Despite squandering a late lead en route to blowing a key playoff game, the Clippers may stand to have the edge in terms of momentum as this series shifts to the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Aside from now having home-court advantage, the club will probably be getting their All Star leader Chris Paul back, after the elite point guard missed the previous two contests. His presence is so valuable that he could end up providing the difference when the Clippers host the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday night.
Ticket prices for the much-anticipated third game in this series are currently drawing an average cost of $266.60, with a get-in price of $61. Los Angeles Clippers tickets are one of the hottest items on the market right now as a result of this competitive series, and there’s also convenient Staples Center parking through ParkWhiz to make the process of getting to the game easier.
Even with Paul sidelined with a gimpy hamstring for the first two games, L.A. managed to earn a split in Houston and easily could have walked away unscathed if they had put the finishing touches on an otherwise equally-strong Game 2 showing.
That’s where Paul comes in and where he made all the difference in helping the Clippers survive the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in their grueling, seven-game opening round win.
For as brilliant as Blake Griffin has been for Clips against the Rockets and in the playoffs overall (25 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists in the previous encounter), he’s still no Chris Paul, particularly at crunch time, such as when Paul banked in the game-winner over Tim Duncan with just a second remaining at the Staples Center to propel L.A. past the Spurs.
Few in the game can manufacture the way Paul (23 points, eight assists, five rebounds) can and that should soon have Doc Rivers and his crew’s offense back to clicking on all cylinders.
Against the Spurs and with Paul in the lineup, the Clips topped 100 points in six of seven games, averaging better than 106 points per an outing.
It all makes for a daunting task for James Harden and his Rockets, winners over the Mavericks in the opening round.
Still, with the 1-2 punch of Harden (28 points, eight assists, four rebounds) and Dwight Howard (19 points, 14 rebounds), Houston could be a problem for anyone, which is why Houston faithful still has belief in the team, and Rockets tickets have experienced a lot of activity in the process.
Josh Smith (15 points, six rebounds), Terrence Jones (11 points, six rebounds), Corey Brewer (13 points, three rebounds) and Trevor Ariza (10 points, seven rebounds) also regularly contribute for the Rockets, helping maintain one of the league’s most high-powered offenses. Thus, it’s been no surprise that the series has been a high-scoring one through the first two contests.