Game Preview: Pelicans vs. Clippers - February 24, 2014

Pelicans vs. Clippers Game Preview

Eight days after they were teammates on Western Conference All-Star squad in the Smoothie King Center, Anthony Davis, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin again will play in New Orleans, this time on opposing teams. In a Monday night matchup, Davis and the Pelicans host the Clippers, who are headlined by stars Paul and Griffin.

On Feb. 16 in the NBA’s midseason showcase game, second-year pro Davis scored 10 points but was limited to just 10 minutes in the West’s 163-155 loss. West head coach Scott Brooks doled out larger playing time to some of the conference’s more experienced players, including Griffin, who logged 32 minutes. Griffin was in contention for the game’s MVP award for much of the night and finished with 38 points on 19-for-23 shooting, but the prestigious trophy instead went to East guard Kyrie Irving when his club pulled away in the fourth quarter for the win. Meanwhile, Paul doled out 13 assists to go with his 11 points, in 25 minutes.

Monday marks just the second meeting of the 2013-14 season between the Pelicans and Clippers. Back on Dec. 18, Los Angeles posted a 108-95 home victory over New Orleans, a game in which Davis came off the bench in his return from a broken left hand. It was also a “comeback” game for Tyreke Evans, who managed to register a triple-double (11 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) despite missing the previous two games with an ankle injury. Davis had 24 points and 12 rebounds against the Clippers.

These West clubs will get very familiar with each other over the next few weeks, playing twice more next month. This Saturday, March 1, New Orleans will visit the Staples Center and face the Clippers, the middle game of a five-game Pelicans road trip. The Clippers return to the Crescent City on March 26.

Pelicans Anthony Davis
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Anthony Davis vs. Blake Griffin
In three career games against the Clippers, Davis has enjoyed some individual success, averaging 19.7 points and 8.7 rebounds, but New Orleans is 0-3 in those games (the then-Hornets did beat the Clippers once last season, but it was without Davis). The Pelicans will try to keep Griffin from getting dunks and easy baskets in transition, a staple of the Clippers’ potent “Lob City” attack.
Clippers Blake Griffin