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Clippers-Timberwolves Preview: One for the Road

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On the eve of an abbreviated Grammy road trip, the Clippers host the pups from Minnesota

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2015-16 NBA Regular Season
vs
Minnesota Timberwolves (14-35)

Los Angeles Clippers (32-16)
February 3rd, 2016 — 7:30 PM PT
STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA)
ESPN, WatchESPN, Prime Ticket, KWKW 1330 AM
Win-Loss Breakdown ('15-'16)
14-35 Record 32-16
6-14 East 15-5
8-21 West 17-11
2-10 Division 5-4
7-18 Home 17-7
7-17 Road 15-9
5-20 .500+ 9-12
9-15 .500– 23-4
2-3 OT 3-0
2-8 L10 7-3
Projected Starters
Ricky Rubio PG Chris Paul
Andrew Wiggins SG JJ Redick
Tayhshaun Prince SF Paul Pierce
Kevin Garnett** PF Luc Mbah a Moute
Karl-Anthony Towns C DeAndre Jordan
Efficiency Stats ('15-'16)
96.96 (19th of 30) Pace 98.22 (14th of 30)
101.7 (23rd of 30) OffRtg 106.1 (5th of 30)
105.3 (22nd of 30) DefRtg 100.9 (9th of 30)
-3.6 (24th of 30) NetRtg 5.2 (5th of 30)
Injury Report

Nikola Pekovic (Foot) Day to Day

Kevin Garnett (Knee) Day to Day

Kevin Martin (Wrist) Day to Day

Blake Griffin (hand) Out

**W / L and Stats as of 2/2/2016 before the Wolves - Lakers (but you can probably add a W for Wolves)**

Season series

The Clippers currently lead the season series 2-0, although the games have been closer than one might expect. When they last met in December, the Clips eeked out a 110-106 victory behind the strength of a 39-point fourth quarter. The Clippers were a stellar 26-29 from the charity stripe that night. The Clippers should be better than their last two match-ups would indicate.

Matchup to watch - DeAndre Jordan vs Karl Anthony Towns

The top performers in the previous match-up between these teams were the centers. Jordan posted 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Stl, 4 Blk while Towns had 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk. With the emergence of Jordan during Griffin's absence, look for even more fireworks between the two towers in the middle.

We're Going Streaking!!

The Clippers are currently on a 4-game winning streak, which matches their second highest win streak of the season. This mean that a win tonight would be the second time this season they had a winning streak of 5 or more games. They had 4 such streaks last season. Three of those came after mid-January.

Grammy Road Trip

The Clippers are about to embark on the annual Grammy road trip. What is usually a brutal stretch is not quite as daunting this season. First, the Clippers will only be playing 4 games during that time frame. Usually, they are playing 6 or 7. All of those games will be played on the East Coast, but only two games will be played against teams with winning records.

The Line

Game day song of choice

So, I have to admit, I have no idea what this guy is saying in the lyrics. But the song title seems apt.