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Paul to blame for Clippers' struggles?

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08:07 AM ET 11.07 | In two games, the Clippers are 0-2 against teams that should, on paper, have been chalked up as wins. "Disappointed," point guard Chris Paul said after Tuesday's practice. Paul didn't limit himself to a one-word answer, either. "Disappointed, and it starts with me as a point guard," he added. "I can't let us come out and start out games like that. Giving up 30-point (first) quarters like that the past two games is always going to be tough to come back from." The Clippers' defense wasn't sound enough in either game. Their rebounding was poor and so was their ballhandling. Above all, their intensity wasn't what it should have been at the start of each game and they paid the price.

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November 7, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Were you feeling yourselves after the Lakers win?

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November 7, 2012  08:42 AM ET
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send him packing-I will reluctantly part with felton, wallace and jr turd for this suckerand would throw in kurt thomas, cause I'm feeling good

roflmao... In all fairness JR has not been too bad...

November 7, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Me suspects 'dat Lamar Odom mights has had sumptin' to do with da Clips losses.

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November 7, 2012  09:11 AM ET

You Will Always Be Number Two In LA, Bros.

November 7, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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Good analysis by CP3. They will be fine though. They are not back in their groove yet but are getting there.

A couple months ago I mentioned Chris Paul is part of the problem in Clipperland and now we're all seeing it. CP3 has gotten comfortable in LA. He also has a family now so it's only natural that he loses his drive and relentless tenacity on the court.

So that's what's showing now.

Now I'm not saying it's a bad thing. They still have enough talent to win games and be competitive but when it comes to the extra juice and hunger that puts team over the top, Clippers just don't have it and that's why they will remain a playoff team... nothing special.

It's good he recognizes he's not himself or getting the team to perform at a high octane level during games but it's too late. Once you get to a certain comfort level in life there's no going back. So it's over and over for good. No amount of talk can change that.

I love the team they've assembled... but they just won't achieve what's expected.

It's that simple!

November 7, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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A couple months ago I mentioned Chris Paul is part of the problem in Clipperland and now we're all seeing it. CP3 has gotten comfortable in LA. He also has a family now so it's only natural that he loses his drive and relentless tenacity on the court. So that's what's showing now. Now I'm not saying it's a bad thing. They still have enough talent to win games and be competitive but when it comes to the extra juice and hunger that puts team over the top, Clippers just don't have it and that's why they will remain a playoff team... nothing special.It's good he recognizes he's not himself or getting the team to perform at a high octane level during games but it's too late. Once you get to a certain comfort level in life there's no going back. So it's over and over for good. No amount of talk can change that.I love the team they've assembled... but they just won't achieve what's expected.It's that simple!

To some degree you are right but for those really paying attention it seems Paul has been just putting enough effort to get by in the season, then kicking into gear as the playoffs begin... Paul is a different animal once playoff time comes around and is basically like the rest of the team just doing enough to get into the playoffs... I guess he learnt his lesson from his time with the Hornets when he'd wear himself out and be too beat up to carry his team any further into the playoffs...

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November 7, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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Lost I agree with you partially. Vet teams often coast into the new season because they know the regular season is a long grind. But vets start finding their rhythm and becoming more intense as the season goes on. It's still way early. Ten games in and things will start sorting themselves out.

While that sounds logical it has not worked out like that in the league. You look at teams like Lakers, Spurs and Celts that tend to cruise during the regular season with hopes of turning it up in the playoffs...it just doesn't work out like that.

You have to maintain that high level of play throughout and develop consistency heading into the post season else...

November 7, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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roflmao... In all fairness JR has not been too bad...

You think its about fariness when it comes to JR or Melo? Got news fa ya.....Melo, JR, the Knicks could care absolutely what the haters have to say. It simply has no bearing on the **** whipping we're handing out. This also goes for so called in town inbred haters posing as Knicks fans too. Don't stop now, keep spittin that garbage about our Knicks and the ocassionaly try to come across wit small objectivity by sayin "oh the Knicks are playin good" or "I like what I'm seeing in Melo, he seems as though he's getting it". Yeah right, don't pity us, New Yorkers, particularly Knicks fans, avid and sometimes rabid fans when it comes to the Knicks, so we don't need your backhanded compliments. The Knicks are doing fine so shutty and watch.......this Apple!

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November 7, 2012  10:23 AM ET

Like we all no.....it's only the begining of the season....

The time to worry is how you stand at the ALL STAR break...

November 7, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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send him packing-I will reluctantly part with felton, wallace and jr turd for this suckerand would throw in kurt thomas, cause I'm feeling good

Always magnanimous, that's jgb for sure!

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November 7, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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While that sounds logical it has not worked out like that in the league. You look at teams like Lakers, Spurs and Celts that tend to cruise during the regular season with hopes of turning it up in the playoffs...it just doesn't work out like that. You have to maintain that high level of play throughout and develop consistency heading into the post season else...

The Celtics have been regular season "under-achievers" but come on strong in the playoffs in recent years. They just played better teams at some point in the payoffs so ultimately did not succeed. The strategy worked for them (as well as it could).

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