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Clippers aren't done, eye J.R. Smith

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08:08 AM ET 02.06 | Apparently, Los Angeles isn't satisfied with providing refuge for just one overseas returnee. The Clippers, still not done dealing after signing Kenyon Martin on Friday, will pursue guard J.R. Smith after the team he plays on in the Chinese Basketball Assn. finishes its season and he becomes eligible to play in the NBA, said a person not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Clippers aren't getting enough production off the bench behind small forward Caron Butler and feel as if Smith can provide the team with a big scoring punch at the position, the person said. Smith, a 6-6 wing player, averaged 12.5 points on 42.8% shooting, including 37.1% from three-point range, during his seven-year NBA career with New Orleans and Denver.

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February 6, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Why?......or maybe Why Not?

February 6, 2012  08:37 AM ET

JR should consider the Fakers instead of Lob City. The Clips will fade once crunch time comes. Like BHaywood shoved Blake last season, the NBA isn't about highlight dunks only.

The Clips will be a 1st round exit if they make the playoffs.

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February 6, 2012  09:22 AM ET

There Is Only "I" In J.R., Bros.

February 6, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Looks like the Clippers will surprise a lot of people, such as you.They are definitely building a good product. Look at Detroit in '04. They strategically added piece by piece - just as the Clippers are doing - and yet, no one thought they would get far in the Playoffs. Of course, they ended up winning it all. Doubtful that the Clippers will contend for the title, but the point is - you can't write them off yet.

the onkly weakness i see is there half court d and no player that could takeover late in the game

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February 6, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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There Is Only "I" In J.R., Bros.

it looks like an I with a tail but its there damnit! LOL

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February 6, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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There Is Only "I" In J.R., Bros.

... and no 'D'

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February 6, 2012  11:07 AM ET

Headline in the Lob City Gazette: Air Traffic Controllers Working Overtime; Runway Capacity Questioned

February 6, 2012  11:27 AM ET

For all the bad headlines, JR can really light it up, for 6-8 minutes; The man can easily put up 12 points in like 8-10 minutes of action.

The signing can be good for Clips because, they have some money to burn, some added depth in playoffs never hurt, plus this is a strategic move to stop the Lakers from having JR.
They got some money, why not use it?

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February 6, 2012  12:17 PM ET
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the onkly weakness i see is there half court d and no player that could takeover late in the game

They do have a guy named Chris Paul, don't they?

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