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#1 MDI

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Posted March 13, 2013 - 11:06 PM

Interesting

the Clippers needed to get a victory over a West playoff team, something they haven't done since before the All-Star break. In fact, the Clippers are 0-6 against teams seeded sixth or higher in the West since Jan. 14. In other words, they're 0-6 over the last two months against teams they could face in the first round of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Clippers have lost three of their last five and are 6-4 since the All-Star break, with all four losses coming to Western Conference playoffs teams.

"I expect a lot from this team, but we're not playing at a high enough level against the top teams right now for long enough stretches to have success," Del Negro said. "No question it's a concern."

Clippers players and coaches used to bring up the fact they had defeated the Heat, Spurs and Thunder in the past but with the Clippers now 0-5 against those teams since Nov. 20, there's no point in sugarcoating the reality that most of the Clippers' big wins came before the holidays and mean very little now.

The Clippers are now the No. 4 seed and just one game ahead of surging Denver. A first-round matchup with the Nuggets would be bad enough, but if the Nuggets, who are 29-3 at home this season, have home court, the Clippers could be looking at a first-round exit.



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Posted March 14, 2013 - 02:44 AM

Don't think they'll get out of the first round.
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Posted March 14, 2013 - 02:45 AM

God, I hate that our season is thrown off because people actually use the records of OKC and LAC to diminish the season that Kobe is having which is better than Chris Paul's and Durant's in my opinion though Durant 's TS % is higher than LeBron's and that is not getting enough mention.



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Posted March 14, 2013 - 04:16 AM

clippers in Latin means "Struggling against Playoff Teams"

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Posted March 14, 2013 - 08:34 AM

Can't wait to see the Clippers get knocked out in the first round. Hopefully then free agents don't take them seriously when looking at LA as an option.

#6 Majesty

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Posted March 14, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Um ..m. Duh?

Why do you think we laugh at people when they talk about the Lakers record vs playoff teams every sunday but then praise the clippers?

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Posted March 14, 2013 - 10:43 PM

My observations:

1) They have depth
2) They have CP3
3) They are very soft, Jordan/Griffin are vastly overrated. Sure they have the attitude, but lots of fake tough guys.
4) They still have issues in a half court set

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Posted March 14, 2013 - 10:49 PM

Still a top 5 team in the league



#9 L.A.K.E.R

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Posted March 15, 2013 - 12:47 AM

They'll be outcoached when the going gets tough. VDN is absolutely horrible. CP3 is making him look good like Nash did with D'Antoni.



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Posted March 16, 2013 - 09:12 PM

My observations:

1) They have depth
2) They have CP3
3) They are very soft, Jordan/Griffin are vastly overrated. Sure they have the attitude, but lots of fake tough guys.
4) They still have issues in a half court set

DeAndre Jordan is the epitome of the state of the NBA today. He wouldn't have gotten more than a modern day MLE back in the day. Today, he can get 10 million because he is an athletic tall idiot and nothing else. The man looks like he is straight out of a cartoon. When it comes down to half court sets, as you said, the Clippers will get exposed.



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Posted March 16, 2013 - 09:59 PM

Still a top 5 team in the league

 

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Posted March 18, 2013 - 02:44 AM

Still a top 5 team in the league

 

Only this year. Otherwise no.


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#13 Majesty

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Posted March 19, 2013 - 09:47 PM

I think they just got blown out by the Kings.

On the night Denver beats OKC.

Clippers have now fallen to the 5th seed and are dropping. They'll probably remain there.

Edited by Majesty, March 19, 2013 - 09:49 PM.

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 08:05 PM

Denver is weird. No stars but they just run you out of a gym
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Posted March 21, 2013 - 08:11 PM

And Denver just won tonight in a miraculous comeback in the final seconds.

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Posted March 24, 2013 - 07:55 AM

I think West Coast nailed it. CP3 is incredible, but they are soft in the middle and the coach is not gonna carry them deep into the PO's.  They are one big man and a coach away from being a real title contender.

 

But ... they are ALOT more attractive as a FA desitnation than LAL, because they are alot closer to competing for a title than we are.


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#17 Majesty

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 08:55 PM

And now just lost to the Mavs.

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Posted March 27, 2013 - 09:31 AM

Clippers lost a tough one last night.  Hometown call for Dirk at the end of regulation with griffin making an incredible circu shot that didnt count.  That's the way it goes.


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Posted March 27, 2013 - 01:50 PM

clippers are struggling? then what are we?



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Posted March 27, 2013 - 03:02 PM

They'll be outcoached when the going gets tough. VDN is absolutely horrible. CP3 is making him look good like Nash did with D'Antoni.

^ Couldn't agree more - they'll get owned big time when the goin' gets tough. Everyone figured VDN's crap by now. Worst coach in Clipper history (he ranks right down there with DUMBleavy), IMHO.


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