Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
When: 7:30 PM PT
How to Watch/Listen: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, AM 570
Projected Starting Lineups
Warriors: Ky Bowman, Damion Lee, Glenn Robinson III, Eric Paschall, Willie Cauley-Stein
Clippers: Patrick Beverley – Lou Williams — Kawhi Leonard — Moe Harkless – Ivica Zubac
Warriors: D’Angelo Russell Questionable (Shoulder), Draymond Green Questionable (Ankle)
Clippers: Paul George Out (Hamstring)
The Big Picture
The Clippers have had four days off after a rigorous fall and early winter schedule that saw them play the fourth hardest schedule in the league according to ESPN metrics and also play the most games of anyone in the league. After a topsy-turvy 3-1 record (that felt like 1-3, real talk) last week, the Clippers will look to bounce back against the Golden State Warriors, who have the second worst record in the NBA at 9-30. However, the Clippers’ recent history with the Warriors is rich enough that this game will always matter. Also, D’Angelo Russell went HAM against the Clips last year with Brooklyn so if he plays tonight, he’s probably going to drop 40.
You would think that after the longest period of rest the team has gotten all season that they will be refreshed, hungry, and more cohesive due to the two practices they had Wednesday and Thursday, some of the first practices they have held all year. It stinks that PG isn’t healthy, as this game would have been only the third time the entire team was fully healthy, but I think this is just precaution since the Clips should be able to handle the Warriors without him. Once again, this could be a let down game, but you have to figure that Doc will have this team ready for battle, especially with the Denver Nuggets game coming on Sunday.
Let’s call a spade a spade here: the Warriors have the least talent in the NBA right now. I say that even with D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green in tow. They have the look and feel of a glorified G-League team, and even though they are no threat to the Clippers’ pursuit of a championship this year (it sucks it will more than likely only last one year given Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will both be 100% healthy next season), I still hate the Warriors with the passion of a thousand suns. I want the Clippers to annihilate them every time out, and this season will probably be the best opportunity to do so four straight times.
Positives for Golden State: Ummm…Damion Lee looks like an NBA player? Eric Paschall is a good, young piece moving forward? They might have something with Glenn Robinson III? You might not need to trade Dlo after all, and he will probably be an important piece for you next season given his age and shooting ability? Who cares? I sure don’t.
Still not fully healthy: As mentioned above, the Clippers will be without their second leading scorer in Paul George, who is still nursing a hamstring injured in the first half of the Detroit Pistons game last week. When will this team finally be fully healthy and able to gel properly? It’s annoying as hell.
Let’s stop coasting: The Clippers have been consistently playing down to their competition this season. This has ld to L’s handed to LA by the Suns, Bulls, Grizz, Spurs, and others. It’d be nice to just go out there, like they did in the second game of the season, and put it on the Warriors, have Kawhi rest the fourth, and get ready for Denver. NO COASTING.
Relive this glorious moment: