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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-11-13

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-11-13Chris Kaman has been performing at an All-Star level thus far for the Clippers. And he showed in Friday's loss to the Toronto Raptors that he can recover from a spotty performance the game before, finishing with 25 points and seven rebounds.

Kaman, who struggled mightily and ended up just 9-for-26 from the field in Wednesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, was sharp at both ends of the floor overall in the game with the Raptors. He was able to establish position against whomever was guarding him and utilize his effective offensive moves, such as a turnaround jumper fading left or right or a soft jump hook after a body fake in the post.

Kaman's offensive reliability helped the Clippers maintain a sense of confidence when the Raptors made their push. And he also came up with a nifty block in the paint and wasn't outmuscled in the shadow of the basket by Toronto's big men.

However, Kaman, like the rest of the Clippers, did not execute when the game was on the line with the Raptors. He threw the ball away once and appeared flustered by Toronto's double teams, and the team will need its leading scorer to perform well under pressure as young phenoms Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin recover from injury.

But if Kaman can continue to be a dependable offensive option, the Clippers should be able to stay with a fair number of their opponents. Kaman will get his first chance to avenge a less-than-satisfactory performance against an opponent when the Clippers visit the Thunder Sunday.

RAPTORS 104, CLIPPERS 89: The Clippers couldn't maintain their momentum after racing out to a 22-point lead in the first half of their home game versus the Toronto Raptors Friday. Clippers guard Rasual Butler couldn't get anything going and finished with just six points in another start in placed of injured starting guard Eric Gordon.

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Added: November 13, 2009


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