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Emotions will be at a peak for Davis

November 14, 2008|Mark Medina | Medina is a Times staff writer.

Clippers guard Baron Davis said he expects "an emotional game" Saturday when his new team plays host to the Golden State Warriors, his former team. "I definitely want to win," he said.

Davis opted out of the final year of his contract with Golden State and signed a five-year, $65-million deal with the Clippers. He keeps in touch with his former teammates, but said his friendship with former Clippers forward Corey Maggette helped during the transition.

During the summer, Maggette signed a five-year, $50-million contract with Golden State. Davis said the two have swapped stories about playing with their former teams. "I told him to be aggressive," Davis said. "[The Warriors] are going to let him be as aggressive as he wants."

Maggette also offered advice to Davis. "Go in and do what I have to do to make this team go," Davis recalled Maggette telling him.

Clippers forward Marcus Camby, who was traded by Denver last summer, had his own thoughts about facing a former team. "You can't really let your emotions get involved," he said. "You can't think of it as a payback game because then you go out there and try to do too much. It'll hurt your team a little bit."

Learning the system

Clippers forward Ricky Davis scored a season-high 16 points against Sacramento on Wednesday.

Davis made six of nine shots in the 103-98 loss and scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, including two three-point shots.

Before Wednesday's game, Davis was shooting 22.8% and Coach Mike Dunleavy questioned his shot selection.

"Now that I know what Dunleavy wants in the system, it's kind of easier," Davis said. "I can pick and choose shots. It's getting comfortable, getting in a rhythm, finding out when my shot selection is coming."

Said Dunleavy: "Ricky's a good shooter. . . . He was going through a slump. Hopefully this might break him out of it."

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mark.medina@latimes.com

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