Los Angeles Clippers (20-9) at Golden State Warriors (16-13)
7:30 p.m. PT
Roaracle Arena - Oakland, CA
TV: ESPN | Radio: KTCT 1050
Buddy blog: Clips Nation
It's Christmas at Roaracle, and white out night to boot. White Christmas and all that - the closest thing the Bay Area can come up with. I won't say the Christmas unis make them look like giant toddlers in underwear, but the rumor is the Association is planning to introduce footed onesies next year.
(How is Blake Griffin like a fish? He'll still flop after he's dead)
This matchup is going to feature the two top point guards in the league. Chris Paul is still the king of the hill, but Stephen Curry is playing at a tremendous level right now, and the gap between them has narrowed enough to push Curry close to the top. Last time these teams played Curry and Paul scored 80 between them, so this could be a very high scoring battle, and we can expect lots of beautiful passing.
On the wings, Jamal Crawford and Jared Dudley are a dangerous matchup for the Dubs, although they'd be more dangerous if Reddick were healthy. Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes haven't been playing that well of late, although Klay's 4th quarter against the Nuggets was very nice. Thompson's scoring slump has run long enough to be a little troubling, and the overall on/off for Barnes is perhaps equally so.
(In a fight, Blake Griffin is like a b-movie prooducer - he has more flops than hits.)
Up front, the Warriors have been on a tear. David Lee has played December at last year's level, and that's good. He and Andrew Bogut are getting better (averaging better than 20 rebounds a game together) , and the interior passing between them is becoming a dangerous thing. This part of the game is a coin-flip matchup - as much as I dislike Blake, he's a genuine talent, and DeAndre Jordan is having a pretty good year.Overall, this game depends on the same thing most Warrior games depend on - taking care of the ball, free throws, and how the "points of interest" get called. If Klay has a good night, the Warriors win -if he doesn't, the results are more iffy.
- Warriors by 6
- Someone gets ejected, someone gets T'd up, someone gets fined. (Pick from among Draymond, Andrew, David, Steph, Chris, Blake, Deandre, Matt Barnes
- Klay goes off for 34
- Lee double-doubles