Clippers vs Thunder Game Thread 2014-04-09 (P. 13)

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ClipperKyle32
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Anyone notice how JQuick disappeared during the Clippers comeback , but as soon as we turnt it over or something he comes back and says some **** like this team is terrible or something?

Well Whatever.

Proud of this team. A whole lotta resilience on this team. Doc said the number one priority against OKC would be to rebound. Who knew the two plays that cost us the game were offensive rebounds by Westbrook.

Chris Paul , Blake Griffin , Deandre Jordan are our only constants on this team. We definitely missed JJ Reddick , even though he played , he wasn't out there tonight. DC showed up at the end. Granger would have been a difference as well.

We lost to Miami and OKC within 5-6 points without key players.

This loss will not determine anything in the playoffs. Matter of fact no loss in the regular season will affect this team in the playoffs. Why!? Because the Playoffs are an entirely new season. Nothing will matter that happened in the RS.

I am just fine. Doc told the team. To win you gotta rebound. They didn't do that at the end. It cost them the game. Learning experience for the team which will benefit us in the long run.

We Turned the ball over, missed free throws, committed stupid fouls, and did not secure boards and still had a chance to win this game missing Danny Granger and Jamal Crawford. What Does That Say to You? When Clips Get Healthy. Watch Out

#ItsTime

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Gentry's offense better than Doc's defense???

Clipperfn4lf
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Sh*t, let's just enjoy the playoffs it's going to be a struggle.

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Clipperkyle you forgot about Jamal

Icecoldclipper
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He was really keeping it real we do get beat a ton on the perimeter and then it turns into drives and kicks. When our bigs get beat it seems to stack on other problems but I guess its because we try to defend the three ball.

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Yeah, I just didn't want to write a whole list. A healthy Jamal or JJ just showing up would have helped.

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Well, the Dodgers look like they might come back and win at least.

Clippers_FTW
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our home losses are all to contending teams lol

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It's Vinny's fault.

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Doc: "Every once and a while you want to win a game too bad and you get in the way of yourself"

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ClippersDA
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What did Gary Payton say? We deserve it

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FIRE VINNY!!!!!

Icecoldclipper
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Free throws and very sloppy play. I'm not buying this team was not up for the game at all that is BS. Stop all the damn jump shooting when shots are not falling and attack using screens. Barnes should of sat to close its a reach but I think Reggie does not allow those Durant shots late in the game the way he was playing.

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Our guards have horrible on ball defense and get blown by and put too much pressure on our bigs.

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Yep nothing to get worried about at all.

Clippers_FTW
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OKC vs Clippers would be one hell of a playoff series though...

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The western conference is Amazeballs

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lol... man I can't wait for Jamal's scoring punch and Granger's defense..

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1 for 7... jj ... man.

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Basically OKC played defense and we did not and we settled for jumpers a lot. The jumpers have been a bad theme even when Paul got the no call on Ibaka I felt if he tried it again he would of got the bucket or the call. We missed a lot of over the hump plays.

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JJ speaking nonsense lol... I love the guy.. but what?

ClippersDA
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The truth hurts

ClippersDA
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Jj struggling a lot. Looks like a quick bounce back isn't in cards

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Who here thinks Jamal would not have been on the court in the final few minutes??

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3 games left? I say rest cp3 and blake 2 games... play the 3rd just to get your wind..

Icecoldclipper
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Team does not deserve an off day free throw drills at the very least tomorrow. Thankfully the Rockets took a loss and we can rest guys such as Griffin and Barnes.

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Jamal Crawford = Enola Gay

When we've had our regular forces torn up by the enemy, he drops the kind of bombs that make them surrender immediately.

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Basically a load of bogus. lol

Icecoldclipper
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Maybe rest the 3rd game and play the second tough no point sending the starters on the road on a back to back.

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who will be on the floor.... 2 minutes left, game 7 of the playoffs???? My guess.... CP3, Jamal Crawford, ???????, Blake Griffin, and DJ...... Who is the sf???? do we move Jamal to the 3 and play collison at the 2? Do we go with our starter Barnes? Or do we go with the tried and proven Danny Granger? I know a healthy Granger would be in there hands down.. but how about now?

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Yeah. He played like him. Would have rather have him played like Michelangelo.... Twisted Evil

ClippersDA
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I'm so bummed

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Cheer up mate. Playoffs are around the corner. Jamal and Danny G will be back. JJ will be sharper. CP and BG will DOMINATE.

#BELIEVE

#ItsTime

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Actually you should be happy. No Clippers were injured, we showed that we can beat the Thunder if we really wanted to and we rested by not playing too hard. Save it for the playoffs.

I think Doc knows what he is doing. The object is to have us peak at playoff time, not now.

As I have often repeated in my posts here, the refs pose a bigger problem than any NBA team. Simple as that.

BEAT THE HEAT!

ClipperKyle32
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I wish we could rest Blake, CP3 , and DJ against the Kings. They play dirty and they hurt JJ and Chris went out against them. If we would have won last night. With Houston losing we would have secure the 3rd seed. That way we could have rested players.

One thing that scares me is that Jamal is in a warm up on the sideline and Danny is in a suit. Is there like a rule that you have to be in street clothes?

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What is with the idea that we did not want this win? We were rested at home against a team on a back to back and this game was to gain more homecourt ground. Not only a huge media game and statement for both teams with the injuries had we showed our lack of focus at the line.

Team had a letdown loss they need to shake off theses slow starts. Stop shooting so many jumpshots and attack the rim.

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Depending on matchups and offense for defense swaps, either Barnes or Collison (with Crawford sliding to 3).

ClippersDA
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Thunder feeling pretty confident now it seems

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I want to see these guys again with a healthy JC.

CP3Best
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Why is it that our team is always behind for 3 quarters and then we make a run in the middle of he 4th, sometimes to win like in PHX, and sometimes to lose like Dallas and OKC! Does JC's absence have something to do with it?

ClippersDA
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Preaching to choir

CP3Best
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But I'm surprised we came so close, Westbrook is just a damn beast, and Durant just can't miss!

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Our bench always gotta outplay elites teams bench if we're gonna beat them consistently. Our starters are evenly match with other teams starters.

Laak
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Our weakness killed us this game. Gotta hit FTs and grab key rebounds.

cleepers
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Except for the 18 shots that he... you know... missed.

06clippersfan
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Now that we will not get to number 2 in the west. I hope Doc rests the starters the next 2 games. Especially against Sacramento. I don't want our starters anywhere near Cousins.

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Put another way, I don't want to see them again without Jamal. Last night he would have been the difference and he probably will be in a 7 game series.

ClipperPostman
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My analysis of this game:

  1. This was a great game that had a playoff feel. Hats off to both teams

for playing hard to the end.

  1. When 2 championship caliber teams play hard that game is won in the last

2 minutes of the 4th qtr. It had nothing to do with clippers "Slow start". Basketball

is a game of momentum shifts and runs. We could have been up by 20 at halftime

and OKC would have erased that lead. in the second half, and forced the game

to be won in the final 2 minutes.

  1. When 2 of the top offenses meet 10-15 pt leads are nothing. The clippers

and OKC are both potent offenses so when the momentum swings in their

favor they can knock off 9-15 points in 3-4 possessions easily.

  1. Why we loss. We could blame the refs. We could blame Chris Paul's freethrow,

slow starts, not having Jamal (which is big), but from what I saw OKC just had

the killer instinct in the last 2 minutes that the clippers didn't.

They wanted it more. In the last 2 minutes they weren't turning

the ball over, grabbing rebounds, blocking shots, tightening their defense.

Clippers defense to close out the game was CHAMPIONSHIP level the last 6 minutes. All

the way down to the final buzzer.

It was the careless turnover by blake throwing a lob to DJ, The CP3 Missed Freethrow,

The 2 westbrook offensive rebounds, Reddicks blocked 3 attempt.

All of these little things add up to a loss in tight games.

Overall I feel Jamal crawford is the X-Factor. Darren Collison needed

to be on the bench in the final minutes. He can score, but so can crawford.

The difference is Jamal knows how to step up in critical moments

and both of those WESTBROOK Orebounds were on Darren Collison

not doing his job.

Overall I'm excited for the playoffs.

ClippersDA
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I don't like jamal time in 4th - I want blake time or Chris time with Crawford as third option. Not him going one on one. You can't win like that in playoffs. Blake needs to hit free throws down the stretch that was supremely un-clutch.

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Minor bumps and scratches, but I'm glad we came out that game unscathed. Even with the loss, the DJ dunk on "Iblocka" was very satisfying.

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