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Clippers vs. Warriors Preview: LA looks to get back in the win column against Golden State

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The Clippers head north to face the team with the worst record in the NBA.

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Game Information

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA

When: 7:30 p.m. PT

How to watch: TNT

Odds: Clippers -10.5

Projected Starting Lineups

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

Warriors: Damion Lee, Mychal Mulder, Andrew Wiggins, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Marquese Chriss

Injuries

Clippers: None

Warriors: Stephen Curry (flu) — QUESTIONABLE, Alen Smailagic (quad) — DAY-TO-DAY, Draymond Green (knee) — OUT, Kevon Looney (hip) — OUT, Ky Bowman (ankle sprain) — OUT, Klay Thompson (ACL tear) — OUT


The LA Clippers christened the Chase Center back in October by whupping the Warriors in their brand new digs, setting the tone for a reshuffling of the hierarchy in the Pacific Division.

The dynamic between these two teams hasn’t changed much since then. The Clippers have asserted themselves as title contenders, while Golden State — and the Chase Center — has seen more than its fair share of losses in the interim. The Warriors’ roster is even more unrecognizable since that meeting in San Francisco, and even since the last time these two teams played in January. The team reshaped its roster at the trade deadline and has cycled through a number of 10-day contracts since then.

After a loss to the Lakers Sunday (interestingly, the last time the Clippers played at Golden State, they were coming off of a win two days prior against the Lakers), the Clippers could use a win to steady the ship. Losing to the top seed in the West is one thing, but losing to the bottom team would be quite a different feeling. Working in LA’s favor is that the team remains fully healthy for this quick road trip, and the Warriors couldn’t be farther from that.

Although the script on the basketball court would appear to be fairly straightforward for the Clippers and the Warriors, the situation off the court is anything but. The NBA decided yesterday to indefinitely prevent the media from entering locker rooms due to the threat of spreading COVID-19. There remains a possibility that the league will eventually have to play games with no fans, something that is already happening internationally.

Santa Clara County has taken the step of banning gatherings with more than 1,000 people for the next three weeks. The ban will go into effect at 12:00 a.m. on March 11, and will affect San Jose Sharks games and Stanford women’s basketball heading into the NCAA Tournament. It’s not unreasonable to think that San Francisco (and by extension, the Warriors) could soon follow suit. Soak in the atmosphere of what should be a fully-packed Chase Center for the national TV game, because it may not happen for much longer.

Notes

  • Kawhi Leonard is undefeated against Andrew Wiggins (13-0) in NBA games, and he lit up Minnesota for 71 points in two matchups against the Wolves before Wiggins was traded. Leonard also had 36 points against the Warriors in January, including two spectacular dunks down the stretch. Expect big things from The Klaw tonight.
  • Even though Golden State has the worst record in the league, the Warriors have been feisty recently. They picked up wins against Denver and Philadelphia last week, and took Toronto down to the wire in Stephen Curry’s return game. Golden State also held a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter of the game at Staples Center, so this team has given the Clippers grief before, even when undermanned.

Links

After going 0-fer from the field against the Lakers, Marcus Morris knows he has to be better (L.A. Times).

Mike Prade of SB Nation detailed the Clippers’ defensive weakness: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George can’t defend all five players at once.

The Ringer’s Zach Kram looked at the last 20 years of NBA basketball to examine the best assist partnerships of the 2000s, and you probably won’t be surprised by which Clippers made the list.