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The Daily Clipper — TGIF Edition

A very disappointing pre-season is (finally!) coming to an end. With only one pre-season game, much like the weekend, the start of the season can't be here soon enough! Check out some today's DC.

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Can the Clippers Finally Get to the Conference Finals?
Hawes-some from top of 3-point arc!

Clippers' Doc Rivers: NBA preseason should be reduced to four games — LA Times
The Clippers play eight exhibition games this preseason, including three sets of back-to-backs. Coach Doc Rivers said he thinks that's just too much and is proposing that the exhibition season should be cut in half.

Donald Sterling negotiating dismissal of federal lawsuit against NBA — LA Times
Attorneys for Donald Sterling and the NBA are negotiating the possible dismissal of his federal antitrust lawsuit against the league, according to court filings Thursday.

Despite a spotty preseason, Doc Rivers believes in his team — LA Times
The Clippers have played uneven basketball this exhibition season, but that hasn't stopped their coach from believing he has a special team.

Clippers expecting more from Turkoglu — Los Angeles Register
In the first half of the Clippers’ 108-105 win over Phoenix at Staples Center on Wednesday, Hedo Turkoglu shook loose from Anthony Tolliver, sending Tolliver to the floor, before hitting a falling-out-of-bounds corner 3-pointer.

A Pessimist's Guide to the 2014-15 Clippers
In part 1 of a two-part series, Sam delivers the pessimist's guide to the 2014-15 Los Angeles Clippers.

Other NBA news/Notes:

Steve Nash won't play for Lakers this season — LA Times
With considerably less fanfare than the day he was acquired, Steve Nash 's tenure with the Lakers ended.

Draft lottery reform fails to garner needed number of votes
The NBA draft lottery will remain the same in 2015 after a proposal to change the formula for determining the top picks failed to garner enough votes for passage.

NBA Is Trying Shorter Games, but Why Not A Shorter Season? — NPR
While the NBA is experimenting with shorter games, some players — including Lebron James — would like to see shorter seasons. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis.

Finally, I was surprised to find a LivingSocial deal for a Clippers eight-game package for as low as $240. Just thought I'd pass along the savings to you citizens.