What a matchup we have coming up tomorrow night! The 11-2 Celtics are heading down to Los Angeles to take on the 9-5 Clippers. If you haven't heard by now, Kawhi Leonard chose to go to the Clippers in the off-season. Oh, and by the way Paul George decided to go there as well. This is a premiere game that nobody saw coming at the very beginning of the season. The game is sure to be a good one. But, why not go ahead and preview it to give all of you a few things to watch out for?
The Leonard-George Combination
This is the most obvious thing to look for in this matchup. Leonard is having himself quite a season, as he's averaging 27 points, nine rebounds, and six assists a game. It's safe to say that Clippers fans are happy Kawhi is with them. Leonard has many different ways that he can beat you. He can beat you off the dribble, he can post up, he can shoot from the outside. You name it and he can do it. Also keep in mind that Leonard is a problem on the defensive end of the floor. When you're a two time Defensive Player of the Year recipient, it's safe to say that defense is a big part of Leonard's game. Don't forget about Paul George too. He is healthy and making a big contribution for the Clippers so far. With these two in the lineup at the same time, the Celtics are going to have to get creative with their defensive matchups.
Is Marcus Smart 100% For Tomorrow Night?
In the Suns game last night, Marcus Smart seemed to sprain his right ankle. The last thing the Celtics need is another key player injured. Smart was sidelined for the rest of the game after getting injured. But after the game he claimed he was good enough to play tomorrow night. Ankle sprains are very tricky. They can either be very minor or worse than one originally thinks. Smart better be careful because the Celtics need him, especially on the defensive end of the floor for this game. Would it hurt the Celtics tomorrow if he didn't play? Yes. But, would it also help the Celtics for their long-term goal of a playoff run? Also yes. So if Smart is going to play, he better be 100% ready to go and comfortable on that ankle.
Battle Of The Head Coaches
Brad Stevens. Doc Rivers. That's all you need to know. We all saw first hand what Doc Rivers did with the Celtics. He was a KG injury in 2009 and a Kendrick Perkins injury in 2010 away from winning three straight NBA titles. Brad Stevens has done a terrific job with the Celtics since Doc left. Now, the two square off with both of their teams in a great position to make playoff runs in their respective conferences.
This will be one of the more entertaining games to watch in the early part of the season. The Celtics are looking to start another winning streak. The Clippers are trying to prove their the team to beat in the Western Conference. Fasten your seat belts because this team is going to take you on a roller coaster ride!