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Post Subject: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435066by clipper*joe » Feb 04, 2014 - 08:22 PM PST
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By ELI KABERON Posted Feb 04 2014 9:07PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have been terrific at home, but they haven't played in their building very often lately.

They'll get that chance Wednesday night when they open a five-game homestand with a matchup against a Miami Heat team that hasn't won on the road in this series in over six years.

The Clippers, who will be playing for just the third time in Los Angeles in the past 12 games, have averaged 112.6 points in winning seven in a row on their home floor. Forward Blake Griffin has been a catalyst, averaging 26.6 points and shooting 59.5 percent during that stretch.

Los Angeles' strength at home will be countered by the Heat's dominance in the month of February. Since 2010-11, the team's first season with LeBron James and Chris Bosh on the roster, Miami has gone 34-6 in the month. That includes 14 victories in a row and wins in 22 of its last 23 February games.

"As long as we don't turn the ball over and we rebound, or at least keep it close, we have a great chance of winning every game," James said. "We know that we are going to shoot the ball, we're going to share the ball and we're going to defend."

The Heat (34-13) topped Detroit 102-96 on Monday as Dwyane Wade led the way with 30 points and 10 rebounds while James added 24 points, 11 assists and eight boards. Wade's performance was especially encouraging for Miami, as he played more than 37 minutes for one of his highest totals of the season.

Wade, who rested for four games Jan. 18-23, has totaled 52 points and shot 23 for 34 (67.6 percent) in the last two contests.

"Since I got back, I've been looking for ways to be aggressive when I can," Wade said. "I'm just doing what I can."

The Clippers (34-17) are coming off a tough loss, falling 116-115 to Denver on Monday on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Los Angeles, which has dropped two of three, took the lead with 6.2 seconds remaining on a 3 by Matt Barnes.

Griffin had 36 points and 11 rebounds, but he went 6 of 10 from the free-throw line in the second half. Los Angeles, which ranks among the NBA's top teams in total rebounds, lost the battle on the glass 52-37. The Clippers allowed 17 offensive rebounds which resulted in 24 second-chance points for the Nuggets.

"Offensive rebounds were huge," Griffin said. "The turnovers down the stretch were big. I've got to shoot better from the free throw line. All of those things."

When these teams met Nov. 7 in Miami, the Clippers held James to 18 points. However, they could not contain Wade, as he scored 11 of his 29 points during the fourth quarter in a 102-97 Heat victory. Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds.

The Clippers have won the last five meetings between these clubs at Staples Center since Miami's 100-94 victory Dec. 9, 2007.

The Heat are opening a stretch of six straight games on the road. Miami is 14-9 away from home after going 29-12 last season.

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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435067by WinningBasket » Feb 04, 2014 - 08:55 PM PST
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I'm apprehensive about this game. Miami has had their share of troubles so perhaps Clippers can take advantage. I hope Clippers play well and come out ahead. This is a big test for them.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435072by Voyeur » Feb 04, 2014 - 09:43 PM PST
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Yeah but I'm getting a little annoyed that we've had to face these "big tests" without our floor leader. But such is life.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435073by worm » Feb 04, 2014 - 09:59 PM PST
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Hope we win this game.

                
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Post ID: 435076by tense2 » Feb 04, 2014 - 10:20 PM PST
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And this Big Test number???...I lost count.

By the way, anybody know how we've done so far in the Big Test test. Confused

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435078by Clipperfn4lf » Feb 04, 2014 - 10:49 PM PST
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Easy win. Chalk it up 21-3 at home.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435079by clipper*joe » Feb 04, 2014 - 10:51 PM PST
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Heat haven't won @ Staples since the big three got together. This goes back to the Baron days.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435088by Clipswhit » Feb 05, 2014 - 12:26 AM PST
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I was hoping we'd pull it out over Denver, this is going to be tough on our weary team.

                
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Post ID: 435090by toohipcliptoslip » Feb 05, 2014 - 12:29 AM PST
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If CP were around we would do the Monster Mash all over them.

BG vs LBJ will be interesting. BG did a good job but we can't afford to get fouls. Who will guard BG? Since he's been in beast mode few can. LBJ will probably try. Maybe Matt can at least slow Wade. Bosh may be a problem since he can spread the floor but who's gonna rebound? I wonder if Bullock is able to guard Wade/Allen? JJ sure can't. Trapping Collison will hurt but not like trapping CP but the last time we ran our offense through CP now it's through BG. They will be facing an entirely different team. If our shooters show up, game over.

                
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Post ID: 435094by Voyeur » Feb 05, 2014 - 12:57 AM PST
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JJ can certainly guard Ray Allen. Nobody knows that better than Doc. He had trouble guarding Wade in Miami. But anybody would have had trouble guarding Wade when he's playing with a chip on his shoulder.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435103by Silasie » Feb 05, 2014 - 06:15 AM PST
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It would be great to beat an elite team..............we haven't done that in a while.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435104by Silasie » Feb 05, 2014 - 06:16 AM PST
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I hope the players are a bit more rested.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435111by ClipperKyle32 » Feb 05, 2014 - 06:55 AM PST
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Good Game. We should win. Meanwhile the Warriors got blasted by the Bobcats at HOME. How did we lose to the Warriors? Wizards and Bobcats both beat them on the road. WoW

                
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Post ID: 435112by gman » Feb 05, 2014 - 08:11 AM PST
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Easy. They hate us up there and it is a divisional rivalry game, so they get up for it.

I am looking forward to this game. I predict a close game and a Clippers victory.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435131by Voyeur » Feb 05, 2014 - 10:33 AM PST
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Yeah the Warriors totally looked past the Wizards in order to blow out a hated rival in the Clippers. A Clippers team on the tail end of a grueling schedule and a 2nd of a back-to-back. Now GS are back to playing mediocre basketball. Congratulations to them.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435154by CapsNClips » Feb 05, 2014 - 11:32 AM PST
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If you are a Clippers fan and want LBJ on this team then read this juicy little nugget.

http://m.espn.go.com/nba/story?storyId=10404305&src=desktop

                
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Post ID: 435207by sz123456 » Feb 05, 2014 - 01:50 PM PST
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Honestly don't think LeBron and CP3 would mesh well together. Both need the ball in their hands.

                
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Post ID: 435209by CapsNClips » Feb 05, 2014 - 01:59 PM PST
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It would be an adjustment for LeBron for sure, he'd be more of a catch & shoot, roll man and post up player.

I'd honestly trade CP straight up for LeBron though, him and Blake would be scary as **** for opposing teams.

                
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Post ID: 435211by ClipperPostman » Feb 05, 2014 - 02:00 PM PST
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I see people saying this, but it really is false. They say the same thing about "Melo", and other ball dominant players.

But the reality is there is not position on the floor that wouldn't benefit from an expert playmaking PG who can get them the ball in their favorite positions.

Most of the guys who people claim "Need the ball in their hands" are generally on teams who have below average playmakers as PGs.

                
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Post ID: 435216by CapsNClips » Feb 05, 2014 - 02:11 PM PST
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I don't think people are saying it because LeBron is "ball dominat" they are saying it because he is also "an expert playmaking PG who can get them the ball in their favorite positions" just like CP.

Both Chris and LBJ are both so unselfish which could be a problem....or a weapon, who knows?

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435217by Icecoldclipper » Feb 05, 2014 - 02:12 PM PST
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Surprised as many media people suspect us to win this game. This should almost be looked at as impossible with a fully healthy big three playing.

                
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Post ID: 435220by tense2 » Feb 05, 2014 - 02:26 PM PST
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Don't think it would be problem at all. The reason LBJ would want to come here is because of Paul. He understands just how good of a playmaker CP3 is. No Paul no chance of getting James.

                
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Post ID: 435222by ClipperPostman » Feb 05, 2014 - 02:32 PM PST
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LBJ is nowhere near an expert playmaker Nor a PG. He is an ABOVE AVERAGE playmaker for his position and a good passer.

Don't mistake getting double teamed and passing to the open man for for setting up plays and getting your teammates the ball in the right spots throughout the entire game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435223by JQuick32 » Feb 05, 2014 - 02:32 PM PST
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LBJ is my favorite player of all time.... man, that would be badass if we got him! Hell, I've always had a nagging thought that 2010 wasn't the end of the LeBron-to-Clippers story anyway.

Imagine what the new TV deal would look like Shocked

                
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Post ID: 435225by clipperboy24 » Feb 05, 2014 - 02:43 PM PST
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You must not want Lebron James play much. He is a great play maker for any position.

                
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Post ID: 435226by MunoValente » Feb 05, 2014 - 02:45 PM PST
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We are 20-3 at home, they must be giving up credit for that.

                
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Post ID: 435228by CapsNClips » Feb 05, 2014 - 02:48 PM PST
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Lol, you've never watched LeBron play basketball. His playmaking and court vision is tops in the league right next to Chris.

                
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Post ID: 435231by tense2 » Feb 05, 2014 - 03:06 PM PST
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Yep, James is pretty darn good, not quite in Paul's league but excellent for the position he plays.

http://stats.nba.com/playerTrackingPass ... PerPage=25

                
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Post ID: 435242by ClipperPostman » Feb 05, 2014 - 04:01 PM PST
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I've watched lebron play more than most.

Again to the untrained eye I can see why you say that.

But if you understand the ins and outs of basketball you clearly see what I am saying.

Lebron makes plays out of the double team. Which means someone is always open.

Chris paul sets up plays from the top of the key which is an entirely different skill set.

If Lebron were that good he'd just play PG and dominate the entire league at PG. But there is a reason he plays SF.

Magic was a 6'9 PG. Lebron is a 6'8 SF who makes great passing plays at his position.

The PG and the SF are two very different positions that require different skill sets.

This isn't a debate really. Just watch the game tonight and see where most of Lebrons "Playmaking" comes from.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435306by ClipperKyle32 » Feb 05, 2014 - 08:00 PM PST
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JJ Reddick out with Hip,Back,Knee, etc. Doc said JJ is a little banged up and pulled him out of shootaround earlier today. Jamal will start in his place. Sasha Vujacic sighting? Possibly

                
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Post ID: 435307by ClipperPostman » Feb 05, 2014 - 08:02 PM PST
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JJ is like a walking injury. Jesus.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435308by WinningBasket » Feb 05, 2014 - 08:02 PM PST
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Doc said in his pre-game presser that JJ won't play tonight due to a back/hip issue. Bummer. Jamal will start instead.

ETA: LOL, posted the same thing as above.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435309by clipperharry » Feb 05, 2014 - 08:16 PM PST
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No jj crap , Jamel goes for 50+ tonite , please! !! Blake goes for 40+ and DJ 20 pt 20 rebounds !! This would be a great win !! Go clippers

                
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Post ID: 435310by rytazer » Feb 05, 2014 - 08:41 PM PST
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maybe we will have a Sasha sighting lol

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435311by cleepers » Feb 05, 2014 - 08:42 PM PST
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Well, it's not like JJ has been giving us much the last couple of games. Gonna need a miracle to beat the champs without our starting back court... a miracle like some production from the 3-spot.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435312by LobAngelesBlakers » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:00 PM PST
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If this game were on TNT I would be more worried

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435321by clipperharry » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:36 PM PST
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Thank god the game is on prime ticket with Ralph and Steve smith !! God I hate the other announcers !! Lets destroy the heat !!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435324by ClipperPostman » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:41 PM PST
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I want to see DJ dominate this game.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435325by Illusion » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:41 PM PST
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Oh no i can't find a prime ticket video. Go Clips!

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435326by Clipperfan9 » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:42 PM PST
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I feel like since Willie has been hot we'd be better starting him and letting jamal do his thing

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435327by ClipperPostman » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:42 PM PST
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Damnit Barnes got burned bad by wade lol.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435328by ClippersDA » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:43 PM PST
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Could barnes be the worst finisher in the nba

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435329by CP3Heliflopter » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:43 PM PST
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Barnes=****.

                
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Barnes misses another easy layup...my god what is wrong with this guy? Start Dudley.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435331by Clipperfan9 » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:43 PM PST
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Matt barnes getting destroyed

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435332by JQuick32 » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:44 PM PST
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I see Barnes is already in dumpster-fire mode and I'm sure Dudley won't be much better. Hopefully we can at least keep it close with no CP3 or JJ.

                
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Damn Barnes is getting killed by wade

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435334by clipper*joe » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:45 PM PST
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Jordan falling asleep again. 2 consecutive plays.

                
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Well if Miami does not miss a shot we will not win.

                
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Post Subject: RE: Clippers Vs. Heat Official Game Thread 2014-02-05 Post ID: 435336by ClippersDA » Feb 05, 2014 - 09:45 PM PST
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What has happened with our defense????

                
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