post ID: 431439by cleepers » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:35 PM PST
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With DJ pulling down 14 a night, everybody looks like a bad rebounder. Can't be hurting Blake too much... he's climbed onto NBA.com's MVP ladder.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431440by Akclipps » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:36 PM PST
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C'mon defense.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431441by ClipperPostman » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:46 PM PST
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Crawford needs to ballhog right now. Now he wants to pass when he is hot.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431442by CP3Heliflopter » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:49 PM PST
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Crawford and Redick bringing us back.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431443by pedroskinny » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:55 PM PST
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Griffin showing some nice post moves.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431444by gman » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:55 PM PST
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BG taking it to McRoberts.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431445by david » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:56 PM PST
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Blake nice move inside for the and-1! I suspect the double will come even quicker and more aggressive now by the Bobcats.

                
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Post ID: 431446by gman » Jan 22, 2014 - 06:57 PM PST
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Yeah they will, but this arena is not packed and their lack of energy is how i feel.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431447by david » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:02 PM PST
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Guess the Bobcats are not doubling consistently yet- too afraid of the Clipper shooters. Collison sneaks inside for the layup.

                
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Nice play Blake!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431449by gman » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:04 PM PST
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Great move by Blake there to end the half. Clippers need to pick it up on D and move the ball.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431450by jarca » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:05 PM PST
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It's gonna be a grind out game

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431451by ClipperPostman » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:05 PM PST
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Blake getting anything he wants. He really needs a 40pt game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431452by david » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:05 PM PST
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Blake quickly down the middle to give the Clippers a 1 point lead at the half. Let's see if the guys can get some separation by the middle of the 3rd quarter.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431453by WinningBasket » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:06 PM PST
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Doc sure makes great plays out of timeouts. I hope Clippers come out the second half with fire and more energy. Need more than just a one-point lead, lol.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431455by Dunkathon » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:20 PM PST
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Blake really ought to get the ball more. It would be better than many of the constant contested jumpers the team takes at times.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431456by cleepers » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:22 PM PST
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Not seeing any reason why we should hang onto Morris... Jamal is a better option at point.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431457by WinningBasket » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:26 PM PST
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Blake started the run with a steal. Now Clips are up by 5. Time to pad this lead.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431458by JahvonTheClip » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:29 PM PST
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Hate this new rule!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431459by ClipperPostman » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:33 PM PST
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Phenomenal cut by barnes. That Is what we need from him.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431460by cleepers » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:34 PM PST
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Just gotta get a little separation and they'll roll over. Come on, defense!

                
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Doc made a bad sub in the first half when he subbed jamal back out for Collison. I felt like we were starting to grab control at that point behind JJ and jamal instead we got stuck in a grind

                
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Neither team can break away.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431463by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:43 PM PST
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I knew that was coming

                
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Wow they started that clock mad late.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Bobcats Official Game Thread 2014-01-22 Post ID: 431465by Clipperfan9 » Jan 22, 2014 - 07:44 PM PST
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Dudley's having one of THOSE games...

                
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FFS! Maybe being down going into the 4th - AGAINST THE F*CKING BOBCATS - will wake them up defensively.

                
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