Pre-Game Report: Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks
Clippers Projected Starting Line-Up:
PG: Chris Paul (Questionable)
SG: Randy Foye
SF: Caron Butler
PF: Blake Griffin
C: DeAndre Jordan
The New York Knicks will play their final regular season home game tonight and will host the exciting Los Angeles Clippers. As for the Clippers, this is their final game of the season and although they can no longer win the Pacific Division, they are fighting for home-court advantage in the opening round.
The Los Angeles Clippers have very talented and athletic frontcourt with the marquee name being Blake Griffin. Griffin is a high-flying, multi-talented big man who can attack the rim at will. Griffin has a penchant of dunking the ball and the Knicks should be cautious if he is penetrating the paint. With the addition of Chris Paul, Griffin has been a recipient of many alley-oops and he can surely battle with the Knicks’ big men. This season, Griffin has averaged 20.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. There is also Caron Butler, a player who compliments Griffin and Paul extremely well. Butler can spread the floor with his shooting and has been a great leader for this fairly young team. As for DeAndre Jordan, he is an athletic center who contributes mostly on the defensive end. Jordan does not have a lot of offensive skills and he usually gets his points from Paul passes. However, the Knicks must be looking out for Jordan as he is a superb shot-blocker at a 2.1 blocks per game.
Chris Paul is questionable for tonight’s game, but with the Memphis Grizzlies tied for home-court advantage (Clippers hold tie-breaker), it would be surprising to see Paul miss this key match. Paul is no question the leader of this Clippers team and he is the reason why they are in the 2012 Playoffs. This season, Paul has averaged 19.8 points and 9.1 assists per game. As for Randy Foye, he is a solid player for the Clippers and his three-point shooting is phenomenal. The Knicks cannot afford to have him hot from deep, or else their night will be over very quickly.
Keys to Victory:
1- Keep Chris Paul on the perimeter- The Clippers rely heavily on Chris Paul and if the Knicks can contain him, they will surely win. Paul does nearly everything for this team and they need him to have a big night if they want a chance.
2- Dominate the paint- The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA and the Knicks need to exploit this weakness. The Knicks have big men who can rebound and they must come up big in this game.