Wednesday , Dec , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Clippers need to find their game

(Sports Network) – Expectations are high for the Los Angeles Clippers this
season. After winning 47 games during the 2005-06 campaign and advancing to
the conference semifinals, the Clippers are expected to be a factor in the
West.

The Clippers own a 10-13 record and are tied with the Sacramento Kings for
last place in the Pacific Division. On Wednesday, the Clippers try to put the
brakes on a four-game losing streak when they welcome the Toronto Raptors to
the Staples Center.

It is the first of two meetings between the Clippers and Toronto this season.
The Raptors are scheduled to host the Clippers on February 4, 2007 at the Air
Canada Centre. Toronto has lost two straight at the Clippers, who have won two
in a row and four of the last five contests in the series.

Los Angeles enter Tuesday’s contest on a four-game losing streak. On Sunday,
All-Star center Yao Ming scored a game-high 32 points, pulled down 10 rebounds
and dished out five assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 108-103 victory
over the at the Staples Center.

Shaun Livingston poured in a career-high 21 points for Los Angeles, which has
lost five of its last six games overall. Chris Kaman scored a season-high 20
points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Elton Brand added 19 points and nine
rebounds in defeat.

LA is 9-5 at home this season. After Tuesday’s contest, the Clippers will
embark on a three-game road trip. They will visit Dallas, Houston and Utah on
the upcoming swing.

Livingston is averaging 9.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and a team-best 5.2 assists
per game. He has scored in double-digits in four straight games and has
averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 assists per game in that span.

The Clippers are 7-3 when they score more than 100 points this season.

LAC