Clippers vs Rockets Game Thread 2014-02-26

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Diamond909
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Let's see how Davis does in his first game! It should be fun.

When:7:30.

Where:Staples Center.

On the air:TV: Prime Ticket, ESPN; Radio: 980, 1330.

Records:Clippers 39-20: Rockets 38-18.

Record vs. Rockets:2-0.

Update:If the Clippers beat the Rockets, they will own the tiebreaker for home-court edge in the playoffs if they finish the season with the same record. The Clippers have defeated the Rockets five consecutive times at Staples Center, including scoring a season-high 137 points in the Nov. 4 victory in L.A.

ClippersDA
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Must win.

Diamond909
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I hope Jordan protects the paint against Howard and make him fight for his point's. Don't want harden going off like he did tonight's game vs Sac so, I also hope some good D on him.

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I don't want to record this game because every time I record a game. we lose. lol

uncool
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So will Matt guard Harden & Jamal guard Parsons? Can't have Jamal on Harden right?

jazclipcity3
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Barnes should be on harden....dj and Howard matchup is going to be what to watch....howard can get a lil lazy at times and dj runs the floor extremely well (best at running @ his position) hopefully we capitalize on that. ...also it's easy to get him off his game by getting him in foul trouble. Our guards need to attack him early. Also can't wait to see "GD" go to work (I think we need to re-name him by the way) no more Big baby Wink

Diamond909
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I just found out that Howard has a sore knee hmm! DJ should be fine.

Silasie
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Him and Cousins banged knees last night, Dwight went to the locker room but returned to continue playing.

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I hope we win this game tonight. Even though the Rockets have been on a tear lately, they are on the second night of a back-to-back and Dwight may still have a sore knee from bumping into maniacal Cousins last night. Perhaps the Rockets will be too tired to put up a good fight. I also hope Clippers can continue their 3-ball shooting and that Matt and Jamal remain hot.

Clipperjan
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Blake and Chris get into foul trouble every time we play them(5). So we need them to stay out of trouble early in the game.

clipperharry
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Wow I can not wait to see this game and big baby inpack !! I think doc will have them ready , clippers win blow out

Icecoldclipper
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Big time game any word on the progress of JJ Redick?

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If we win this game, we move into third in the west I believe. This is a BIG game, I think Blake will ball out. It will be a high scoring game, but I think clippers get the necessary stops in.the end.

A_DOG_NAMED_BUD
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We already beat them down twice this season. Why not do it again?

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Who else is excited to see Big Baby in action tonight?

tense2
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DJ will do just find even if Howard's knee is sore as the last 2 times we beat them shows.

Clippersfan86
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We need to get back to running the offense through Blake. The last two or three games has been very perimeter based. 3's are falling but it's not a sustainable playstyle obviously for a team like ours not loaded with elite shooters like say the Spurs. Also for those that don't know.. Big Baby has a reputation as the Dwight stopper on D.. so he's a HUGE edition for our team considering that we have a good chance of playing the Rockets in round 1.

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I'm really nervous about this game cause last few games we only won cause JCross was hitting rainbows from the ceiling. This is an important game, but I'm really scared of this Rockets team, they're been HOT the past 10 games.

Jerediscool
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Clippers: The Big Baby Edition. haha But yeah he is going to be a great addition for us. I think while tonight is going to be a tough game and it is really important for us, i still think we come out hot and get the W. Rockets on a back to back where they didn't have to play very hard could act the same as playing too hard and being tired.

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No, not true. Portland still has a game on us, and even if they lose, we will have one more win than both Portland and Houston but also one more loss, so in reality they are both better off than us.

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These are the games that worry me the most. Games that can put us on par or take a spot up, we tend to lose. This game can put us virtually tied with Houston for the 3rd spot so I hope we can pull this off. This will show me that we're over the hump for the last stretch. Good thing though is that we're playing the Rockets who we have defeated twice.

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That would put us tied with them. Not sure about the %, but we would be tied with Portland and Houston.

BringKamanBack
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This is a must win. Need to come out with energy and capitalize they are in a back to back game.

The matchup I'm most worried about isn't Parsons / Jamal or Dwight / Jamal, it's actually CP3 / Beverly.

Beverly is an absolute beast on defense, I think probably the best on-ball defender i've seen in the last 5 years.

Silasie
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I'll be worried if Jamal is gaurding Dwight Wink

Laak
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Can't wait for DJ vs Howard .

clippermitch
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I'm not worried about Beverly. CP3 will occasionally beat his man one on one but his main move is the pick and roll. DJ and Blake are great at setting picks and CP3 will be able to get to wherever he wants to go.

We don't have a great perimeter defender so I'm worried about Harden. He just went off last night for 43 points.

Tonight will be a shootout. Hopefully the Rockets will run out of gas from playing last night.

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Tied in a sense, but the "bad" way to be tied. I would much rather be 39-19 than 40-20 (which is what we would be). At 39-19 you control your destiny as you have less Ls.

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We have the favorable schedule and we still play Portland and Houston (beside this game) one more time. We are in control of our own destiny.

ClipperPostman
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I'll be a this game, so unfortunately my calming presence and blind optimism

will be missed from this thread during this game.

Especially when we get down by 2 in the 1st qtr and Joe starts

throwing a fit.

JahvonTheClip
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Am i the only one excited to see Big Baby set some mean screens for Chris. It should be good to see

calipublicist
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Can't wait to see Big Baby on the floor tonight. How many minutes do you guys think he'll get?

CP3Best
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Time to clinch the season series against these bozos, although I actually respect the Rockets they're good, almost a mirror image of this team.

Diamond909
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@cali its all depending on how he produces..... I think doc knows how important this tie breaker is and will study his abilities.

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Don't forget to take your pom-poms to the game! We need more than the Clippers Spirit on the floor during timeouts. Especially if we're down. Maybe you can also spread that "optimism" next to the people next to you when they get tired hearing you tell them they're "negative". Boy would I pay big bucks for that....Enjoy the game. Twisted Evil

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Hell no! They're not anything like us. we can still win if the three ain't falling. The Rockets can't do that judging by our last 2 wins.

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It'll only come down to a head-to-head tiebreaker if we both pass the Spurs in the standings. If both us and the Spurs remain leaders of our respective divisions, we already own the tiebreaker over the Rockets by virtue of being division champions. If HOU passes SAS and we don't, then obviously they'll have the better overall record anyway - and vice versa.

If we finish in the 3 and 4 spots behind OKC and SAS with identical records, Clippers automatically get the 3 even if the Rockets win the two remaining games.

Playoff seeding depends much more on our remaining games against GSW and PHX than it does on the remaining two against the Rockets, though of course every win counts.

ClipperPostman
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Jamal and Harden sounds like a great matchup.

Neither play defense at all so they'd probably just keep

running the score up.

calipublicist
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Yeah I think you keep Jamal on Harden, don't waste Barnes' energy chasing him around.

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PUt your recorder in the gutter, never use it again

itsLuigi
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hopefully we win today and portland spurs and warriors lose

ClipperKyle32
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Guys I think this speaks of great significance. It shows how important JJ Reddick is to this team

ClipperKyle32
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It is also the battle to 40 tonight. Team that wins tonight will have 40 wins

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Avery Johnson "Man", once a Spur, Always a Spur. I'm getting real sick of this guy, "Now" he pics the Rockets tonight. SMH.

Diamond909
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Yea, thanks.

BringKamanBack
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i wouldn't mind seeing what Bullock can do against harden for 3-4 minutes

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ClipperKyle32 wrote:

Guys I think this speaks of great significance. It shows how important JJ Reddick is to this team

That's basically a 2 game difference in a 30 game block.

Diamond909
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Noooooo. A rookie on harden that can go off....

ClipperKyle32
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Yea I guess. We all still know how important JJ is.

Kingkanyon
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I wonder how many of those games were without J.J and Chris Paul.

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^not many, if i remember right JJ came back right as CP went down

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