For the second time this season the Houston Rockets (47-13) will visit staples center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. The Rockets are winless against the Clippers this season (0-2) They will go for their 14th win in a row, but this one may be the game they want more than any other.
This is the game the Rockets have circled on their schedule since they faced off on January 15th in which the Clippers won at Staples 113-102, this one is different, it's personal. So throw the records and stats out the window.
More than just another game for these two.
The last time these two played each other emotions were through the roof. You had Chris Paul returning to Staples Center for the first time since being traded to Houston in the off season. Then several incidents occurred during the game. Paul and former Clipper Blake Griffin (Detroit) got into it verbally, over what looked to be Griffin shoving Houston coach Mike Dantoni as he crossed half court.
Griffin was also accused by some Houston players as intentionally throwing the ball (with velocity) at guard Eric Gordon while trying to keep it in bounds.
Then towards the end of the game Clippers guard Austin Rivers who did not suit up for the game because of injury, got into an exchange of words with Rockets forward Trevor Ariza.
All of those incidents boiled over after the game, when a few of the Rockets players tried to bombard they're way into the Clippers locker room to confront them. Most notably former Clipper Paul, was the person many believed instigated them entire plan.
Typically the average fan wouldn't get excited for a game between a team fighting for home court advantage in the western conference playoffs vs a team which probably won't be playing in late April but this game will be must see TV Stay tuned.
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