Clippers vs Thunder Playoffs Gm. #3 Game Thread 2014-05-09

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By BETH HARRIS Posted May 08 2014 10:40PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jamal Crawford got emotional in accepting his NBA Sixth Man award and, like Kevin Durant this week, it may have buoyed the Los Angeles Clippers in what has been a turbulent playoffs so far.

Crawford didn't cry or talk as long as Durant did when the Oklahoma City star picked up the league's MVP award. But he thanked everyone he could think of on Thursday, especially his teammates and Clippers coach Doc Rivers for keeping them together in the wake of owner Donald Sterling's racist comments that led to his lifetime ban from the NBA.

Crawford's award was some of the best news the Clippers have had in the last 1 1/2 weeks, and the feel-good atmosphere during his acceptance speech could provide some necessary fuel heading into Game 3 against the Thunder on Friday night at Staples Center. The Western Conference semifinal series is tied 1-1.

Durant's widely replayed, touching speech in which he credited his single mother for keeping their family together through tough times gave the Thunder an emotional boost going into Game 2. They responded with a 112-101 victory that wasn't as close as the score suggested.

"They just beat us in every way," Rivers said.

Now the Clippers will be out to grab back the momentum. First, they'll have to contain Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and Westbrook had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Thunder outrebound the Clippers for the second straight game.

"We have to take that and then add to that," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "You can't be satisfied. The intensity as the series goes along improves and it becomes greater, and we have to make the next jump."

Rivers' staff always asks him what his biggest fear is going into a game. His response before Game 2 was Westbrook's offensive rebounding.

"Then he comes up with six of them," Rivers said. "We can box him out. We got to keep him off the glass."

With his teammates cheering him and playfully mocking the suit and tie he wore, Crawford accepted his trophy as the league's best reserve. He averaged 18.6 points as the NBA's top-scoring reserve this season, and the Clippers will need his offense after he was held to seven points on 2-of-13 shooting in Game 3.

The Thunder's defense didn't allow Crawford room to operate. J.J. Redick, who finished with 18 points, was another key focal point for Oklahoma City.

"You're talking about two of the quickest triggers in basketball in Redick and Crawford," Brooks said. "I thought our guys did a good job of closing that gap."

Both teams took Thursday off, when the Clippers heard that Sterling's estranged wife Shelly wants to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team as the NBA tries to force new ownership on the franchise.

Mrs. Sterling's attorney said she hasn't been asked to stay away from games and she plans to attend Friday.

Rivers brushed off the latest chatter, something he's done since the scandal broke.

"We need to be uneasy about Westbrook and Durant," he said. "That's who we need to be really uneasy about because they're putting more pressure on us right now."


AP Sports Writer Cliff Brunt in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.

http://www.nba.com/games/20140509/OKCLAC/gameinfo.html

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Hopefully this does help our chances for tonights game.

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Jordan should step up with his game.

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I think this is a must win to keep the series on track.

A good emphasis on high energy D should set the right tone.

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We need Blake to be his Beastly self! DJ also must rage!

JQuick32
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This game is the series, IMO. If Blake doesn't show up and play like a superstar, the team might as well start reserving their tee times at the golf course now.

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It's weird but the a good barometer for how the game is going to go is Djs intensity the first few possessions. If he is hype it seems to affect the team in a positive way. When he is lollygaggin the

whole teams energy seems to lollygag. I see this as another blowout for the clippers.

I don't see Durant and westbrick going off again

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I want to see how long before a troll hits this thread

WE ARE ONE

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It call comes down to foul trouble. If our big 3 can stay out of receiving early fouls then that gives them more room to be aggressive especially BG and DJ. CP is aggressive with or without foul trouble but for this game we'll need him for 38-40 minutes

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The only problem is that's up to the refs. As we have seen the refs can call bullshit fouls

all they want and get no consequences for using their power to affect the game.

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We need the bigs aggressive and Blake attacking. This game will be determined by if Blake shows energy on both ends.

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Blake better pull his head out his ass and stop playing so timid. CP needs to stay aggressive, and not get in foul trouble as our offense falls apart when he's not in. Hopefully Doc emphasized rebounding as well, since we're getting destroyed on the glass.

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Clippers by 10

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Let's see Blake and DJ take advantage of this home court. They need to step up and be the dominant duo that was evident in Game 1's blowout.

Clippers for the WIN!

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Let's go Clippers! We fought hard for Home Court advantage, let's fight just as hard to keep it.

I want to see our best effort from all our players.

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I almost want to try Willie on Westbrook when CP3 needs rest... RW destroying Collison was a huge reason we lost game 2, DC was a -11, he was helpless... Gotta fix that & our bigs have to show up.

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Promise?

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I would play Collison less minutes. He really isn't that useful when he is on the court especially if he is guarding Westbrook. We need to put a wing on him.

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Clippers -4 tonight. The very important 3rd game winner gives them a very high historical probability of winning the series. Go Clipps.

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Man if we only had that guy we traded to Pheonix for JarFart Dudslaid

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tense2 wrote:
Clippers -4 tonight. The very important 3rd game winner gives them a very high historical probability of winning the series. Go Clipps.

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'IF' we can get these 2 home games we will certainly show we are good enough to close out the series

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as soon as Westbrook sees its Collison guarding him he just attacks

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Hi guys just had shoulder surgery today (Kerlan and associates Md.) my doctor said cuz I was wearing my clipper ,shirt after the surgery he came up to me and we talked bout the clippers!! He stated that he did Danny manning a knee surgery cuz manning refused to see the clippers Md., Blake is going for 30 and 10 !! Now clippers use kerlan and assoc. only go clipper I can't wait to watch it

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Yep he just posted him up and scored easily on consecutive possessions. It was real ugly.

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I wonder why the Clippers havent tried doubling the mis-match postups? I mean if you double with DJ , because he doesn't have that much area to travel. They swing it out or take a bad shot, if everyone rotated properly, DJ or Blake from weak side could get the board? Don't Double with a wing since they have KD

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Might sound crazy, but the way WB was playing and just posting up and dominating Collison, id consider bringing Dudley in at the 2 when Redick sits or even Granger. Either of them can potentially play the 2. We need weight and length to stop Westbrook.

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Doc will make adjustments. I am not too worried.

AirGriffin
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Yes he will. Blake will show up tonight as well. We are winning this game. Better teams always prevail and we are it. No KD needed. We have a CP3 and a BG

ClipperKyle32
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I should be a damn coach... I have been saying the same thing these entire playoffs

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Break Out Game!?!?

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I hate to say anything. But do we realize the Clips Big 3 each had a foul within 1 minute of Game 2 and Chris had 2! I'm not worried about these games , but a concern because I respect this team with KD and in JQuick32 terms... Russell Westbrick.... You like that JQuick lol

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Doc must have seen something... I like the confidence he has in his presser

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ClipperKyle32 wrote:

Doc must have seen something... I like the confidence he has in his presser

Doc want's to outscore the OKC, he believed it is the best way to beat them..

ClipperKyle32
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Is this a joke? Or are you being serious?

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Huge Game 3 on the line. Must-win game but I am confident in Blake and Staples and CP, etc. to pull this game out for us. Go Clips!!

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Crawford is going to play well tonight. He's going to make up for his bad shooting night in game 3. When JJ and Jamal are both on fire no one can beat us.

ClipperPostman
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Dudley on westbrick would be one of the biggest disasters of the 21st century

A_DOG_NAMED_BUD
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CP3's first foul was ridiculous. Westbrook ran into the ref, but CP got the foul for just being in the area? I expect some good make up calls tonight.

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. Great weight watcher Dudley can't cover Westbrook hell big baby is quicker !! Lol I feel good luck on this gm !! Hello I had Danny manning surgeon on my shoulder surgery and I'm up ready to watch this gm !! Statement gm for the clippers !! Winner by 20+

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I just got some new Clipper gear. They better win tonight. I'm very superstitious with my Clipper clothes lol. It has absolutely no effect on the game, but it's fun always to believe.

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Hell yes brother !!

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ClipperKyle32 wrote:

Break Out Game!?!?

Hopefully that means he's made adjustments to make things easier on Blake, as well as finally telling him to mix it up with his face-up game instead of trying to back down his man every time.

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does anyone know of any website where i can listen to ralph lawler and mike smith? i tried the kfwb website but it doesn't work for me for some reason.

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Get it done, Clips!

ClipperKyle32
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Uhh i believe you can listen to home and away radio on the NBA gametime app

A_DOG_NAMED_BUD
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So let's be honest. Did anyone actually predict two blow outs in the first two games? I thought these games would be much closer. With that said, let's keep this trend going and embarrass OKC tonight. I hope Staples Center goes crazy tonight. I can't see there being as OKC fans as there were GSW.

JQuick32
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I bet some of the Lakers "fans" who wore Curry jerseys last series will show up at Staples in their brand new Durant jerseys. roll

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You might need to sign up for a free account, but it's on here.

http://www.nba.com/allaccess/watchListen.html?ls=iref:nba:gnav:lp:lpa

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thanks. much appreciated Very Happy

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