Jazz-Clippers preview

Here come the big, bad, high-flying Los Angeles Clippers, winners of 15 in a row.

Now, that’s not normally a sentence basketball fans would associated with the Clippers – the Lakers, maybe – but not the Clippers, who own the NBA’s best record.

Going into tonight’s game with the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena the Clippers are 22-6 overall and the leaders of the NBA’s Pacific Division.

“They’re just playing as a team,” Jazz forward Paul Millsap said. “You look at their team, everybody’s involved. I mean, they’re just playing together.”

The Clippers are coming off a 106-77 victory over the Celtics on Thursday.

They’ve won 15 in a row, which is the most in the NBA since San Antonio won that many to finish up the 2011-12 regular season.

“Obviously they have great players and they’re very well coached,” Utah forward Marvin Williams said.

Williams is a longtime friend of L.A.’s Jamal Crawford. He said the two have spoken a few times this season and Crawford has commented on the strength of the Clippers’ team chemistry.

“He said he feels like they’ve got great chemistry and everybody really likes each other and everybody really knows their role on that team,” Williams said. “When you have that kind of combination you’re team’s going to be really good.”

The Clippers are led by All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who is averaging 15.7 points and 9.6 assists per game.

Paul could have a big night against the Jazz, who are again without starting point guard Mo Williams.

Mo Williams remains out of action with a sprained right thumb.

On Wednesday, speedy Golden State point guard Stephen Curry caused problems for the Jazz (15-15).

“It’s always tough whenever you’re missing anybody,” Marvin Williams said. “Whenever you’re shorthanded it’s always tough to win a game. When you’re talking about missing a player the caliber of Mo, it’s very difficult. That’s your starting point guard and he brings so much to this team.”


About Jim Burton

Jim Burton has worked for the Standard-Examiner since 1991. He has covered everything from the preps to Utah, BYU, Weber State and the Ogden Raptors. Currently he is the Standard's Utah Jazz beatwriter and its sports columnist.
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