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Last night's game was so entertaining, we're almost not upset that the Red & Blue lost. 130-123?! Is this 2006 or 1986? The Steve Nash/Sam Cassell battle is going to be a great one and the flashes of brilliance that Shaun Livingston shows on the court has us extremely hopeful for the future. Here's what's being talked about in Clipper Nation:

The Mighty MJD:

The Suns took Game One from the Clippers last night, despite an incredible performance from Elton Brand… I’m thinking I may have shortchanged him in earlier MVP discussions.
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That's okay. So did lots of other people. When the Clippers win 50 games next season, he won't be forgotten.Eric's Eddy-fications:

Edgar Winters and Chris Kaman: Separated at birth? You decide.

Who is Edgar Winter?Hater Nation:

Good game for the Suns. Hope they enjoy it, because it appeared that Phoenix shot its wad on Monday night. The Suns were riding the momentum of their upset of the Lakers (you read that right) on Monday and—in true NBA fashion—will be ready to mail it in on Wednesday. The Clippers will win both home games before closing this thing out in five games. That’s right, five games. (If you are going to jump on the bandwagon, do so with both feet.)

All aboard the Clipper train.
It sounds strange to say it, but for 25 minutes of basketball, the Clippers defended the much-discussed Phoenix S/R [Screen & Roll] fairly well. They threw a variety of looks at Phoenix off their high screen. The Clips frequently chose to trap Nash while rotating a baseline defender onto the screener, and they switched effectively - particularly while Livingston was in the game.

The Clipper Blog breaks it down.And since there's never enough Kobe Hate in the world for a Clippers fan (hey, maybe it's the curse of Ralph Lawler on Employee #8 for not signing with the new team of Los Angeles that made him fizzle out against the Suns? Let's start that myth.), TJ Simers kills him this morning while Charles Barkley nearly bent over backwards trying to make nice with him after Bryant went on a text message tirade with him over the weekend.

SMS gangsta?

Please, Sam I Am calls Kenny Smith direct. Sometimes in the middle of a game.

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