I was tempted – really tempted, to go with the Houston Rockets – Los Angeles Lakers game as my Game of the Night pick. In the end, however, there is a great chance that half of the players on the court won’t even reach the playoffs (sorry Laker fans) and honestly, I’m a little tired of the Dwight Howard Saga (you’re welcome Laker fans). The Los Angeles Clippers Vs. Miami Heat contest is an exciting one, and one that we might even see come June, in the NBA Finals.
After a 1-2 start, which included an embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat seem to have gotten back on track and are sitting at 3-2 after two consecutive victories. LeBron James, has been, well, LeBron James. The best player on the planet is averaging 25.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 8 assists throughout the young season thus far. The other two branches of the Big Three have done their parts as well; Dwyane Wade and T̶h̶e̶ ̶R̶a̶p̶t̶o̶r̶ ̶ Chris Bosh are averaging a combined total of 38.3 points. Role players such as Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen are also scoring double digits.
The Clippers are coming off an embarrassing loss on Wednesday night to the Orlando Magic, but still have a respectable record of 3-2. Chris Paul has, once again, solidified himself as the league’s greatest point guard. He is dropping 24.8 points and dishing out 12.6 assists, contributing with an impressive 3 steals as well. Newly acquired J.J. Redick has been a pleasant surprise in Los Angeles and is averaging 17.2 points while the frontcourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan is dominating, combining for 31.4 points and 23.6 rebounds.
The game will certainly be an entertaining, up-and-down affair full of dunks from both Lob City and King James and co. Miami, however, seems as though they are beginning to get in a real groove and since the game is taking place in American Airlines Arena, I just do not see the Heat losing tonight. They will come ready for the Clippers.
Miami Heat, 104 – Los Angeles Clippers, 93
National TV: TNT
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET