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Game Thread: Clippers/Bucks

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 Clipperland two decades ago. (via jackgallagher.com)

Clippers (8-18, 5-8 road) @ Bucks (12-16, 6-4 home)

Gametime: 7:30 p.m. central time

Clippers Position Bucks
Baron Davis
PG Luke Ridnour
Eric Gordon
SG Michael Redd
Al Thornton
SF Richard Jefferson
Zach Randolph
PF Luke Mbah a Moute
Marcus Camby
C Andrew Bogut

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injuries:

Clippers: Ricky Davis (knee) and Chris Kaman (foot) are out. Mike Taylor (thumb) left the team's game last night with a broken thumb.

Bucks: Malik Allen (ribs) is questionable.

07/08 Series:

Dec. 4: Bucks 87 @Clippers 78

08/09 Advanced Stats:

Clippers: Offense: 29th (101.0 points/100 possessions) Defense: 13th (105.5)  Pace: 12th (92.3)

Bucks: Offense: 23rd (103.9 points/100 possessions) Defense: 11th (105.1) Pace: 13th  (92.2)

Three points:

  • Zach attack. Last year it was rumored that Zach Randolph might be traded to the Bucks. That never materialized, and the Knicks instead dealt the former Michigan St. star to the Clippers for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley about a month ago. Mbah a Moute and the Bucks have slowed opposing stars lately, but Randolph has hit for 21+ points in eleven straight games for the Clippers and he's coming off a 34/16/4 (with 6 turnovers) night against Indiana. 
  • Games galore. It's the second game of back-to-backs for both teams, but the Clip-show is probably a bit more fatigued. Los Angeles triumphed 117-109 in double-overtime against the Pacers last night. All five Clipper starters played 48+ minutes in the game. And this marks the Clippers' fourth game in five nights. Then again, no team in the NBA has played more games (28) than the Bucks.
  • Second-string struggles. L.A.'s bench contributed a miniscule five points out of 117 against Indy, and the Clippers rank last in the NBA with 18.4 points per game from its reserves. It certainly doesn't help that Chris Kaman and Ricky Davis are injured. That has opened up minutes for guys like Mardy Collins and Brian Skinner. L.A. does have former Marquette sharpshooter Steve Novak, but he hasn't scored in a few weeks despite the depleted bench.

Coverage:

Bucks.com / Clips Nation / ClipperBlog / L.A. Times