Playoff-hopeful Clippers host Portland
(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers try to stay alive in the Western
Conference playoff race tonight, as they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to
the Staples Center.
LA is tied with the Golden State Warriors for the eighth and final playoff
berth in the West.
The Clippers open a two-game homestand this evening. On Thursday, Corey
Maggette scored a career-high 39 points and Elton Brand netted 32 as the
Clippers rallied from 17 points down to beat the cross-town rival Lakers,
118-110, at the Staples Center.
Brand also had 12 rebounds and seven assists, while Maggette grabbed eight
boards and dished out nine assists for the Clippers, who snapped a three-game
The Clippers are 24-14 as the host this season. They will play Mike Bibby and
the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at the Staples Center.
Portland attempts to halt a three-game losing streak. On Wednesday, Tracy
McGrady posted 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Houston
Rockets to a 99-95 win over the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Rookie Brandon Roy scored 20 points in the loss for Portland, which has
dropped seven of its last nine games overall. Fred Jones scored 18 points,
while Travis Outlaw netted 16 and Jamaal Magloire finished with 13 points and
10 boards for Portland.
Roy (left knee tendinitis/sore right knee) is questionable for tonight’s game.
He is averaging 16.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 56 games this
The Trail Blazers are 14-25 on the road this season. They will host the
SuperSonics on Saturday at KeyArena.
The Clippers are 2-1 against the Trail Blazers this season. Portland has lost
seven straight after winning its last two at the Clippers.