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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-23

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-03-23
The Boston Celtics have won three consecutive games but only are 4-4 in their past eight games. So, what is the remedy for getting out of this lackluster state?

Easy, all it takes is a visit from the Clippers, who have the Celtics next on their schedule.

The Toronto Raptors had lost nine of their previous 10 games until the Clippers came calling. A 24-point romp by the Raptors was at least a temporary cure to those ills. You might say that the Raptors had the red carpet led out for the Clippers. Toronto had won four the five previous meetings between the teams.

Boston will have lots of incentive when they play the Clippers. Foremost, the Celtics desperately are trying to stay within striking distance of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a race for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Secondly, the Celtics seek revenge for the Clippers' shocking victory over them last month in Los Angeles.

It will take a much better effort than the one the Clippers exhibited against Toronto for them to achieve a season-series sweep of the Celtics.

The Clippers have lost 10 of the past 12 games overall and eight consecutive games on the road. Most sobering is that of the Clippers' 53 losses this season, 33 have come by double-figures.

At 17-53, with only 12 games remaining, the Clippers would have to go 7-5 to avoid finishing with the worst record in Mike Dunleavy's six years as head coach. That 23-59 record occurred last season.

It has been nothing but disaster since the 2005-2006 season, when Dunleavy led the Clippers to a 47-35 regular-season finish. That year, which included a thrilling playoff run to the Western Conference semi-final round, enabled Dunleavy to negotiate a contract extension that made him one of the NBA's highest-paid coaches at over $5 million per year.

But since then, the Clippers' composite record is 80-154.

RAPTORS 100, CLIPPERS 76: The Clippers were buried in the first quarter and never rose up. The Raptors held a 13-point lead after one quarter and steadily built it from there.

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Added: March 23, 2009


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