It's round two of Lob City versus Loud City when the Los Angeles Clippers (8-4) travel east to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (7-3). Here's what you need to know:
Time: 8:00pm eastern, 5:00pm pacific
Watch on: TNT
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena; Oklahoma City, OK
|Chris Paul||Russell Westbrook|
|J.J. Redick||Thabo Sefolosha|
|Jared Dudley||Kevin Durant|
|Blake Griffin||Serge Ibaka|
|DeAndre Jordan||Kendrick Perkins|
Injuries: Matt Barnes (eye) and Maalik Wayns (knee) are both out for the Clippers. The Thunder have no injuries.
The last time these teams met: Matt Barnes and Serge Ibaka got ejected and despite Kevin Durant's 33-6-10 effort the Clippers went on to win 111-103. Blake Griffin led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds, CP3 dished out 16 dimes.
Story: There is a whole lot of bad blood between these two teams as we saw Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes tangle with Serge Ibaka in their last meeting. In case you missed it, here's how it went down (in GIF's):
So that's how it went down. Allow me to take this time to talk to Blake Griffin.
Ahem, Blake, dude. Stop hooking people's arms like that, because one time you're gonna pull that and as Charles Barkley says "get clocked upside yo' damn head."
As I was saying, there is a whole lot of bad blood between these two teams and they are both very good. Serge versus Blake will be something to keep an eye on tonight and without Matt Barnes coming off the bench I'm curious to see how and if the Clippers can guard Durant at all.
History Watch: Magic Johnson holds the NBA record with 15-straight 10 plus assist games to start the 1990-91 season. Currently, Chris Paul has 12 double digit assist games to start the season and will tie Rajon Rondo for second place (13 games last season) if he can dish out at least 10 dimes tonight.
Prediction: OKC bounces back and gets the win against the Clippers evening up the series for this season.
Clippers: 109, Thunder: 120