For the first time since the 2007-08 season, the Los Angeles Clippers will look to start 3-0 when they host the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center Saturday night.
Friday night, the Clippers “went on the road” and earned themselves a relatively easy 10-point win over the struggling Lakers, despite another subpar offensive night from Blake Griffin.
Through the first two games, L.A.’s All-Star forward is averaging just 13 points on 40 percent shooting from the field. Fortunately, reserves like Jamal Crawford (25ppg) has been picking up the slack.
The Warriors (1-1) are coming off of a 104-94 loss Friday night against the Grizzlies, whom the Clippers beat in their opener back on Wednesday.
Golden State was also dealt a tough blow when they learned that reserve guard Brandon Rush will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn left ACL in Friday’s loss.
The Clippers were pleased with the amount of depth they were able to add during the offseason, and it’s already paid off through the first two games. Along with Crawford, they’ve gotten solid bench contributions from newcomers Matt Barnes, Ryan Hollins and Lamar Odom, as well.
The Warriors defeated the Suns, 87-85, in the opener, as they were carried by a newcomer of their own, Carl Landry, in the fourth quarter. The former Houston Rocket scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth. Star guard Stephen Curry, who earlier in the day had inked a brand new four-year, $44M contract extension, was awful, shooting just 2-14 for five points.
He rebounded well on Friday, though, scoring 26 points while dishing out seven assists. Landry poured in 20 points, as well.
Los Angeles and Golden State split their four meetings last season. The Warriors are also expected to be without starting center Andrew Bogut, because the team does not want him to play in back-to-back games as he continues to deal with ankle issues. Rookie Festus Ezeli will start in his place.
Griffin and David Lee weren’t particularly effective in stopping one another last season. Griffin averaged 22.5 points last year against the Warriors, while Lee averaged 21 and 11 rebounds himself while going up against Griffin.
Following this game, the Warriors will head north to take on the Kings on Monday, while the Clips will host Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers that same night.
Tip-off tonight is set for 7:30pm PT.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.