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Kaman's return lifts Clippers

Playing the struggling Nets doesn't hurt, either, as L.A. shakes off a losing streak.

Updated: January 19, 2010, 12:46 AM ET
By Kevin Arnovitz | ESPNLosAngeles.com

If you rank the Clippers' 82-game schedule in ascending level of difficulty, you'd find Monday's home date against the 3-37 New Jersey Nets at the top of that list. For a Clippers squad reeling from a four-game losing streak, that "NJ" pixel block on the magnet schedule was a welcome sight, even if they were loath to admit it.

"It's a very dangerous game," Clippers forward Craig Smith said. "Those are the teams that play the hardest and try to do the little things because they're so desperate ...

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