Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – February 23
=== Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – February 23 ===
(Sports Network) – The struggling Los Angeles Clippers play the finale of
their NBA season-high nine-game road trip on Wednesday, as they visit the
Phoenix Suns at America West Arena.
It will be the third meeting of the season between the clubs. In the two
previous contests, the Suns defeated the Clippers twice at the Staples Center.
The teams will play once more in the 2004-05 campaign, as Phoenix will host
the Clippers on April 15th.
The road team has won five straight and 11 of the last 13 meetings in this
series. Phoenix has won two straight, while the Clippers have won four of the
last seven contests between the clubs. The Clippers have won three straight
and five of their last six at Phoenix.
The Clippers have lost seven straight games and are a dismal 1-7 on their
current swing. In its last game prior to the All-Star break, Los Angeles fell
to the Miami Heat, 113-95, on February 16th at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Corey Maggette led the way for the Clippers with 23 points and Elton Brand
contributed 18 and 13 rebounds in the loss to the Heat for LA, which has lost
13 of its last 18 games overall. Bobby Simmons tallied 12 points, while Rick
Brunson, Chris Kaman and Chris Wilcox all had 10 points in the loss.
LA is 10-25 when it scores under 100 points this season.
The Clippers, who return home to host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday
and the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, are 6-20 on the road this season. LA has lost
13 of its last 14 as the visitor.
Maggette leads the Clippers in scoring (20.8 ppg), while Brand is averaging a
team-best 9.7 rebounds per game.
On the injury front, guard Marko Jaric (foot) is sidelined indefinitely while
guards Shaun Livingston (shoulder) and Kerry Kittles (groin) and center
Mamadou N’diaye (back) are on the injured list.