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An introduction and a game preview.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Hey everyone,

I wanted to personally take the time to introduce myself. My name is Blake Harris, and I will be a Community Editor here at Clips Nation. Here’s a quick background on me.

I am 23 years old and am a die-hard Clippers fan. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, being born in Pasadena and having lived in Monrovia for about 15 years. I recently graduated from Arizona State University, where I got my degree in sports journalism.

Growing up in Los Angeles, I was one of the “rare” Clippers fans. In school, all my friends were Lakers fans, so I’ve had to deal with being the little brother my entire life. Since tickets were so inexpensive growing up, my parents would take me to Clippers games, where I immediately fell in love.

I was too young to realize how bad they truly were, I just enjoyed going to so many games. I remember the years with Darius Miles, Lamar Odom and Quentin Richardson. I remember becoming a passionate fan during the Sam Cassell, Cuttino Mobley, Corey Maggette, Elton Brand and Chris Kaman years. Then, who could forget how fun the Lob City era was?

I’ve been through all the ups and the downs, and I have stuck by this team through their great moments, and their horrible moments. Happy to be here, and I’ll see you in the comments!

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Now, let’s talk about the Clips.

The Clippers defeated the Suns 102-92 on Wednesday night, officially moving to 6-0 when they have a fully healthy team this year. Kawhi Leonard led the way for LA, scoring 24 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

Reggie Jackson had his best game as a Clipper, adding 12 points off the bench on 4-6 shooting.

For the second consecutive game, the Clippers held their opponent to under 100 points. The Suns couldn’t get anything going offensively, scoring only 66 through three quarters and shooting 39 percent from the field for the game.

The Clippers will head back to LA, for a crucial matchup with the Denver Nuggets on Friday evening. Entering the contest, Denver leads LA by one game for second place in the Western Conference standings. This will be the second time this season that both teams will square off, with Denver winning the first matchup, 114-104.

Every game is important for LA, but this contest holds a little extra importance, as the Clippers look to even the season series. The teams meet only three times this year, so a Denver win will give them the season-series win, which will be beneficial should both teams finish the season with the same record.

Projected starting lineups

Clippers: Patrick Beverley - Marcus Morris Sr. - Paul George - Kawhi Leonard - Ivica Zubac

Nuggets: Gary Harris - Jamal Murray - Will Barton - Paul Millsap - Nikola Jokic

Game Information

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

When: 7:30 PM PT

How to Watch/Listen: ESPN, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, AM 570