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#1 LALakersFan4Life

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 10:10 AM

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By Broderick Turner

October 17, 2012, 10:50 p.m.
It really wasn't a surprise to see the Clippers play such an uneven exhibition game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

The Clippers spent last week in China playing two games against the Miami Heat, returning home Sunday afternoon after a 10-hour flight.

So, not only was the plan to limit minutes for his key players in their fourth exhibition game, but Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro also held out Lamar Odom

and Grant Hill because

of nagging injuries and for rest.

The Clippers missed seven of their first eight shots, got down by 15 points and then took an 11-point fourth-quarter lead before winning an exciting game, 96-94, over the Jazz only after Randy Foye missed a potential game-winning three-pointer as time expired.

Jamal Crawford (18 points), one of the Clippers' top reserves acquired over the summer, scored the team's final six points. His three-point play broke a tie and gave the Clippers a 95-92 lead that barely stood.

Blake Griffin had 23 points in 29 minutes, DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 16 rebounds in 28 minutes, and Chris Paul had nine assists and six points in 24 minutes.

"It's another opportunity for us to get better," Del Negro said. "It's another opportunity for us to build our chemistry."

For Odom, weight and poor conditioning are issues.

Del Negro said Odom's knees are bothering him and that playing the 6-10 forward against the Jazz probably would have set him back.

"He's got to work through some conditioning things and some health things right now, which he's doing," Del Negro said. "Yeah, I wish he was in a little bit better conditioning, and he wishes he was. But he's just got to continue to work every day and I'm sure he'll get there eventually."

On the positive side, guard Chauncey Billups' return from surgery to repair a left Achilles' tendon tear is moving ahead of schedule.

Billups has looked so good in practice and in Tuesday's scrimmage that the Clippers think he may return sometime in late November.

"He's been practicing," Del Negro said. "And now it's just a matter of when he feels ready. He'll know it."

The Clippers saw two old friends playing for the Jazz, former teammates Randy Foye and Mo Williams.

Foye (17 points) signed with the Jazz as a free agent, and Williams, who didn't play (groin injury), was traded to the Jazz for Odom.

"They did right by me," Williams said about the Clippers. "They put me in a situation they thought was good for me."


http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-clippers-20121018,0,3253577.story

#2 MDI

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 10:20 AM

Hes gonna have a worse year than he did in Dallas. There isn't many minutes here for him behind Blake Griffin and he cant play C or SF

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 11:21 AM

When I saw LO's pictures from media day, I knew he was out of shape and gained weight. I don't see him having a great year with the Clippers at all.

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 11:28 AM

Candy is to blame.

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 11:34 AM

this is bad for him

former 6th man of the year its over :unsure:

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 12:06 PM

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 04:09 PM

Me and my friend were talking about how terrible he looked both appearance wise and athletically during the Heat vs Clipper preseason game in China

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 10:39 PM

I hope he regain he's value :rolleyes:

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 10:59 PM

The Clippers bench is scary.

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Posted October 19, 2012 - 02:29 AM

The Clippers bench is scary.

seriously? :laughing:

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