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Paul and Griffin will have to be on the same page this season to improve.
Los Angeles Clippers projected starting five:
C DeAndre Jordan
PF Blake Griffin
SF Caron Butler
SG Chauncey Billups
PG Chris Paul
The Clippers continue to improve and build away from their old reputation. They are a notch below the Lakers, but they have a very solid starting five. Chris Paul at point and Blake Griffin playing the power forward position are the team’s two biggest stars.
The Dubs normally struggle against the Clippers, but last year both teams won two games apiece. The Paul-Griffin combination is still in its infancy and lucky for the Dubs, they have not perfected the pick-and-roll.
The Clippers should have a healthy Chauncey Billups back this year, which will only solidify the shooting guard position. He is older, but he is also the glue-guy in the lineup. Lamar Odom returns to the Clippers and Grant Hill looks to be taking one last lap as a new addition.
In order for the Dubs to beat the Clips, they will have to move the ball around, establish the post, and kick the ball out to Curry, Thompson and Barnes for the three-pointer. The Clippers-Warriors games don’t get the publicity that Lakers games do, but these will be all-out battles.
David Lee will also have to control Blake Griffin like he did at times last year.