Clippers vs. Knicks Preview and Game Thread: Nicolas Batum continues to be the motor for L.A.

My history teacher won’t leave me alone: every time I wander into his classroom, he boasts about how his New York Knicks have a better record than my L.A. Clippers.

Not for long, though — after completing last game’s electrifying 24-point comeback, the Clippers have 23 wins and 24 losses (one more game in the win column than the Knicks). And a win against them on their Sunday morning matchup will push the Clippers one more game forward and away from the New York team.

In the driver’s seat, none other than 13-year veteran Nicolas Batum.

To start this week, he led a tour de force against the Indiana Pacers, logging 32 points (all in the second half), five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks to help the team snap out of a two-game slide.

He stayed on fire on Friday night after missing a game due to COVID protocols: Batum stuffed the stat sheets with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals. The recent feats he’s been putting on, we hope, are only glimpses of what he’ll continue to provide for the 213.

Against the Knicks, he’ll look to end his sublime week on an even higher note. Expect to see him making runs around and spotting up behind the three-point line — he’s shooting a career-high 41.4 percent from long range. Off of defensive rebounds, Batum can also be seen pushing the pace and beating opponents…

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