The Los Angeles Clippers won’t have much time to think about yet another crushing third quarter collapse Friday night, as they’ll turn right around and host the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on Saturday.
The Clippers will be playing their first home game since February 2, and are in the midst of a tailspin.
They’ve won just two of their last 12 games, and finished 2-9 on their 11-game road trip that took them all around the league throughout February.
Now, they’ll have to try and recover from the loss to the Lakers before heading into the second leg of what has to be one of the toughest possible back-to-back scenarios.
The Celtics (41-15) will be playing their second game since the shocking trade deadline departure of center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson.
They lost an ugly 89-75 game at Denver Thursday night, and will likely have their two new pieces (Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic) suiting up for the very first time Saturday evening.
The trade of Perkins did not sit well with many of the Celtics’ veterans, and All-Star forward Kevin Garnett went so far as to say that it felt like they “lost a family member today.”
The deal came as a shock to many around the league, as one of Boston’s primary strengths had been the immense size along their frontline. Now, without Perkins (and Semih Erden and Luke Harangody, who were traded in a separate deal), they may have lost a bit of that edge.
That sits just fine with the Clippers, who may suddenly boast a frontcourt advantage of their own in this matchup.
We’re all well aware by now of the greatness that has become Blake Griffin, who posted yet another double-double in Friday’s loss after scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Chris Kaman, who has been able to play in just 14 games this season due to injury, had his best game since returning, scoring 10 points to go along with nine rebounds.
The young DeAndre Jordan has emerged this season, as well, and is averaging 6.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game.
Historically, to nobody’s surprise, this series has been dominated by the Celtics throughout the years.
Boston has won 82 of the 113 all-time matchups, and the two teams split the pair of meetings last season.
This will be the first time the two will have played this season.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.