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Open thread: Regular season game 47 vs. L.A. Clippers


The Essentials:
Clippers (10-36) vs. Wizards (9-37)
7 p.m. 8 p.m.
Verizon Center

This year:
Lottery Bowl I: Wizards 104, Thunder 95
Lottery Bowl II: Wizards 110, Kings 107

Notable Clippers numbers this season:
28th in expected winning percentage (.239)
15th in pace factor (91.1 possessions per game)
30th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (100.9)
22nd in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (109.3)

Key Links: (drop any others in the comments)
Clips Nation
Clipper Blog
Clips Nation Open Thread
Game Day Clippers
The Other Side: Clippers

Starting Lineups:
Mike James
Caron Butler
SF: Dominic McGuire
PF: Antawn Jamison
C: Darius Songaila

Baron Davis
Eric Gordon
SF: Al Thornton
PF: Brian Skinner
C: Marcus Camby

Tonight's Lines
Clippers at Wizards: Wizards by 4.5
Over/Under on Total Scoring: 189.5

On the wooden tundra of the Verizon Center, two titans will clash for the right to call themselves the worst team in the league. Hundreds of millions will tune in only to realize that they had much better things to do today. Advertisers will spend large sums of money to ensure that their ads will not run during tonight's game. Tonight's MVP will take home a $100 worth of stock in Circuit City.

Alright, I think you get an idea of what kind of game we're looking at here. Every team in the Eastern Conference (except for the Wizards) has at least as many wins this season as the two teams that are playing tonight have combined. If you're looking for a basketball game involving two upper-echelon teams playing for playoff positioning, you're not going to find it here. If you're looking for a game featuring teams that have won games within their division this season, you're not going to find it here. If you're looking for a game with two healthy rosters, you won't find that here either.

But if you're looking for some excitement, you may have just found the place. This game has players former All-Stars in Baron Davis, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison. We've got a former DPOY and a former 6MOY playing tonight. Eric Gordon, Nick Young, and Al Thornton are three young guys who are capable of filling it up with the best of them when they're hot. JaVale McGee and DeAndre Jordan are two big guys with the potential to be great someday. And most importantly, the Wizards are 4.5 point favorites tonight. Who doesn't want to see that?

This is an open thread, so bust out your fist-head moves here.