2021-10-22
Los Angeles Clippers
Golden State Warriors
League : NBA

Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Los Angeles Clippers open their NBA regular-season on Thursday with a visit to the Golden State Warriors. Los Angeles was 47-25 last season and finished fourth in the Western Conference. During the offseason, the most notable additions to the Clippers were Justise Winslow, Harry Giles III, Eric Bledsoe and George King. The Clippers drafted Keon Johnson, Jason Preston and Brandon Boston Jr. No longer on the Clippers roster are Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Daniel Oturu. The Clippers will open the season without Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka and Jason Preston.

The Golden State Warriors opened their regular season on Tuesday with a 121-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. The leading scorer for Golden State in the victory was Stephen Curry with 21 points. Curry finished with a triple double after also pulling down 10 rebounds and handing out 10 assists. The Warriors received strong play from Andrew Iguodala, Damion Lee, Jordan Poole and Nemanja Bjelica. The Warriors bench scored 55 points compared to 29 points for the Lakers bench. Jonathan Kuminga, Klay Thompson and James Wiseman are all out for Golden State.

 

Injuries already taking a toll on Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers will be without star Kawhi Leonard to begin the season as well as leading rebounder Serge Ibaka. The expected starting lineup for the Clippers will be Reggie Jackson and Terance Mann in the back court, with Paul George and Marcus Morris Sr. at the forward spots and Ivica Zubac at center. Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Nicolas Batum and Luke Kennard will be the first reserves off the bench for LA.

 

The Clippers must overcome the loss of Leonard who last season averaged 30.4 points and 7.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists during the postseason before injuring his knee. It is unknown whether Leonard will even play this season. Paul George will become the focal point of the Clippers offense. In eight games last season that Leonard did not play, George averaged 29.6 points, 11.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists. The Clippers hope Reggie Jackson can duplicate his performance from the 2021 postseason after he scored an average of 18.9 points per game.

 

Warriors Start Strong With Opening Night Win

The Golden State Warriors begin their regular season on a positive note with their victory over the Lakers. Stephen Curry was the leading scorer with 21 points but Jordan Poole was right behind with 20 and 6 players in all for the Warriors scored in double figures. Nemanja Bjelica was the leading rebounder for the Warriors with 11, while Curry pulled down 10. Curry also led the Warriors in assists with 10.

 

Golden State shot 44.1% overall and 35.9% from long distance. The Warriors grabbed 50 rebounds in their opening night victory including nine off the offensive boards and handed out 30 assists, The Warriors must be more careful with the ball as Golden State turned it over 17 times. Golden State as mentioned earlier received plenty of help Off the Bench with 55 points from its reserves led by Damion Lee and Bjelica with 15 points each.







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