Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
The Clippers will be without Chris Paul when they take on the first place Thunder with the winner of this game walking away with the best record in the NBA.
|2012/2013 NBA Regular Season|
|January 22nd, 2013, 7:30 PM|
|Prime Ticket, NBA-TV, KFWB 980 AM, KWKW 1330 AM|
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|Eric Bledsoe||PG||Russell Westbrook|
|Willie Green||SG||Thabo Sefolosha|
|Caron Butler||SF||Kevin Durant|
|Blake Griffin||PF||Serge Ibaka|
|DeAndre Jordan||C||Kendrick Perkins|
|Advanced Stats (thru games of 1/21)|
|92.0 (10th of 30)||Pace||92.8 (8th of 30)|
|110.2 (4th of 30)||ORtg||112.9 (1st of 30)|
|100.9 (5th of 30)||DRtg||103.3 (7th of 30)|
|Chris Paul (knee) out||None|
|Chauncey Billups (ankle) out|
|Trey Thompkins (knee) out|
The Clippers will be without Chris Paul who is recovering from a bruised knee. Eric Bledsoe will start in his place. The bad news is Paul is out, but the good news is that the Clippers are 3-0 without him this season.
One thing I neglected to mention in the preview: the Clippers and Thunder only play each other three times this season, which means that a Thunder win tonight ensures them the season series. Losing the season series to Golden State last night was likely irrelevant, since the Warriors are not likely to catch the Clippers in the standings. Losing the season series to OKC would be a bigger deal. It means that the Clippers will have to finish with a better record than the Thunder to pass them in the final standings; a tie will go to the Thunder. So a lost in this game, unfortunately, will be a bit like two losses in the final race for best overall record. So yeah, it's a bad time to be without CP3.