Open Thread: Regular Season Game 65

The Essentials:
Clippers (21-43) at Wizards (32-32)
7 p.m.
Verizon Center
CSN

This Year:
February 19: Wizards 91, Clippers 89

Notable Clippers numbers this season:
24th in expected winning percentage (.301)
12th in pace factor (90.8 possessions per game)
29th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating
17th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating

Key Links (drop any others in the comments)
Clips Nation
Clippers Blog
Money From the Parking Lot

Starting Lineups:
Clippers
PG: Brevin Knight
SG: Cuttino Mobley
SF: Corey Maggette
PF: Al Thornton
C: Chris Kaman/Josh Powell

Wizards
PG: Antonio Daniels
SG: DeShawn Stevenson
SF: Caron Butler
PF: Antawn Jamison
C: Brendan Haywood

Tonight's Lines
Clippers at Wizards: Wizards by 12.5
Over/Under on Total Scoring: 192

I might not be around until game time (if not later) so everyone gets an early game thread today.

I think the line for tonight's game pretty much says it all.  The Clippers are probably the only team in the NBA that can claim they've had to deal with more injuries this year than anyone else.  Elton Brand has been out all year after tearing his ACL, Smush Parker has essentially replaced Sam Cassell who was bought out of his contract last month, Chris Kaman has had to deal with back problems recently, and as you may remember Shaun Livingston hasn't played since that horrific knee injury he suffered last year.  Put it all together and it's led to a very tough year for Clippers fans.  One of the bright spots this season has been rookie Al Thornton who's been a steady contributor all season.

There isn't any reason that the Wizards should lose this game tonight, considering they already beat them on the road when they were without Caron and the Clippers had Kaman.  As long as there aren't any ill effects from Caron's par-tay on Thursday night/Friday morning (you can get a good recap of the fun here) than everything should go fine.

This is an open thread, so if you know what movie Pooh Richardson played a role in, drop your knowledge here.

GO WIZARDS!

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