Clippers vs Thunder Playoffs Gm. #4 Game Thread 2014-05-11

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It's bounce-back time for the Clippers as they look to even the series at home vs the Oklahoma Thunder. Even though the Clippers put up 112 points the last game, their 3 point shooing % was not what they wanted to be. For game 4, they will need to shoot at least their typical numbers from deep, and rotate better defensively. This is certainly pretty much a must-win situation for the Clippers.

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Agreed. Must Win. This series is far from over. It will show us what we are made of. Golden State never lead in that series. OKC now leads 2-1... A win on Sunday ties that. 2-2! Now a 3 game series! Its not impossible to win on the road even though it would be extremely hard. When everyone contributes we win. When JJ Reddick ain't hitting shots, we are most certainly not winning that game.

We were up by 4 to start the fourth and Jared Dudley was inserted in and we were down by 4. The Clippers play fairly good D when Jared isn't on the floor, but when he is, we look terrible and when Durant gets by him he just fouls him, putting them in EARLY BONUS! Plus last night Durant just threw up some shots and they went in so there is nothing we could do about that. Shot Selection down the stretch was bad. Westbrick made a big shot. Okay. We don't need a big shot. Certainly not a fade away contested shot.

You can't give up now. This team if they play with desperation can win this series. They were too lackadaisical yesterday. The crowd didn't seem into it. They could get no rhythm or momentum. Bad Fouls disrupted any we had.

I expect a better game. I know there will be one because honestly I believe if some calls were not made , the Clippers would have went up 2-1 and won on Sunday night going up 3-1 on the NBA's baby and his friends. The League doesn't want that on their wittle MVP who was crying when they gave him his trophy. It would make for an awful awful story and they do not want all the wittle media and wittle articles coming out about their Baby Being a Choker.

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Very winnable game. JJ reddick has to play better. He was missing open layups,

thats unacceptable..

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I don't think I could call KD a baby when he and his friends just outmuscled the clippers to a victory. It may be just me, but I think BG was beat up enough to receive a busted nose and CP3 got thrown to the floor by Westbrook and messed up his leg. OKC is so much more physical than the Clippers that if LA don't answer their physicality, this series is over in 2 more games. Expect Adams or Perkins to go at BG Sunday to throw him off his game, while Westbrook continues to bully past CP3 for man-sized layups. I will give Doc credit for not complaining about OKC being too physical. He just says that the Clippers need to play better D and quit letting it get to them, where it effects the next play. We will see if the Clippers can take anymore of OKC's punches and get back up, without crying about it

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Durant couldn't outmuscle a stick insect with Lou Gehrig's disease.

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We're in trouble. Westbrook decided to grow up against Paul. He's playing under control, taking care of the ball, and playing solid defense

RonD
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Hell, last night was their game to take. Just so many mental lapses on defense. Letting Jackson get straight to the basket from the top of the key untouched was just pathetic. I don't know how CP is going to rest if DC doesn't show up. He's getting eaten alive by both westbrook and Jackson. CP and Blake have to get 30+ to stay even with Durant/RW but JJ and JCraw HAVE to contribute! They need to counter Ibaka and Jackson if Clips can't figure out how to stop them. I'm really tired of seeing Jamal ball. If that means playing WIllie Green, fine. At lease he won't jack up 3s with 14 seconds on the clock.

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The series is going 7. We'll win game 4 and I'm guessing Barnes gets ejected/suspended for a hard elbow to Ibaka when he comes to set a screen for Durant.

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Yeah, I've grown sick of seeing Jamal iso's late in games. Doc should never leave him in for that much time and leave Reddick on the bench. Just poor rotations through much of the playoffs.

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everything but the last one, neither guy is containing each other

Paul is putting up 23/3/12 with a TS% north of 70% and only 1.7 turnovers

Westbrook is putting up 28/7/9 with a 69% TS and 4 turnovers

They are both just going off, not much containing by anyone

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ClipperKyle32
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I think we should try a little more Reggie at the 3 and Granger at the 4! Reggie could be our Daniels, like for the Rockets, making big 3s. He plays Durant well. He should get more time instead of Dudley

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He will never use Reggie. The vets will eat him like a burger with extra bacon.

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Can he really be as worse than Dudley? I'm sorry, but I'm willing to give Reggie a chance especially if Granger is not effective enough to play. I saw Reggie play decent defense all season. Give him a chance. There's simply no reason whatsoever for Dudley to be out there.

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Exactly. This!

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Dudley moves like the bottom of his shoes had stickum on them.

ClippersDA
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It's been a disappointing end to the season but I enjoyed the ride. Unfortunately this may have been Chris Paul's best chance to get out of second round purgatory.

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roll Oh stop with the over reactions. If we lose on Sunday, then I would say your reaction is valid, but let's wait until we actually play the game to give up. Jeez, it's a good thing the players don't have the attitudes that some of you guys on here do or we'd be screwed.

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OK, bye... see you next season. hello2

(Shh! guys, don't tell him we have AT LEAST two more games to play!)

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what is up with you and your obsession with making OKC seem like the most physical team? Your only two posts are about OKC outmuscling the Clips. I'm guessing you're an OKC fan, but I'm sorry we've faced a much more physical team than Durant light weight ass led team. If the refs actually allowed us To play more physical, but they won't because Durant won't be able to handle it. You can't even breathe on him.

ClippersDA
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Did anyone ask doc about the rebounding?

Dunkathon
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You should see a psychiatrist about that depression problem of yours.

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You went from giving up on Clippers 2 minutes into game seven of the first round to giving up before game two of this round to now giving up on the series!

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It honestly felt like the season was over last night after the game because of the emotions of losing. But, now I am very confident if we win Game 4 and we take 1 on their floor. We can lose Game 5, but we obviously have to win G7 then. G6 we should win, if they want it enough.

ClippersDA
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I want cp3 to get a ring

kjavis
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yep must win, pretty much impossible to come back down 3-1, key is barnes need to put the clamps on KD, throw in couple of his signature idiotic hard fouls to rattle him a bit would be good

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We all do man. But if he wants it, he has to earn it.

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I hope we score more points than OKC in game four

Bingo3
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Same here. I want to seem him prove all his doubters wrong, and finally have a championship to his name. If he does that, he could arguably be the greatest PG of all time after Magic. I'd hate to see another great go without a ring in their career, but he still has time to get his

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So, are we in the baby-blues tomorrow?

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If that happens, I think we win. (A new version of "Lawler's Law?")

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LABlakers Law:

First person to score the most points in regulation win the game. It's the law.

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Last night's game was really disappointing, but after much thought, I still believe the Clippers will win out in the end. They are the better team. Clips just need to make their baskets, play better defense, and secure more rebounds.

I hope KD and RW go on a shooting slump in Game 4. They're bound to not hit ALL their shots, right?

A championship is within reach. Our guys just have to want it more than the other team and play like they mean business.

ClippersDA
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I'm watching the heat game - lebron >>>>>Durant. I would give up anyone for lebron at this point I think. Just wow

ClippersDA
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His teammates aren't showing up though. Doc hasn't been himself

kjavis
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to me LB is magic/bird/jordan all in one, KD is just jordan

ClipperKyle32
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I lol at everyone that complains about CP3 and DeAndre. Ey! Atlease they ain't going for 0 points or 0 rebounds in a playoff game

ClippersDA
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Jared Dudley should not take the court tomorrow. We must upgrade our small forward this summer

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If Miami knows LeBron definitely wants out , and they try to get all they can and we send Matt Barnes or some fillers and a draft pick and we had LeBron , CP3 , Blake , and DJ with decent role players. Would You Do It?

Remember LeBron almost came here when he became a free agent. The only reason he didn't was none other than Donald T Sterling

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I won't complain about DeAndre for he has become so much better and CONSISTENT in the playoffs. He just has some slip-ups is all. #DeAndreMIP2014

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You can't say "Barnes + fillers"... Matt Barnes IS a filler.

Even in a dream world, we would have to give up DJ, Crawford and multiple draft picks for LeBron... and that's still REALLY f**king far-fetched!

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Blake is only averaging 6.3 boards a game?!?! Sheeeesh!!

Doc should start Crawford tomorrow. OKC CANNOT stay in front of Jamal. He should get to the line at will. Maybe DC's game opens a bit more with JJ's off ball movement on the 2nd unit.

If we win the battle of the rebounds tomorrow then we'll survive to see a game 6 at least.

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Anything involving LeBron would have to include Blake. Unless Mickey Arrison pops a molly when reviewing the trade.

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Nah... There's just no way we give up Blake.

If LBJ really wanted to force it, we could gut the roster for him while keeping Blake and CP. Jamal has a really nice contract that's pretty much all team options at this point, DJ is an improved player who could also be traded as an expiring for another max guy (although they'd probably keep him, IMO), Reggie and some draft picks are cheap assets that could make the numbers match up.

If LeBron made it clear that he was definitely leaving Miami and definitely coming to the Clips in free-agency, it would be Miami's only option.

That said, it's all a very unlikely pipe-dream. I think he's happy there and has faith in Pat Riley to keep the team competitive.

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Agreed. You think we'll sign DJ to an extension next year or he'll test free agency?

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Anybody's guess at this point... but assuming Doc stays, you've got to believe DJ at least gives us the home-town discount. Without Doc, CP, Blake and the big market, nobody would have ever heard of him.

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I'd trade CP3 and DJ for LeBron. Riley would be nuts to pick getting nothing over that.

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That's absurd... CP3 is the only thing that would make LeBron want to come here in the first place.

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I am so excited to get the same red shirt for the 6th consecutive home playoff game. Boy our marketing team is so creative and clever!

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You could always give it away on CTB.

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