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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers have a tough road game on the docket Saturday, as they pay a visit to the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Portland has won back-to-back games after losing two straight and handed the Dallas Mavericks a 108-87 beatdown on Thursday. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Damian Lillard ended with 18 points, six assists and five boards. C.J. McCollum and Chris Kaman scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench for Portland, which shot 51.9 percent and made only 12-of-30 3-pointers. The Blazers had a 62-37 scoring advantage in the second half. They posted a 35-18 scoring edge in the third quarter. We just wanted to have a better third quarter defensively and try to move the ball around offensively, said Aldridge. Portland will be on the road for the second time this season and lost at Sacramento on Oct. 31. The Clippers are already 2-1 at home and will play their next four games at Staples Center versus Portland, San Antonio, Phoenix and Chicago. Los Angeles has dropped two of three games after a 2-0 start and suffered a 121-104 loss at Golden State on Wednesday. Jamal Crawford scored 24 points off the bench, DeAndre Jordan added 17 and 13 rebounds, and Chris Paul finished with 15 points to go along with 12 assists. Blake Griffin posted 14 points for the Clippers, who made 46.3 percent from the floor and scored 24 points off 23 Golden State turnovers. Its no secret that we got to get better. Were not playing the right way, said Paul, who is probable Saturday with a bruised jaw. Clippers forward Glen Davis (groin) is also probable versus Portland. The Blazers won two of three games against the Clippers last season. They are winless in the last five games as the guest in this series. Chris Young Jersey . 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And its certainly not last year, when he heaped attention on himself with his "All in for Week 1" campaign while recovering from a serious knee injury amid growing discord with coach Mike Shanahan. The RG3 of 2014 still loves his slogans — "The Movement" and "Win everything, win every day" are his current chart-toppers — but the knee brace is gone, and so is Shanahan. All is calm under new coach Jay Gruden, and, at least for the moment, Redskins stock doesnt soar nor crash every time Griffin opens his mouth. "Weve got a new coach, and weve got new additions, whether its DeSean Jackson, Ryan Clark, (Jason) Hatcher, all those guys that are here doing great things," Griffin said. "And the story lines dont all lead back to me. And thats fine." Its a firm reset for Griffin after a 3-13 year that included a late-season shutdown, but hes still the same image-conscious perfectionist. Hes learning a new offence, and his fundamentals are getting some tweaks under the new coach. Overall, however, Grudens take on Griffin sounds somewhat similar to Shanahans. "Hes mature beyond his years already," Gruden said. "Hes obviously got a lot more maturing to do, but as far as his work ethic is concerned, about how he handles himself on and off the field, I dont think thatts going to be that big of an issue.dddddddddddd Its just a matter of how you handle the media scrutiny sometimes. "Like I said, hes a perfectionist. He doesnt like negative publicity. He doesnt like negative plays to happen. He wants everything to be right. He wants everybody to love Robert, and thats not going to be the case at the back position." True to form, Griffin tried to set the record straight about his views on off-season work. A year ago, he was confident he could make a strong return from the knee injury despite missing off-season practices. He now wants all to know that he didnt mean to devalue the importance the April-June workouts. "When you have a hand dealt to you where you dont have an off-season, you dont use it as an excuse," Griffin said. "And that was the message that was trying to be sent last year. I didnt have the opportunity to have that off-season. I was getting healthy, getting ready for the season. You dont whine about it; you dont cry about it, and I think maybe it was taken the wrong way and people thought I didnt need it. You always need it." For the most part, though, Griffin has avoided talking about last year — because it would be tricky to do so without dissing Shanahan. No sense rocking the boat while everything is good. "Everybody wants me to compare this year to last year," Griffin said. "We havent played any games yet, and even when we do play the games, Im still not going to compare them. That question will not be answered." NOTES: WR Jackson remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. Gruden called it a "minor tweak" and said he hopes Jackson is back next week. ... Gruden for the first time experienced the sauna-like conditions of the Redskins garage-style news conference room. "You guys cant afford an air conditioner in here?" the coach said. "You guys quit writing bad stuff about us and maybe well get an AC in here and move you out of the garage." The remark earned a rare ovation from reporters, and Gruden was brought a green towel to help wipe away his sweat. ___ AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys China China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2018 Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2018 China Jerseys Cheap ' ' '


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