Clippers vs Mavericks Game Thread 2014-04-03

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http://www.nba.com/games/20140403/DALLAC/gameinfo.html

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Memphis, GS, and Suns all lost last night. Good night for Dallas, lets give them a bad night tonight!!!

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Ahhhhh. I am looking forward to this game tonight. Why!? Because there is a 75% chance that JJ Reddick will play and start. I have a weird obsession with JJs Return, i feel he is so very important to this team.

I remember last time we had Reddick and we played Dallas.... This Happened

Ahhhh. What A Relief It Is To Have A JJ Reddick.

PG - Chris Paul - Darren Collison

SG - JJ Reddick - Jamal Crawford

SF - Matt Barnes - Danny Granger

PF - Blake Griffin - Jared Dudley

C - Deandre Jordan - Glen "Big Baby" Davis

I think that is our playoff rotation. So excited. Hopefully JJ drops 34! Lol

I am really proud of where we have come from as a franchise. We handled our injuries very well. No rushing people back. Bringing in 10 Day contract people so we would not have to rush someone back. This all is because of Doc Rivers. We people try to compare Del Negro and Doc. There really is no comparison. Del Negro was a good coach and not terrible and some people make him out to be. Honestly I'd rather have Del Negro coaching my than Scott Brooks or Mike Dantoni or Mark "The Preachers Wife" Jackson.

That was a problem the Clippers had last season. They were making Chris Paul the GM,Coach, and player. This year Doc came in and told Chris that you havent done anything and took the bull by the horns and was name Head Coach and "GM"

That is one of the many differences Doc brings to this team. CONTROL.

Can't wait until we bring our completely healthy roster to this Lakers game to shake the rust off and play the Thunder completely healthy.

Now, I don't know about you guys , but I feel we play Dallas in First Round.

Clippers can move up to second and face Dallas in First Round. But I feel if we stay 3rd and defeat Golden State. Maybe Sweep them it will boost this teams confidence and they will believe they can beat anyone.

Excited at what is to come for this team. I am just ready to see JJ play again

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^I think it is our destiny to play GS which would lead to SA. the question is, does Doc back off on the throttle or keep his foot on the gas? Rest CP3 and BG32 or use them up.

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It will be interesting to see how Doc plays it. Is he after the 2 spot?

Resting our stars is important but so is going into the PO's in form and with high confidence levels. A balancing act really.

Though I do think "using them up" is a bit of strong way to put it.

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Personally I have always thought that resting players in any sport prior to playoffs hurts a lot of the time, the edge seems to go away and the players rust just a tad. That is why I pondered what i did. Dallas will attempt to hurt us, no doubt. they are probably mad about the last game. When we play SAC you know there is one wanker on that team who will try to hurt us.

So as you said,a delicate balancing act. Do we win, try to move up,or try to not get hurt prior to playoffs and settle for the 2 spot. This is why I only play coach in my den.

Using them up was what i came up with before drinking my coffee, not the words I wanted but the best i could do at the moment.

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I think well end up being the 3rd. It would be cool if we can rest our starters for the Sacramento and Denver games and bring them back for The last game of the season against Portland so they won't be rusty going into the playoffs

ClipperKyle32
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I want to beat Denver. They haved severely pissed me off lately. I want to destroy them by like 20-30

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I hope JJ Redick plays, purchased last minute tickets.

Road trip to LA it is!

I hope we do get the 2nd spot though. The Mavs will definitely play hard. Playoff spot and to prevent a sweep. I'm sure they have revenge on their minds. We gotta get ahead, play great defense, and just keep the pace regardless of the score.

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I'm really not sure how important this game is for us. We beat Suns and Mavs, Grizz move up and we move up. Which means we are more likely to face Grizz the more we do this. I guess overall I'd rather be #2 and avoid both OKC and SA in the playoffs, but still...hard to call this a critical game for us.

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Um. Isn't this a Clippers vs Mavericks gameday thread? lol

aksel
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Rather play memphis then warriors honestly. Griffin and dj will kill em. Homecourt vs okc they have no chance!

06clippersfan
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Doc said Crawford and Granger are probably out until the playoffs start. That sucks!!

aksel
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Reddick will play today but not start!! And wow the crawford granger news really blows this team needs a couple games together first

ClipperKyle32
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Ahhh that Granger and Crawford news isn't great. We get healthy and someone else goes out. I think they'll be fine.

kjavis
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would not get to comfortable because its a home game, mavs have been very good on the road have bet some tough teams on the road, LEGO CLIPS!

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It sucks indeed, but if I had to choose one of our SG's who we can just plug into the lineup last-minute and let him do his thing without having to adjust the offense, I'd pick Jamal over JJ all day, every day.

Just some "glass-half-full" thinking to make you feel better. Yellow_Flash_Colorz_PDT_08

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No thanks, don't want to sit through yet another Memphis series. Plus I don't think Memphis will rise up in the standings enough to face us anyway. They're battling just to make the playoffs at the moment.

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It took Granger a few games to get back into his form. This is bad news, those few games to get into "game shape" could be the difference between a 7 game series or 5-6 games series

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Welcome back JJ!

JQuick32
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If we're relying on Granger to win us a series, we're screwed whether he's in game shape or not.

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Excited to see JJ play tonight!

jarca
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Not relying but he's vital in the 2nd units which is our best advantage over GSW. Their starters match up with ours pretty well.

ClipperKyle32
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Off Topic , but Blake is a Star in every way.

That is probably one of my favorite commercials of his.

I remember being at the Atlanta Hawks - Clippers game last season and this section was cheering Overrated when Blake was at the FT line. I hear none of that now. Blake has proven himself. Now a championship will further prove himself and this franchise

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That's a good reason to be cautious on re-signing an +30 year old injury prone player. Unless we can get Granger on the cheap, I wouldn't chase him.

ClipperPostman
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Damn it spurs suck lol. they win what 19 str8 and when we need

them to win they lose.

Clipperfan9
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Spurs lose! Let's go for 1 seed boys! (Just joking, godamn the spurs, least helpful team)

ClipperPostman
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Grangers 13 minutes aren't going to make or break

the clippers playoff run. Don't worry.

Crawford is a cause for concern tho, as he

usually takes a few games to knock off rust.

WinningBasket
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Spurs were on a second night of a back-to-back, but still, lol. They should have beaten OKC.

JQuick32
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They would have if not for the absolute deluge of atrocious calls all favoring OKC. They completely neutered Kawhi with manufactured foul trouble when he was shutting down Bubble Boy Durant at the start of the game.

On top of that, the Thunder are just a bad matchup for the Spurs. They're too quick for the Spurs to keep up with, and their role players always seem to have fluky shooting nights against them.

ClipperPostman
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Didn't realize this is a TNT game. We better not stink it up!

ClipperKyle32
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Finally Kevin Harlan!!! He is the second commentator/broadcaster I want to hear other than the great Ralph Lawler.

Gametime Reddick Gonna Play! CANT WAIT

ClipperPostman
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On a side not JJ redick will play 20-25 minutes.

JQuick32
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Can't wait to see IceJJSwish on the floor. Very Happy

WinningBasket
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Hmmm...Clips off to a rocky start.

CP3Heliflopter
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Why was it some kind of foregone conclusion?

jarca
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DJ looks tired and confuse

ClipperPostman
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Or Calderon is off to a fire start. 7 points in like 3 minutes.

JahvonTheClip
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Cp's 3 point shot is definitely back

jarca
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And that was an unhealthy Blake!

Clipperfan9
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Blake is beasting! Too bad his outside shot isn't falling, or he'd be demolishing the Mavs

WinningBasket
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Blake is feelin' good it looks like, lol. 8 points already.

ClipperKyle32
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Something isn't right. He may be injured or just playing bad. He wasn't in the game to close out the Suns game last night. Was Doc saving him for tonight because of Dirk or what. Who knows.

Am I the only that is gonna cry when JJ checks in cry cry cry

JQuick32
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When both CP3 and Blake are beasting at the same time, it's a joy to watch.

Clipperfan9
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JJ IS IN! I'm crying right now.

JQuick32
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Welcome back, JJ!

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Corner three for Mat Barnes.

Clipperfan9
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**** Vince Carter picking up right where he left off last game.

JQuick32
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I thought we were supposed to be good at guarding the three?

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Welcome back JJ

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