December 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15)scramble for a loose ball during the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Game #3 Preview – Clippers Look To Keep Momentum vs. Kings


Los Angeles Clippers (-4) at Sacramento Kings
10:00 PM EST (7:00 PM PT)
Sleep Train Arena

Projected Starters:

LAC: Chris Paul – J.J. Redick – Jared Dudley – Blake Griffin – DeAndre Jordan
SAC: Greivis Vasquez – Marcus Thornton – John Salmons – Patrick Patterson – Demarcus Cousins

There won’t be millions of media questions asking Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings players if this is a rivalry. Similar to the Golden State Warriors, there is no playoff history between the teams. Since Blake Griffin‘s arrival in Los Angeles, it has been a near one-sided affair in the win-loss category, but these teams don’t like each other.

Specifically Kings center Demarcus Cousins. In a four point loss the the Clippers in April of last season where Cousins scored 36 points to Griffin’s seven, Demarcus took a few shots at Blake post game in regards to Griffin flopping in-game.

“Of course that’s what Blake is going to say because he’s in L.A., where actors belong,” Cousins told reporters in Sacramento. “He’s an actor, so of course he would say that.” Cousins also took a shot at Griffin’s defense or his lack-of it. “It’s not even a matchup. I mean DeAndre’s guarding me most of the game. I attempt to play defense, so that’s what that is.”

Last night during the Clippers-Warriors game, Cousins tweeted this last night after a suspect call. Carl Landry, a former teammate of Chris Paul, threw his two cents in also.

The Clippers look to carry momentum after a 126 point outing against the Los Angeles Clippers where Chris Paul scored 42 points. The Sacramento Kings haven’t been known as a defensive powerhouse for many years, so a high scoring occurrence could be what’s in store. A similar night could be in store due to the lack of perimeter defenders the Kings possess.

A matchup that will be fun to watch will be reserve guards Darren Collison and Isaiah Thomas. Both are undersized guards who’s strengths come on the offensive side of the ball. When starting point guards are on the floor, this could be the most entertaining part of the night.

On the other side, Demarcus Cousins is coming off what will be one of the best performances by a center this season. In a squeaker against the Denver Nuggets, Cousins posted 30 points and 14 rebounds. This means DeAndre Jordan will be in the spotlight again. Unlike Andrew Bogut, who’s niche at this point in his career is defense and energy, Jordan will be dealing with a low-post phenom.

Pay attention to fatigue as the Clippers are on the second night of a back-to-back. If Jordan happens to get into foul trouble it could spell trouble for the Clippers as they have no big men options that can slightly replicate Jordan’s efforts on the defensive end.

Prediction:

Clippers 103 – Kings 89

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