Clippers travel to North Carolina
(Sports Network) – The playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Clippers will try to get
back on the winning track tonight when they resume a six-game road trip
against the Charlotte Bobcats in North Carolina.
Los Angeles, which is tied with Golden State for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Western Conference, has dropped five straight and the first two
contests of the road trip.
Against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Elton Brand posted a season-high 37
points and 10 boards for the Clippers, who fell to 8-23 as the visitor this
season. Chris Kaman posted 16 points and nine rebounds, while Corey Maggette
and Tim Thomas both added 13 points for the Clippers, who will also visit
Charlotte, New Jersey, Chicago and Milwaukee on the swing.
Veteran guard Sam Cassell (groin) remained sidelined for the second straight
game and is doubtful for Friday’s game against the Bobcats.
Charlotte, meanwhile, has won two straight since an eight-game skid and will
conclude a four-game homestand versus the Clippers. In Wednesday’s 111-108 win
over the Sacramento Kings, Matt Carroll shot 4-of-5 from three-point range and
scored 22 points for Charlotte, which is 15-17 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena this
Raymond Felton added 16 points and eight assists and Jake Voskuhl grabbed 13
rebounds in the win over the Kings.
The Bobcats are 6 1/2 games off the final playoff berth in the Eastern
Conference, and could be without center Ryan Hollins (flu) versus Los Angeles.
Hollins is listed as questionable this evening.
Friday’s showdown between Charlotte and Los Angeles is the second and final
meeting of the regular season. The Clippers won the first encounter by a
100-93 score on February 26 at the Staples Center.
LA is 5-0 all-time against Charlotte and has won both meetings so far at
Charlotte Bobcats Arena.