Monday , Apr , 03 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Clippers have shocked the NBA

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers (42-30) are close to securing
their first playoff berth since the 1996-97 campaign when they finished just
36-46. They were swept, 3-0 by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the
playoffs that season.

The Clippers trail the division-leading Phoenix Suns by 6 1/2 games in the

On Tuesday, the Denver Nuggets and Clippers try to get back on the winning
track when they meet at the Staples Center. Denver is in first place in the
Northwest Division and currently sits No. 3 in the Western Conference playoff
race, while the Clippers are the fifth seed.

Los Angeles tries to rebound from a loss to a Pacific Division rival. On
Sunday, Ron Artest scored 26 points and Brad Miller ended with 25 points and
nine rebounds, as the Sacramento Kings defeated the Clippers, 106-96, at ARCO

Chris Kaman scored 20 points and pulled down 10 boards, while Sam Cassell also
netted 20 for the Clippers, who have lost two of their last three contests
overall. All-Star Elton Brand contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds and
Vladimir Radmanovic also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10

The Clippers, who are just one game ahead of No. 6 Memphis in the West, are
25-11 as the host this season.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the squads. The
teams split a pair of games at the Pepsi Center, while the Clippers defeated
the Nuggets, 112-79, on January 28th at the Staples Center.

Denver has lost eight of its last 10 at the Clippers, who have won the last
two contests in this series.

LA will play five of its final 10 games at home. Besides Denver, the Clippers
will also host Sacramento, Dallas, Portland and Seattle.

The Clippers final five road games are against the Suns, Lakers, Sonics,
Grizzlies and Mavericks.