|Last 5 Games||3-2||-1.6||3-2||4-1||106.6||52.8||50.5%||46.2||99.6||50.2||44.9%||47.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||101.2||51.6||39-81||47.9%||8-21||35.9%||17-23||71.2%||50||11||24||21||10||14||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.5||49.5||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.4%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||97.9||49.8||37-80||46.3%||7-20||34.0%||17-24||69.8%||50||12||21||21||9||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||94.8||48.1||35-78||44.4%||8-21||37.4%||18-24||75.4%||48||11||22||21||8||16||4|
|vs opponents averaging||98.4||49.5||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.6%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||96.0||48.5||35-78||45.0%||8-20||39.4%||18-24||75.1%||49||11||22||22||8||15||4|
|Last 5 Games||1-4||-3||2-3||2-3||94.4||44.4||42.8%||48.2||102.0||49.8||49.1%||46.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||94.2||46.5||36-80||45.1%||7-18||36.3%||15-20||78.1%||49||12||21||21||6||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.2||49.4||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.4%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||93.1||47.1||36-81||45.2%||7-18||36.2%||14-18||75.3%||49||13||23||20||7||13||6|
|Stats Against (All Games)||97.8||48.8||37-78||47.0%||8-21||37.5%||16-22||75.9%||47||10||23||19||8||13||6|
|vs opponents averaging||98.9||49.8||37-82||45.5%||7-20||35.9%||17-23||75.5%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||94.8||46.7||36-78||46.0%||8-21||37.7%||16-20||77.0%||46||10||22||18||8||13||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: LA CLIPPERS 95.7, NEW ORLEANS 96|
|3/27/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||105-91||W||-5.5||W||188||O||34-73||46.6%||42||9||35-71||49.3%||44||11|
|3/29/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||102-104||L||4||W||198||O||41-81||50.6%||49||9||39-74||52.7%||36||9|
|4/12/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/13/2013||@ MEMPHIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2013||PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ SACRAMENTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/3/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||88-98||L||7.5||L||197.5||U||33-83||39.8%||49||12||36-78||46.2%||51||13|
|4/9/2013||@ LA LAKERS||96-104||L||8.5||W||193||O||37-84||44.0%||44||15||40-79||50.6%||48||15|
|4/12/2013||LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|LA CLIPPERS: GUARDS: CHRIS PAUL was every bit an MVP-caliber player in his first year in L.A. They should monitor his minutes late in the regular season to keep him fresh for the playoffs. . . His Achilles is on schedule to be healed by December, and CHAUNCEY BILLUPS will start once he's healthy. He's likely to lose athleticism, and his leash could be short if he shoots as poorly as he did last year . . . JAMAL CRAWFORD steps in to lead the second unit. We'll see how quickly his inefficient, shoot-first ways grow stale . . . ERIC BLEDSOE was a stud in the playoffs. He can't play extended minutes alongside Paul, but coach Vinny Del Negro knows he has to get Bledsoe on the floor . . . WILLIE GREEN provides capable depth, but he's on the outside looking in at the rotation. FORWARDS: BLAKE GRIFFIN's knee injury likely isn't serious enough to linger into the season. He's starting to develop some post moves to go along with his dunks . . . CARON BUTLER played hurt for most of last year, but still did enough to nail down a starting job for this season . . . LAMAR ODOM moped his way back to L.A. Don't be surprised if he has a strong bounce-back year, especially considering he'll be the Clippers' best defensive big . . . GRANT HILL could see some starts, but more likely the 40-year-old is pegged for limited minutes . . . MATT BARNES will replace Hill once he injures himself again . . . RONNY TURIAF will provide some of the toughness they lost when Reggie Evans left . . . TREY THOMPKINS will continue to languish on the bench, especially after sitting out the preseason with a knee injury. CENTERS: He can block shots and rebound, but at this point DeANDRE JORDAN is just too much of a defensive liability in space to play 30-plus minutes. That's why the Clippers will often pair Lamar Odom with Blake Griffin in the frontcourt . . . RYAN HOLLINS can also defend the basket and has six fouls to give.|
|NEW ORLEANS: GUARDS: This offense will belong to ERIC GORDON. He'll get over the fact that the Hornets matched his offer from Phoenix, and as long as his surgically-repaired knee holds up, he's one of the most complete young scorers in the NBA . . . The Hornets reached for AUSTIN RIVERS with the 10th pick because Monty Williams wants to coach him and thinks he can be an NBA point guard. Rivers has the handle, but his athleticism is ordinary and, more importantly, he has never shown a PG mentality at any level . . . GREIVIS VASQUEZ is the closest thing to a true point guard on this roster. He'll see solid minutes assuming Rivers' adjustment is a tough one . . . Well-rounded ROGER MASON JR. will also provide point guard depth . . . XAVIER HENRY hasn't lived up to his reputation as a shooter, but the Hornets can be patient with him . . . Rookie BRIAN ROBERTS has had a strong enough preseason to likely earn a roster spot. FORWARDS: ANTHONY DAVIS should step right in as a starter. His offensive game is further along than he gets credit for, and on the defensive end he's an absolute force from the basket out to the perimeter . . . He'll probably miss having Dwight Howard drawing in defenses, but RYAN ANDERSON has always been a very good three-point shooter. He and Davis are unique enough talents to share the court even if they're both power forwards . . . AL-FAROUQ AMINU made some strides on the defensive end late last season, which is what will get him minutes under Williams. He's underwhelming on the offensive end . . . If HAKIM WARRICK couldn't succeed as Steve Nash's pick-and-roll partner, it seems unlikely he'll ever help in New Orleans . . . Rookie DARIUS MILLER is looking to establish some kind of role with the team . . . LANCE THOMAS is doubtful to earn a salary to pay off his jewelry debts. CENTERS: ROBIN LOPEZ has always had the ability to protect the rim and does a decent job in space. Look for him to end up grabbing the bulk of minutes in the middle . . . JASON SMITH gives the Hornets a more offensive-minded option off the bench.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (LA CLIPPERS-NEW ORLEANS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Davis out for season)
*Clippers-Hornets Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Los Angeles (52-26) at New Orleans (27-52), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Although they've clinched their first division title and set franchise records for victories, the Los Angeles Clippers still have plenty to play for during the final week of the regular season.
The Clippers resume their chase for home-court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs when they visit the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.
Los Angeles (52-26) added to its lengthy list of accomplishments Wednesday when it cruised past Minnesota 111-95 for its third straight win and franchise-best 31st home victory.
While they're guaranteed a top-four seed in the West as the Pacific Division champs, the Clippers moved to within one game of fifth-seeded Memphis for home-court advantage in the first round.
"We're starting to get our sense of urgency back and it's starting to show," said reserve Matt Barnes, who scored 14 points Wednesday.
Los Angeles - 21-17 on the road - plays three of its final four games away from home, including a key contest at Memphis on Saturday night. The Clippers own the tiebreaker over the Grizzlies, having won two of three meetings.
Los Angeles, however, can't afford to look past a New Orleans team that has lost six of eight and will be without forward Anthony Davis for the rest of the season.
Davis limped off the court Wednesday after drawing an offensive foul in the fourth quarter of a 121-110 loss at Sacramento. He was diagnosed Thursday with a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise in his knee, and further evaluation and an MRI showed no additional structural damage.
After dropping four of five on their road trip, the Southwest Division-worst Hornets (27-52) play their first home game this month.
They've won four of six at home, though one of those defeats was 105-91 to the Clippers on March 27. The teams split two previous matchups in Los Angeles.
Former Clipper Eric Gordon had a team-best 23 points for New Orleans on Wednesday and finished with 24 in last month's loss in this series.
The Hornets, who have averaged 91.0 points and shot 46.1 percent in the three games, will face a Los Angeles defense that has limited opponents to 42.4 percent shooting during the winning streak.
"The past three games our defense has been really good. We're talking a lot more and the energy picked up," All-Star point guard Chris Paul said.
Paul has also played a major role offensively, averaging 19.3 points and 11.7 assists while shooting 53.8 percent in recording three straight double-doubles.
The Clippers have scored 113.0 per game while making 53.0 percent from the field over their last four.
They should be able to continue that efficiency against the Hornets, who have surrendered 112.5 points on 53.0 percent shooting in consecutive losses.
Los Angeles snapped a nine-game road skid in this series last month.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 5:24:48 PM EST|