Preview: New Orleans At L.A. Clippers
When: 9:30 PM ET, Sunday, April 22, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Clippers are feeling stuck in the middle as they host the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night. The Clippers are a half-game behind the third-place Lakers and a half-game ahead of fifth-place Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers have a game in hand on the Lakers, who host to the Thunder on Sunday. “As long as we win our games, then whatever they do is kind of irrelevant, in a sense,” Clippers star Blake Griffin said.
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New Orleans is playing for the lottery, but has won seven of its last 10 games. Sunday may be the first time former Clipper Eric Gordon faces his old team since being traded for Chris Paul just before the season started. “A lot of people expected us to tank, but you’ve got to play for the fans and give them something to look forward to next year,” Gordon said. In a 97-85 loss in Los Angeles on March 26, the Hornets committed 29 turnovers which led to 35 points.
Griffin and the Clippers face Jason Smith for the first time since the latter was whistled for a flagrant foul on the star center. “I’m not going to say anything; I’m not going to do anything,” Griffin said. “Right now we’re playing for something bigger. We’re trying to get a win and keep pushing in this playoff (drive). So that’s the last thing on my mind, really.” The Clippers have won 13 of their last 16 games.
The Clippers have won 10 of 11 at Staples Center, losing only to the co-tenant Lakers.
In the first meeting this season, the Hornets shot 57.6 percent but attempted an NBA season-low 59 field goals.
Clippers forward Reggie Evans, who missed the last two games with the flu, is expected to play Sunday against the Hornets.