L.A. Clippers (15-9) at Washington (9-12)
December 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Washington
Radio: 106.7FM The Fan
Projected starting lineups:
C- Marcin Gortat, PF- Trevor Booker, SF- Trevor Ariza, SG- Martell Webster, PG- John Wall
Los Angeles Clippers
C- DeAndre Jordan, PF- Blake Griffin, SF- Jared Dudley, SG Willie Green, PG Chris Paul
John Wall v. Chris Paul
Because why not? This is a matchup between two of the best point guards in the NBA. When these two guys are at their best on the floor, it’s tough to beat either team as they’re responsible for a huge percentage of their team’s points. Paul will never wow you with athleticism, but his ability to completely control a floor is second to none. It will probably help Wall if his jumper is falling early. He gets in a good rhythm when it does, but when it doesn’t he tends to settle instead of attacking as last night’s 6-22 shooting performance showed.
Trevor Booker. Booker has given this team unseen and much welcomed production since Nene has missed the last 2 games. He is averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds in two starts and has brought his usual high level of energy. Nene is likely a game-time decision tonight, but even if Booker has to come off the bench it looks like the bench will add strength, while if he starts you’re expecting good production.
The Clippers front court is a tall task, and last night the Wizards were killed by the Hawk’s front court for 50 points and 26 rebounds between Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Booker will be matched up against Blake Griffin and he’ll be needed to match Blake’s intensity as it will be a fight down low on the boards.