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Clippers Vs. Lakers (Preseason) -- Open Thread

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Even though many of the headliners will be resting tonight (Kobe, CP3 and Howard are not expected to play) we still get Lakers-Clippers and Griffin-Gasol, so there's plenty to talk about.

Harry How
2012/2013 NBA Preseason

October 24th, 2012, 7:30 PM
Prime Ticket, NBA-TV, KFWB 980 AM
Probable Starters
Chris Paul Eric Bledsoe PG Steve Nash
Willie Green SG Jodie Meeks
Caron Butler SF Metta World Peace
Blake Griffin PF Pau Gasol
DeAndre Jordan C Robert Sacre
Advanced Stats (2011/2012)
89.2 (27th of 30) Pace 90.5 (20th of 30)
108.5 (4th of 30) ORtg 106.0 (10th of 30)
105.7 (18th of 30) DRtg 104.4 (13th of 30)
Chauncey Billups (Achilles surgery) out
Kobe Bryant (foot) out
Trey Thompkins (knee) out
Dwight Howard (back) doubtful
Lamar Odom (knees) out
Earl Clark (groin) out
Grant Hill (knee) out

Kobe and Howard are out for the Lakers, and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro has countered by resting Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford in addition to the injured Clippers. We still get to see Griffin and Gasol renew their battle, and no Paul means lots of Bledsoe which can be fun. Unfortunately no Paul and no Crawford means Willie Green and/or Hank Thorns playing backup point guard so expect Bledsoe to play huge minutes. Just as well: Nash will be a great test for him.