This is it, Clipperland.
This is the best opportunity there’s going to be for the first win of the Kim Hughes Era. The Kings come to town with an 18-36 record and are 2-8 in their previous 10 games. The problem in that stat is the Clippers boast a 21-33 record and are 1-9 in their previous 10 games.
The subplot of Kim Hughes’ possible first victory aside, the biggest story-line in tonight’s game will be how the recent additions to both teams’ rosters perform tonight.
The Kings will debut their new power forward, Carl Landry, in tonight’s starting lineup while the Clippers will trot out Drew Gooden, likely off the bench while he figures out his new team’s playbook.
The Clippers have tough match-ups for the remainder of the season and face the Kings twice this month, both of which are winnable games (at least on paper).
I’m most interested to see how the Clippers’ bench does tonight, as it will represent the most talent they’ve had on it all season. If they’re able to consistently play at a high level tonight, the game will play out in the Clippers’ favor, as their bench is much more talented than that of the Kings. If they get sloppy or get in foul trouble early, it’ll be interesting to see how they are able to compensate against the more athletic Kings.