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As All-Star weekend dawns on us, the ongoing trend of anybody from the Los Angeles Clippers organization not participating in the All-Star festivities this weekend continues. The last time anybody on the Clippers had a significant impact at an All-Star Weekend was probably Brent Barry in his warm-ups. It's unfortunate, but as the story goes, the Clippers seem to be one pretty unfortunate franchise.

This season has been no different as they are at the near bottom of the Western Conference, at 13-40, tied for the third worst record in the entire NBA. Looking back at the off season, things weren't supposed to be like this. Baron Davis was talking about coming to the Clippers, because he wants to be in LA to produce, and specifically, play with Elton Brand - and take the Clippers to the playoffs.

Then Brand stopped replying to Coach Mike Dunleavy's texts, but somehow the Clippers worked it out, still keeping Baron Davis and bringing in Marcus Camby and Ricky Davis. The Clippers still had an, arguably...playoff team. But the Clippers never had a full squad during all of training camp, and injuries have plagued the team throughout the season.

But weeks later, the Clippers are beginning to show some light, and the once-ridiculed Mike Dunleavy doesn't seem to appear so incredibly foolish anymore.

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While Lebron stole the night from Monta Ellis' return as well as practically every other game in the NBA tonight with his game winner over the Warriors in Oakland... let's put a little light on the game that only Frankie Muniz and Billy Crystal were excited to watch - the Los Angeles Clippers vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It was a game of the two worst teams in the Western Conference, both coming into the game with only NINE wins in close to FORTY games. But the game proved to be a stat-stuffer on the offensive side for both teams.

Kevin Durant put on a clinic at the free throw line going 22/24, setting a franchise record (Yes, Seattle Supersonics records count here) and ending up with 46 points on 10/23 shooting and 15 rebounds. If that wasn't enough, rookie Eric Gordon dropped a hot 41 on the Thunder, going 12/19. Al Thornton did help the Clippers case with 34 points as well, but it was clearly Gordon's night as the offense went back to him over and over again. Starting the season at the far end of the bench, injuries have thrown Gordon into the spotlight as the starting guard, and at times like tonight, the go-to player, creating his own shot and torching other teams with his jumpshot. While it wasn't the best defensive game, the Clippers won the game 107-104 giving them their 10th victory.

Gordon has played well recently, and is proving to be a deadly shooter in the NBA. His stock has risen in the fantasy world, and while there is a lot of darkness in Clipperland, Eric Gordon is signs of a small light of fortune for the troubled franchise.

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