Tonight is a bounce back night for both teams. Neither team is more desperate than the other, but the win will definitely help someone, in at least getting confidence back. Both teams are coming in tonight with a loss, the Clippers falling to the Spurs while the Warriors are on a three game losing streak. It’s nice to be back home for the Warriors since they have a 8-9 record at home.
And while the Warriors have proven every game that they compete with any team, it will be another hard fought battle tonight. And it’s not for the lack of skill or scoring the but the lack of effort. Saturday’s loss was because they didn’t secure a defensive rebound and gave the o-board to the other team for the put back and win. They were out rebounded 45-31 and outscored in the paint 44-22 in the loss to the Grizzlies who have a decent front court. Tonight, they will face a pretty good front court and it will take the all 8 men in the rotation to contribute in boxing out and securing the boards. Boards win games and championships.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul come to town with a chip on their shoulder. With a lack luster effort against the Spurs, they hope to have all the pieces fit right together. Griffin has only scored four points in the final period in the last three games. He’ll look at tonight’s game as an opportunity to right the ship.
Warriors Projected Starting Five
PG) Stephen Curry
G) Monta Ellis
F) Dorell Wright
F) David Lee
C) Andris Beidrins (why?!?!?)
Clippers Projected Starting Five
PG) Chris Paul
G) Randy Foye
F) Caron Butler
F) Blake Griffin
C) DeAndre Jordan