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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-18

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-18
With forward Zach Randolph having returned to the team from his bereavement leave, Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy brought him off the bench and started Chris Kaman at center and Marcus Camby at small forward.

Kaman has struggled tremendously since his return from a near season-ending foot injury, so perhaps it is time to start Randolph and Camby and bring Kaman off the bench.

That rotation could give Dunleavy a better idea on what manner of production he could expect from that trio, if the idea is maintained to keep all three as Clippers for the 2009-2010 season.

In all likelihood, the Clippers will entertain trade talk for any of the three this off-season, with Camby likely to garner the most interest because in these trying economic times, his contract is the far less burdensome.

As the season moves toward its painful end for the Clippers, rookie center DeAndre Jordan's playing time is likely to return to what it was at the beginning of the season, which means he will do more watching than playing.

But this summer is a crucial time for Jordan, if he is to establish any sort of foothold in the league. If the Clippers have a summer-league team -- which has not been determined yet, he must play on it.

If the Clippers decide not to field a summer-league team for the Las Vegas league, then Jordan should stick close to the Clippers' practice facility and work under the watchful eyes of the coaching staff.

It would be surprising if the Clippers did not participate this summer in Las Vegas, however. That's because the Las Vegas circuit was developed by Dunleavy's agent, Warren LeGarie.

WARRIORS 127, CLIPPERS 120: Baron Davis had his third strong game against the Warriors this season -- his first in Oakland -- but Golden State once again proved to be the better team, holding the upper hand on the Clippers pretty much wire to wire behind Monta Ellis and 61 points from the bench. Davis received a warm ovation from the crowd in his first game in Oakland since opting out of his Warriors contract after last season. Al Thornton had 25 points and nine rebounds as the Clippers lost their sixth consecutive road game.

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Added: March 18, 2009


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