Crimson-hot Clippers, Suns sq. off in battle of imposing offenses


Two groups taking part in their greatest basketball down the backstretch of the common season face off when the Los Angeles Clippers host the Phoenix Suns late on Thursday evening.

The Clippers by no means trailed for 2 straight video games in back-to-back wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Path Blazers.


Highlights of the Portland Path Blazers’ journey to the LA Clippers in Week 16 of the NBA

Within the midst of a nine-game homestand, the Clippers have received eight of their final 10 video games. Phoenix has received seven straight getting into Thursday’s contest and 11 of their final 13.

Los Angeles continues to observe its two-headed monster of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to hold the load offensively. Leonard is averaging 25.8 factors, 6.7 rebounds and 5 assists this season while George is averaging 22.5 factors, 6.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists on the yr.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) holds the ball as Ivica Zubac (40) sets a screen on Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Los Angeles.


Paul George scored 36 factors within the Clippers’ defeat of the Path Blazers in Week 16

Together with Leonard and George, the Clippers hope to get a lift from the addition of Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins.

The Clippers picked up Rondo in a commerce with the Atlanta Hawks, delivery Lou Williams and picks to the Hawks to safe the providers of the 35-year-old level guard.

And earlier this week, the Clippers signed Cousins to a 10-day contract after his current launch from the Houston Rockets. Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue sees the 2 gamers as skilled veterans who may also help fortify his workforce throughout a deep postseason run.

DeMarcus Cousins had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in just under eight minutes of action during his Los Angeles Clippers debut against the Portland Trail Blazers
DeMarcus Cousins had seven factors, 4 rebounds and two assists in slightly below eight minutes of motion throughout his Clippers debut in opposition to the Path Blazers

“He is an issue,” Lue mentioned about Cousins. “He is an enormous load. He can publish up. He can shoot the three and he can cross the basketball. So, he can do a number of good issues. It is simply getting him into form and in addition getting him acclimated to what we’re doing offensively and defensively.”

Devin Booker has put Phoenix’s offense on his again through the second half of the common season, averaging 34 factors, 4.2 rebounds and 4 assists whereas capturing about 40.5 % from the three-point line over the past six video games.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against Houston Rockets forward D.J. Wilson (00) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Houston, Monday, April 5, 2021.


Devin Booker scores 36 factors, six rebounds and 6 assists for the Phoenix Suns of their victory over the Houston Rockets

Whereas Booker handles issues on the perimeter, Deandre Ayton is holding it down inside for the Suns, averaging a double-double of 17.4 factors and 10.4 rebounds over the past 10 video games.

In a battle of the highest two groups within the NBA on Wednesday, the Suns took care of enterprise at residence in opposition to Utah, incomes a hard-fought, 117-113 extra time victory.

AP - Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, right, dishes off around Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27)


Highlights of the Utah Jazz up in opposition to the Suns in Week 16

The Clippers can clinch the season sequence with a win at Staples Middle. Los Angeles defeated Phoenix 112-107 on January 3 in Phoenix however the two groups meet yet one more time through the common season on April 28.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)


Highlights of the Clippers in opposition to the Suns in Week 2

Chris Paul has been the glue holding this younger Phoenix workforce collectively, making clutch performs for the Suns within the ultimate minutes of video games.

The 35-year-old, averaging 16.3 factors and eight.8 assists a contest, will not be involved about huge video games within the common season.

“I hate to say it, however I do not take an excessive amount of away from these video games, win or lose,” Paul mentioned. “After we play these video games, we do not know if a workforce is coming off taking part in 4 (video games) in 5 (days) or guys are sitting and resting.

“However I believe everyone has the identical mindset. It is the following recreation on our schedule. We will exit, compete and play our solution to win the sport.”

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