Oct 23, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) drives against Utah Jazz point guard John Lucas III (5) during the preseason NBA basketball game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

LAC vs SAC Preview: One Last Tune-up


It’s Los Angeles Clippers versus Sacramento Kings on Friday night! The Clippers will play one more preseason game on Friday at the Kings before they tip it up for real against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Staples Center. What can we take from the preseason games? Do they really mean nothing?

Of course the records are wiped clean as soon as the game tomorrow is over. Nobody is going to care what anybody did in the preseason once the regualr season starts. But let’s look at some of the standings in the preseason:

In the Pacific Division we have the Clippers on top and the Lakers at the bottom. Would it be shocking if things stayed that way? Not really. It may be a little bit off to think the Phoenix Suns and the Kings finish near the top though as they are both 4-2 right now, just behind the 5-3 Clippers.

In the Northwest, the Minnesota Timberwolves are on top at 4-1 followed by the Portland Trailblazers at 4-2. You say “well, that’s not going to happen”, but I say don’t be so sure. The T-Wolves could be a dangerous club if they ever stay healthy. Portland is going to be an exciting team with some good young players too.

In the Southwest we have the New Orleans Pelicans at 6-1 with the Houston Rockets at 4-1. The San Antonio Spurs are at the bottom. OK, that is not going to happen. But the Rockets at 4-1 is a sign of things to come.

So how about tomorrow’s game? Since it is the last exhibition game and there are three off days before the Lakers game, I would expect to see a rotation very similar to a regular season one. This game is a dress rehearsal. Anyone who has ever been in a school play knows the dress rehearsal is the real thing even though there is no audience. So this game is well worth paying attention to.

I will be interested to see how Blake Griffin is shooting his mid range shot and his free throws and how newcomers like J. J. Redick and Jared Dudley play. But most important is I want to see the Clippers win the game.

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