The Clippers have struggled of late going 2-6 in their eight games without Chris Paul in the lineup. They are 0-1 when Blake Griffin is out as well.
We’ll see what happens in CP3s ninth game out Wednesday, although it’s against a team even more banged up — Orlando.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are out again for the Clippers Wednesday, tweets Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
The good news for the Clippers is Orlando is on a 10-game losing streak, already had less talent on the roster and what talent they did have has been out injured. Glen Davis is out for the season and both J.J. Redick and Arron Afflalo are out Wednesday as well. Jameer Nelson missed the last Magic game but will be a game time decision on Wednesday.
If it becomes a battle of the benches it favors the Clippers. They will start the much-coveted Eric Bledsoe at the point and you can expect to see Jamal Crawford with the ball in his hands a lot.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.