The LA Clippers tip-off their 2013 preseason campaign tonight versus the Portland Trail Blazers at 7 p.m.
The Clippers newly-minted “defensive identity” will be on display tonight, with new additions JJ Reddick and Jared Dudley making their LAC starting debut alongside the usual suspects of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan.
With the focus being less on lobs and more on defensive stops, it’ll be interesting to see whether the Clippers will stay true to their announcement that Lob City is dead.
J.J. Reddick will immediately provide LAC with a luxury they did not possess last season: the ability to stretch the floor which should also open up the lanes for Chris Paul, or at the very least, it will give Paul a viable target to kick out to in case a drive to the hoop collapses.
As far as playing time, coach Doc Rivers plans on letting his eyes guide his rotations during the first game of the 2013 preseason:
“I’m really going to go let my eyes tell me, I tend to play guys a little bit more in the first game, then back them off and then ramp them back up.”— Doc Rivers
Although the games “don’t count,” preseason action will provide the players, coaches, and fans alike with a measure of how well the Clippers are gelling together, and how effectively they’re translating Doc Rivers’ system into measurable results.
For a full game preview, please check out the official Clippers Pregame Report.
Training Camp Roster via Clippers.com
|25||Reggie Bullock||G||6’7″||205||North Carolina/USA|
|9||Jared Dudley||G-F||6’7″||225||Boston College/USA|
|34||Willie Green||G||6’3″||201||Detroit Mercy/USA|
|33||Antawn Jamison||F||6’9″||235||North Carolina/USA|
|6||DeAndre Jordan||C||6’11”||265||Texas A & M/USA|
|0||Byron Mullens||C||7’0″||275||Ohio State/USA|
|3||Chris Paul||G||6’0″||175||Wake Forest/USA|