Bobcats at Clippers
9:30 p.m., Staples Arena
TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610
|Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg||Pos, Player||Ppg||Rpg|
|G, K,. Walker||18,6||4.3||G, C. Paul||19.9||4.7|
|G, G. Henderson||15.1||4.6||G, J. Crawford||16.8||2.3|
|F, A. Tolliver||4.2||3.0||F, J. Dudley||8.6||2.1|
|F, J. McRoberts||8.0||5.5||F, B. Griffin||21.9||10.6|
|C, A. Jefferson||17.0||10.3||C, D. Jordan||9.3||13.3|
Matchup to Watch
Kemba Walker vs. Chris Paul: Paul is the prototypical NBA point guard these days. Walker is on the rise, more as a scorer than a pure facilitator.
• The Clippers are being challenged for the Pacific Division by, strangely enough, the Phoenix Suns. Lottery-bound as the Suns appeared preseason, they just clobbered the Clippers in Los Angeles 107-88, and trail the Clippers by only 1 1/2 games.
• The Clippers committed 20 turnovers in that Suns game. They have lost three of their last four.
• The Bobcats are now on a three-game losing streak and this West Coast swing – Clipprs, Blazers and Kings – could extend that streak considerably. Coach Steve Clifford says his team can be, and must be, exceptional as defenders and rebounders to win this season.
• Ex-Bobcat Jared Dudley has built a long and solid NBA career based on versatility and savvy. He’s great at sizing up what teammates don’t do and focusing on filling those gaps.
• Former Duke star J.J. Redick is still out for the Clippers with a broken hand.
• Shelby’s Alvin Gentry, who interviewed for the Bobcats’ head-coaching job, is now Doc Rivers’ top assistant with the Clippers.
• The Clippers have won five straight over the Bobcats.
Did you know?
Ex-Bobcat Stephen Jackson made his first 3-pointer of the season, after going 0-of-12 from the arc for the Clippers.
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