The Philadelphia 76ers are in Los Angeles to take on Western Conference power, the LA Clippers.
For the first time in recent history, the Clippers are not only better than their roommates at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers. Doc Rivers has his team head and shoulders above most of the NBA.
I know by now the concept of the Clippers being a great team isn’t as fresh and interesting. But I can’t remember any time where the Clippers were easily the best team in LA. That says as much about the Lakers collapse as it does the Clippers improvement over the years.
Chris Paul will make his return for the Clippers tonight after separating his shoulder on January 3rd. The Clippers have been 12-6 in his absence, averaging 108.9 points a game. JJ Redick and Hedo Turkoglu should also be back for LA.
Blake Griffin has been nothing short of epic in recent weeks, becoming the first Clipper ever to score 30 or more points in three consecutive games, including the 43 he dropped against Miami. Guess we can take away the “Just a Dunker” label away from him.
The 76ers were beaten the other night soundly by Steve Nash and his perfectly coiffed hair. That same Laker team that couldn’t compete with the Clippers if they wanted to. This should be a long night for Philly.
Arnett Moultrie returns for the Sixers tonight. Though after recent quotes from Brent Brown, I am not sure he will see all that much playing time. The rookie coach is looking for the former first round pick to get in shape. Something that Doug Collins put Moultrie in the dog house for a season ago.
It’s going to take a perfect game for the Sixers, and one hell of an off night for the Clippers for Brent Brown and company to pull this one out. But hey, maybe Tony Wroten will hit a full court shot this game. That would be cool…