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Clippers-Rockets open thread

The Clippers have the fifth best record in the NBA, but are just a game back of the Rockets in third. A win tonight would give LA the season series and make a statement about which team is ready to challenge in the West.

Bob Levey
2013/2014 NBA Regular Season

February 26th, 2014, 7:30 PM
ESPN, Prime Ticket, KFWB 980 AM, KWKW 1330 AM
Win-Loss Breakdown
17-9 East 14-3
22-11 West 23-15
23-5 Home 22-7
16-15 Road 17-11
16-13 .500+ 17-12
23-7 .500- 22-6
6-4 L10 9-1
Probable Starters
Chris Paul PG Patrick Beverley
Jamal Crawford SG James Harden
Matt Barnes SF Chandler Parsons
Blake Griffin PF Terrence Jones
DeAndre Jordan C Dwight Howard
Advanced Stats
98.14 (8th of 30) Pace 94.4 (24th of 30)
109.1 (2nd of 30) ORtg 108.1 (5th of 30)
102.6 (12th of 30) DRtg 102.1 (9th of 30)
J.J. Redick (back) out
Greg Smith (knee) questionable
Glen Davis (new signing) in
Dwight Howard (knee) probable

The Back Story (The Clippers lead the season series, 2-0):

Date Venue Final

11/04/13 Los Angeles Clippers 137, Rockets 118 Recap Box
11/09/13 Houston Clippers 107, Rockets 94 Recap Box
    A second half open thread will publish at 8:50. If you're the first one in the second half thread, please link to it from this thread to help others find their way to the new one.