L.A. Clippers Status Check:
Home Record: 16-13
Last 10 Games: 6-4
Streak: 2 wins
Last game: Won 105-98 vs. Bucks
PPG: 99.5 (12th)
Opponents PPG: 101.4 (19th)
Offensive Rating: 107.0 (16th)
Defensive Rating: 109.0 (20th)
Pace: 92.4 (14th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .499 (13th)
Turnover Percentage: .149 (28th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .743 (15th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .303 (3rd)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .236 (11th)
Opp. eFG%: .502 (16th)
Opp. TO%: .129 (23rd)
Opp. FT/FGA: .265 (27th)
Leading scorer: Eric Gordon (24.1)
Stats from Basketball-Reference.com.
Clippers Injury Report:
Eric Gordon: Sprained right wrist / bone chip (questionable)
Chris Kaman: Bone bruise / sprained left ankle (out indefinitely)
Craig Smith: Herniated disc (out indefinitely)
Back on December 18, the Bulls played their first game without the injured Joakim Noah, at home against the Clippers.
The game ended when Rose missed a free throw that would have tied the game with 0.8 seconds left.
In that game, rookie Blake Griffin dominated the Bulls with 29 points and 12 rebounds. And Taj Gibson has plans to contain Griffin tonight.
Said Gibson: “I’m going to try and get the block or take a foul. Like coach Thibodeau says, nothing easy.”
Not much comes easy against the Bulls these days. They still rank 1st in Defensive Rating (99.2).
Unfortunately, the Bulls are merely 10-10 outside of the Windy City. Meanwhile, the Clips have won nine in a row at home, a streak that includes victories over the Heat, Lakers and Nuggets.
The last time the Clippers won 10 straight at home? It was between December 5, 1975 and January 6, 1976. When the frachise was located in Buffalo. And they were called the Braves.
Not only would the Clips like to make team history, they’d like to win their last home game before starting a league-high 11-game road trip.
To win, the Bulls need to contain Griffin, cool of Randy Foye (who’s been scoring 19.0 PPG in the absence of the injured Eric Gordon), and keep the Clippers away from the offensive glass (the one area in which they are an elite team).