Following Chris Paul‘s 0-12 performance and the team’s loss Wednesday in New Orleans, the Clippers and CP3 bounced back Thursday with a huge fourth quarter, including nine points from Paul, to defeat Dallas, and are ready for tonight’ battle with Houston. The Clippers currently have a one-game lead over the Rockers for the third spot in the Western Conference standings, and a win tonight will give them a bit of breathing room as they then go in to the final eight regular season games worrying more about catching Oklahoma City than being caught by Houston.
Danny Granger suffered a hamstring injury Thursday and will miss a week or so at least, but the Rockets will play tonight without both the ego-man, as D-eee Wight, who is still
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|suffering from ankle pain and will sit out again, and point guard Randy Beverly, who may now be out for the duration, having suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee. As his team fights down the stretch for a meaningful playoff position, D-eee Wight has frequently been among the missing, with tonight’s absence being his fourth missed game of the team’s last seven. After losing three in a row to actual good team, the Rockets go into tonight’s game with a five-game winning streak, but the overall record of the five teams they defeated is 127-226 (.388).|
With or without the ego-man, the Clippers should easily beat the Rockets for the fourth straight time this season. The Clippers number one NBA offense (107.4 ppg) will have a field day against Houston and their 17th-rated defense, and will easily put to an end the team’s 12-game home winning streak.
do you see a team depth chart on any of the web sports info providers – ESPN, Yahoo!, CBS, etc. – that actually lists a position as four-deep, but ESPN does have Dudley as number four at Clippers’ small forward. They didn’t even bother to remove the inactive Granger.