Who: Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz
When: 6:00 PM PST (9:00 PM EST)
Utah is using 3rd different starting lineup of preseason. Burke, Burks, Hayward, Favors, Kanter… LAC w/ same 5 from POR.
— Eric Patten (@EricPatten) October 13, 2013
Another day closer to the NBA season opener. With a jam-packed week coming up (five games from the 12th to the 19th) the Los Angeles Clippers will be getting a lot of work from the reserves and those looking to make the roster. Most importantly they’ll be looking to exit this stretch — and the rest of the preseason for that matter — without adding another name to the injury list as Blake Griffin (knee), J.J. Redick (leg), Matt Barnes (calf) and first-round selection Reggie Bullock (knee) are all dealing with injuries.
Obviously the big name on that list is Griffin who injured his knee in a team scrimmage, but word is that the damage isn’t that serious. He will be available for tonight’s game according to multiple media sources.
The “who-to-watch” player for LA will obviously be DeAndre Jordan as he’s been all the talk this summer. Doc Rivers has been tooting this kids horn all summer, so we’ll see if his defensive intensity will carry over from the opening game.
After defeating the Portland Trailblazers in the preseason opener, the Clippers prepare to take on a Utah Jazz that had a pretty eventful summer.
Gone are the familiar faces of Al Jefferson (Charlotte) and Paul Millsap (Atlanta) as the team is ushering a youth era with Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward and 2013 first round draft pick Trey Burke being the new faces. This change is why a down year is expected, with teams improving in the West while they’re hoping their young players come along as planned. If the playoffs aren’t in reach, they’ll be competing for a top pick in the glorified 2014 NBA Draft to bolster their squad for the future.
Until then they’ll see how their team stacks up against one of the best teams in the Western Conference. Derrick Favors matching up with Blake Griffin will be an interesting test for the young kid. With more playing time expect this kid to join the double double club as he posted per-36 minute numbers of 14.6 points and 11.0 rebounds last season behind Millsap. Hayward will also be important to this team’s growth. After posting a 14-3-3 season, he’ll be the face of the offense having teams key in on him night in and night out. If he makes a leap the team will take one also.