Oct 23, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) brings the ball up the court during the second quarter against Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Face Rival Clippers in LA: Game Preview

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January 21, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10, right) shoots the ball against Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

One down, 81 more to go.

The Golden State Warriors Warriors dazzled the whole league when they crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 125-94. Not only did the game show that they have chemistry, but it also shut up the doubters about their “weak” bench. Harrison Barnes is out of the lineup tonight with a foot ailment, but Toney Douglas, who scored 13 points last night, can make up for some of the scoring. Tonight, the Dubs will face the Los Angeles Clippers

The Warriors and the Clippers are classic rivals. Formed last year, these two always get into it when they play each other. From David Lee and Blake Griffin trash talking to each other, to Chris Paul and Stephen Curry going head to head, to the home crowd’s spite for the away team, it makes for a great game!

Last season, the Warriors beat the Clippers 3/4 times, but the time that they lost, they were completely blown out. Another thing to pay attention to: The Clippers are looking for their first win of the season, and what better than a way to take out their anger on their rivals? This is what makes for a great game.

Last night, Klay Thompson went berserk and dropped 38 points in a stunning performance. Against the Clippers last season, he averaged a solid 18.7 points per game, while connecting on 17/37 3-point shots. Look for him to have a great game tonight.

Not only was Thompson hot against the Lakers, but like everyone else on the Warriors’ roster, he played defense. Mark Jackson was proud of his team, and expects nothing different tonight, as they face what is perhaps a more challenging task.

“I don’ think enough credit is given to him for being a heck of a basketball player. Not only did he shoot the lights out, but he defended. Our overall defense was awfully impressive. … We did the job we are supposed to do.”

The Warriors have had a lot of success against the Clippers in recent years, but tonight may be the most challenging coming off a back-to-back. The importance of winning this game is not lost on them, and expect them to come out aggressively early.

 

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