WHEN: Saturday, January 6, 12:30 pm (PST)
WHERE: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
LISTEN: 95.7 The Game
Blog Buddy: Clips Nation
GSW - PROBABLE: Omri Casspi (mid back strain), Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle), Draymond Green (right knee soreness), Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) and David West (sprained right ankle). QUESTIONABLE: Kevin Durant (right calf strain)
LAC - QUESTIONABLE: Milos Teodosic (sore plantar fasciitis). OUT: Austin Rivers (right ankle injury), Patrick Beverley (right knee surgery) and Danilo Gallinari (left glute injury)
The Clippers are racked by injuries
The “other” L.A. team just may be cursed. How else can you explain the myriad of injuries and calamities that have dogged this pathetic franchise since the dawning of “Lob City”? Former Clippers “hall-of-fame point guard” Chris Paul has run away to flop with the Houston Rockets. The guy they traded him for, Patrick Beverly, is out for the season with a knee injury. Head coach Doc Rivers desperately threw his son Austin out there, only to see his poor child’s ankle give out from the pressure of carrying the weight of this dead franchise.
The only true ball-handler they have left is Lou Williams, who is more of a scoring guard than distributor. Here’s Doc describing to the L.A. Times how Williams performed after the team was bodied by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 127-117:
“It was just tough tonight because we need Lou to play the point guard and to score at the same time and you could see his shots got flat,” Doc Rivers said. “They just wore him down.
“We’ll figure it out by Saturday, I guess. When you have your three point guards out, we just can’t have Lou bringing the ball up all game. So even if we use Blake as the guy that brings the ball up the floor, we literally don’t have another guy right now.”
At the moment, the Clippers are in frantic need of any man who can dribble a basketball and chew gum at the same time. They still have two All-NBA big men in Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan, yet their effectiveness is stunted without a competent floor general setting them up for success.
Right now the Clippers are tied for 24th in the league in assists with those notorious iso-addicts from Oklahoma City. The Clippers are also tied for 25th in worst assist/turnover ratios in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers. (The Warriors rank first in both categories LOL).
The Warriors dominate despite injuries
The champs have dealt with some tough medical woes of their own, with Kevin Durant and Draymond Green both missing six games, and Stephen “Unanimous Death Angel” Curry too injured to participate in thirteen contests. Here’s head coach Steve Kerr speaking on the effect of Curry’s absence:
“In a weird way, it’s a good thing for our team,” Kerr said. “Obviously I want all of our players healthy. … I think big picture-wise over the next couple weeks it’s an opportunity for our team to get better because we have to. We have no choice.”
Kerr believes in #StrengthInNumbers so much, and the Warriors roster is so loaded, that he literally called temporarily losing one of the greatest point guards of all time a “good thing”. Let that sink in.
The Dubs once again have the best record in basketball at 31-8, and they continually find new ways to break the league’s collective spirit. Curry is averaging 33 points on 61% shooting since his triumphant return after missing eleven games due to a nasty ankle injury. This includes getting the better of Chris Paul in Houston last Thursday... yet again.
Curry’s last time out against the hapless Clippers, he splashed them for 31 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists in 30 minutes.
#WET. It’s almost like he will never forget how the Clippers eliminated the young Warriors out of the playoffs in seven games back in 2014 and got Pastor Mark Jackson fired.
Gold-blooded Prediction: Warriors 118, Clippers 99