Clippers vs Thunder Playoffs Gm. #4 Game Thread 2014-05-11 (P. 16)

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FlyingLion
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Was pissed off at our play for 3 hours up until the last few minutes. Its hard to lose hope with this team when we've witnessed all their big comebacks. See below;

vs Memphis game 1 2012 comeback and more recently

vs Mavericks 2014 (down 17 with 4mins?) & vs Timberwolves 2014 (steal to win the game)

Good day to be a clippers fan!

Heediot
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KD got a few ghost calls but overall the officiating seemed pretty even IMO.

ClipperKyle32
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Ibaka had enough room to stop himself from hitting Blake. He continued with the contact. Perkins didn't push him that hard. League should know this is the second time. It should be looked at heavily.....

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dunc182
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Wow, one of the historic Clipper games of all time. I can't believe how weak we started but maybe it was for the best as it's given us a lot of momentum going into game 5. I was ready to give up early on! It's now a best of 3 and I'd say the next game is even more MUST WIN because the chances of us winning 2 in a row with one at OKC is too low to think about.

I can't believe how the MVP can give such a heartfelt speech when he wins an award and be so arrogant and rude when he loses a game. They are both cocky terrible losers I lost so much respect for Durant in that interview. They need to be put out the POs, we are a better TEAM. With the best PG in the league running the ship. As long as we're not struggling to hit shots so badly in the future, we should be great. For the record I love the 3 guard lineup and I think Jamal or DC should start over Matt Barnes who doesn't really offer much in our system.

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Still excited from game 4 and looking forward to game 5 tomorrow. OKC beat us by a large margin in game 2, game 3 by 4 points. Caron Butler hit 3 3's. that help them win. My point is Clippers can win this series by playing smart and trusting each other, we haven't been blown out, so remember each point counts. FREE THROWS, AVOID SILLY FOULS. LIKE CP SAID IN THE COMMERCIAL. PASS THE BALL...................

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This is the great Clippers comeback but the best was in Memphis 3 years ago, If we will lose in this series, at least we give them everything we have.

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pick and roll attacking is key. We should use the high screen as well to get Paul and the bigs early points.

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dunc182, you made some great points on Durant. OKC has always been my second favorite team. I love the way that organization is built, but like you I definitely lost respect for Durant for those comments. That was in poor sportsmanship, and I expect that sort of thing from Drayton Green or Kay Thompson, but not Durant. As they say adversity doesn't build character it reveals it...and Durant just revealed himself to be a sore loser.

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What's crazy is I never listened to a Durant Post Conference before. I really didn't like

the blatant disrespect of the clippers. That's unsportsman like conduct, which is fine. Showing

their immaturity, which is one of the reasons we will win this series.

That's the difference between having a coach like DOC who is a leader and class act

and transfers that to the team.

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Above all I think yesterday's win displayed how useful our depth can be. The range of players we have give Doc different lineup options. I hope Doc continues to use this roster to his benefit, as last night's win was a result of him "going small"

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I lost respect for him way earlier than that. Back when Blake posterized Perkins, everybody on that team - including Perk - conceded what an amazing play it was and gave Blake his due. Durant was the only one bitching about it "not being a dunk" because Blake didn't grab the rim and saying it was an offensive foul.

He is the most unsportsmanlike loser in the entire league. He never gives credit to opponents... it's always all about him. He shoots more FT's than anybody else in the league - including guys who are constantly fouled on purpose - yet he bitches to the refs after every missed shot. I didn't even watch his speech because I know all that fake humility is a crock of sh*t.

One thing he said rings true, though... maybe his mom is the real MVP, because she sure as hell wouldn't have allowed somebody a foot shorter to absolutely dominate her.

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Durant's speech was a contrived fake-humble act, just like his entire public persona. He is as fake as it gets, just like Kobrick. When things aren't going his way, his true character shows, as shown from his classless postgame comments and all the techs he racks up.

Maybe one reason Blake doesn't get love from the media and refs is because he doesn't adopt a fake-ass persona. He doesn't fake injuries, chuck, and explain it all away as being "a warrior" like Kobrick does, he doesn't cry to his mommy and try too hard to be humble like Durant. He's just a low-key guy who isn't an attention whore, and that doesn't sell. Duncan has the same problem.

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There was a key play that cost us game 3 With about a minute and a half left, we were down one and OKC had the ball. They ran a guard to guard pick, which should be easy to defend, a simple switch, but Crawford didn't step up and Westbrook hit a three and we were down four instead of down one with the ball. We never had another good opportunity. We could be 3 - 1 right now if Crawford was in the moment defensively. A thing as simple as that.

We can win this series, but OKC is good and we have to do everything well. We can't be out hustled, as I think we have been at times. We have to take care of the boards better and we have to be in the moment on every play. And Blake has to stop trying to overpower people in the post and use his quickness advantage instead.

I think we are the more talented team and we should win the series.

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^You can't think like that cause we won game 4 out of desperation that our season was going to be over...

clipperharry
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I have a? For you guys , no foul was called on the first play of gm4 Blake got hit in the privates by ibaka , flagrant 2 it should've been , has the league reviewed it yet and fined him or suspend him yet. Even the post gm

Interview with doc reporters ask about the hit and the stupid refs couldn't see that wow terrible !! I believe a one gm suspension is in order !!!gm5 is ours for the taking period !!!

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Apparently, the league are going to review it...

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/serge-ibak ... um=twitter

I wouldn't hold out much hope, though.

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I actually think they'll suspend him. It's his 2nd time doing this to Griffin and this time he did it mid-air which is twice as dangerous.

They suspended Nene for patting a dude on the head. I'd love to see the league try and let this one slide, it would give all us who think the refs love OKC some credibility.

bballman
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Was Westbrook crying in the press conference?Saw him snifling a few times but he kept looking down so I couldn't tell.

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Just sniffling. Those two were so glum!

JQuick32
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Ibaka won't be suspended. The league will never do anything to impair RefKC's chances of winning, period.

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Or maybe the media doesn't like him because he pulls off tricks like subtlety kicking out his legs to trip Westbrick, pulling down Adams, or locking arms with everyone when trying to gain position for the rebound Wink. I think we all turn a blind eye to some of Blake's tactics and it's actually very smart too, but he gives plenty of reasons for opposing teams and the media to hate him.

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I don't know what's funnier; seeing him almost cry last night or this a-hole reaction he had a while back. Was this a joke or did it actually happen? I thought maybe it was for some Funny or Die or College Humor comedy website. Or maybe he's just a jerk.

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Wasn't he only fined and not suspended last time he punched Blake below the belt?

But I don't see how the NBA can suspend Randolph for his punch but not Ibaka. I get that the NBA LOVES OKC, b that would be a huge black eye for the NBA. I mean talk about contradicting yourself.

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Sadly, this is what I feel also. Based on merit, Ibaka should definitely be suspended 1 game because it doesn't get much more serious than punching a guy where it hurts. And to top it off, he did it once before. But he won't get suspended.

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I think this season has opened my eyes to the character of NBA players. You're absolutely right that Blake does things to aggitate. A few months ago someone posted up a thread called: Blake the instigator. Bill Simmons and Jaylen Rose also tackle the issue as well. Blake is our boy, but he does try and get under peoples skin...kind of like Adams for OKC. Every team has these types of players, and to be honest after seeing Durants lack of humility after their loss to the Clippers I don't think there is one player out there in the NBA that doesn't have their flaws.

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It's true. I thought people claiming this were just haters cause the Clippers broadcast team seldom bring this up. But yeah, Blake does do little things to instigate things. I just caught on to it recently.

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Prime Kobrick used to fling his elbows around like Karl Malone to injure other players, as well as punching people in the nuts while they were shooting. He also perfected the art of kicking out his legs while shooting to draw a cheap foul. He still got slurped by the media.

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Here's great footage and breakdonw of game 4. The key to the turnaround in this game. Above all, this was a huge gamble and it paid off for Doc. Let's hope he has something up his sleeve again for game 5

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/

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Something kind of bothers me about DJ. The last possession of OKC, our whole bench was standing up and rooting, but DJ was just sitting there. The instance the game was finally over, DJ just walked off to the locker room without any sign of excitement or cheer for the team's win. I may be reading too much into, but I hope this is not detrimental to the team. I definitely hope his attitude doesn't affect our playoff run.

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Maybe he just felt a little down because he didn't have a great game?

ClipperRevival
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That was one of the most exciting basketball games I have ever seen in my life. I was SO into it. I was clinging onto every possession like my life depended on it. When Crawford hit that 3, wow, it was a great feeling. And seeing Collison get those breakaway lay ups/dunks was amazing. I hope we can pull it off and advance.

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Glad to get the win, but this is not the type of games I like. They are highly stressful. Hopefully we can just get a lead and keep the Thunder at bay throughout the game. Hero ball is too risky and doesn't always work.

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here is a legal full game video from Germany if you can't watched.

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Sure, he's had a really horrible series so far, but DJ should understand by now in his career that the team is in for the big picture. One Team, One Goal. Look back 2 year ago at the comeback against the Grizz, DJ was never in the 4th yet he was engaged and acknowledged the win with Blake. Remember that was only game 1 of the series, no desperation was needed. He should ecstatic for this one, because our chances coming back from a 3-1 deficit is VERY slim. All I'm saying is be the bigger man and mature up because we are aiming for the Championship.

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@royceyoung: Westbrook on the series physicality: "There's a lot of flopping going on, I can tell you that much. If that's what you call chippyness."

I've lost respect for Westbrook. Him and Durant are huge floppers and are big hypocrites just like golden state. F*** okc.

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Agreed. Hopefully that was the last game we see that from him. He does need to be in the game mentally, and sometimes he needs to come to terms that he is one of many parts to a well oiled machine.

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Yeah, and it's all coming from YOUR OWN TEAM!

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JQuick32 wrote:
Ibaka won't be suspended. The league will never do anything to impair RefKC's chances of winning, period.

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It's funny. The Thunder were suppossed to be this "classy" team. Funny how their true nature comes out when things don't go their way. My respect for them has gone out the window. I used to consider them my second favorite team, not anymore. The competitive nature of sports just brings out the worst in people

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Lol, Cleepers sorry man I'm gonna steal this from you and turn it into a t-shirt

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I actually never had respect for them. I hate the pampered NBA teams who's players think they deserve the win and pout, whine and cry when they don't. They are the West's Miami Heat. I respect the Spurs,the Thunder are babies.

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danke schn

lobcityhawaii
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Okc is far from classy. Ibaka and Perkins are dirty players. Durant and Westbrook are huge floppers. And westbrook is a show off.

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See,I am one up on you. I can't lose what I never had,I never have had respect for the Human insect and his crybaby, cheating compadres. If the NBA didn't' have them on the protect list they would be as bad as the Kings.

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Sell them and I am in.

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Have at it, mate!

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I hope that doc rivers addresses the issue of dirty plays committed by Ibaka. he keeps doing it because he knows he can get away with it. this isn't the first time, and it sure as hell won't be the last. i mean come on now, a hit below the belt is Some type of penalty in just about every other sport. the referee had a perfect line of sight on the play; it is not like something was obstructing his field of view.

the only thing perkins does is try to get under your skin. he's not out there for defensive/offensive purposes.

i actually got a blue screen of death when i went to the NBA website to look at the players postgame interviews. when i got to the durant/westbrook segment all i remember was seeing westbrook about to cry then the blue screen popped up. my antivirus is current and i use ad block plus. weird.

yeah, the league may review the below the belt shot; i'll bet they give Ibaka a flagrant 1 foul though (like they did with dwayne wade during last year's conference finals; Muay Thai jumping elbow). if it were up to me surge would be missing at least a game. but i'm expecting the league to issue a statement saying "we" missed that call.

ClipperRevival
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Would be nice to see Doc publicly calling out Ibaka. Sort of like what Phil Jackson used to do in his days. Use the power of the media to attract attention. If Ibaka isn't penalized, he will continue to do this again.

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I think there is little to no chance he will be suspended? Does anyone really think he did that on purpose? The one last year was despicable and merited a suspension, the one yesterday was an accident.

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There is no room in the nba for ibaka's crap ,suspension is in order period !! Watch the tape it's not hard to figure it out !!

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