The Warriors are -5.5 favorites at home against the Clippers tonight. I suppose this makes sense, given how Curry made Baron Davis look the last time they met in the Oracle. But looking at Warriors lines like this takes some getting used to!
It’s not easy to predict how the Clippers will fare this season. They have the hands-down rookie of the year, Blake Griffin, back in action. And if his first game was any indication, he is going to tear the league apart. But they have also lost some key players from last season, especially Marcus Camby. Ryan Gomes has replaced Al Thornton at the small forward, and I think that’s a significant weakness. Ryan Gomes is NOT a small forward, he is an undersized power forward in the mold of Jared Dudley. Someone should whisper this in Del Negro’s ear.
The Warriors could start the whispering, by running Kaman, Gomes and BoomFizzle off the court. Once again, running is the best way for this Warriors team to beat the heavyweight Clippers front line. Am I starting to sound like a broken record?
This should be Monta and Curry’s game. I’d put Monta on Eric Gordon, and let Mr. Fizzle try to post Curry up.
But all eyes are going to be on David Lee vs. Blake Griffin. Griffin is almost surreal in his power and athletic ability. Along with Big Baby Davis, he reminds me of a superhero out of a comic book.
Fortunately, the Warriors — for the first time in dog’s years — have a big man who may bend, but will never break. This is going to be war.