The Los Angeles Clippers are set to host the Golden State Warriors in their first home game of the season, banners covered and all. But let’s be real. It’ll take more than covering up a few banners to avoid an 0-2 start to this NBA season.
The Clipper are coming off of an embarrassing loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and had just 24 hours to lick their wounds before facing a young, gifted and hungry Warriors team that just beat the purple off the Lakers’ uniform in Tuesday night’s 31-point not-so-shocking victory.
What could be seen as a humbling experience for for entitled Laker club, should be outright terrifying for the Clippers.
Out of respect to the elderly in San Antonio, Golden State has the best roster in the pacific division, engineered by a young exuberant coach in Mark Jackson, who’s convinced every man in a Golden State uniform that they’re destined for greatness and belong there.
Last season, the Clippers experience gave the team an edge over the Warriors. This season, the Warriors have former Denver Nugget Andre Iguodala and former All-Star center Jermaine O’Neal on the roster. The Clippers added shooters in the offseason. The Warriors already have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — “the best shooting backcourt in the history of the league,” according to Jackson. The Clippers have athletic phenoms in Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Again, the Warriors have Iguodala.
If the Clippers follow head coach Doc Rivers‘ defensive gameplan by pressing the shooters, and force the Warriors into a halfcourt game, they can take advantage of their inability to create while motionless. But everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. In this case, the Clippers have to come out swinging.
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