Los Angeles Clippers (19-10) vs. Golden State Warriors (23-4)
7:30 p.m. PST
December 25, 2014
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1. If you could give the Clippers one Christmas gift, what would it be?
Seth Partnow, (@SethPartnow): An injection of verve. Maybe it’s my own disillusionment with the current roster coloring my viewing, but the team’s play has seemed almost dour for much of the season. Introducing a spark of fun, of developing potential, of something to look forward to with enjoyment would be massive for the fans if not also the team.
Andy Liu, (@AndyKHLiu): Realistically, a Josh Smith signing for the minimum would have been a nice fit. Alas, I think if Blake Griffin hits the level he was playing last season, the Clippers are in prime position to do things in the postseason. Whether that be shooting more from the paint or getting healthier, they need Peak Blake.
Fred Katz, (@FredKatz): Reggie Bullock relevance. If Bullock could play, wouldn’t he be exactly what the Clippers need? A wing defender. A shooter who could space the floor, knock down corner threes and run off screens with J.J. Redick. The problem is Bullock hasn’t been able to provide those traits.
2. True or false. Steph Curry is the deserving MVP.
Partnow: False. We’re a third of the way through the season, and it’s the least important third with respect to awards voting. Russell Westbrook would be right there in the discussion if he’d played five more games at the level he’s reached for the rest of the season. LeBron’s sheer excellence is being overlooked, and if Anthony Davis drags THAT squad to the playoffs…
Liu: True. Stephen Curry is easily the best player on a team with the NBA’s best record, defense and its offense suffers immensely when he isn’t on the floor. He might not win it or even be the best player but he’s a serious candidate right now.
Katz: False. Curry is wonderful and in the midst of a tremendous year, but if Anthony Davis puts up these monstrous numbers, breaks Michael Jordan’s PER record (which he’s on track to do) and carries the Pelicans even to a .500 record, he could become the first MVP to come from a sub 50-win team since Moses Malone in 1982.
3. True or false. The Warriors are the favorites to win the title.
Partnow: Best team? Maybe. But as of right now it’s really impossible to pick out a most likely winner from Golden State, San Antonio, Memphis, Chicago, Cleveland, and OKC with teams like Toronto, Houston, Atlanta and Portland hanging around the edges as well. Most wide open season since perhaps LeBron’s first year in Miami.
Liu: False. If the season ended right now, with rosters littered with injuries all over the field? Perhaps, especially if Andrew Bogut can return. But when the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder are healthy, the West goes through them.
Katz: False. I never pick against the Spurs, and I’m not about to start doing it now. A lot of teams can win it all. The Warriors are one of them. But the West still goes through Old Man Riverwalk and his Spurs.
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