|2015/16 NBA Regular Season|
|March 5th, 2016; 7:30 PM PST|
|STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Prime Ticket, KFWB 980 AM, KWKW 1330 AM|
|Chris Paul||PG||Jeff Teague|
|J.J. Redick||SG||Kyle Korver|
|Luc Mbah a Moute||SF||Kent Bazemore|
|Paul Pierce||PF||Paul Millsap|
|DeAndre Jordan||C||Al Horford|
|98.4 (13th)||Pace||98.9 (10th)|
|106.4 (6th)||ORtg||102.9 (16th)|
|100.4 (7th)||DRtg||99.4 (2nd)|
Blake Griffin (quad/hand) Out
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (right eyelid laceration) Questionable
|Tiago Splitter (right hip) Out|
The big picture:
Both conferences are shaping up for quite exciting races for playoff seeding to end the season. For the Clippers, every game matters--they now sit tied in the loss column with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the current 3-seed. Atlanta sits in 5th in the East, with 28 losses--just two away from Home-Court advantage in one direction, and two away from the lottery in the other. It's safe to say that the stakes are high for both of these teams.
After having an outstanding season last year, as the best non-Cleveland team in the East, Atlanta has fallen back into the pack, replaced by Toronto as the second-best team in a one-team conference. Oddly, I view Kyle Lowry and Paul Millsap very similarly--brilliant players who are all too often under-appreciated, partially due to their low-profile nature and somewhat late-blooming careers. If Luc Richard Mbah a Moute does not play tonight, the Clippers will struggle a lot with Millsap. Atlanta played the Lakers last night, but won easily, with no player breaking 30 minutes, so they shouldn't be too tired for tonight's game.
We're at a point in the season where it's important to keep an eye on a lot of games and teams--Boston @ Cleveland, Indiana @ Washington, Utah @ New Orleans, Houston @ Chicago, and of course this game, Atlanta @ LA Clippers--they all have big-time playoff implications. It's time to break out that League Pass subscription and quit your day job.