Golden State Warriors (4-2) vs. L.A. Clippers (1-4)
7:30 p.m. PST
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM | TV (!!!): TNT
Buddy blog: Clips Nation
Tom Ziller of SB Nation-NBA wrote a pretty inspiring piece about the Golden State Warriors yesterday in which he concluded by writing that fully implementing new coach Steve Kerr's offensive vision is, "...the final step for this wonderfully strange collection to break the Golden State mold and challenge for a championship."
As the preseason comes to a close in Oakland this week, the Warriors are still working on realizing their full potential as they've limited the minutes of their starters and are clearly still adjusting to the new offensive scheme - all of that should be expected and, personally, I'm not all that big on riding starters for big minutes prior to an 82 game season anyway.
So instead, I want to begin your day by talking about tonight's opponent: the L.A. Clippers.
The Warriors do not like the Clippers. I share their distaste for the Clippers. And Amar at SB Nation's Utah Jazz site SLC Dunk neatly encapsulated a major reason that I dislike this team in a beautifully rangy post yesterday.
Really, you gotta get your whole squad to come in after a dude tries to wrap your arms up on a layup? OOooh, you badd. They dunk a lot, and talk all game long, but these are some real tough guys.
To all of our readers down south who may like the Clippers: I am happy that you've been liberated from Donald Sterling your team is finally experiencing success just as I'd hope you're happy that our decades of suffering as Warriors has come to an end. But some of this nonsense gets tiring to watch. Perhaps you'll take that personally, but - from a fan perspective - it adds fuel to the fire of what has quickly become one of the league's most authentically heated rivalries.
Ben Bolch of the L.A. Times rightly tried to downplay the rivalry factor in tonight's (preseason) game and that probably makes sense: there's nothing on the line, the Warriors' big guns probably won't play big minutes, and why I gotta go bringin up old ish anyway, right?
Unfortunately - and I mean that for my own sanity - I take great joy from watching the Clippers lose to the Warriors, perhaps even in preseason. That's extreme, but I've come to like this team even less than the Lakers and I wish we still had Kent Bazemore around to dance on their heads from the sidelines.
TL;DR: Beat L.A.