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LA CLIPPERS (7 - 3) at HOUSTON (7 - 3)
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Wednesday, 11/13/2019 7:35 PM
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LA CLIPPERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games7-3-16-33-7111.953.645.7%57.2106.951.443.4%51.9
Road Games1-2-5.51-22-1119.757.051.8%47.0120.753.747.5%49.3
Last 5 Games4-1+34-01-4107.449.240.9%66.2101.849.040.9%55.0
LA CLIPPERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.953.640-8745.7%10-3032.4%22-2878.4%571122247165
vs opponents surrendering109.153.640-9044.3%11-3334.3%18-2476.7%541023238155
Team Stats (Road Games)119.757.043-8351.8%12-2942.5%21-2779.0%47624266164
Stats Against (All Games)106.951.438-8843.4%13-3536.2%18-2475.6%52922267155
vs opponents averaging11154.140-8845.9%12-3236.1%19-2477.7%54923227155
Stats Against (Road Games)120.753.742-8847.5%14-3639.4%22-2783.7%49927249143

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games7-3+1.24-64-6120.359.344.7%56.4118.459.546.2%57.3
Home Games3-1+0.81-33-1120.560.543.9%59.2116.056.244.0%59.5
Last 5 Games4-1+1.44-11-4115.055.845.1%58.0110.256.843.0%56.6
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)120.359.341-9144.7%16-4733.6%23-3076.4%561023228166
vs opponents surrendering115.757.342-9145.7%12-3535.0%20-2677.3%561124228165
Team Stats (Home Games)120.560.541-9343.9%15-4533.0%24-3079.3%591026236156
Stats Against (All Games)118.459.543-9446.2%14-3736.8%18-2376.2%571126239155
vs opponents averaging113.156.441-9145.6%12-3535.2%18-2475.4%551025238165
Stats Against (Home Games)116.056.243-9744.0%15-4136.6%15-2172.1%591225247134
Average power rating of opponents played: LA CLIPPERS 98.8,  HOUSTON 96.4
LA CLIPPERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/22/2019LA LAKERS112-102W3.5W224U42-8151.9%501437-8543.5%5014
10/24/2019@ GOLDEN STATE141-122W-1.5W229.5O50-8062.5%491739-9939.4%4913
10/26/2019@ PHOENIX122-130L-10L225O40-8746.0%491243-8650.0%5616
10/30/2019@ UTAH96-110L7L217U39-8247.6%431944-8055.0%4314
10/31/2019SAN ANTONIO103-97W-5W229U39-9142.9%541136-8045.0%5818
11/13/2019@ HOUSTON              
11/14/2019@ NEW ORLEANS              
11/18/2019OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/24/2019NEW ORLEANS              
11/26/2019@ DALLAS              
11/27/2019@ MEMPHIS              
11/29/2019@ SAN ANTONIO              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/26/2019NEW ORLEANS126-123W-12L238.5O43-9445.7%581946-10046.0%5317
10/28/2019OKLAHOMA CITY116-112W-10L227O39-9043.3%521441-9443.6%6413
10/30/2019@ WASHINGTON159-158W-8L234O55-10353.4%481357-9162.6%4619
11/1/2019@ BROOKLYN116-123L-4.5L245U41-9941.4%501242-8549.4%6420
11/3/2019@ MIAMI100-129L-3L234U31-7939.2%452247-8952.8%5715
11/4/2019@ MEMPHIS107-100W-6W230.5U35-9337.6%651740-9442.6%6014
11/6/2019GOLDEN STATE129-112W-16W228.5O48-9749.5%611238-9639.6%5810
11/9/2019@ CHICAGO117-94W-6.5W233U39-8347.0%622237-9837.8%5315
11/11/2019@ NEW ORLEANS122-116W-5.5W246.5U44-8551.8%571741-9543.2%5516
11/13/2019LA CLIPPERS              
11/16/2019@ MINNESOTA              
11/20/2019@ DENVER              
11/22/2019@ LA CLIPPERS              
LA CLIPPERS: LAST SEASON: 48-34, lost 4-2 to Golden State in Western Conference first round.
COACH: Doc Rivers (seventh season with Clippers, 307-185; 21st season overall, 894-658).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: F Kawhi Leonard (30.5 ppg with Toronto), F Paul George (23.7 with Oklahoma City), G Patrick Beverley (7.6), G Landry Shamet (9.1), C Ivica Zubac (8.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, F Danilo Gallinari, F Wilson Chandler, G-F Garrett Temple, G Sindarius Thornwell, G Tyrone Wallace.
KEY ADDITIONS: Leonard, George.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It's all about newcomers Leonard and George. They'll be the top two options on offense. Leonard is coming off a season in which he led Toronto to its first NBA championship (and earned his second ring). Leonard returning home was contingent upon pairing with George, also an LA-area native. George, who finished third in MVP voting last season, can guard nearly any position while being a huge scoring threat. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the NBA's top bench-scoring duo last season, will get starter-level minutes again.
OUTLOOK: No more watching other teams go deep in the playoffs. The NBA's balance of power has shifted to the Clippers, who have never advanced beyond the second round let alone won a championship. All that's expected to change behind Leonard and George, both regarded as two of the best two-way players in the league. The Clippers had to give up talented veteran Gallinari and star-in-the-making Gilgeous-Alexander, but they kept Harrell, Williams and re-signed Beverley, whose sole job will be using his tenacious D to keep others from scoring. The Clippers are favorites to win it all, a stunning shift for a franchise that has spent much of its existence as a punch line.
HOUSTON: LAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-2 to Golden State in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike D'Antoni (fourth season with Rockets, 173-73; 16th season overall, 628-499).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (22.9 ppg with Oklahoma City), G James Harden (36.1), F Eric Gordon (16.2), F P.J. Tucker (7.3), C Clint Capela (12.0).
KEY LOSSES: G Chris Paul, G Iman Shumpert, C Kenneth Faried
KEY ADDITIONS: Westbrook, C Tyson Chandler, F Thabo Sefolosha, F Ryan Anderson, F Ben McLemore.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Westbrook and Harden as the Rockets try to prove that these two ball-dominant guards can coexist after Houston sent Paul to Oklahoma City in exchange for Westbrook. Harden and Westbrook are longtime friends and played together in Oklahoma City at the beginning of Harden's career when he was the sixth man for the Thunder and insist that things will work out because they want them to. But things have changed a lot since their Oklahoma City days and it will be interesting to see how Westbrook will adjust to playing a supporting role to Harden after being the face of the Thunder for years.
OUTLOOK: The addition of Westbrook to this team starring Harden gives the Rockets two of the league's most dynamic scorers and playmakers a year after Houston lost to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. If the pairing of is successful it could help the Rockets become an offensive juggernaut in the stacked Western Conference. While Harden and Westbrook will drive Houston's success, players like Eric Gordon and center Clint Capela will have to continue to improve if the Rockets hope to finally get over the hump and compete for their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95.
Clippers bringing stout defense on the road to face Rockets

The scoring exploits have become so commonplace for Rockets guard James Harden that he seems to hardly bat an eyelash when someone relays to him the latest of his extraordinary achievements.

For Harden and, by proxy, Houston, the latest accomplishment came Monday in New Orleans when Harden poured in 39 points in a 122-116 victory over the Pelicans that extended the Rockets' winning streak to four games after splitting their first six of the season. With an NBA-leading 373 points this season, Harden has produced the most points through 10 games in the past 50 seasons.

The Rockets' championship aspirations are intrinsically tied to Harden, and when he is at his very best, so is Houston, which will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday at Toyota Center.

"I just go out there and play basketball," Harden told reporters. "I just try to be as assertive as I can, as aggressive as I can. We're really pissed about losing those three games. That's what we're pissed about.

"Defensively we're getting better. We've been really, really good these last few games and that's our mindset, just continue to get better individually. I've done some pretty good things individually. The most important thing is winning and finding ways to get better."

The Rockets have managed baby steps defensively during their streak, inching from dead last in the NBA in points allowed per game to 26th following their win in New Orleans.

Surrendering 105.5 points per game during their four-game winning streak won't evoke memories of the "Bad Boys" Detroit Pistons, but with Houston still pacing the league in scoring, that level of defensive effort should prove sufficient until the Rockets find some reasonable combination of cohesion and fitness to carry them.

That a veteran-laden team could assign poor conditioning as part of the reason behind their sluggish defensive start should be cause for concern. Yet Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni seemed to cling to the fact that his team is improving on that end of the court as the games accumulate.

"We're getting in shape, we're getting better," D'Antoni said.

"It's a lot of good things, a lot of bad things that we've got to work through."

Describing the Clippers as antithetical to Houston might serve as an exaggeration, but they have sprinted from the gate to a 7-3 record despite not having forward Paul George available and despite Kawhi Leonard having missed two games. The Clippers opened the season with lofty expectations defensively, a narrative largely based on the presence of George, Leonard and guard Patrick Beverley.

The Clippers haven't yet fielded a top-10 defense but when they need to tighten the screws against elite opponents, they have showcased a timely ability to do precisely that. Locked into a fistfight with the strong-willed Toronto Raptors on Monday, the Clippers surrendered only 10 points in the fourth quarter while pulling out a 98-88 win in an effort reflecting their personality.

"It was just a defensive game," Beverley said. "It's still early in the season. Shots that we usually make in our sleep aren't falling so we have to lay our hat on defense. And that's what we did."

The Rockets, short-handed with Eric Gordon (right knee surgery) and Danuel House Jr. (bruised back) sidelined, will test the Clippers' defensive vigor. The Clippers are likely to be undaunted.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 8/7/2020 11:22:02 PM EST

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