Los Angeles Clippers (43-26) @ Golden State Warriors (63-7)
Los Angeles Stat Leaders Golden State Stat Leaders
Points Per Game: Points Per Game:
Chris Paul (20.0) Steph Curry (30.1)
Rebounds Per Game: Rebounds Per Game:
DeAndre Jordan (13.9) Draymond Green (9.6)
Assists Per Game: Assists Per Game:
Chris Paul (9.9) Draymond Green (7.4)
Steals Per Game: Steals Per Game:
Chris Paul (2.2) Steph Curry (2.1)
Blocks Per Game: Blocks Per Game:
DeAndre Jordan (2.3) Andrew Bogut (1.7)
The Golden State Warriors (63-7) will host the Los Angeles Clippers (43-26) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 10:30 p.m ET on ESPN.
The Warriors are in hot pursuit of the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls record of (72-10) and with nine of their final 12 games being played at the Oracle Arena, where Golden State has not lost this year (32-0), they stand a pretty good chance. They’re coming off a loss at San Antonio in which they scored just 79 points and a tough game in which they outlasted the Timberwolves 109-104. Steph Curry called this patch “the normal ebbs and flows of the season” and reassures fans there is nothing to worry about.
Barring any late season debacle, Curry has pretty much locked up his second straight MVP award. He’s averaging 30.1 ppg, 6.6 apg and 5.4 rpg but in his last two contests is just 3-21 from deep. Could he be running out of steam? Probably not, but we like to leak doubt into the mind of our readers.
The Clippers on the other hand have dropped four of five and desperately need Blake Griffin back. Los Angeles will likely lock up the #4 seed in the West for the playoffs but are looking to make this year different than years past. They’ve failed to get past the Conference Semis the last four years and most recently lost three straight to the Rockets to get knocked out last year.
In Blake Griffin’s absence, Chris Paul has carried the team and is without question in the conversation for second place in MVP voting. He’s averaging 20.0 ppg, 9.9 apg and 2.2 spg. While the Clips have been sliding of late they have had some bright spots. They look to become the first team in NBA history to have a player lead the league in field goal percentage (Jordan- 71%), free throw percentage (Crawford- 91%) and three point percentage (Redick- 49%).
The Clippers look to avoid being swept by Golden State this season and hand the Warriors their first loss at home in a year and half. They’ve lost the previous three matchups with the Warriors by a combined 14 points and Wednesday night’s matchup is sure to be another shootout.