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Clippers-Rockets open thread

The Clippers are back home for the first time this month, hosting a Rockets team missing leading scorer James Harden. If they can avoid a letdown they should win their third straight.

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2012/2013 NBA Regular Season

February 13th, 2013, 7:30 PM
Prime Ticket, NBA-TV, KFWB 980 AM. KWKW 1330 AM
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Probable Starters
Chris Paul PG Jeremy Lin
Chauncey Billups SG James Harden Carlos Delfino
Caron Butler SF Chandler Parsons
Blake Griffin PF Patrick Patterson
DeAndre Jordan C Omer Asik
Advanced Stats through games of Feb. 12
91.5 (16th of 30) Pace 96.1 (1st of 30)
109.0 (7th of 30) ORtg 109.8 (4th of 30)
102.0 (5th of 30) DRtg 106.8 (21st of 30)
Chauncey Billups (back) questionable
Toney Douglas (hip pointer) questionable
Caron Butler (back) questionable
James Harden (ankle) out
Trey Thompkins (knee) out

The Rockets love to shoot threes and the Clippers have fallen victim to the three ball many times this season. Close out the shooters and win the game -- it's that simple. Don't be surprised if Del Negro holds Billups and Butler out again, with an important game tomorrow night against the Lakers. The Clippers should be able to handle the Rockets fine without those two, so why not rest their backs another day?