November 25, 2017, 4:52 am
The Kings look to keep rolling after their impressive performance against the Lakers on Wednesday as the Clippers come to town fresh off of a victory over the Hawks.
Prior to that win, the Clippers had lost nine straight games and currently sit at 13th in the Western Conference as a result. They’ve been dealt a ton of bad news with injuries as Patrick Beverley has missed time and was recently told he’d be out for the remainder of the season with a knee issue.
Danilo Gallinari, the Clippers big offseason acquisition, has continued to have injury problems while Milos Teodosic has also spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines. That’s three starters the Clippers are without and it’s obviously hurt them big time.
Blake Griffin’s best efforts haven’t been enough for the team to win with any consistency. He’s averaging 22.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 35.6 minutes per game (41.7 percent FG). One man can only do so much so Griffin isn’t to blame for their struggles. He’ll still bring it every night and will be a tough matchup for the Kings’ frontcourt as he’s a guy that can exploit both Skal Labissiere and Zach Randolph.
DeAndre Jordan is still trucking along in Los Angeles, for now. He continues to do what he does best and that’s rebound the ball, averaging 13.8 boards per game. His athleticism could be an issue too for the Kings which is a bit worrisome. The Clippers’ frontcourt have the tools to completely own Sacramento down low and that could be the difference in this game.
If the Kings can limit these two they should be able to find some success. Outside of them there isn’t much to worry about. Austin Rivers and Lou Williams are a couple of perimeter players that can go off on any given night so the Kings will have ensure the screws are nice and tight outside. They are both renowned for lighting up the Kings, but in all honesty, who isn’t.
Coming off a win it’s unlikely Dave Joerger decides to switch up the rotation much so you can expect that to remain the same. Willie Cauley-Stein and Buddy Hield are two guys that have benefited tremendously from a move to the bench so Joerger might as well ride that while they’re hot. Hoop Ball’s Jon Schifferle has more on the lineup changes and who benefits the most HERE.
This is a winnable game for the Kings but they need to be cautious and ensure they execute. Some minor mistakes have the potential to be exposed against the Clippers who have some pieces that can really hurt them. Los Angeles are coming off of a game where they shot 15-of-30 from deep and that should concern you if you follow the Kings.
The recommendation here is to go into the game with an open mind.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – George Hill
SF – Garrett Temple
PF – Skal Labissiere
C – Zach Randolph
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. EST)
Where: NBC Sports California