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LA CLIPPERS (20 - 10) at PORTLAND (23 - 5)
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Thursday, 12/26/2013 10:35 PM
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507LA CLIPPERS213.5212.5
LA CLIPPERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games20-10-1.718-1215-15105.052.246.6%52.899.350.844.1%52.7
Road Games8-8-8.510-65-1198.947.945.2%51.697.749.244.4%53.2
Last 5 Games4-1+3.44-13-2111.654.447.1%53.499.848.442.4%56.2
LA CLIPPERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.052.238-8146.6%8-2433.3%21-2972.0%531024228145
vs opponents surrendering100.349.938-8345.1%8-2236.5%17-2374.8%511122218155
Team Stats (Road Games)98.947.936-8145.2%7-2332.3%19-2670.2%52923228145
Stats Against (All Games)99.350.837-8444.1%7-2032.4%19-2673.0%531223247153
vs opponents averaging100.550.137-8345.0%8-2136.0%18-2475.9%521122218155
Stats Against (Road Games)97.749.237-8344.4%6-2032.2%18-2473.0%531122237154

PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-5+16.118-1021-7108.452.545.7%53.3102.152.245.4%50.9
Home Games11-2+7.88-510-3107.250.846.3%51.8101.050.245.4%49.9
Last 5 Games4-1+31-45-0117.654.245.6%57.0111.459.247.0%55.0
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)108.452.540-8745.7%10-2540.5%18-2281.9%531323196145
vs opponents surrendering100.649.938-8345.1%8-2136.1%18-2475.6%521122218155
Team Stats (Home Games)107.250.840-8646.3%9-2439.3%18-2282.9%521322186145
Stats Against (All Games)102.152.240-8745.4%6-1734.7%17-2277.7%511219218123
vs opponents averaging100.150.237-8344.8%8-2235.8%18-2374.9%521121218155
Stats Against (Home Games)101.050.240-8845.4%6-1635.1%15-1980.2%501319229133
Average power rating of opponents played: LA CLIPPERS 96.9,  PORTLAND 95.6
LA CLIPPERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/20/2013@ MINNESOTA102-98W2W213U40-8149.4%501934-9037.8%5914
11/21/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY91-105L5.5L212.5U38-9241.3%511041-7951.9%5917
11/27/2013NEW YORK93-80W-9W204U32-7443.2%581332-8338.6%4514
11/29/2013@ SACRAMENTO104-98W-2.5W203U37-8344.6%601242-9146.2%5015
12/4/2013@ ATLANTA97-107L-3L203.5O39-8347.0%461242-8251.2%4811
12/5/2013@ MEMPHIS101-81W-1.5W192.5U38-8047.5%501529-7737.7%5016
12/7/2013@ CLEVELAND82-88L-6L199U28-8732.2%581331-8337.3%6815
12/9/2013@ PHILADELPHIA94-83W-10W208.5U35-8242.7%571233-9235.9%6416
12/11/2013@ BOSTON96-88W-5W194.5U34-7644.7%501333-8041.2%5416
12/12/2013@ BROOKLYN93-102L-1L197.5U26-7037.1%591433-7444.6%4513
12/14/2013@ WASHINGTON113-97W-5W193.5O39-6956.5%411040-8149.4%4113
12/16/2013SAN ANTONIO115-92W3W203.5O39-7651.3%541837-7648.7%4022
12/18/2013NEW ORLEANS108-95W-9.5W205.5U33-7842.3%52937-9339.8%6011
12/25/2013@ GOLDEN STATE103-105L3.5W207O40-8149.4%491340-9542.1%5813
12/26/2013@ PORTLAND              
1/3/2014@ DALLAS              
1/4/2014@ SAN ANTONIO              
1/10/2014LA LAKERS              

PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/17/2013@ TORONTO118-110W2W193O44-9944.4%571542-9444.7%6316
11/18/2013@ BROOKLYN108-98W1.5W196O41-7653.9%481431-8536.5%467
11/20/2013@ MILWAUKEE91-82W-5.5W194.5U35-8640.7%551635-8043.7%5119
11/23/2013@ GOLDEN STATE113-101W5W200.5O37-8643.0%521536-7647.4%5120
11/25/2013NEW YORK102-91W-7W195.5U37-8444.0%52838-8544.7%509
11/27/2013@ PHOENIX106-120L-4.5L199.5O39-8645.3%441242-8151.9%5010
12/1/2013@ LA LAKERS114-108W-3.5W206.5O38-8743.7%581240-8746.0%489
12/4/2013OKLAHOMA CITY111-104W-2.5W206O44-9844.9%581139-8943.8%5113
12/9/2013@ UTAH105-94W-7W203U40-8547.1%461136-8243.9%4812
12/14/2013@ PHILADELPHIA139-105W-10.5W212O52-9355.9%601839-8744.8%4314
12/15/2013@ DETROIT111-109W-3.5L209.5O41-9941.4%611044-9446.8%6014
12/17/2013@ CLEVELAND119-116W-4.5L205.5O41-9244.6%621448-10247.1%516
12/18/2013@ MINNESOTA109-120L3L214O40-9442.6%501346-9349.5%6010
12/21/2013NEW ORLEANS110-107W-8L212O43-9843.9%52744-9446.8%6111
12/26/2013LA CLIPPERS              
12/30/2013@ NEW ORLEANS              
12/31/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
1/7/2014@ SACRAMENTO              
LA CLIPPERS: GUARDS: CHRIS PAUL is back with the Clippers, and this time with his handpicked head coach. Not that Doc Rivers will make a big difference though, as he's just as uncreative an offensive tactician as Vinny Del Negro was . . . J.J. REDICK will do less ball-handling than he did in Orlando the first half of last season, but he should feast on the wide-open looks Paul creates for him . . . JAMAL CRAWFORD will once again be a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. He's a pure gunner with some creativity to his game . . . DARREN COLLISON is strictly a back-up after a dreadful one-year stint in Dallas . . . WILLIE GREEN, a starter in name-only last year, may be squeezed out of the rotation. FORWARDS: BLAKE GRIFFIN deferred more often last season, especially as he continues to see more double teams. But he did show improvement as a passer . . . JARED DUDLEY steps into Caron Butler's old role. He'll set up for a lot of wide-open corner threes. His reputation as a quality defender is downright wrong . . . MATT BARNES will often close games due to his defense, and he's coming off one of his best offensive seasons . . . Rookie REGGIE BULLOCK is the kind of spot-up shooter the Clips want to surround Paul with. If Bullock's defense matches up with his athleticism, he could break this rotation . . . It's tough to see how BYRON MULLENS fits on a team with postseason aspirations. CENTERS: Though he's the team's only real rim protector, DEANDRE JORDAN will likely be in a part-time role again. He still can't defend the pick-and-roll, and Rivers got by just fine without a shot-blocker in Boston . . . RYAN HOLLINS is little more than a big body with six fouls to give. Blake Griffin will often slide to the five on this team.
PORTLAND: GUARDS: DAMIAN LILLARD is for real, an elite shooter and a natural running the pick-and-roll. Though we're a little worried about what will happen if pick-and-pop partner LaMarcus Aldridge is dealt sometime this season . . . WESLEY MATTHEWS will be battling for playing time with Portland loading up on wings . . . C.J. MCCOLLUM can play either guard spot, but primarily he's a scorer and a potentially elite shooter. He is, however, out a few months with a foot fracture. . . MO WILLIAMS will provide the Blazers with a veteran guard presence who is more than capable of lighting it up on any given night. He is, however, a major defensive liability'If he straightens out his jumper, WILL BARTON could end up being a solid second-unit player . . . EARL WATSON gives them a much more reliable back-up point guard than Ronnie Price was . . . Sharpshooter ALLEN CRABBE will likely find himself in the D-League early on. FORWARDS: LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE's name will be in trade rumors all season, but it won't affect his role as this team's No. 1 option . . . NICOLAS BATUM will continue to do a little bit of everything, playing point forward to allow Lillard to play off the ball at times, and serving as a dangerous three-point shooter . . . DORELL WRIGHT can lock opponents down when he wants to. He'll push Wesley Matthews for minutes . . . Portland will be the next team to try to squeeze production out of 2012 No. 5 pick THOMAS ROBINSON. After Sacramento and Houston both gave up on him almost immediately, Robinson in danger of falling off the NBA map . . . VICTOR CLAVER provides some energy as a second-unit bit player . . . JOEL FREELAND has six fouls to give. CENTERS: ROBIN LOPEZ will be a better fit alongside Aldridge than J.J. Hickson was. Lopez isn't skilled, but he can take some defensive responsibilities away from Aldridge . . . MEYERS LEONARD is, as expected, still a work in progress. He's enormous and there's some raw talent, but he too often looks lost.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (LA CLIPPERS-PORTLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Clippers-Trail Blazers Preview* ================================

Los Angeles (20-9) at Portland (23-5), 10:30 p.m. EDT

The Portland Trail Blazers are tied for the league's best record, and they'll be tested severely as 2013 comes to an end.

Three of the Trail Blazers' final four contests in the calendar year are against division leaders, beginning with Thursday night's visit by a Los Angeles Clippers team that could be in a bad mood.

Portland (23-5) is only 10 wins shy of its total from last season as one of the league's biggest surprises. The Trail Blazers, who can notch their best 29-game start since going 26-3 in 1990-91, are led by the one-two scoring punch of LaMarcus Aldridge and last season's rookie of the year, Damian Lillard.

"I didn't know that this would happen going into Christmas but it feels good," said Lillard, averaging 33.7 points in his last three games after he had 29 in Saturday's 110-107 win over New Orleans.

Returning from a four-day break won't be easy. The Trail Blazers face the Pacific Division-leading Clippers (20-10) before defending NBA champion and runaway Southeast leader Miami visits Saturday. Following a rematch with the Pelicans is a New Year's Eve matchup at Oklahoma City, which is tied with Portland for the Northwest lead.

First-year coach Terry Stotts has installed an exciting new style of play that has seen his club average 108.4 points while shooting 40.5 percent on 3-pointers - both NBA bests.

"We're playing the style of basketball that I envisioned as far as moving, being unselfish, versatility, shooting 3s," Stotts said. "That's what we envisioned."

This contest should be a fun, up-tempo affair since Los Angeles averages 105.0 points to rank fifth in the NBA. The matchups to watch will be between Lillard and Chris Paul at point guard and Aldridge and Blake Griffin at power forward.

"The trade they made to get (Robin) Lopez really set them to another level because it allowed Aldridge to go to his natural position, be a four full-time and have a big guy, a dirty guy next to him," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

Griffin should have plenty of energy after he was ejected for his second technical with 10:43 remaining for scuffling with Andrew Bogut in Wednesday's 105-103 loss at Golden State that ended the Clippers' season-high win streak at five.

"If you look at it, I didn't do anything and I got thrown out of the game. It all boils down to they (referees) fell for it," Griffin said. "To me, it's cowardly basketball. I don't know their intentions, but it worked. ... If I knew the answer I'd probably be in a different position. Tonight I got two technicals for nothing."

The Los Angeles star still finished with 20 points and 14 boards for his fourth straight double-double - a stretch in which he's averaging 24.3 points and 12.5 boards despite fouling out twice and getting ejected against the Warriors.

Paul also notched his fourth straight double-double with 26 points and 11 assists. He's averaging 16.8 points and 11.5 assists in that span.

The Clippers took three of four from the Trail Blazers last season. Paul missed two of those contests, and Los Angeles has won four straight in this series with him in the lineup.

Portland only shot 34.6 percent on 3s last season versus Los Angeles, and its confidence has risen under Stotts' new system.

"You're at your best when you're not worried about what someone's saying about your offensive game," said guard Wesley Matthews, shooting a career-high 43.8 percent on 3-pointers to lead the team. "There are structures and guidelines, but he trusts us enough to make the right plays out there."

Lillard's backup, Mo Williams, sat out Monday's practice with a bruised right hip and his status is uncertain.

Last Updated: 6/20/2018 12:34:28 PM EST

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