Clippers vs Warriors Playoffs Gm. #5 Game Thread 2014-04-29

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ClipperKyle32
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After The Donald Sterling remarks come out the Clippers were every where but in the arena Sunday. Their minds were every where. Their minds werent on Basketball. With a days rest, time to adjust, time....

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Let's win this game, Clippers! We are behind you all the way!

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I hope I did not step on any toes by making this thread , David. I just felt the need out of all this mess we needed to get back to basketball because that is....

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Mark Jackson smelling blood, DON'T LISTEN TO HIM CLIPPER FANS, come to the games, don't stay away, COME and cheer and support the players that are working so hard to get us what we want a Championship.

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We need vintage CP3 who will play great the entire game. He's been missing all this series with only a few glimpse of his old self. The clippers need him more than ever. Let's go Clippers! Let's go CP3

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I think most of his energy has been on the defensive end and he has done a GREAT job at containing Curry. I'd gladly have him continue to do the same thing but not trying to force things on offense. take what they give him but try not to force the issue.

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I'll be at the game with my black CP3 jersey. Hopefully we can get the "we are one" chants going. And I agree that I'd rather CP focus on defense for this series. He'll be there for us in the clutch when we need him, but Blake should carry us on offense against GSW. But if we advance, then I'd want to see the more aggressive CP3, especially if we get Memphis.

Clipperfn4lf
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You guys think there will be serious protest outside the arena? To the point where it affects getting in.

LuckTheFakers
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I don't actually buy that the Sterling fiasco is the reason we lost on Sunday. We knew GSW was going to get hot at some point, and their backs were against the wall.. did y'all really think we were going to take two up there? Yeah, the defense was a bit lackadaisical to start (DJ particularly looked bad where he's been awesome all series.. but those games do happen). However, Curry hit some crazy shots and after that it was all catch-up.

We are better than this team and especially at home. I think the crowd will be good. Only thing that worries me is this alleged "no practice" which is absurd the day before a big game. I have to believe that was a smokescreen just to keep the media away and they did an unofficial practice. If not, and this incident really is affecting their preparation that much, that does not bode well.

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Fans need to show up in large numbers and show their support. The Clips need it now more than ever. CHris Paul needs to show up big time. He has been so-so all series. I expect a big game from him. 25/10/5 or something like that. We will win by 10. I know he hasn't been at 100% due to his hamstring and his defense has been great but game 5 is a must win.

Blake will dominate as usual. The Warriors have no one to stop or slow him down.

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Be loud and proud Clippers we are one

ClippersDA
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Playoffs are more painful then ever. This is so sad as a fan that we can't feel good about our wonderful team.

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We also haven't won a game since this whole debacle. I'm guessing a win will brighten things up just a bit, atleast for me anyways.

ClippersDA
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This has really devastated me. All these they series are so fun - we have been cheated big time. I don't know if we can win tomorrow.

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The clippers have to make sure Curry and Thompson don't get off early, so this way the Clippers won't be behind by a big amount early on.

ClippersDA
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Why did dj barely play last game? Was he wanting to boycott?

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I think Doc wanted match up against GS small line up.

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Why couldn't we match small lineup

Last two games?

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Game 3, GS used a bigger line up and started with JO. That proved ineffective against us until GS put in Draymond Green at PF and Lee at center. They neutralized Blake around the 4th quarter by double teaming him. At the same time, none of our other players were necessarily contributing which resulted in GS going on a run. However, CP came up clutch for us in the last couple minutes and had that defensive play on curry. So far IMO, their small line up proved to be decent against our guys IF no one else is making an impact. I know we were out of game 4 mentally, but if we were clicking on all cylinders we can defeat any lineup they throw at us. Blake just has to be more decisive in making plays and if BG is double team hard we would need to see vintage CP attacking and making plays. I think I just went on rambling, haha, not certainly sure if I answered your question.

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Sure we can.

ClippersDA
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Yeah you did. But I'm not optimistic that we can be firing on all cylinders given the s**tstorm

comeONcraig
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i too hope they are in the right state of mind. I think I'll hold judgement until tomorrow's press conference. In addition, I think they need to understand they are not alone in this situation. They is fans and other players following the unity and "silent protest" movement, but that's something I'm wanting to believe.

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With the news that DTS probably won't be forced to sell, I'm going to be extremely disappointed if this game is even played.

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I don't care what happen tomorrow. All I'm here for is the Clippers team, not Donald, not Adam Silver, and not gloom and doom mindset. I'm here for the Clips to cheer them on and go all the way. I'm at this point that I will enjoy while it lasts and remember fondly how our Clippers perversely fight on and fight what they believe it. I love this Clips team and I hope they win.

LuckTheFakers
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I listened to some of the post-game 4 stuff and it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. Griffin in particular seemed to be focused on the goal of winning ballgames. Of course, he's only half black.

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He's only half mad about it. lol.

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"I believe as fans, the loudest statement they could make as far as fans is to not show up to the game." - Mark Jackson

"We want them to cheer for their players and their team. It will always be their players and their team." - Doc Rivers

I want to hear Staples center sounding like we just hit a buzzer-beater to win game 7 of the finals... all game long.

Send that cheating motherf**ker running home crying.

Clips by 85.

LuckTheFakers
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He really is a world-class piece of sh*t. Nothing would make me happier than to wax these chumps by 40 again.

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Forget the fans cheering how about the Clippers forcing Curry off the 3-pts line and attacking the offensive boards early in the game.

Also the Clippers driving to the basket if the Warriors are going to have David Lee play center.

Those are the most important thing in this game because in the end it is just a game.

LuckTheFakers
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I think it's very important to make Curry work on defense. Barnes has to give us something on the offensive end because Curry is just resting the whole time. Might consider a short leash and try using Granger (who is more aggressive than Barnes) to force Curry to guard someone.

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I agree by having Barnes post up on Curry, it will tired out Curry out. This will make the Warriors either double team on the post or force Curry to guard Reddick who will run Curry into screens and make him work.

Clipperfn4lf
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Damn this game is going to be emotional. This is OUR team, We Are One.

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I agree. Granger would be perfect answer as Barnes has been struggling badly. There's no way he can guard a 6'9 230 pound man inside.

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We are one!!! Come on fans!

ClippersDA
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I wonder if they were able to discuss adjustments from last game at all. So unfair to our players I bet golden state is well prepared and rested and focused!

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Barnes has been a total Dud in this series. If you put Granger in the starting line up, at least Curry will have to pick between guarding CP, chase Redick, or guard a bigger man in Granger. Barnes has failed to make Curry work.

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Espn just stated that tickets for this gm after mkt. has gone up 27% it's a sell out !let show the players we got their backs !! Let this building rock like it never has rocked before !! I feel sorry for Ralph lawler cuz he has been threw it all !! Go clipper team and kick the golden state ass !!

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The problem is Granger can only give you 12 mins a game.

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Hope JJ isn't lost on defense today.

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That's great news. Thanks for sharing.

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Can't wait for this game. I know the team will rebound from game 4. This team is going to show what it's made of over the next games. We'll win tonight and then impressively close out the series on the road in game 6. This is a tough minded team and it's going to show that during this adversity.

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Barnes had 10 pts last game which isn't bad. He tried to go to the post a few times, which I normally don't like, but if Curry is guarding him, I think it's a good idea. Even if Barnes isn't very successful backing Curry down into the paint, it will still tire Curry out.

ClippersDA
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Barnes just isn't that good. Wanting him to shine is like wanting rain to be dry

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I am pretty confident that Barnes will step it up today.

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First time poster. The fans must get behind the team tonight. Make the Staples a cauldron of emotion. Give Mark Jackson as much abuse as possible, make the Warriors team feel they should be somewhere else. I'm furious with the media right now. They are loving the problems the Clippers are facing, especially the Lakers worshippers. The years that many of you fans have sat through rubbish teams, second best to the Lakers. ( I have supported the team since 2006 ). Now we have a team and a coach to be really proud of and they are begging everybody to quit the team. Why are the fans expected to pay for our idiot owner? It's OK it's just the Clippers. Chance to right the balance in LA, get the Lakers back on top. Is our racist idiot owner going to do right thing? Is the the NBA going to have the balls to do something or are the long suffering Clippers fans going to be the real losers? Be loud and proud tonight Clippers fans, make the media and the NBA understand we aren't going away.

LuckTheFakers
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I don't buy that the players or coaches are really all that emotionally bent up over this. They have to say the right things and be audibly outraged, but really, this is tabloid **** right here. The only thing that worries me (slightly) is that they may not have practiced due to the time this has occupied, and they really do need to counter that small ball lineup that the Ws played at the end of game 3 and for most of game 4.

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Imagine running through the tunnel into a dark and raucous arena. The chants of "We Are ONE" reverberate through the sea of black shirts. I'm betting on our team coming out with hype and energy.

LuckTheFakers
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The betting line on this game already moved 1.5 points towards the Clippers (from LAC -5.5 to LAC -7) since the news broke.

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We are going to tear it up tonight!

tense2
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The Clippers in 6 or 7 as I previously mentioned before all this sh!t happened. Go Clips!!

GSW worse nightmare just came true.

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