Clippers vs Bucks Game Thread 2014-03-24

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The center has been a force on the boards all season, leading the league with 13.7 rebounds per game while adding a career-high 10.2 points. He also leads the league with 66.5 percent shooting from the floor and is on pace to join Wild Chamberlain and Dwight Howard as only players to finish a season as the top shooter and rebounder. Chamberlain did it eight times, while Howard accomplished the feat in 2009-10 with Orlando. "I'd be in great company, and it would be a great accomplishment for me," Jordan said. "But at the same time, we have a bigger goal. So I....

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this game better be fun to watch, hopefully bullock and others get burn to gain more confidence moving forward. Games like this worry me somewhat, then i relax after i see the clips lead by 20 at halftime.

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What channel will this game be on?

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Put this one away early and let the horses rest up for the road trip.

ClippersDA
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Do we have the longest road trips in the league? A five game trip feels long, as we have had two 7 game trips.

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Primeticket.

ClipperKyle32
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He Will Start Soon.

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I cannot wait until I see. JJ Reddick will play!

bballman
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My Directv guide shows the game being shown at 10:30pm. Anyone else see that?

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He Will Start Soon.

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I cannot wait until I see. JJ Reddick will play!

U mean Redick? Any news

calipublicist
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The last game, I thought they would start Jamal. I think JJ must be close to returning because they kept Jamal on the bench. Can't wait to see these guys at full strength.

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Should be a no sweat effort against the terrible Bucks. Clippers -16 tonight.

Don't think JJ returns till after the 5 game road trip. No need to rush. Be overly cautious is the way they go.

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Yeah, that's weird... I'm sure it's a mistake. FS San Diego shows it at 7.30.

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This is a good game to put Redick in and let him run a little bit.. Assuming it's over in 3rd quarter.

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This should be a blowout win against the lowely bucks

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That did seem awkward to me that they started DC instead of Jamal. Collison 6'1 vs Crawford 6'6 guarding Kyle Singler 6'8

ClippersDA
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Jamal has he potential to be a great defender, it's a shame no one made him take it seriously.

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I don't say this ever, but this is a garunteed win.

I can't even think of a scenario of how we'd lose this one. Let's rest JJ.

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Didn't we Say this with UTAH... We won the game but it wasn't as Easy as we expected. That being said........ I'm predicting a "Blow Out".

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Trying to receive word on JJ. Will have word soon. I will bring it to you guys as soon as I receive word

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@MadelynBurke: Doc says he doesn't expect JJ Refick to play on this tip, but still unsure, says "(Clippers Trainer) JP will tell me." Redick OUT tonight JJ could possibly play on the road. Jasen Powell will....

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JQuick32
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Much like the Utah game, I'm not getting all the cockiness here. The Bucks obviously aren't great, but they did put a scare into the Blazers and Warriors recently, so this is a potential trap game.

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Some general stats for some perspective about the current state of this team:

Offensive rating:

111.7 / 2nd

eFG%:

52.6% / 4th

TOV%:

12.8% / 6th

Offensive rebound %:

25.0% / 22nd

FT/FGA:

.255 / 2nd

Defensive Rating:

104.2 / 8th

Opponent eFG%:

48.4% / 5th

Defensive Rebound %:

72.7% / 25th

Opponent TOV%:

14.1% / 9th

Opponent FT/FGA:

.218 / 13th

Things to note:

    This team is no longer a hacking machine, compare that opponent FT/FGA rank of 13th to last seasons rank of 29th and that's a good thing especially since Memphis won last seasons series at the FT line for example. Doc's working of the referees and toning back the players talking to the refs might also be helping here. These are some little things a coach can help with. 1-2 more favorable calls a game goes a long way.

    The strength of the defense is no longer turning the opposition over which is an unreliable method of defense if your percentages defense isn't good. The Clippers are at 5th in opponent eFG%, up from 10th last season. The team is not down to 9th in opponent TOV% which is a fine number, in comparison to last season where they were 1st and it was the primary strength of the defense, hard traps and shows on the pick and roll to force turnovers, but unreliable against teams that don't panic or have a very solid primary ball handler and/or don't overly attack through the pick and roll

    Offensive rebounding is down, but this is to get back on defense and prevent fast breaks, a strategy Doc has always employed and one that a team like SA also does, not much to worry about there for a team ranked 4th in eFG% and 2nd in Ortg without grabbing a ton of offensive rebounds and who limits turnovers and gets to the line. Clippers would be the #1 ranked offense if they were an average offensive rebounding team. Portland who is #1 is the league's best offensive rebounding team and are 0.2 pts/100 ahead of LA, so essentially there is a non significant difference between the top 3 Portland (111.9), LAC (111.7) and Miami (111.5) offensively

    Blake's face-up attack which has meant more FTA as well as his improved FT% has helped with the FT/FGA and the Clippers are 2nd to only the Houston Rockets here. Contrary to some's belief, if you attack, you will get FT's in the playoffs. Ask Memphis last season, ask Dirk vs SA in 05-06, ask Wade in the next series vs Dallas in 05-06, and many more examples. This will be helpful both in putting the other team in foul trouble and making the offense more effective as FT's are the most efficient possession you can have since even the worst team (DET) shoots 66.6% which is actually awful, but it is still 1.33 pts/possession while shooting 40% 3PT is 1.2 pts/possession and 55% 2PT is 1.1 pts/possession.

    On the negative side, that defensive rebound percentage is still a worry. Looking at the defensive stats and rankings, we clearly see it as the limiting factor. That is really the differentiating factor in this team being a top 3-5 defense. Why? Well not only do offensive rebounds extend possessions and give the opponents an extra chance to score in that possession, they also a decent amount of the time will give efficient shots, either right at the basket, or with a kick out for an open three, so better defensive rebounding would also correlate to better opponent eFG%. Houston is the only other high level team that is worse, again supporting that having an individual grab a ton of rebounds (DJ and Howard) doesn't really correlate to being a good defensive rebounding team.

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This is the biggest trap game of the season... One of the worst teams in our house tonight.. Beat them early so our starters and stars can rest late

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Let's make this 2 in a row, fellas!

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I don't really consider this a trap game, but that is only because I think the bucks are trying to lose as much as we are trying to win

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Clippers playing with good energy and hustle to start the game. Blow this one out early, Clips!

namzug
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I'm a big DJ supporter, think he has improved a whole lot and still has some potential to be even better; but doesn't it seem like has some of the worst hands.

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I really like these Bucks commentators. Pretty unbiased and knowledgeable.

JQuick32
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Yep, this is a trap game for sure.

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Man, Danny is such a great addition to this team!

Agent0
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LOL, great bounce

Agent0
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Why is O.J. Mayo fat?

JQuick32
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His excuse according to Rudy Gay is that "he's been injured," so I guess that somehow entitles him to sit around and eat all day and get fat.

Agent0
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Oh okay. What was his injury?

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Oj got his money and he is done. I can't believe anyone fell for that after the way he left the grizzlies you could see this coming a mile away

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That's gold.

Agent0
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Milwaukee is the league's worst defense and one of the worst offenses, it us always hard to imagine them maintaining any sort of solid play

JQuick32
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Man, hopefully Blake can get a triple-double tonight.... one of his most recent ones was against none other than the Bucks around this time last year.

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You guys had to wake up Mayo. 2 threes since it was mentioned he was fat.

ClippersDA
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I'm sorry I can't stand the second quarter of every game because our crack second unit will screw us

clipperboy24
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Yay Dudley helping the bucks get a 3 point play! Why is he in the game?

ClippersDA
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Why is Dudley playing?

JQuick32
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Thanks, Dudley, for reminding us all why you're out of the rotation. This guy is officially a waste of a roster spot.

WinningBasket
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Ugh, only a 4-point lead in the second?

JQuick32
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Trap game + bench playing poorly again.

ClippersDA
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The big concern is how awful we look when griffin and Paul aren't playing

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That was not all on Duds. He played good one on one D and went over to help.

Knocks down a mid-range J.

ClippersDA
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Ok this is on doc. This team blows ten point leads like they are bubble gum. Why at this point in the season is icky Turkoglu playing

ClippersDA
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I want granger!!! I have moved on from jared as far as I care

He is not a clipper

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People were way too cocky about this game to begin with. Frankly, I'm not surprised it's close.

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