Dennis Velasco: Clipper Steve! Thanks for doing this and forming our very own Blog City! Yeah, that was corny, but I'm okay with that. Ha!
The Los Angeles Clippers are tied for first place in the Pacific Division with the Golden State Warriors and have looked very good of late, winning three in a row, and more importantly for our purposes, a perfect 4-0 at home as the Brooklyn Nets roll into town. As of this writing, it's uncertain if the Nets' Deron Williams will be able to take the court after suffering a sprained ankle in the first quarter of last night's contest with the Phoenix Suns. So, a D-Will versus Chris Paul match-up may have to wait until the team meets in Brooklyn on December 12th, but there are other intriguing match-ups to watch, such as Brook Lopez, methodical and steady, versus DeAndre Jordan, athletic and crazy athletic. How do you see that bigs match-up on the inside. Also, people are saying that Blake Griffin has improved, but very little compared to his rookie season, is there a higher ceiling for Blake? What are three to five other things that Nets fans should know about the Clips?
Steve Perrin: Hey Dennis. It's my pleasure. And yes, that was corny, but at least you didn't call us Blob City (yes, I do need to get into the gym a bit more, get off my back!).
The Clippers have looked great at times this season, and not at all great a couple of times as well. They've generally risen to the level of their competition, and in fact are 5-1 against teams with winning records, but only 1-2 against teams with losing records. That might bode well for the Nets and their 3-5 mark -- except they're the Nets, and they probably have the attention of the Clippers, despite their poor start. And yes, they've been very good at home, with all four of their wins coming against Western Conference contenders.