NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Portland 32 34 23 27 116
LA Clippers 47 26 28 32 133
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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)03:0022:00 ET8:00 PM CT1:00 , April 6, 2021
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

Clippers host Trail Blazers in Western Conference showdown

According to STATS
According to STATS

Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers

  1. The Clippers have won the last four games in this series. They have had only two longer regular-season winning streaks against Portland, a seven-game streak from 2015 to 2017, and a five-game streak in 2005-06.
  2. These teams rank first and second in the NBA in free-throw percentage, with the Clippers at 84.0 percent and the Trail Blazers at 83.3.
  3. The Trail Blazers are coming off a 48-point win over the Thunder, which tied the second largest margin of victory in team history. Portland had a 50-point win over the Cavaliers in 1982 and 48-point wins against the Clippers in 1994 and the Suns in 2017.
  4. Damian Lillard has averaged 19.7 points per game against the Clippers, his lowest average against any NBA opponent. Lillard went 3-for-14 (.214) from the floor in his last game against the Clippers, on December 30, his lowest field-goal percentage in any game this season.
  5. Paul George has averaged 23.5 points per game against the Trail Blazers, his second highest average against any NBA team (24.2 vs. Pacers, although in only six games).
  6. Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points against the Lakers on Sunday, but he has not been held under 20 points in consecutive games this season.

Despite missing two starters because of injuries, the Los Angeles Clippers easily handled the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers in a wire-to-wire, 18-point victory on Sunday.

Now, the Clippers will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday in the sixth game of the team's nine-game homestand, looking to maintain the momentum.

Patrick Beverley (right knee soreness) and Serge Ibaka (lower back soreness) have missed a combined 34 games. However, the Clippers have done a good job of finding other contributors to fill the void on both ends of the floor in role players such as Terance Mann, Luke Kennard, Reggie Jackson and Patrick Patterson.

The Clippers also got their first glimpse of Rajon Rondo on the floor since making the trade with the Atlanta Hawks.

Rondo finished with two points, three assists, two steals and four turnovers in 13 minutes. However, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said it was good to see Rondo out on the floor. The veteran point guard had been recovering from a sore right adductor.

"He was a little rusty," Lue said. "He had a couple turnovers early on. But you could just tell his pace brings something different to our team. Offensively, if we're getting the outlet close to half court before the first pass is made, that generates pace for us, and we need that.

"So, it's going to be good for us in the long run. It was just good to see him out there and trying to get acclimated to what we do."

Added Rondo: "I'm just going out there and leading by example. I don't like to talk as much without showing out there on the court with my teammates."

The Blazers arrive in Los Angeles playing good basketball, having won seven of their past 10 games, including a 48-point home victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

Portland finished with eight players in double figures in that contest, led by CJ McCollum's 20 points.

Portland rebounded from a disheartening 127-109 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday with the easy victory over the Thunder.

However, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts knows defeating the Clippers on the road will be a tough task. Los Angeles is 18-8 this season at Staples Center.

"The Clippers are a tough team on the road," Stotts said. "I don't know if this will necessarily carry over, but it was good to bounce back from the Milwaukee game, play a good defensive game and allow the subs to play, allow us to rest some of the starters. So, in that sense, it was really good for us."

One player who appears set up to play well for the Blazers against the Clippers is McCollum. He's averaging 27.0 points, 6.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 10 road contests this season, compared to 21.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds at home.

"I just try to take the shots that were there, be aggressive in pick and rolls," McCollum said about his performance against the Thunder. "Nurk (Jusuf Nurkic) set some great screens for me tonight. I left some point out there, but it happens.

"But I'm trying to continue to find a rhythm, stay aggressive and continue to attack."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 5, 2021

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