Where: Staples Center
When: Tuesday, Dec. 29, 7:00 p.m. PT
How to watch/listen: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, AM 570 LA Sports
Projected Starting Lineups
Clippers: Patrick Beverley, Luke Kennard, Paul George, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka
Timberwolves: Malik Beasley, D’Angelo Russell, Naz Reid, Jake Layman, Anthony Edwards
Clippers: Kawhi Leonard (QUESTIONABLE) Mouth laceration, Marcus Morris Sr. (OUT) Sore right knee, Jay Scrubb (OUT) Foot surgery
Timberwolves: Jaylen Nowell (OUT) Left Soleus Strain, Josh Okogie (OUT) Left Hamstring Strain, Karl-Anthony Towns (OUT) Left Perilunate Subluxation
The Clippers are coming off a pretty, pretty, pretty bad loss, to say the least. We’re not even going to mention what happened on Sunday. So, as far as we know, this is the Clippers home opener!
The Clippers and Timberwolves are both 2-1 to start the season, but this should be a game that the Clippers are able to handle fairly well. Minnesota is missing their superstar Karl Anthony-Towns, along with two other pieces too. As of right now, Kawhi Leonard is questionable for tonight’s contest, but he shouldn’t really have much of an impact whether he plays or not.
After starting the season with back-to-back wins, Minnesota lost by nearly 40 points the other night to the Lakers. Rookie and No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards led the way for them as he dropped 15 points. He was one of only three players on the team to even score in double digits.
LA and Minnesota met three times last year, with the Clippers coming out victorious in two of them. The first matchup was one for the record books, as both Leonard and George each dropped 40 points. George had 46 and Leonard had 42. The next game wasn’t as epic, as LA’s top duo only scored a combined 52 in the win. Then, in the third matchup, the Timberwolves went lights out from the field, as they dropped 142 points in their win over LA.
After an embarrassing loss to the Mavericks on Sunday, I expect the Clippers to come out hungry and silence all the doubters with a victory.... at least, I really hope so.