Bobcats begin long swing vs. Clippers
(Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats begin a season-long six-game road
trip when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the Staples Center.
This is the first of two meetings between the squads this season. The Bobcats
are scheduled to host the Clippers on March 16th at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.
The Clippers have won all four contests in the series.
Charlotte tries to get back on the winning track this evening. On Saturday,
Chris Bosh scored all of his 24 points in the second half and grabbed 11
boards as the Toronto Raptors bested the Bobcats, 93-76, at Charlotte Bobcats
The Bobcats lost leading rebounder Emeka Okafor and leading scorer Gerald
Wallace to injuries in the third quarter. Okafor left with a strained left
calf, while Wallace was forced to leave the game due to a strained groin.
Matt Carroll and rookie Adam Morrison both scored 13 points in the loss to the
Raptors for Charlotte, which had its franchise-record-tying four-game winning
Okafor and Wallace are both questionable for tonight’s game. Okafor is
averaging 14.9 points and 11.7 rebounds, while Wallace has posted 16.1 points
and 6.4 boards per game.
Charlotte is 9-18 on the road this season. The Bobcats will also visit
Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Utah, and Phoenix on the current swing.
The Clippers play the fourth of a five-game homestand. They are 1-2 on the
stand. Elton Brand scored 31 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked a career-
high eight shots to lead the Clippers over the Golden State Warriors, 103-90,
at the Staples Center.
Corey Maggette added 18 points and eight rebounds and Shaun Livingston tallied
14 points to go along with a career-high 14 assists for the Clippers, who
ended a four-game losing streak. Tim Thomas had 17 points and 10 boards, while
Cuttino Mobley tallied 15 points for Los Angeles, which won for just the
second time in nine games overall.
On the injury front for the Clippers, Thomas (back spasms) is questionable,
while starting center Chris Kaman (flu/bronchitis) is doubtful.
LA is 18-10 as the host this season. The Clippers are scheduled to host the
Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday in the finale of the homestand.