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    The Clippers had a busy summer and enter the season with all five starters back from last year's team and one of the deepest benches in the league.

    Key Losses: Mo Williams, Reggie Evans, Kenyon Martin, Randy Foye, Nick Young
    Key Additions: Lamar Odom, Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, Willie Green, Ronny Turiaf, Matt Barnes


    Strengths

    The entire starting lineup from last season returns, and the off-season acquisitions allow the team to go at least nine deep with starter quality players. In ESPN's #NBARank this season, the Clippers had nine players ranked in the top 130 -- no other team had more than seven.

    Offensively this figures to be one of the most efficient teams in the league, thanks mostly to the brilliance of Paul. The team was fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency last season with a pretty meager playbook that featured large doses of Paul making things happen. The additions of Odom and Hill provide the team with more playmakers than they've ever had, and Crawford is an instant-offense type off the bench. They'll be able to score.

    Weaknesses

    This was not a good defensive team last season and it's difficult to know if they can improve significantly this year. In fact the team did get marginally better as the year wore on last season -- they started off near the absolute bottom of the league and finished in the middle of the pack (18th in defensive efficiency, allowing one point over the NBA average). But they know they have to be much better than that to be a contender.

    Perimeter shooting may also be an issue. The departed Williams and Randy Foye made 220 of the team's 514 three pointers last season, which accounted for 43 percent of their long balls. Williams and Foye were also the best shooters percentage-wise from beyond the arc. Having Billups back will help fill the void, and Crawford is a capable if unspectacular three point shooter, around 35 percent on his career.

    And speaking of shooting, the Clippers were the second worst free throw shooting team in the NBA last season. (It's actually amazing how efficient they were offensively considering the number of easy points they left on the table with their dreadful foul shooting.) Odom should be a huge boon here -- the Clippers man big rotation last season featured four of the 13 worst free throw shooters in the entire league.

    STARTING LINEUP
    3 Chris Paul PG
    1 Chauncey Billups G
    5 Caron Butler SF
    32 Blake Griffin PF
    6 DeAndre Jordan C
    BENCH
    12 Eric Bledsoe PG
    23 Travis Leslie G
    11 Jamal Crawford G
    0 Willie Green SG
    33 Grant Hill SF
    9 Trey Thompkins F
    7 Lamar Odom PF
    21 Ronny Turiaf C
    15 Ryan Hollins C


     
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    Clippers----20--16--23--36--95
    Warriors----23--21--29--26--99
    After a solid first quarter, the Clippers fell behind in the second quarter. Their largest deficit in this game was 17 and stormed all the way back to take the lead up to 4 in the fourth quarter but they weren't able to hold on. The Warriors were devastating from behind the arc at critical times in the game. The shooting percentages and the amount of shots are almost identical but the stat that really shows up is the number at the freebie line. An unacceptable loss that turns into one that the Clippers have to swallow and accept.
    40/65 (61%) FGs 39/71 (54%)
    13/25 (52%) 3PT 13/25 (52%)
    2/9 (22%) FT 8/12 (66%)
    9 OREB 13
    21 DREB 17
    17 Turnovers 10
    Klay Thompson 36 Points 4 Rebounds 2 Assists 2 Steals
    Stephen Curry 23 Points 2 Rebounds 13 Assists 7 Steals
    Harrison Barnes 11 Points 6 Rebounds 2 Assists Block
    Brandon Rush 10 Points
    Chris Paul 26 Points Rebound 8 Assists 4 Steals
    Jamal Crawford 17 Points 2 Rebounds 3 Assists
    Chauncey Billups 16 Points Rebounds 3 Assists
    Caron Butler 15 Points 2 Rebounds 3 Assists Steal
     
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    89 - 105
    Pistons----27--23--15--24--89
    Clippers----26--21--26--32--105
    The Clppers fell behind early to the Pistons, deficit of 4 going into halftime. Coming out of half, they locked down on the defensive end while the offense opened up a little bit more. In the fourth Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul worked a connection and the Clippers won going away.

    35/86 (40%) FGs 43/81 (53%)
    2/10 (20%) 3PT 11/28 (39%)
    17/22 (77%) FT 8/16 (50%)
    14 OREB 6
    33 DREB 36
    9 Turnovers 7
    Brandon Knight 16 Points Rebound 6 Assists
    Jason Maxiell 14 Points 7 Rebounds
    Rodney Stucky 13 Points 5 Rebounds 2 Assists Steal
    Corey Maggette 11 Points 2 Rebounds 2 Assists Steal
    Tayshaun Prince 10 Points 7 Rebounds 2 Assists Steal
    Jamal Crawford 21 Points 3 Rebounds 2 Assists
    Chris Paul 21 Points 2 Rebounds 10 Assists 3 Steals
    Blake Griffin 18 Points 7 Rebounds 3 Assists Steal
    Caron Butler 14 Points 4 Rebounds Assist
    Lamar Odom 9 Points 5 Rebounds 2 Assists 2 Blocks
     
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    89 - 79
    Clippers----24--16--24--25--89
    Pacers----18--22--13--26--79

    Los Angeles Clippers went on the road to Conseco Fieldhouse and came out with a victory. Clippers brought some first quarter intensity, leading by 4. The Pacers equaled that intensity in the second quarter and the teams went into halftime tied up at 40. A dismal third quarter had the Pacers playing catch up the rest of the way but they couldn't stop the offense of LAC and could never get the game down under 10 and keep it within striking distance.

    38/71 (53%) FGs 35/72 (48%%)
    8/23 (34%) 3PT 2/13 (15%)
    5/8 (62%) FT 7/8 (87%)
    6 OREB 9
    28 DREB 25
    15 Turnovers 17
    Jamal Crawford 20 Points Rebound 5 Assists 2 Steals
    Chris Paul 20 Points 3 Rebounds 10 Assists 3 Steals
    Blake Griffin 12 Points 6 Rebounds 2 Assists
    Danny Granger 22 Points 6 Rebounds 2 Assists Steal
    Roy Hibbert 13 Points 3 Rebounds Assist Steal
    Gerald Green 9 Points 4 Rebounds 3 Assists 3 Steals
    DJ Augustin 9 Points Rebound 9 Assists Steal
     
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    109 - 118
    Clippers----30--20--30--29--109
    Knicks----29--32--31--26--118
    Los Angeles Clippers went on the road to the Big Apple to get a taste of what is suppose to be one of the top teams in The Baseline. Well they came away impressed and with one bad quarter the Clippers suffered a 9 point loss. Carmelo and Shumpert killed the Clippers in key moments of the game as the Clipps waste a 37 and 12 night from CP3.
    44/78 (56%) FGs 55/75 (60%%)
    11/27 (40%) 3PT 10/18 (55%)
    10/17 (58%) FT 18/21 (85%)
    8 OREB 12
    18 DREB 26
    11 Turnovers 15
    Chris Paul 37 Points 2 Rebounds 12 Assists
    Chauncey Billups 15 Points 3 Assists
    Caron Butler 13 Points 5 Rebounds
    Jamal Crawford 11 Points Rebound 4 Assists
    Blake Griffin 11 Points 8 Rebounds 7 Assists
    Carmelo Anthony 25 Points 5 Rebounds 5 Assists
    Iman Shumpert 21 Points 6 Rebounds 4 Assists
    J.R. Smith 19 Points 2 Rebounds Assist
    Amar'e Stoudemire 15 Points 7 Rebounds
     
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