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    Mike Taylor earns his first start for Clippers

    After making a strong impression Saturday at Utah, rookie point guard is rewarded when Mike Dunleavy puts him in the lineup Monday against Jazz.
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    Involvement in all of the Clippers' 13 fastbreak points against the Utah Jazz on Saturday was enough to earn rookie point guard Mike Taylor his first regular-season NBA start.

    Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy had been gradually increasing Taylor's role though the first three games and upped it another notch at Staples Center on Monday night against Utah.

    Taylor's partner in the backcourt, Cuttino Mobley, was talking before the game about the new faces and didn't hesitate when asked who has surprised him the most.

    Taylor, hands down.

    "He does a lot of different things," Mobley said. "I like him because I was second-round [in the draft] and he was second-round. They gave him a chance and he's proven himself. He's going to have a long career."

    Taylor said Dunleavy told him at practice Sunday that he would start Monday night. He had 13 points in 33 minutes Saturday at Utah, both season highs.

    "I like him," said Clippers forward Al Thornton. "He's very energetic. Like I always say, he's a one-man press. Sometimes he needs to slow down, but I think he's going to be OK."

    Taylor said he had a feeling the Clippers were going to trade for him on draft day this year, which they did, with Portland. He hit it off with Dunleavy when he worked out for the Clippers.

    "I felt like it was the best workout I had. I felt like I wanted to be in this situation. I liked Dunleavy as a person, as a coach," Taylor said. "He told me my past was the past and just build on working on your future. I respected that a lot."
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    http://www.latimes.com/sports/basket...tory?track=rss

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    Congrats to Taylor for starting last night even though he didn't make a big impact. My only question is, "How the hell is Gordon gonna get to earn a chance to start, shine, or even prove anything, if he's not even getting any decent time to even play?!

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    its amazing that hart got absolutely no time

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    Could be good. Looks like Hart is out of the rotation. That's a good thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by POZUNO View Post
    Congrats to Taylor for starting last night even though he didn't make a big impact. My only question is, "How the hell is Gordon gonna get to earn a chance to start, shine, or even prove anything, if he's not even getting any decent time to even play?!
    As long as we are not succeeding I'd like to see Gordon 40 mins a game. Ship Mobley out for someone's spare PF. Don't pick up any salary longer then 2010.
    Worst case scenario Gordon grows by leaps and bounds.

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    ^ I agree. I really wonder why EG can't get any minutes. I can understand that he may not be ready but the guys he is losing minutes aren't either or can't play anymore. I can't imagine that he is doing so bad that he hasn't deserved some of the minutes that Ricky D and Hart got.

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    ^^ He deserves every Hart minute.

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