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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-22

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-22
The Detroit Pistons' team colors are similar to those of the Clippers. Both teams' primary colors are a patriotic red, white and blue.

But the latter color is the one that is most prominent for the Clippers when they play the Pistons because Detroit certainly does give them the blues.

Since Mike Dunleavy took over as coach of the Clippers to start the 2003-2004 season, the Clippers are winless against the Pistons. That's 12 consecutive losses, with most of them being lopsided affairs. It's particularly pleasing for Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace, who has made it no secret that he is no fan of Dunleavy's, their relationship dating back to when Wallace played for Dunleavy on the Portland Trail Blazers.

Detroit is not the only team that gives Dunleavy and the Clippers migraines. Since taking over the Clippers, Dunleavy only has a winning record against nine of the other 29 teams in the league. His best record is against the Milwaukee Bucks, whom Dunleavy formerly coached and served as general manager. He is 9-3 against Milwaukee.

Conversely, the San Antonio Spurs have been a major nemesis. The Clippers are 2-19 against the Spurs, under Dunleavy's leadership and San Antonio has won the past 11 meetings.

The Clippers also have lost eight consecutive meetings to New Orleans, six in a row to Cleveland, five consecutive times to Denver and Orlando, and the past four meetings to Philadelphia.

Most ignominious is the fact that even though the Sacramento Kings are mired in the Pacific Division cellar, the Clippers have lost four in a row to their Northern California neighbors. Dunleavy is 6-18 against Sacramento.

And it is not hard to see why the Clippers get little love in their own home town. They are on the ropes to suffer a four-game season series sweep to the Lakers for the second consecutive year. The Lakers have defeated the Clippers seven consecutive times and Dunleavy is 7-16 against the Clippers' Staple Center tenant mates.

On a positive note, the Clippers have beaten the former Seattle SuperSonics, now Oklahoma City Thunder, four times in a row.

PISTONS 108, CLIPPERS 90: Even without Rasheed Wallace, Rip Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey and Allen Iverson the Pistons were too formidable for the Clippers. Detroit trailed by four points at halftime but outscored the Clippers 63-40 in the second half.

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Added: March 22, 2009


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