Wolves at Clippers
The Wolves finish their road trip in Los Angeles tonight against the 11-5 Clippers, who are coming off a successful 6-1 road trip that righted their ship after they got off to a mediocre start to the season.
The Clips have the 3rd best offensive rating in the league, and much like the Blazers last night, rely heavily on the three point shot to get them there. Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, and Jamal Crawford are their primary three point shooters, and I would expect them all to get several open looks tonight against a tired Wolves team that gives up open threes regularly.
Paul is having another fantastic season, shooting an incredible 56% from the field, and piling up the assists and steals as ever. He remains the top point guard in the league, and there is no reason for him not to dominate proceedings again tonight.
Their other star, Blake Griffin, is rolling along as well, though he has moved his game more to the perimeter in the early going, shooting more jumpers and mixing it up less inside. I approve of this change, as he's a guy who takes a pounding when he spends his time in the paint, and the Clips need him to stay healthy and energetic all year.
The Wolves just need to get back to Target Center. With both Thad Young and Mo Williams going 40+ minutes last night, it's hard to envision this one going well against a team with much more talent. Once again, it will be an exercise in watching the young guys and hope they show us something to hang some hope on. Can Andrew Wiggins bounce back and effect the game? Can Shabazz Muhammad put two strong performances together in a row?
Tune in to find out if you can stay up that late.
Here's a link to our blogging buddies tonight over at Clips Nation.
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NOTE: I am ill. There is almost no chance that I will make it to the end of the game and be able to write a recap of this one. I'll try, but no promises. If not, I'll get some kind of open thread up in the morning. If I'm still alive then.
Enjoy the game. Chat here. Go Wolves.