The Los Angeles Clippers have played the Sacramento Kings three times already this season, and all three games have been tantalizingly close. But the Clippers have come away with the win each time -- tonight's coming in overtime. Whether it's the mark of a more mature team, or just a few good breaks is open to interpretation. One thing we know for certain -- while Chris Paul was the key in the Clippers' final push in the first two games, he was not a factor in the third, as he sat out the game to rest his sore hamstring, forcing the team to actually do it without their star.

Paul joined Matt Barnes, arguably the team's best small forward, on the sidelines in this game. Then, late in the second quarter, J.J. Redick was forced out of the game as well when he sprained his wrist on a hard fall after a DeMarcus Cousins foul. Which meant that in the second half, the team was without their starting backcourt and their top small forward off the bench.

In their absence, Jamal Crawford was huge. He played 37 minutes off the bench -- and though he came off the bench in the second half as per usual, once he entered the game, he did not leave again, through the final 17 minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime. With Paul and Redick hurt, Crawford was probably the team's best shooting guard AND simultaneously their best point guard (though Darren Collison played admirably starting in place of Paul). Crawford finished the game with 31 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. He made 12-22 from the field on mostly very difficult shots. With Blake Griffin struggling to get good shots, the Clippers went long stretches of the game with no offense beyond Crawford. It's not a good long term solution, but it's nice to know that it's available in a pinch.

For the third time this season, DeMarcus Cousins had a huge game against the Clippers -- and for the third time, he was kind of a prick. Cousins finished the game with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Amazingly, he shot 11-19 from the field, and about half of his misses were actually blocked by DeAndre Jordan (who finished with a career high nine blocked shots). So basically, Jordan pretty much had to block the shot in order for Cousins to miss. But he also had a classic Cousins-Clippers. Cousins didn't agree with the call on the Redick foul (does he ever?) and as the teams were coming back onto the court, Redick went to tap Cousins in a "no hard feelings" gesture -- to which Boogie said "Get the f*** out of here" and walked away, leaving Redick to roll his eyes. Bear in mind, you can disagree with the official's call in that situation, but you might still be concerned with the guy who landing on his back from several feet in the air. Not only did Cousins not show any concern for Redick on his own -- he wouldn't even acknowledge him when J.J. reached out.