UPDATE: Courtney Lee will move back to the bench, bringing Mickael Pietrus back into the starting lineup, according to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel. Lee is now the backup point guard.
UPDATE 2: Baron Davis is back in the Clippers' starting lineup tonight.
|2008/2009 NBA Regular Season|
|February 4th, 2009|
|FSN Florida HD|
|Baron Davis||PG||Anthony Johnson|
|Eric Gordon||SG||Mickael Pietrus|
|Al Thornton||SF||Hedo Turkoglu|
|Brian Skinner||PF||Rashard Lewis|
|Marcus Camby||C||Dwight Howard|
|December 8th: Magic 95, Clippers 88|
Don't let the dearth of talent in Los Angeles Clippers' starting lineup fool you: Zach Randolph and Baron Davis, who had their way with the Orlando Magic in the last meeting between these teams, will likely come off the bench tonight. Though Davis had an inefficient shooting night (27 points on 29 attempts), he still made some great plays and figures to have an even better night matched up against Anthony Johnson, Orlando's de facto starting point guard for the foreseeable future.
But it might not matter a heckuva lot. The Clippers have lost 20 of their last 22 games and are in a tie with the Washington Wizards for the NBA's worst record. Additionally, they've shot better than 50% in a game exactly once this year... and have shot worse than 40% thirteen (!) times. The Magic, even without Jameer Nelson, shouldn't have much trouble with this lot. Their biggest concern should be Eric Gordon, the rookie shooting guard averaging 22 points per game on 49.4 eFG% this month. Courtney Lee will have his hands full trying to slow him down.
The first game after Andrew Bynum went down with a season-ending knee injury, Kobe Bryant responded by scoring 61 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 126-117 win over the Knicks. Maybe Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu, or Rashard Lewis will respond with a similar game. Win one (or twenty-five) for Jameer. Please.
Tip's at 7. Let's not lose this one. Go Magic.