Clippers vs Warriors Playoffs Gm. #1 Game Thread 2014-04-19

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david
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For the playoffs, the winner of game 1 has a substantial statistical advantage for winning the series. The Clippers, however, will need to play like every game is game 7, as they begin play with the Golden State Warriors beginning Saturday afternoon. The excellent 3 point defense the Clippers have developed this season will be severely tested against the Warriors. With Andrew Bogut out, Blake Griffin & DeAndre Jordan must assert themselves inside and help the Clippers gain a rebounding advantage. The Clippers will also need to benefit from forcing turnovers, and of course shooting a good % from deep will be vital as well.

Let the battle commence.

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My expectations for round 1...

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How I'm feeling....

Clipperfn4lf
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Be LOUD, that is all.

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With no Bogut, hopefully DJ can have some monster games to build up his post season confidence. He's struggled in the playoffs before, but a Bogut-less Warriors team may be just what he needs to get some momentum for OKC in the second round.

GET THE BROOMS OUT!

ClippersDA
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No matter how touch these pipsqueaks think they are, we know that Memphis is much tougher. Bogut, their most physical player, is out.

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Broom, broom, broom!

You got this, Clippers!

CapsNClips
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WARRIORS! COME OUT TO PLAAAYAY!

I'm so excited for this series

Our toughest matchup is going to be Doc Rivers vs Mark J...hahahaha I couldn't even finish typing that.

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I hope we destroy them on Saturday! I'll be in section 108 losing my voice.

ClipperPostman
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Lee is also hurt and is only about 60-70%. We should dominate

inside, and pound the hell out of those little guys.

Not really worried about the shooting. The Splash brothers

can't really seem to get hot in the same game.

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Darren Collison should have a fun time without Bogut guarding the paint. Chris Paul the league leader in steals should have a fun time guarding Curry the league leader in TO's.

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I thought Bogut was out injured.

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We get one of the nationally televised games on ABC this weekend.(Heat and Bobcats other game). How cool is that.

We are should handle the whack ass Warriors pretty easily in the first round. Warriors are hurting and we are pretty much at full strength. As long as we guard the 3, which we have been doing pretty well with the whole season.

WE GOT THIS! CLIPS IN 5!

comeONcraig
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maybe i'm over thinking it, but i feel like this Bogut "injury" is some Mark Jackson antic. I don't wish for injuries, but this injury might seem blown out of proportion. I wouldn't be surprised if Bogut pulls some pseudo 'Willis Reed' theatrics to hype up the GS team and crowd for game 3.

06clippersfan
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Man I'm so excited for this series!!! I would love to sweep them, but realistically I see the series going 4-1 Clippers.

DJ and Griffin will have HUGE games against these cowards!

Let's go Clippers!!!

Laak
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If GS plays like they have all season, we should beat them pretty easily (5 games).

I'm just worried that their shooters get hot for 3-4 games. Because when they are hot, NOBODY can beat them.

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Danny said he is ready and he's been running at 100%, could have played Wednesday.

Looks like we'll be healthy going into these playoffs.

ClipperPostman
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If Mark Jackson could "antic" his way into getting a player with a broke

rib on the court, he should be Coach of the Year.

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The only reason David Lee is effective playing for the warriors because Bogut covers his ass on defense. Lee's matador like defense will be exposed on primetime

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Agree 100%

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They'll win 1 out of first 4 games and we win by 20 in game5.

sz123456
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My biggest concern is that the Warriors feel very comfortable playing from behind. I could see us jumping on them early each game, then suddenly they feel the pressure is off and start lighting it up. Especially at home, we will be nursing big leads in the second half, it can be nerve-wracking watching those leads dwindle, even if we win

david
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Front page poll is up- how do you guys think the Clippers will do vs the Warriors?

http://clippers.topbuzz.com/Poll-result ... d-1-0.html

CP3Best
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We live for the 4th quarter and that was WITHOUT Jamaal top 4th scorer in the league so if it comes down to the wire, I trust our chances...

tense2
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Every team goes on runs when behind and the good ones do it a lot. Sometimes they win, more then not they don't. It's the nature of the game. As long as we come out on top in the end, all is good.

The PO's are not for the faint of heart. Be prepared.

ClippersDA
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I found it really arrogant when Memphis fans predicted a sweep of clippers in 2011-2012. Let's show some respect for warriors and not get ahead of ourselves. The most dangerous threat is the one that is underestimated. N

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I would bet on it. sandbagging a fake injury would be right up their sneaky Bay Area type of play. They do it in baseball, football (i know, I am a Raider fan) so why not the NBA? Jackson has to one of the biggest tools in the game so yeah,I buy this.

tense2
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Yeah I agree. This going to be a tough series with us coming out on top, but I don't think a sweep is in the cards. Since Paul has arrive on the scene we are just 5-7 against the GSW...and we haven't won a season series yet in that time. This is the time we do though...in 6 or 7 games. Very Happy

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I predict a 5 game series since they don't have Bogut. If they did I would say we would win in 6 maybe 7.

Clipperfn4lf
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Agree, we are also like 1-10 at Oracle Arena over last couple of years.

ClipperDodger1214
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I believe that 1 win was on Christmas 2011, which I think was CP3's first game as a Clipper. It's not really a shock, that place is a hard place to win. I hope the Clippers can win one up there, I think they need to win at least one to close the series. Shouldn't rely on home court.

clipperboy24
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Was just watching nba tv clip about the series, pretty good little watch. They like most think the clippers will come out on top and the series should be chippy.

One thing that was interesting: they showed the play where Bogut fractured his rib and he did a dirty little foul on Andre Miller who hit him dirty as well and all I can say is what goes around, comes around.

CLIPSET
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CP3 has to shut Curry down. Curry is all the GS has going for them. We'll win the series but if we really want to make a statement and show the league we're for real this year, we'll sweep them. #ITSTIME!

jarca
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I hope JJ can handle Thompson in the post. That gave us problem last time

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Outlandish prediction:

Mark Jackson will abuse the "hack-a-DJ" loophole to such a ridiculous degree that he will destroy all the entertainment value of the most promising series of them all. When east-coast fans all switch off because it's 3am and they have work in the morning, the NBA will finally cave and change the rules in time for next season.

Something along the lines of the 5th team foul bonus, where after 10 fouls in a quarter, the fouled team gets to nominate their own shooter.

It will become affectionately known as "the DeAndre Jordan rule" and basketball will be better for it.

Mr. Green

JahvonTheClip
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An easy way to fix the hack strategy is to make it so the coach decides, when in the bonus, to pass the ball in bounds or shoot free throws. Quite simple and easy

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I am pretty effing nervous about this matchup. I know we are a better team and can win in a fair game, but a lot of the times that doesn't seem to matter in the NBA,cough cough cough refs,eyes. We can win, but it ain't gonna be very easy at all. Clips in 6.

FightOnRon
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Man, if the game goes from noon:30 until 3 am I may just have to leave early.

ClippersDA
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I will be pissed if it's half warriors fans at staples tomorrow. I will be there cheering on clips

Clipperfn4lf
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more like 10-20% if that, just be Loud and show them what clippernation is all about

ClippersDA
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I just wish we had won at oracle arena - that scared me

ClipperKyle32
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I expect the first game of the series to be like this.... I love this team!!! Can't wait! Within 24 hours

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#ItsTime

Dunkathon
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How about this for a hack strategy fix?

Make at least 60% of your free throws from the line. Then, coaches will be much less likely to consider hacking you.

Clipperfn4lf
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#ItsTime

dope video hopefully they use it as playoff intro, I'm not that big on the slogan "It's Time" but its on the playoff shirts so I better.

cleepers
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^ Funny... I love the slogan. The only way they could improve it IMO is: "it's about f**king time!"... because we've been waiting forever to Sterling to give us a consistently good, sustainable team.

CP3Best
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Man, we were complaining about no Clipper coverage during our win streak and stuff, but now Clippers are getting lots of hype to go to WCF, to represent the West, and the cool part, I actually Believe we can do it. Guys look focused and ready. #IT'S TIME!

Clipperfn4lf
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You're right, I actually don't hate the slogan that much just think the shirts are a bit lame compared to the Raptors. Wait for it..... #ItsTime Smile

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I absolutely love the Raptor's shirt. However, sooner rather than later, they will be killed off.

sz123456
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Redick taking a shot at Klay Thompson, then Mark Jackson takes one right back at Redick. Jackson is up there for most unprofessional coaches in the league, getting involved in these arguments:

ESPN

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/10803812/jj-redick-los-a ngeles-clippers-takes-shot-golden-state-warriors-klay-thompson

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