Quick preview tonight, late left coast games and a 6 week-old make for a hectic schedule…
Clippers just got embarrassed Monday night at home by the New Orleans Hornets behind Greivis Vasquez, who had 25 points on 13 shots to go with 10 assists. A matchup with Chris Paul good news for the Ridnour rejuvenation nation? We’ll see…
Clippers probable starting lineup:
PG Chris Paul
SG Willie Green
SF Caron Butler
PF Blake Griffin
C DeAndre Jordan
Caron Butler had a franchise record, 9 three pointers in the Hornets game. He has hit 24 of 49 on the season, good for 49%, but is a 10-year career 33% shooter from 3. (So he’s going to come down some time.)
Speaking of small sample size theater, Jamal Crawford has shot 40% from 3 on the season, at just over 5 attempts a game to help him average 18 points a game. Over his last 5 he is averaging just over 4 attempts, hitting 33%, and scoring 13 per contest. (So it seems, he has.)
Blake Griffin went 1-9 in the Hornets game before fouling out trying to guard Ryan Anderson outside. Blah blah blah. Gonna have to do more than that against Kevin Love tonight. Blah blah blah…
Wolves starting lineup:
PG Luke Ridnour
SG Malcolm Lee
SF Andrei Kirilenko
PF Kevin Love
C Nikola Pekovic
What didn’t go well for the Wolves on offense last night in Sacramento?
They shot only 27% from 3. (BUT!!!) Malcolm Lee went 2-3 and Alexey Shved (2-5) added a couple timely ones of his own. So it wasn’t all bad (Love, 2-8).
Luke Ridnour brought the offense that is supposed justify his minutes (18 points, 5 assists).
They shared the ball with Love in the lineup. AK47 and Ridnour both tallied 5 assists and Pek kicked out a
season career high of 4.
Kevin Love brought a big game while playing within the offense. Love owned the defensive boards (while playing solid defense overall) and wasn’t the ball-stopper of the last 3 games.
What about tonight?
Love’s got Griffin looking to bounce back after Monday night’s horrible outing. Ridnour has a matchup with the best point guard in the game. Kirilenko has a lot of room to cheat and help on defense in this one. Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford (nevermind CP3) will be sure to break down the Wolves’ defense, so he’ll be needed. DeAndre Jordan and Pek will tangle in a nationally televised matchup.
P.S. It was nuts, but it seems Pek has moved on…