We are less than 24 hours away from the official beginning of the 2013-2014 NBA season and the Los Angeles Clippers are set to take part in the TNT doubleheader tomorrow night. The Clips’ take on the Los Angeles Lakers and the Staples Center will be painted in Purple and Gold as it will be considered a home contest for the Lakers. LAC will then face the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in what will be their first true test. They will conclude the week with a trip to Sacramento for a showdown with the Kings. Let’s break down the first weeks match ups for the Los Angeles Clippers.
LA Clippers @ LA Lakers: Tuesday 10:30 TNT
This one might be close in the beginning, everyone is well rested and emotions will be running high, but the Clippers are a much better team. Steve Nash no longer has the speed to defend Chris Paul and don’t expect much help defense from the likes of Nick Young and Jodie Meeks. Obviously the theme here is dribble penetration. If the Clippers can get consistent dribble penetration throughout the game, their entire offense should open up. Drive and kick, quick passes, and of course lobs will all be in effect if the Clips can get their ball handlers inside the arc. The Clippers should take care of business on the “road” here.
Golden State Warriors @ LA Clippers: Thursday 10:30 TNT
Ladies and Gentlemen this is the Game of the week for the Clippers. Is there a team with a better 6 man rotation than the Golden State Warriors? The Splash bros combined with new signee Andre Iguodola plus David Lee and Andrew Bogut in the in the post, and Harrison Barnes off the bench…. WOWZA. Figuring out who plays in crunch time is a very good problem to have for Golden State. The Clippers have the edge at PG due to Steph Currie’s lingering ankle injury which makes his lateral defense an issue and quick lateral speed is needed to defend Chris Paul. The battle in the post between Jordan and Bogut will be the difference. If DeAndre Jordan can control the boards, the Clips’ chances of getting the W are very high. I think the Clippers will take this game in a close one, but don’t be surprised if Golden State edges the LAC.
LA Clippers @ Sacramento Kings: Friday 10:00 PM Fox Sports Los Angeles
The week will wrap up with a trip to Sac town for what the Clippers hope to be an easy cap to a successful week. That being said, DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins always has ability to tear you up on the inside and for the second straight night the defensive emphasis will be on DeAndre Jordan. The Kings offense runs through Cousins and if you can stifle him, their offense will fall to pieces.
Realistically 2-1 is probably what we are looking at this week for the Clippers, but let’s not overlook the opportunity Doc Rivers and company have to make a big impression here on the Western Conference with a potential (3-0) start this week. Regardless of what happens, THE ASSOCIATION IS BACK PEOPLE!