The Los Angeles Clippers have been playing some quality basketball, despite missing five-time All-Star player Blake Griffin. The Clippers, who do not seem peturbed with Griffin's absence, have lost once only in their last 11 games without their 6 feet 8 inch power forward, but have a huge task as they face Cleveland Cavaliers at the Oracle Arena on Thursday.
The Cavaliers, who stand atop the Eastern Conference, have been in great form at home, losing only twice so far in the regular season. With players such as Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love, they have a team are capable of winning the NBA title.
The Cavaliers came back strongly against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, winning the game with ease, 91-78. It was an important game for the Cavaliers, especially after the way they were outplayed by the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. The Cavs lost the game by 34 points.
James was happy with his team's performance against the Nets.
"We just got to go out and prove ourselves to each other, it's not about what everybody else thinks, it's about what we need for each other to get better every night. I think tonight it was very easy to look each other in the face and know that we got better tonight," AP quoted James as saying.
Love and James, who scored 17 points each against the Nets, need to perform against the in-form Clippers team. If the duo gets their game going against the Clippers, the home fans are set for some huge entertainment with Love drilling those shots from beyond the arc and James, as expected, weaving his magic and scoring crucial points.
The Clippers, on the other hand, will depend on JJ Reddick, who has given opponents some headache with his 3-point shooting skills. He is currently the best in the league from the three-point range, with 50% success rate. The Clippers will bank on his skills to silence the Cavaliers' fans at home.
Reddick was in amazing shooting form from beyond the arc on Tuesday as well where he drilled 9 three pointers and will be keen to come up with a similar performance to defeat the Cavs. Clippers coach Doc Rivers is proud to have players like Reddick, who can shoot well, alongside Chris Paul.
"You could show up sometimes in a gym without defense and not make that many," coach Doc Rivers said. "It's just we have guys who can make 3s."
The Clippers have some tough fixtures coming up in the next few days as they are set to travel on the road, and face quality teams like the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers.
"This is a good road trip 'cause it's hard," Rivers said. "It's not a lot of easy games on this trip. You have to go out and play and play well to win. The teams that we're going out to play don't lose a lot at home," said Rivers.
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