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Foye: Teams retaliate against showy Clippers with 'cheap shots'

Published December 28, 2012 1:30 pm

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The Clippers play basketball like kids with a Nerf ball. Have you seen those dunks? The wacky shots? The lobs?

However, being on the other side of it isn't so much fun, and Jazz guard Randy Foye, a former Clipper, said he's seen teams take exception to Los Angeles' flair-filled style of play.

"I seen a lot of team taking cheap shots at them," Foye said. "Last night [against Boston] they were beating a team, guys were still in there trying to dunk and get on ESPN and trying to get on the highlight reel."

That will almost certainly lead to bad blood between the Clippers and their opponent, Foye said. However, he said it's entirely preventable, at least late in games.

"I think that's something coach Del Negro has gotten better with this year," Foye said. "When you're up big, just keep those guys out."

— Bill Oram