Kings vs. Clippers preview: Another tango with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Another battle with the hated Clippers.

The Kings have competed with the Clippers twice already this season. Like, actually competed. Round three is here. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Pacific on Friday. Comcast SportsNet California and 1140 AM have the broadcasts.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME

DeMarcus Cousins vs. the Clippers' big men.

In two games against L.A., Cousins has averaged 23.5 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists. He gets geeked up for these games. Too geeked up? Potentially -- he did get a critical if undeserved tech against the Clips the last time out.

Keeping your cool and playing with passion aren't necessarily mutually exclusive, but they are somewhat opposed. I think Boogie has found the right balance this season, but that can change at any moment. Hopefully not against the Clips.

3 THINGS TO WATCH

1. Welcome to Sacramento, Derrick Williams! I'm looking forward to seeing how Michael Malone uses Williams early on, in addition to how aggressive the new recruit will be. Also curious how Jason Thompson and Patrick Patterson play in response to his arrival. Patterson's been better on defense lately; this needs to continue.

2. Greivis Vasquez. He was a non-factor last Saturday in L.A. The Kings nearly won because Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Patrick Patterson were brilliant. If Vasquez had done anything, the Kings might have with a cushion. The Kings really need him to play well consistently; he such a big part of the offensive system and he, frankly, gives up quite a bit on defense.

3. Three-point defense. The Kings have been dreadful defending the three this season. The Clippers can kill you from out there.

PREGAME HAIKU

You mad, CP3?
Total jerk for 48.
Boogie don't forget.

PREDICTION

Kings 136, Clippers 134 (OT). Game-winning Derrick Williams three.

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