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LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

(28-45)

–vs–

TORONTO RAPTORS

(20-52)

Game #74
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 7:30 PM (PST)
TV:PRIME TICKET RADIO: KFWB News Talk 980




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CLIPPERS VS LAKERS PREVIEW – D.J. Foster

The Clippers play host to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday evening in their last game against an Eastern Conference foe this season. Let’s look at the keys to the game.

Key Theme

Whiplash game

You’ve heard of the trap game and the letdown game, but I’ve got something new for you. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the “whiplash game.” Just so it doesn’t seem like I’m randomly making stuff up, let me explain. The whiplash game comes when a team suffers a defeat so embarrassing that the next time out they overcompensate to make up for their past transgressions. It has to be something really, terribly bad to qualify for a whiplash game. Something along the lines of, say, losing by 38 points to the Golden State Warriors. Or maybe giving up 84 points in a single half of basketball. Something like that.

Well, bad news for the Clippers – the Toronto Raptors did just that last night. If they have any heart at all, the Raptors will come out Saturday night and put some effort in on the defensive end – likely much more than they typically would. Although Toronto ranks dead last in defensive efficiency, don’t be surprised if they bounce back and give the Clippers all they can handle. After all, this is the same Raptors team that beat the Clippers up in Toronto, 98-93. If Andrea Bargnani gets rolling offensively and the Raptors contain Blake Griffin the way they did the first time around, watch out.

Key Matchup

Eric Gordon vs DeMar DeRozan

Last time DeRozan was at Staples Center, he put on a show. Last time Eric Gordon was at Staples Center…well, not so much. Gordon has been the picture of consistency this year, finding ways to score no matter what’s thrown at him, but he’s had a couple of rough games coming off his wrist injury. If the Raptors are a candidate to turn it around for the night, Gordon seems almost a lock to return to form after an 0-for-11 start against the Lakers. Gordon missed the first meeting against the Raptors back in February, so expect him to take full advantage of a team that might be slightly unprepared for him.

Quick Clips

Back to Bargnani. The 7-footer plays nothing like your typical 7-footer, and those types of big guys have caused all sorts of problems for the Clippers this year. Although Toronto is the worst 3-point shooting team in the league, Bargnani is the one guy you really have to chase off the line out there. No matter who is covering him – whether it be Chris Kaman, DeAndre Jordan or Griffin, Bargnani will draw a big guy off the glass completely, which is one of the reasons Toronto is a great offensive rebounding team. They may be shorthanded up front with both Reggie Evans and Amir Johnson possibly out, but rookie Ed Davis is an incredibly active and athletic forward who burned the Clippers on the glass last time around. Contesting Bargnani’s shots but taking care of the boards at the same time is tough to do, but it will be necessary to slow down Toronto’s offensive attack.


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PROBABLE STARTERS


Williams

Gordon

Gomes

Griffin

Kaman
PG SG SF PF C


Calderon

DeRozan

Johnson

Davis

Bargnani
PG SG SF PF C

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERSPosInjuryStatus
No Injuries Reported

TORONTO RAPTORSPosInjuryStatus
Reggie EvansFSore Right FootQuestionable
Amir JohnsonFSore Left AnkleQuestionable

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