Clippers-Thunder open thread

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
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January 22nd, 2013, 7:30 PM
STAPLES Center
Prime Ticket, NBA-TV, KFWB 980 AM, KWKW 1330 AM
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Probable Starters
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)
Injuries/Suspensions/Other
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.

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