Clippers @ Mavericks Game Thread 2014-03-27

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The Clippers (50-22) had won 13 of 14 before opening a five-game road trip with Wednesday's 98-96 loss at New Orleans. Jamal Crawford scored 31 points off the bench but missed a couple late 3s, including one as time expired. "We didn't execute the play," coach Doc Rivers said of the final seconds. "If we had won, I would have taken it, but sometimes the basketball gods punish you for messing around and I though that's what we did." Chris Paul dished out 12 assists, but he was held to two points while shooting a career-worst 0 of 12. "From here on out....

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Silasie
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We need to bonce back pretty quick after last night.

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Clippers don't have a good record in second games of back-to-backs, but I really hope they play better and win this game. It's gonna be a major challenge for sure.

Looking forward to seeing CP make some shots this time and get his 100-million-dollar confidence back.

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I like Blake sorta ripping the team. He has got to take this bull by the horns. We go as far as he takes us. I expect a better urgency out of this team from....

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Our 2 leaders sucked last night. If not for Crawford, this would have been a blowout. Just like BG said, they have another chance to prove themselves tonight...We'll see.

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CP3 bout to have the game of his life and watch DJ knock down most of his FT's this game. GO CLIPPERS!!!!

06clippersfan
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We use to say it was Vinnys fault that the team would come out and play with no energy, but that is far from the truth.

The blame falls on CP3 and Griffin. They need to come out and play with energy. Get the whole team pumped up to play. This is a trend that has happened since CP3 got here.

I expect HUGE games from CP3 and Blake tonight. This is a huge road trip and need to start winning on the road.

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I haven't felt this unconfident about the team since right before our most recent game against OKC.... maybe that's a good sign, considering we won that game?

CP3 needs to play like an actual superstar tonight, no excuses. The B2B excuse doesn't even apply because he pretty much took last night off.

Silasie
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True but it's about time they changed that. CP should be fired up after NO.

cleepers
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Big test. Time to wake up, Clips!

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I know I am going to get flack for this , but I think right now the Clippers do not have a star. I star like Kobe or Michael. A guy who in crunch wants....

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cleepers
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Vegas has us favored by a single point. Gonna be a squeaker!

Icecoldclipper
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Expecting a big game maybe Doc tweaks rotations.

CapsNClips
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I'm shocked that we are favored at all. Dallas just beat OKC and are probably feeling themselves while we are coming in on the 2nd night of a back to back.

My only hope of winning is if Chris comes out looking like an assassin to make up for that abomination last night.

I know we are better than the Mavs, but I'm not sure we are better than fatigue.

ClippersDA
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We can lose third seed by Saturday.

Dunkathon
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I understand the Pelicans loss was pretty bad, but you should be less pessimistic. Remember, the Clips essentially have a three game lead over Houston thanks to owning the season series. Way I see it, Clips are pretty much locked into the third seed now.

ClippersDA
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We are only one game ahead of them and tied in the loss column.

cleepers
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I'm not so concerned about any of our guys being assassins, or even doing anything better offensively than they do on an average night... it's more about consistent team effort and execution on the defensive end.

That's what we'll live or die by, now and in the playoffs.

kjavis
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Game should be a ripper, Dallas has been on fire and clips under some pressure following subpar performanse against average to below teams, LEGOCLIPS!

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I am one of the stupid optimists when I look at my teams but even so,if the last 4 games are indicators of where we are headed I almost think we do go backwards. I know we make the playoffs because it would be the most epic fails in history if we didn't, but I can see the 4 or even 5 spot in our future.

We play .500 ball we make the playoffs and that is what we have been doing over the last 4, and .500 would give us 27 losses (I think) which is what PORT and GS now have. And we do have the same number of losses as Houston and we ain't gett'in those back.

This is basically crunch time and now we can see teams that have a chance and the Finals and ones that have just a playoff chance. Now is gut check time for our boys.

Let's Go CLippers,time to make some noise.

JQuick32
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Where is the myth that we're three games ahead of Houston coming from?

Newsflash: we're only one game ahead of Houston. Also, the Rockets play the Sixers tonight. Lose this game, and barring a colossal choke from Houston, we'll be back in 4th tonight. Then we play Houston on Saturday. With the **** level of play from this team since the Warriors game, I've already mentally accepted the 4th seed anyway, because I don't see this team putting up much of a fight for the 3rd seed with the way they've been playing.

I get being optimistic, but man, some people are getting delusional. We're not "a lock" for anything because we're nowhere near consistent enough for that.

kjavis
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It maybe time to relinquish and admit there will be no champ this season, as someone mentioned before teams outside of 1-2 seed history says you are unlikely to win it all. Right now we look like a 3-4 seed team, I would say realisticly 'IF' we can make WCF that would be a huge leap for this franchise roll

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Yeah man I'm with you! our team sucks balls and were destined for the 4th seed and to be upset in the first round. What a bunch of bums. I can't believe they even go out there and play games anymore, they should just accept the losses and not come out of the locker room! a bunch of spineless toads, these clippers!. Hahaha

What will you do if the Clippers get the 3rd seed JQuick? You've been advocating pretty hard lately that all were are is 2nd round fodder and lazy 4th seed a******?

JQuick32
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Talk about a complete overreaction. Like it or not, it is nearly a certainty that we will be the 4th seed if we lose tonight. That's not emotion talking, it's not "we suck balls" or "we're a bunch of bums," it's just a fact based on the current standings.

If we do end up maintaining our place in the standings, it'll be because they've finally started playing well again. I'd love to see that, but the team needs to show us that first. No more, no less.

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I wouldn't go as far as to call this a "must-win" for the team's postseason chances, but if they care about the emotional wellbeing of some of the more highly-strung CTB members... it's a must-win.

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WinningBasket
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Clippers have very passionate fans (including me). Lol

Dunkathon
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We are only one game ahead of them and tied in the loss column.
http://www.nba.com/standings/team_record_comparison/conferenceNew_Std_ Cnf.html Actually, the Clips are two ahead, and they still won the regular season series, so they essentially have a three game lead. Only way I see you get the "one game ahead" logic is if you're assuming the Clips lose tonight, and the Rockets win. I, for one, will wait and see what actually happens in the games tonight before going into doom and gloom mode for absolutely no reason. Where is the myth that we're three games ahead of Houston coming from? Newsflash: we're only....

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CP3Best
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4th seed might not be as bad as people think, if the blazers manage to stay in contention for the 5th or 6th seed I would absolutely love to face them in the 1st round.

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I can't say I totally disagree with this, actually. We might indeed get a more favorable matchup as the 4th seed.

Clipperfan9
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this is as close to a "must-win" as it can be without actually being a must win. Look for the clips to come out with some fire!

ClippersDA
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Why does barnes of all people take the first shot always? And why do we suck at rebounding

cleepers
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Good to see CP make a 3-ball.

gman
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Great D by BG.

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CP starting off well. Great bingo to start.

gman
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BG playing Dirk tough. Everyone else should follow through. Follow your superstar.

cleepers
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Nice energy to start... let's parlay it into BUCKETS!

cleepers
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Refs gonna call Blake for that foul on baby too?

gman
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They might also T him up!

Weak foul on first, second one was more on Blake.

kjavis
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CP already surpassed his point total from last night LEL

ClipperKyle32
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Niceeeee

ClippersDA
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So much for a hot start

C26
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so far so good much better start

JQuick32
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So far, we look better than the recent crap play... keep it up.

cleepers
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Refs letting them play... well, Dallas at least.

Dunkathon
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That throwdown by Barnes!

C26
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big baby nice play he needs more moves like that

cleepers
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Speaking of Mavericks... any Mac-users here, can you let me know what you think of the new OS before I download it. PM is cool.

cleepers
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Go Duds!

Dunkathon
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Dudley with the great 3, then the great defense on the other end!

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This is the type of defense I loved about Dudley in Phoenix. He can guard the post!

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