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Note that from Dec. 28 through Jan. 4, ClipperSteve is enjoying the Holidays with his family and away from his computer. As such, this preview does not go into much detail. Please add pertinent information in the comments for your fellow Citizens.

2008/2009 NBA Regular Season

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vs.
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Arco Arena
December 30th, 2008, 7:00 PM
FSN Prime Ticket
Probable starters:
Baron Davis PG Beno Udrih
Eric Gordon SG John Salmons
Al Thornton SF Francisco Garcia
Zach Randolph PF Spencer Hawes
Marcus Camby C Brad Miller

The Back Story:

  • November 12, 2008 in LA: Sacramento 103 - Clippers 98 Box Score Recap

The Big Picture:

Tonight's game matches two of the doormats of the west so far. When the Kings beat the Clippers back in November, they were 4-5 on the season. In the next 20 games, they went 3-17. And it cost Reggie Theus his job coaching the team. Of course both Theus and new coach Kenny Natt are at a big disadvantage with leading scorer and undisputed best player Kevin Martin missing most of the season so far. What was believed at first to be a sprained ankle has clearly turned out to be something else, though no one is really quite sure what that is. At any rate, there's still no time table for his return, which is a huge blow to the Kings. In the first meeting, point guard Beno Udrih was unstoppable as he went for a career high 30. I'll go out on a limb and say that if he outplays Baron Davis again, the Clippers won't win this game. The Kings have always owned the Clippers, but especially in Arco. But there's little question who should win this game on paper. If only we could play the games on paper, the Clippers would be fighting for a playoff spot.