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Game 40 - Nets vs. Clippers - Wednesday, March 7, 8:00

Deron Williams told WFAN the other day that he loves going head to head with Chris Paul, that they will be linked forever because they were taken #3 (Williams) and #4 (Paul) in the 2005 Draft. Now, this season, they face each other at a new point in their careers, as both try to bring long-suffering franchises into the light.

For Paul, the job is easier, primarily because he has Blake Griffin who is the most electric player in the game today. Williams is still waiting for his electricity producer who continues to toil in Orlando. As a one-two punch, the two are among the league's best, with Paul averaging 19.7 points and 8.3 assists and Griffin with monster numbers, 21.2 points and 11.1 rebounds.

Add in DeAndre Jordan (7.7 and 9.1), Mo Williams (13.7 points) and Caron Butler (13.4 points) and you've got one of the most exciting and productive lineups in the NBA that's third in West, percentage points ahead of the Lakers. It will be old home week for a couple of Clips: Kenyon Martin and Bobby Simmons. Game time is later than usual, at 8:00 p.m.