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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434410by clipper*joe » Feb 02, 2014 - 11:59 PM PST
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By JORDAN GARRETSON Posted Feb 02 2014 5:21PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have played better than anyone likely expected without Chris Paul.

The Denver Nuggets haven't been as fortunate in back-to-back losses without their point guard, but they hope to have Ty Lawson back as they host the Clippers on Monday night.

Paul has missed the last 15 games after separating his right shoulder, though he hopes to be back before the All-Star break, which begins Feb. 14.

However, despite not having Paul - who is the NBA's leader in assists and second in steals - Los Angeles (34-16) has gone 11-4 and added to its divisional lead. The Clippers led Golden State by just one game in the Pacific prior to Paul's injury. Now they enjoy a 3 1/2-game edge over Phoenix while the Warriors are four back.

Los Angeles prevailed again without Paul in a 102-87 home win over Utah on Saturday, getting 27 points from Jamal Crawford off the bench while Blake Griffin had 25 and 11 rebounds. Both have elevated their play in Paul's absence, with Griffin averaging 25.3 points over the last 15 contests, up from a 23.0 average. Crawford is averaging 21.7 points during the stretch without Paul after averaging 18.1 previously and has 20 or more points in eight of his last 10.

The Clippers, who are 14-13 away from home, pulled away with an 18-3 third-quarter run after entering halftime in a 42-all tie.

"We got some stops, got some good ball pressure defensively and forced them to take some tough shots in the open court," Griffin said. " ... When everybody's on the same page like we were at the end of the third quarter, we're a much better team."

Griffin tallied 24 points and 16 rebounds in a 112-91 home win over Denver on Dec. 21, while Crawford scored 27 and was 6 of 12 from 3-point range. Los Angeles was 13 of 33 from beyond the arc while Denver went 6 for 30.

The Nuggets (22-23) have lost five of seven, including consecutive home losses to Charlotte and Toronto after winning five of their last six at the Pepsi Center.

Lawson, who recorded double-doubles in 11 of 13 contests before being sidelined, is expected to be a game-time decision. Denver is also without key reserve Nate Robinson after he underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL on Friday.

"We don't want anybody to feel sorry for us and we won't feel sorry for ourselves," coach Brian Shaw said. "We just have to continue to fight, stay positive, keep working and just be more fundamentally sound."

Without Lawson, Randy Foye started at point guard against Toronto on Friday and finished with 10 points and a career-best 16 assists. He also committed eight of the Nuggets' 26 turnovers, though, their most in nearly two years.

The Raptors scored 29 points off those turnovers.

Denver is averaging 91.5 points and 18.3 turnovers in four games without Lawson compared to 104.7 points and 14.8 turnovers with him.

"Randy played 43 minutes, Evan (Fournier) 38 minutes, and they're not accustomed to playing that many minutes as well," Shaw said after the loss to Toronto. "They started getting tired, then we started losing our fundamentals and throwing the ball all over the place. That was our biggest thing tonight."

Los Angeles has won seven of the teams' last 10 meetings, though the Nuggets have taken 11 of the last 13 in Denver.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434414by Icecoldclipper » Feb 03, 2014 - 01:05 AM PST
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Looking forward to this one could go either way. Denver fans going to be extra salty after the superbowl Jamal better watch out being Mr. Seattle.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434423by WinningBasket » Feb 03, 2014 - 06:55 AM PST
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I hope the Clippers start off with energy, stay focused, and win this easily.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434425by MunoValente » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:42 AM PST
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Nuggets are surprisingly weak at home this year compared to the past. We can win if we show up to play.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434428by cleepers » Feb 03, 2014 - 09:03 AM PST
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Another day, another city.

I don't even want an NBA salary, just give me the Clippers' frequent-flyer miles.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434429by worm » Feb 03, 2014 - 09:07 AM PST
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This will be a good preparation game for the Heat this coming wednesday .

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434489by A7XDreamTheaterClipps » Feb 03, 2014 - 04:00 PM PST
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I'll be representing 2 rows behind the Clips bench. And yes. Denver is really depressed.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434491by clipperharry » Feb 03, 2014 - 04:34 PM PST
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Go clippers destroy the nuggets !!! Win by +20 away

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434505by ClipperKyle32 » Feb 03, 2014 - 07:01 PM PST
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PG 1 Chris Paul 2 Darren Collison SG 1 J.J. Redick 2 Jamal Crawford 3 Willie Green SF 1 Matt Barnes 2 Jared Dudley 3 Hedo Turkoglu 4 Sasha Vujacic 5 Reggie Bullock PF 1 Blake Griffin 2 Antawn Jamison C 1 DeAndre Jordan 2 Byron Mullens 3 Ryan Hollins

Look how deep we are at the SF position lol Very Happy

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434506by A_DOG_NAMED_BUD » Feb 03, 2014 - 07:43 PM PST
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Let's put them away early tonight. No more slow starts.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434507by JahvonTheClip » Feb 03, 2014 - 07:53 PM PST
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If portland and the spurs lose coupled with us winning we can really get close to 2nd seed! But we gotta win tonight!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434508by CapsNClips » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:03 PM PST
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Lawson is one scary MoFo, he will light us up tonight.

                
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Post ID: 434509by Clipperfan9 » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:08 PM PST
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Isn't he just getting back from an injury? Hopefully he's a bit rusty

                
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Post ID: 434510by cleepers » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:10 PM PST
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Wizards up 8 on Portland with 90 seconds left. Looking good!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434511by pedroskinny » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:13 PM PST
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Blake being aggressive. Misses the FT though. He's been struggling from the line the last 2 games.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434512by pedroskinny » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:16 PM PST
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Look at these refs.. Jesus.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434513by JahvonTheClip » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:21 PM PST
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Blake dominating but i wish dj would secure those rebounds!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434514by david » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:21 PM PST
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Nice rebound basket again by Blake!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434515by clipper*joe » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:22 PM PST
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Damn, Hickson is literally stealing 100% sure rebounds from DJ. While DJ waits for the ball to fall in his hands, Hickson comes from behind to take them away. Pathetic.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434516by ClipperKyle32 » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:22 PM PST
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See what happens when Blake is rested. I knew he was tired as well as the team the other night.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434517by ClippersDA » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:22 PM PST
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God these techs are so stupid!

                
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Blake is rebounding and doing good defensively.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434519by ClippersDA » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:23 PM PST
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Dj hasn't been the same since his perceived snub. Annoying

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434520by clipper*joe » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:24 PM PST
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Suchabitch siting on the bench!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434521by CP3Heliflopter » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:25 PM PST
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Hickson is killing us. Should have played him today on fantasy :/.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434522by clipper*joe » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:26 PM PST
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Portland lost so if we win, that's only 1/2 a game back.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434523by david » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:28 PM PST
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Blake attacks the hoop like Lebron James and draws the foul on Mozgov!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434524by david » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:30 PM PST
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DJ nice intimidation on Hickson, then Blake again Lebron-like attacking the hoop to draw another foul.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434525by pedroskinny » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:30 PM PST
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Man I love how Blake has been playing.

                
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Mozgov would rather foul out in 2 minutes than be embarrassed by Blake again.

                
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This will be a monster game for Blake

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434528by Clipperfan9 » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:31 PM PST
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Anyone have to listen to the denver broadcast? These guys are the biggest haters I've ever heard.

edit: well, besides the folks over at TnT

                
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Good play by Collision.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434530by pedroskinny » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:34 PM PST
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Nice block by Hollins.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434531by Icecoldclipper » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:34 PM PST
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Great block by Hollins.

                
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At last block by Hollins.

                
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Hollins showing up defensively.

                
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Hollins hits the jumper! Damn haha

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434535by Icecoldclipper » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:36 PM PST
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Hollins J!

                
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Hollins the nice jumper proceeding a good block earlier.

                
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Nice move jamal!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434538by Icecoldclipper » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:37 PM PST
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Crawford with the sweet layup and walks off like a boss. lol

                
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Jamal Crawford scooping buzzer beating layup! The guys are looking sharp.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434540by WinningBasket » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:38 PM PST
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Very good first quarter by the Clips. Keep up the intensity! We need this win.

                
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Whoever is yelling on the court is cracking me up. It may be Darren. Hollins hit the little J and someone yelled "Hell Yeah Ryan". Its been cracking me up.

So far Blake putting up the MVP numbers once again. Jamal with a great shot to end the 1st. Ryan with some good minutes

                
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DJ had 1 rebound, 2 points, 2 TOs, 2 BS in 9.21 minutes. Needs to pick it up

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434543by Clipperfan9 » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:40 PM PST
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Anyone notice how we haven't really been living/dying by the 3 these past few games? Seems like a whole redesign of our offense.

                
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Hollins playing like he's heard whispers about being shipped at the deadline.

                
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Ryan Hollins is very active tonight, blocking shots, taking a jump shot, getting offensive rebounds. Nice.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Nuggets Official Game Thread 2014-02-03 Post ID: 434546by Icecoldclipper » Feb 03, 2014 - 08:42 PM PST
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Come on Dudley step into the shot or attack the basket. Hollins playing his heart out loving it.

                
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