The LA Clippers look to finish off the regular season strong with a game against the Western Conference leading Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Keep reading for a full preview of the Clippers’ game against the Suns.

Game Information

Where: Arena, Los Angeles, CA

When: 7 p.m. PST

How to Watch: Bally Sports SoCal, ESPN

Projected Starting Lineups

Clippers: Reggie Jackson – Paul George – Nicolas Batum – Marcus Morris Sr. – Ivica Zubac

Suns: Chris Paul – Devin Booker – Mikal Bridges – Jae Crowder – Deandre Ayton

Injury Report

Clippers: Kawhi Leonard out (right knee), Norman Powell out (left foot), Jason Preston out (right foot), Brandon Boston Jr. out (non-COVID illness), Jay Scrubb out (right foot).

Suns: Frank Kaminsky out (knee), Dario Saric out (knee)

The Big Picture

With the loss in Chicago notwithstanding, the Clippers have been playing some good basketball since the return of Paul George. Even without him, this team played well enough to compete against anyone on any given night, but George’s return vaults them into a higher tier in which it can be expected that they not only compete with, but can beat many teams.

The Clippers don’t have anything to really play for in terms of standings. With their win on Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans, they clinched the eighth seed in the Western Conference and a spot in the play-in tournament. All that they’re waiting for is their opponent in the 7/8 matchup.

The Denver Nuggets currently hold the sixth seed in the West while the Minnesota Timberwolves are in seventh. Should the Nuggets lose their final two games and the Timberwolves win their final two games, the Nuggets will slip to seventh and host the Clippers in the play-in game.

Aside from the standings, the Clippers actually do have a lot to play for to end the regular season. This is a very confident group; they’ve been so all year. They truly believe they can beat anyone no matter what. Now that they’re finally getting as healthy as can be, these last three games are a chance for them to show the rest of the West what they’re up against should they be unfortunate enough to draw the Clippers in the postseason. Should Norman Powell return to the lineup this week as is expected, this Clipper team should be considered a dangerous low seed and once the playoffs begin, anything can happen.

The Antagonist

The Phoenix Suns come into Arena having eliminated the LA Lakers from postseason contention and having clinched the top seed in the West. All season long they’ve looked like the best team in the NBA. Monty Williams is one of the best coaches in the league. Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton are budding superstars. Chris Paul is the engine that makes them run and they have an elite group of role players around them.

A year ago, they had a 2-0 lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals and had a double-digit lead in Game 3 on the road before ultimately losing the series. They’ve played this season like they have that bitter taste in their mouth from that series and can’t wait to try and get back to the Finals.

Having already clinched the top seed in the West and on the second night of a back to back, it’s not clear yet whether Williams will decide to rest his stars or have them suit up in what would be an exciting rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals.

That about does it for this preview of the Clippers’ game against the Suns. Leave your comments below!

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