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Miquel
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Hard way to start this road trip...We will need to play our best to defeat one of the best teams in NBA...Our main pieces must work together to face Duncan&Co.I remember we have always played good games versus the Spurs but unfortunatelly almost always with the same result: a loss.It's time to get a QUALITY win, and better if it's on the road where we still are without any victory.Kaman has always played pretty good this games.let's see if he carry on this streak.Good luck CLIPS!

Clipper_Nation
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EB and CK gonna be all over Dumbcan't Ross be tied to Toni Parker = Clippers 99, Spurs 91 = 1st road win. GO CLIPS!

TGMosesVI
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This is a situation where the Clippers have everything to gain and nothing to lose. A loss here would just be another loss in the Clippers winless road column. However, a victory would suddenly vault the Clippers up to contender status. So here's hoping for a victory... and a big game from Kamen Wink

david
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Yeah let's see if Chris can come through- he should do well as long as he doesn't turn the ball over too many times. The Clippers also must stop Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili from dribble-penetrations- and don't leave Brent Barry open on the perimeter!

david
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Oh my goodness- that was just plain bad. The Spurs played like the Suns and crushed the Clippers underneath an avalanche of layups and open jumpers. It seemed like every shot by the Spurs was uncontested, and they hit most of them too. I'm not sure why Q Ross didn't start (Maggette started instead), but it sure looked like the wrong decision. Tony Parker just did whatever he wanted out there- he blew by Livingston or whoever trying to guard him, and got his teammates wide-open shots. In fact Parker's high in assists this year was 10- and he got 12 in the FIRST HALF. Wow. Then you'd think that the Clippers would come out in the 2nd half all fired up and angry, but instead the Spurs just out-hustled and out-ran them and stretched the lead to 37 at one point. This was just an embarassing effort by the Clippers- it looked like an NBA team vs. a high school team out there.

Benoit_Benjamin
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That was very ugly. I expected much more from the Clippers tonight. I was hoping for a game like last years, with the Clippers playing tough and actually leading by two in the final seconds. Of course that was when the coach had a classic "Dumb-leavy" moment and didn't have confidence in the Clippers defense, ordering them to fould Tim Duncan and send him to the line. THe Clippers went on to lose...and I was hoping for revenge tonight. After the games against Orlando and Miami, I thought the Clippers would getting back into last seasons form. I guess I was forgetting that those two teams were Eastern Conference teams...the West is sooooooo much tougher. I'm thinking that we'll get better against Memphis tomorrow night before Monday's rematch against the Spurs.

TGMosesVI
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Yeah, what a disappointment. I know SA is great at home -- and the Clippers' record on the road pretty much speaks for itself, but you thought the outcome of the game would be closer than this. Especially considering that the Clippers should have a sense of urgency about winning.

Tony Parker was able to impose his will on the Clippers and had an MVP preformance. Plus, Livingston is suppose to be among the best Clipper defensive stoppers. You had to expect him to step up more than this.

Miquel
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Definetelly an embarrassing loss...Everybody expected more resistance and one more time this team dissapoint us.I feel that the Clips players didn't expect to beat the Spurs, and with this mentality what you can only take is a blow like this one.I know that in NBA you can have night out where you aren't well but the attitude must be out there and seems that they forgot the attitude in the Staples one more time.Probably they are better than us but I'm sure that when the Clips have gone to the showers they didn't feel they had given their harts out (is it correct this expression? lol Please, if you are so kind say me if it's correct to add it to my short vocabulary)...Cassel's absence can have influenced.Maybe he isn't making his shots right now but his winning mentality is ALWAYS ON.And mentality is what takes you out from situations like this one.Surely EB is our horse but Cassell is our soul, our rider...

Let's see if we can package this mentality and turn the things versus the Grizz.This is a MUST win or it will mean that we are the worst road team in NBA...NO EXCUSES

david
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That's an appropriate expression Miquel- I've never heard it before but it pretty much described what happened. Cassell played probably his worse game as a Clipper- he came in and just started jacking up shots early in the shot clock, allowing the Spurs to run down to the other end to get a layup or get fouled. He even missed both of his free throws. He didn't play much because he didn't play at all in the 2nd half- as the third quarter wore on the Clippers fell way further behind so the Coach rather give Ewing some playing time. EB just looked flat-footed all night long and was at times indecisive with his shot. A blow-out of this magnitude can certainly happen when your "horse" AND your "soul" are not performing to par.

jlemmen43
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This is just kinda coming out of nowhere, lol:

Personally, I think the whole "Take one game at a time" cliche/strategy thing is a bit overrated. It works well in football cuz they only play 16 games in a season and football is a game where one play can change the outcome no matter what you've done good or bad throughout the game. But in basketball, its all about momentum and endurance, and through 82 plus games, you need to lay off the one-game-at-a-time approach a bit, and get focused on the end result. Pat Riley was so focused and determined to win this last title with Miami (read about his history and you'll know what i mean)...and because that was on his mind + his players' minds, more than just one game, it gave them something to fight for. The leader of this team: dunleavy, cassell, brand (whoever it truly is) needs to remind the team, each game of what they are fighting for and then that energy, that belief, will allow them to take care of business for the game they are playing. When they feel unstoppable and destined, nothing will stop them from perfoming like champs every night. I just believe focusing too much on one game, negatively affects your mind and the real focus (championship) gets lost a bit.

Thats' just my opinion on the matter.

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