01-10-2007, 04:12 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
GT: Game 36 @ T'Wolves 1/10
Los Angeles Clipper(16-19)@
WHEN: Wednsday, January 10th at 5:00 PM Pacific; 8:00 PM Eastern
WHERE: Target Center at Minneapolis, Minnesota
MEDIA: FSN Prime Ticket; NBALeaguePass; AM 1110
Clippers Projected Starters
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Shaun Livingston | Cuttino Mobley | Tim Thomas | Elton Brand | Chris Kaman
Sam Cassell | James Singleton | Aaron Williams
T'Wolves Projected Starters:
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Mike James | Ricky Davis | Trenton Hassell | Kevin Garnett | Mark Blount
Marko Jaric | Randy Foye | Craig Smith
"Will be a closer game then people might think and Cassell should have another good game, along with Brand having a monster. For the Wolves, KG obviously will have a great game, and Davis plus James should chip in. Bench play will be key in this game, and I expect Cassell to give a good enough push to push the Clippers over the top. Hope to see some of Singleton after his hustle and great play at the Hornets. Currently, the Clippers are 1.5 games out of the 7th and 8th seeds and with a win they will be a half a game behind the Wolves and out of the playoffs. Both the Warriors and Nuggets who are a game and 1.5 games ahead of the Clippers also play so if they all are to lose, the Clippers would be just a half game out of the 7th seed and if Rockets are too lose, they would be 5 games out of 6th."
Q's Prediction: Clippers Win 101-94
Q's Prediction Record: 21-14
:: Chris Kaman to be put under the gun to bounce back from a recent slump at the both ends of the court as head coach Mike Dunleavy's likely to call his number to defend the length and considerable offensive skill of Kevin Garnett while relying on Kaman to go right at KG and his front-line teammate Mark Blount at the offensive end of the court to establish an interior presence in the Clippers game plan with the ball. Kaman's been outplayed by lesser known less than offensive minded centers Zaza Pachulia of the Hawks and Hornet pivot Tyson Chandler in back to back games. His overall performance in this game could well be a gauge to team success.
:: Corey Maggette to re-emerge as a key cog off the bench in this game for Los Angeles. Maggette participated in a long, grueling practice Tuesday in Minneapolis appearing to have sufficiently healed from a strained left arch suffered early on this trip to jump back into the rotation after resting the foot the past two games. Maggette's ability to attack the rim in the open court (he scored 18 points in the earlier encounter with the Wolves) combined with Sam Cassell's shot-making prowess provides the club with a pair of dimensions very much necessary if Los Angeles is to muster the firepower necessary to post a victory at the Target Center.
:: Shaun Livingston's defense versus starting Minnesota point man Mike James and rookie reserve Randy Foye to be a pivotal factor in the flow of this game. Livingston's proven vulnerable to quick, penetrating point guards lately. It will be imperative that he keep James and Foye in front of him and force them to beat him and the Clips defense by making perimeter shots.
:: Minnesota's Trenton Hassell's offense to be a key watch. If Hassell continues his recent high scoring ways (15.7ppg over the last 4, 62.5% shooting over the past 6) he could serve as an X-factor in this one. He'll be on the floor to check Cassell defensively, where he earns his keep most nights.
Last edited by qrich : 01-10-2007 at 04:54 AM.