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Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers Preview and Predictions 10-21-2018 in NBA


Chris Paul's return to Los Angeles was marred by an ugly fight, leaving his status in doubt when his Houston Rockets take on the host Clippers on Sunday. The Rockets opened their two-day, two-game visit to the City of Angels with a 124-115 win over the Lakers on Saturday, a contest that featured a melee late in the fourth quarter in which Paul and Lakers guard Rajon Rondo exchanged punches.

Reigning MVP James Harden scored nine of his 37 points after the fisticuffs with just over four minutes remaining as Houston bounced back from a season-opening loss to New Orleans. The Clippers will be capping their season-opening three-game homestand after splitting the first two contests. Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris scored 26 points apiece and 7-3 center Boban Marjanovic recorded 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to lead a late rally in Friday's 108-92 win over Oklahoma City. Guard Patrick Beverley, who played his first five seasons with the Rockets before being shipped to Los Angeles in the trade for Paul in 2017, will be facing his former team for the first time.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, AT&T Sportsnet-Southwest (Houston), Prime Ticket (Los Angeles) 

ABOUT THE ROCKETS (1-1): Paul, the Clippers' all-time leader in assists, recorded 28 points and 10 assists before his ejection and coach Mike D'Antoni was taking a wait-and-see approach in regard to a possible suspension of his star point guard. "The NBA will sort it out. It was some heated stuff. I'm sure some spit was thrown (by Rondo)," D'Antoni told reporters. Clint Capela joined Paul in the double-double category with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Gerald Green came off the bench to make 5-of-6 shots - 3-of-4 from 3-point range.



ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (1-1): Marjanovic played sparingly for the Clippers last season after coming over from Detroit in the deal for Blake Griffin, but he's been among the most productive players in the NBA early on with averages of 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in just 17 minutes. "Him down there, that's a pretty efficient shot getting a layup or a dunk," Harris told reporters of the ease with which the big man has controlled the interior. Including the preseason, Marjanovic is 33-for-44 from the floor over a span of seven games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Gallinari has made 8-of-12 3-pointers.

2. Rockets SF Carmelo Anthony shot 3-for-10 for the second straight game Saturday, but he hauled in 10 rebounds and posted a plus-23 rating.

3. The teams split their four meetings last season.

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Staples Center
Los Angeles, California, USA.
Capacity: 19,079

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Last Injuries

LA Clippers

  • JaMychal Green

    Personal
    Prob Wed | probable

    Green was held out of the last game due to a personal matter but it is expected he will be in Wednesday's lineup versus the Jazz.

  • Patrick Beverley

    Hip
    Prob Wed | probable

    Beverley has missed the past three games with a right hip pointer but it is likely he will return Wednesday against the Jazz.

  • Mike Scott

    Back
    Prob Wed | questionable

    Scott was held out of the previous game due to lower-back tightness, but it is not expected to impede his status for Wednesday's clash with the Bulls.

  • Tobias Harris

    Rest
    Out Wed | out

    Harris will not take the court for Wednesday's contest against the Bulls as he will be given the day to rest.

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Houston Rockets

  • James Ennis III

    Quadricep
    Prob Mon | probable

    Ennis III sustained a right quadriceps contusion but is likely to be ready for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first round against the Nets.

  • Clint Capela

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Capela is battling an illness but is expected to suit up against the Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference first round.

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la-clippers Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Lou Williams 75 1 1498 402 45 1138 484 485 425 291 105 40
Montrezl Harrell 82 5 1361 162 32 888 546 414 266 17 3 184
Danilo Gallinari 68 68 1346 178 34 884 409 406 367 372 161 54
Tobias Harris 55 55 1152 150 39 855 424 219 192 258 112 37
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 82 73 889 270 24 716 341 195 156 139 51 57
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Tobias Harris 55 55 395 24 40 109 123 4
Danilo Gallinari 68 68 363 23 49 99 129 3
Montrezl Harrell 82 5 351 110 71 132 255 10
Patrick Beverley 78 49 312 43 67 85 265 14
Marcin Gortat 47 43 194 24 6 50 92 2

houston-rockets Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
James Harden 78 78 2818 586 61 1909 843 858 754 1028 378 66
Clint Capela 67 67 1114 96 31 732 474 261 166 0 0 298
Eric Gordon 68 53 1103 129 36 938 384 152 119 600 216 17
Chris Paul 58 58 906 473 32 720 302 203 175 355 127 36
Gerald Green 73 0 675 40 25 578 231 68 57 441 156 30
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Clint Capela 67 67 550 102 44 94 168 2
James Harden 78 78 452 58 158 387 244 8
PJ Tucker 82 82 358 39 132 63 252 4
Chris Paul 58 58 229 18 114 152 146 6
Gerald Green 73 0 152 27 33 55 126 2