The “Kings” of Cali: Warriors-Clippers Preview

Klay Thompson and the Dubs are itching to take the Pacific Division crown from CP3 and the Clippers in 2015. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)
Klay Thompson and the Dubs are itching to take the Pacific Division crown from CP3 and the Clippers in 2015. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)

Los Angeles Clippers (3-1) at Golden State Warriors (3-0)

Oracle Arena, 10:30 ET, ESPN


Tonight, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers face off in most exciting early season matchup to date. The unbeaten Warriors look to improve upon their best start since 1994-95 (5-0) by taking care of home court against their division rivals.

There is no love lost between the Dubs and Clips, especially since they are the premier squads in the Pacific Division and played an epic seven-game series last spring. Klay Thompson, the NBA’s LEADING SCORER at 29.7 (yes, you read that right) is firing on all cylinders to start the new season.

After singing a 4 year/$70 million max deal, Klay is showing exactly why GSW values him so highly and wouldn’t deal him for superstar Kevin Love.

With Stephen Curry continuing to “cook,” Coach Steve Kerr’s bunch is in prime form to capture the Pacific.

The Clippers, on the other hand, are developing a new identity, even though they sit at 3-1. They have struggled to put away less talented teams (lost to Sacramento on Sunday; beat Utah by 6 on Monday) and do not look motivated so far.

New owner Steve Ballmer has injected a tremendous amount of energy into the franchise but now, the players must follow suit.

Yes, Chris Paul is coming off of his first triple-double (13 pts, 12 assists, 10 boards) with LA and Blake Griffin is still a terror for opposing defenses (avg. 28 and 8) but the rest of their main guys need to step up. If JJ Redick, DeAndre Jordan and Matt Barnes can play well on both ends, LA could steal a victory in Oakland tonight.

Expect a high-scoring game with plenty of heroic performances on both sides. Curry, Thompson, Griffin (avg. 25 and 11 v. GSW last year) and Paul will all challenge for tonight’s top D.O.G. honors.

Stephen Curry: Projected Top D.O.G (Most Impactful Player)

Underdogs (X-Factors):

Jordan Farmar signing

G Jordan Farmar (LAC): Farmar has seen limited minutes (13 mpg) since coming over from the Lakers this summer. As Doc Rivers tries to ride Paul, Redick and Jamal Crawford, the UCLA product is getting lost in the shuffle.

But if the Warriors’ quick guards (Curry, Leandro Barbosa) start rolling, look for Farmar to be called upon to slow them down.


F Draymond Green (GSW): Green will likely get the start as Kerr tries to work David Lee back into the lineup (hamstring). He generally frustrates Griffin down low, so be sure to get your popcorn ready when the two of them face off.

If Green can control Griffin and contribute with his versatility (around 10 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds), the Dubs will be in good position to win.

Projected Winner:

Warriors logo


-Jabari J.

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