You have Blake Griffin vs. Kevin Love at power forward. Ricky Rubio, fresh off a triple-double against the Lakers, takes on Chris Paul. Kevin Martin vs. J.J. Redick could turn into a shootout.
Those are the matchups that matter at the outset when the Clippers (4-3) take on Minnesota (5-2) at Staples Center Monday night.
The Clippers, coming off a trip-salvaging victory over Houston, gave up only 39 points in the second half of that 107-94 victory.
On Sunday, Minnesota scored 47 points in the first quarter of their 113-90 rout of the Lakers and the Timberwolves are averaging 34 points in the first quarter this season. They’ve hit 38 three times.
The game notes are here: