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- The Clippers won’t have back-up guard Jamal Crawford available for a second consecutive game when they host the Warriors tonight in a key Pacific Division game at Staples Center. Crawford, who also missed Friday’s victory against the Lakers with a sore left foot, is averaging 16.5 points off the bench. He combined for 51 points in the two losses against Golden State this season. Chris Paul logged 41 minutes against the Lakers—his most since playing 44 in an overtime loss Nov. 21 against Oklahoma City—so it will be interesting to see how much coach Vinny Del Negro pushes him against the Warriors. Golden State is three games behind the Clippers in the Pacific Division.
- Golden State back-up guard Jarrett Jack will be available after missing the morning shootaround with a sore right elbow sustained while lifting weights Thursday. Jack has combined for 27 points off the bench in the two victories against L.A. this season.
- Crawford is now L.A.’s third-leading scorer (16.5) after Paul scored a season-high 30 points in the 107-102 victory against the Lakers, bumping his scoring average to 16.7. Paul has been equally dominant against the Warriors this season, combining for 50 points and shooting 32 free throws along the way, converting 29.
- The Warriors haven’t played since beating the Clippers in Oakland on Wednesday. L.A. had played the night before that game as well, losing in Denver. Stephen Curry has been a thorn in the side of the Clippers again this season, combining for 51 points games in both meetings this season. With the possibility that Paul could be a bit heavy legged tonight, the Clippers may need Eric Bledsoe to get some stops against Curry.
- Another key matchup to watch is David Lee vs. Blake Griffin at power forward. Lee is back to playing at the level he did during his final season with the Knicks in 2009-10, averaging 20.2 points and 11.1 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. Griffin has seen his numbers decline from his first two years in the league to 17.6 points and 8.6 rebounds, but he’s also averaging six less minutes than he did as a rookie, thanks in part to the strength of L.A.’s bench. In two games against Golden State this season, Griffin is 6-for-23 from the field and the Warriors have sent him to the free-throw line 26 times, where he made 17.
– Dan Arritt