Clippers vs Thunder: What to watch for

Nov 13, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) after the game at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Thunder 111-103. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In SCIC’s game of the week, the Los Angeles Clippers will be taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder later tonight. Last week, these two teams met and let’s just say that there was some bad blood. And if there wasn’t before, there is some now.

The Clippers edged the Thunder 11-103, and  a “skirmish” broke out between Serge Ibaka, Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes in the second quarter.

OKC had to finish the game short-handed, with the ejection of Ibaka, and the Clippers ended up coming back behind Chris Paul and Griffin.

Tonight, we’ll see what they have for an encore. In the meantime, here are a few things to keep in mind as you watch the game…

 

PAUL VS WESTBROOK

It’s always great when two good point guards face off against each other, it goes to an entire another level when the two, arguably, best point guards in the NBA play each other — which will be the case tonight. In the first game, Paul only shot 5 for 15, 0 for 6 from three. It wasn’t his most efficient game, but he played a whole lot better in that second half on his way to a 14 point, 16 assist effort. We’ll see if he can put together a more complete game tonight. On the other hand, Westbrook is probably the most electrifying point guard in the league right now. In game one, he had 19 points and 10 assists. There’s no question that he brings his A-game when he faces off against other top players. Expect a similar stat-line tonight.

THE PHYSICALITY 

As we saw in game one between the two teams, there was some “physicality” involved in the contest. OKC loves to get physical with Blake Griffin and with Kendrick Perkins back (he missed their first contest against the Clippers), that should continue. But at what point does Griffin and/or the Clippers just say enough is enough?

WHAT WAS THAT SECOND HALF?

The Clippers played a much better second half, outscoring the Thunder 58-41 last week. I’m not sure if that’s going to become a trend or if that was simply the Thunder’s inability to overcome the loss of Ibaka. Either way, we should find out tonight.

Clippers vs Thunder, 8 p.m.

 

Topics: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder

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