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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432059by clipper*joe » Jan 25, 2014 - 12:59 AM PST
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Clippers-Raptors Preview By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO Posted Jan 25 2014 1:25AM

Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers are tied for the most wins in 2014, but the Toronto Raptors aren't far behind thanks to a strong stretch at home.

The Clippers are well aware of what the Raptors are capable of at Air Canada Centre.

Griffin looks to continue his impressive production, and help the Clippers snap a four-game road losing streak to the Raptors in a matchup of division leaders Saturday night.

Griffin is averaging 26.3 points over the past 17 games after scoring 17.9 over the previous 14. The All-Star forward's recent success has spurred Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles (30-15) to nine wins in 12 games, matching Oklahoma City, Brooklyn and Chicago for the most victories in the new year.

That stretch also includes a 7-3 record without Chris Paul, sidelined with a separated shoulder. Griffin has picked up the slack, averaging 24.9 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 54.7 percent from the field.

"Blake doesn't run from a challenge," guard Jamal Crawford said. "He's one of the hardest workers I've seen."

Griffin came up big again Friday, finishing three assists shy of a triple-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 112-95 road win over the Bulls.

"(I want to be) a leader for us, knocking down shots and being able to mix up my game, going inside when I felt the need to and going outside when I needed to," Griffin said.

Although the Clippers are averaging 108.6 points over the past 12 games, they've been held to 83.5 while shooting 39.7 percent from the floor in four consecutive losses at Toronto (22-20).

They were dreadful there again Feb. 1, falling 98-73 while making just 3 of 19 from long range, with Griffin scoring 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting.

The Raptors, who have won eight of 13 in 2014, seek their eighth win in nine home games Saturday. Their strong play at home has been keyed by a defense that's allowed 91.6 points and held opponents to 43.8 percent from the floor in that 7-1 stretch.

Toronto turned in another strong defensive effort Friday in a 104-95 victory at Philadelphia, limiting the 76ers to 42.7 percent shooting and holding a 53-42 rebounding advantage.

Kyle Lowry had his own impressive performance in the win, collecting 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his fourth career triple-double. He had missed all 10 of his attempts from the floor, including six 3-pointers and finished with a season-low three points in a 93-85 home win over Dallas two days prior.

"As long as it's with a win, I'm happy to have it," Lowry said of his triple-double. "I'll take the thanks from the team and congratulations from all my teammates. But as long as it came with a win, that's all that really matters."

DeMar DeRozan leads the Raptors with a career-high 21.8 points per game, but he's putting up 30.5 over the last four games. The guard scored 34 points - 16 in the fourth quarter - with nine rebounds Friday after getting a career-high 40 points on 15 for 22 from the floor against the Mavericks.

DeRozan totaled 43 points on 52.9 percent from the field while Toronto split two meetings with Los Angeles last season.

Crawford is averaging 23.2 points off the bench in the past five games for the Clippers, but has been limited to 11.8 on 29.8 percent shooting over his four latest meetings with the Raptors.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432069by Silasie » Jan 25, 2014 - 08:36 AM PST
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Raptors have been playing some decent ball recently so we will have to play hard. Be great to get a back to back win!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432072by clipperharry » Jan 25, 2014 - 09:36 AM PST
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This would be a nice win after a good game , they need to build upon road wins !!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432074by WinningBasket » Jan 25, 2014 - 10:38 AM PST
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Clippers need to win this game against the Raptors. I hope Clippers' continue to make their 3s, play better defense, and battle for those offensive rebounds.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432075by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 25, 2014 - 10:46 AM PST
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Doesn't Darius Morris's 10-Day Contract end today?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432078by Voyeur » Jan 25, 2014 - 10:47 AM PST
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Safe to say JJ is gonna have his hands full with 6'7 DeRozan.

It's been a long time since the Clippers won in Toronto. And it's 2nd of a back-to-back. This could get rough.

                
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Post ID: 432079by FightOnRon » Jan 25, 2014 - 10:55 AM PST
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Yup,end of 2nd one.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432080by Diamond909 » Jan 25, 2014 - 11:02 AM PST
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I feel that Doc, might keep him morris around more.

The Clippers on back to back games are not promising especially against the east but I hope it start changing from this point.

The bulls had a streak and it ended so I hope the clippers ends their's

                
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Post ID: 432081by GhostShip » Jan 25, 2014 - 11:03 AM PST
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Barnes will be on DeRozan and JJ will be guarding terrance ross. This should be a fun game to watch. Raptors playing much better without Rudy Gay.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432083by cleepers » Jan 25, 2014 - 11:24 AM PST
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Bag this W and it could be a great weekend. I don't much fancy the Rockets chances in Memphis, and Portland has Minny coming in today and @GSW tomorrow.

We can make up some ground and/or get some separation. Just need to win today.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432086by jazclipcity3 » Jan 25, 2014 - 11:52 AM PST
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Tonight. ....hedo will score more then 6 points!! Seems like he's starting to get comfortable after watching last night Smile) the guys were off the bench cheering for him when he hit the step back 3! And he's such a great passer. ...I love his vision! !! Let's get this W!!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432087by Clipperjan » Jan 25, 2014 - 11:52 AM PST
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DeMar DeRozan had 40 points in the game against the Dallas Mavericks. If Barnes gets the call to guard him and stays out of foul trouble it could be interesting.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432088by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 25, 2014 - 12:07 PM PST
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I asked Dan Woike and Arash Markazi about Darius roster spot.

@GameReporter32: @DanWoikeSports Dan, any news on Darius Morris? His 10-Day ends today, right? @ArashMarkazi said Clips could look at Odom after it ends

@ArashMarkazi: @GameReporter32 Doc said the Clippers would still look at Odom, Vujacic, etc. My guess is they like the flexibility of that last spot.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432093by worm » Jan 25, 2014 - 12:49 PM PST
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More minutes for Turk!

                
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Post ID: 432106by jazclipcity3 » Jan 25, 2014 - 03:30 PM PST
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YES!!! unleash him! He's going to help us so much come playoff time! (Can't wait)

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432107by ClipperPostman » Jan 25, 2014 - 03:34 PM PST
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One thing is for sure there is a lot of athleticism in this game and should be exciting for sure.

Demar has been on a tear lately. The Raptors have been playing solid the second half of this season so it's definitely not a walk in the park.

I'd love to see Lock down D by the clippers, but more realistically this game will probably be a shoot out, and more so who can outscore the other team.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432109by Clipperjan » Jan 25, 2014 - 03:48 PM PST
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Lamar Odom was in Miami on Thursday night and was seen having dinner with Miami Heat players Dwayne Wade who was with Gabrielle Union, and Chris Bosch and his wife Adrienne. Do you think the Heat are talking to Lamar? Hope he comes to the Clippers. I think he could help with defense. The few pictures that I have seen of him looks like he has been working out.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432110by LobAngelesBlakers » Jan 25, 2014 - 03:58 PM PST
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OMG MUST WIN lol

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432115by ClipsGForce » Jan 25, 2014 - 04:24 PM PST
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I actually like the Toronto Raptors this year. I was following that team closely because a) it remind me of Clippers of old and b) Demar derozan is in my fantasy team. I like how their team was constructed and played. The flexibility they gave themselves by trading Rudy Gay and how their offense so much smoother. It doesn't hurt Derozan are playing like a an All-star for their team. He's not that one-dimensional type of player anymore, he's assist, rebounds, and occasionally blocks. Clippers will have their hand full against Toronto. Let's go Clips!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432116by Laak » Jan 25, 2014 - 04:30 PM PST
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I wonder if the fans would heavily boo Hedo tonight. That season with the raps was horrendous.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432118by Diamond909 » Jan 25, 2014 - 04:38 PM PST
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Well, let's just hope he does his thing on the court today. We need this one!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432121by Diamond909 » Jan 25, 2014 - 05:30 PM PST
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Dwane Casey on Griffin http://www.hoopsaddict.com/nba-audio-podcast/in-the-scrum-with-dwane-c asey-17/

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432122by ClipperKyle32 » Jan 25, 2014 - 05:31 PM PST
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Is it me or does it seem that Jared Dudley has fallen out of FAVOR with Doc Rivers. Jared's Up and Down season has to be frustrating Himself and Doc. Doc likes players of consistency. Jared has not been consistent this entire year. I am wondering what Doc is planning to do with him. Will he keep him or move him? Am I the only one that thinks Jared has fallen out of Favor with Doc and the only one that thinks Doc is getting frustrated by his inconsistency. I looked on the stats against the Bulls or Charlotte( cannot remember) but it was end of the 3rd or start of 4th and Dudley had only logged in 8 minutes. What do you guys think?

#GoClippers Get That W

                
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Post ID: 432123by itsLuigi » Jan 25, 2014 - 05:34 PM PST
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they should trade him for chuck hayes or patterson

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432125by tense2 » Jan 25, 2014 - 05:55 PM PST
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Clippers +1 tonight.

                
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Post ID: 432126by ClipperPostman » Jan 25, 2014 - 05:56 PM PST
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Yea but our offense is built around having a shooter at the 3.

I wonder if there are any low price specialist out there.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432128by Battlegun » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:04 PM PST
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Is anyone seeing what I'm seeing on Prime Ticket? This guy's face keeps popping up.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432129by pedroskinny » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:06 PM PST
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Well, this should be a fun game to watch.

                
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Post ID: 432130by MunoValente » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:08 PM PST
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Doc has said all year he wants to rest Dudley more because he's been injured all year and wants him full strength for the post season, but he has also criticized Barnes, so don't think he fully trusted Barnes to step in do that job until more recently. Barnes also had a period where he was out completely and played poorly after he came back, which complicated things more. Even recently as the Charlotte game Dudley played more minutes than Barnes, when Barnes had a bad game.

I think if Barnes can play well more consistently we will see Dudley's minutes go down a bit more, especially on road, where he's played much worse than at home.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432131by Diamond909 » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:09 PM PST
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Doc, feels we're good at the 3 line but yet we're 5th worst lol I guess. I say it's dud whose Makin us bad

                
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so much ball movement from raps.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432133by Clipperfan9 » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:19 PM PST
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refs swallowing their f***** whistles

                
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DJ needs to stop going for that fake. Val rarely takes a jumper from there.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432135by WinningBasket » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:21 PM PST
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Wow, looks like the Raptors have more energy to start this game.

                
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Post ID: 432136by gman » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:22 PM PST
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Apparently BG is not recognized outside of the U S of A as a superstar.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432137by Battlegun » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:23 PM PST
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Is anyone's Prime Ticket channel completely screwed up?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432138by gman » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:23 PM PST
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Maybe it would be a good idea to stay close to Ross. HUmm might work.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432139by Clipperfan9 » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:24 PM PST
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hook on valancuinas, clean play by DJ on lowry. Two blown calls in a row

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432140by pedroskinny » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:24 PM PST
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Jordan with 2 fouls already.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432141by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:25 PM PST
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We're playing like garbage right now.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432142by WinningBasket » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:27 PM PST
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This is going to be a grinder of a game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432143by Clipperfan9 » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:27 PM PST
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have the raptors missed a three??

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432144by jarca » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:27 PM PST
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Now de Rozan is making 3s

                
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Jamal another bingo!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432146by WinningBasket » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:28 PM PST
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Okay, Clippers right back in the game just down 4. Keep up the pressure, Clippers. Gotta win this one!

                
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Crawford keeping us in it. lets go.

                
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Post ID: 432148by jarca » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:29 PM PST
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Zero respects from the ref. Hibbert makes exact same move when challenging a shot

                
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Post ID: 432149by Heediot » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:29 PM PST
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They are killing it with the three. Crawford is keeping us in this.

                
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I would not say that completely. Blake, besides the double team, is getting whack every time. Doc is very unhappy with the non calls and the calls in favor of the UFC Raptors.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Raptors Official Game Thread 2014-01-25 Post ID: 432151by Clipperfan9 » Jan 25, 2014 - 06:30 PM PST
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We'll D up when DJ comes back in... our offense looks pretty good tonight

                
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