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NBA Summer League 2015: Clippers vs. Thunder Preview and Open Thread

The Clippers play their third SL game today.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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The Clippers' third Orlando Summer League game is today at 2 PM Pacific Time. They're playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who will also be playing their third game.

The Clippers' summer league team has had a rough start in Orlando, having lost both of their last two games by a relatively close point spread. All this is to be expected though, what with the relative youth and inexperience inherent in a summer league team.

Despite the losses, Nate Wolters and C.J. Wilcox have been dominating, each with more than 10 points in both summer league games so far. Then there's Royce White, who despite starting both games has contributed zero points so far. There's also the interesting case of Jordan Hamilton, who played for the Clippers this past season. Hamilton, who was drafted in the first round by Dallas in 2011, has been starting in the summer league at Forward.

Expect to see continued support off the bench from Brandon Dawson, who had a 14 rebounds and 14 points game on Saturday and remains consistent. Center Liam McMorrow has also had some interesting contributions off the bench, averaging 8 points in these last two games.

The Clippers will have their work cut out for them though. OKC has won both of their last two games, and saw a great performance from guard Frank Gaines on Saturday and forward Mitch McGary on Monday.

If you're really desperate for a summertime basketball fix, you can catch the game on NBA TV, at, or the NBA Game time app.  It might be worth it to see the rookies get it going, even if the Clippers' seem to be continuing their annual tradition of underperforming in the summer league. The location change from Vegas to Orlando doesn't seem to have done them any favors either, but maybe the day of rest will.

You can find the full team roster and schedule here.