LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — Team news for tonight’s NBA game between Western Conference powerhouse Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers.
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All-star point guard Russell Westbrook returns to the starting setup for the Thunder (56-21) after sitting the Tuesday night’s win over the Sacramento Kings.
He takes the place of Reggie Jackson for tonight’s game at STAPLES Center.
Forward Matt Barnes will start for the LA Clippers (55-23) in this contest despite complaining of strep throat, a team report revealed Wednesday night ahead of the game.
The Clippers, who are two game behind the Thunder in the defeat column, are 32-6 at STAPLES Center, while Oklahoma City is 24-14 on the road.
Tonight’s game sees NBA MVP candidates Kevin Durant of OKC and Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on the same floor.
LA Clippers: Chris Paul (PG) J.J. Redick (SG) Matt Barnes (SF) Blake Griffin (PF) DeAndre Jordan (C)
Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook (PG) Thabo Sefolosha (SG) Kevin Durant (SF) Serge Ibaka (PF) Kendrick Perkins (C)