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Kawhi Leonard misses third straight game for Clippers

Kawhi Leonard is missing his third straight match for the Los Angeles Clippers, again delaying his on-court pairing with new teammate Paul George.

George was in the lineup Monday night versus his former team, Oklahoma City, which traded him to the Clippers in the off-season.

Leonard bruised his left knee in a loss at Houston last Wednesday and didn’t play at New Orleans or versus Atlanta last week. Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers says it was “very possible” Leonard was going to play Monday. Rivers has displayed little concern that Leonard will be out long.

“I just know it’s going to happen,” he said of Leonard and George playing together for the first time. Leonard has missed five of the Clippers’ 14 games. When he’s been in the lineup, he’s averaging 26.8 points.

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George has helped mitigate Leonard’s absence, scoring 70 points in 44 minutes in his first two games back. He recorded 18 points on Monday, including a 3-pointer with 25.9 seconds left to put the Clippers up for good.

Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Leonard is day-to-day after further evaluation on the knee revealed nothing serious.

This all comes shortly after the debate over Leonard’s load management briefly consumed the NBA when the star sat out a nationally televised matchup versus Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Just a few days later, Leonard suffered his injury versus the Rockets.

Leonard was initially listed as questionable heading into the game, but the Clippers might be treating his injury as conservatively as possible. His next opportunity to play will come Wednesday, for a marquee matchup versus the Boston Celtics. At the end Los Angeles Clippers fans are going to have to wait a few more days to finally see Kawhi Leonard and Paul George playing together.

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Clippers beat Spurs as Leonard scored 38 against former team

Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard traded some laughs and pleasantries after Leonard’s new team, the Los Angeles Clippers, overpowered his former coach and the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

If Leonard has any more nights like that against his former club, the normally irascible Popovich won’t be smiling again.

Leonard scored 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Clippers’ 103-97 win, which handed the Spurs their first loss. It is Leonard’s first points-rebounds, double-double this season. It is also his first double-double in three meetings versus San Antonio, where he played seven seasons (2011-18) before being traded to Toronto in July of 2018.

The 38 points ties for the fifth-most Leonard has scored in a regular-season game in his eight-year career. He took a career high 32 shots.

”It was something I look forward to,” Leonard said about facing the Spurs. ”Just to be able to play against a great coach and my old teammates is always fun.” Leonard is 2-1 versus his former team. While his departure from San Antonio wasn’t amicable, Leonard said his relationship with Popovich is good, for the most part.

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Popovich didn’t have much to say about Leonard postgame other than: ”I thought he was great.” When someone tried to get Popovich to expound, he replied: ”Doc’s coaching him, I’m not. I just said he had a great game, there’s nothing else to say.”

Another thing going well is Leonard’s start with the Clippers, the team he signed with as a free agent during the offseason.

He has scored 30 or more in three of his first five games and is the first Clipper since Blake Griffin in 2015 to have at least 38 points and 12 rebounds in a game.

”Tonight was a great night for him to do his thing. We just followed his lead,” Clippers guard Lou Williams said. Leonard – who sat out Wednesday’s game at Utah due to load management – took control of the game in the second half, when he had 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Los Angeles went on a 9-1 run to take a 64-55 lead with 6:55 remaining in the third quarter. Leonard scored five of his 10 third-quarter points during the rally, including a dunk after a steal of DeMar DeRozan at midcourt.

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Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will begin their four-game homestand on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.

The Cavaliers have already lost to the top two Western Conference teams over the past week, getting routed 132-98 by the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors as 3.5-point home favorites on Monday.

The Clippers currently sit in the fourth spot in the West and saw their season-high 10-game winning streak come to an end with a 110-103 loss to the Sacramento Kings as four-point home favorites last Saturday.

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It’s the second game in as many night for the Cavaliers (29-11), who beat the Brooklyn Nets, 91-78, on Wednesday night.

In the win, Kevin Love bounced back from his worst game of the year, scoring 17 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. LeBron James chipped in with 17 as well. Timofey Mozgov made his third straight start, getting the nod over Tristan Thompson in an attempt to combat the size of Brook Lopez. Mozgov scored 11 points.

Los Angeles (27-14) has won 11 of 12, including a 140-132 overtime win against the Houston Rockets. The Clippers’ quality stretch has coincided with Blake Griffin’s absence. The power forward is expected to miss his 12th straight game with a partially torn left quad.

Point guard Chris Paul has elevated his play with Griffin sidelined. Paul is averaging 18.2 points and 9.6 assists, which ranks fourth in the NBA.

This will be the first meeting between Los Angeles and Cleveland this season, with the latter sweeping two games last year. The Clippers are just 3-14 SU and 4-13 ATS in the past 17 meetings dating back to 2007, with the under cashing in four of the last five.

The Cavs have not performed particularly well when playing the second game of a back-to-back lately, going 3-3 SU and 1-4-1 ATS in their previous six.

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Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers

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Milwaukee Bucks (10-15) at Los Angeles Clippers (15-10)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -10.5

The Los Angeles Clippers are trending upward and look for their ninth victory in 11 games when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

The Clippers have moved up to fourth place in the Western Conference due to the hot stretch and have also won seven consecutive home games against the Bucks.

Los Angeles completed a 4-1 road trip with a 105-103 overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday as backup shooting guard Jamal Crawford delivered the tiebreaking 3-pointer. “I thought both our coaching staff and the guys on the floor made a lot of cerebral calls and a lot of cerebral plays down the stretch,” shooting guard J.J. Redick told reporters. “First of all, it was resolve and secondly it was really, really strong execution. It’s very promising. It was a very promising win.” Milwaukee is struggling on the road this season and lost their 10th straight away game when they fell 113-95 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in the opener of a four-game road trip.

The outcome was disappointing for the Bucks as it came in their first game since ending Golden State’s historic 24-0 start Saturday in Milwaukee.

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The Bucks have lost three of their last four and were embarrassed last night in a 113-95 loss to the lowly Lakers. Michael Carter-Williams led the scoring with 19 points, Khris Middleton added 16 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15, but the Bucks just got manhandled by the Lakers who simply looked like the hungrier team. Greg Monroe was a late scratch for the Bucks after he bumped knees with a teammate at shootaround so he isn’t a certainty for tonight’s game

The Clippers have won eight of their last 10 overall and will be going for a third straight after sneaking past the Pistons in a 105-103 overtime win on Monday. Blake Griffin had a massive game of 34 points on 15 of 30 shooting, JJ Redick added 24 points while Jamal Crawford had 14 points and the game-winning three. With the win, Los Angeles improves to 15-10 on the season and 6-5 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Clippers are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 1-3-3 ATS in their last seven games overall.

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Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls

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It’s a cross conference match as the Chicago Bulls host the Los Angeles Clippers at the United Center in the regular season of the National Basketball Association.

The match is on December 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET.

At the moment, both teams are doing fairly well but underperforming given their star status as the Bulls are at 11-8 to place third in the Central Division in the Eastern Conference.

On the other hand, the Clippers are at 13-9 to place second in the Pacific Division in the Western Conference.

Both teams are going through differing streaks at the moment as the Clippers are on a winning streak and are trying to keep their current road trip spotless with another win against the Bulls.

Against Chicago, it is the third road game in a row for Los Angeles following wins against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks.

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The Los Angeles Clippers look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 103.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 24.4 points and 8.6 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 16.8 points and 8.1 assists. Jamal Crawford is dishing 2.5 assists and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The Clippers are coming off a Wednesday victory to the Bucks in which they shot 46.9 percent from the field and had 14 turnovers. The Los Angeles Clippers have won three straight road games.

The Chicago Bulls could use a nice home victory after losing their last three games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 98.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 98.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.4 points and 5.2 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 14.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 5.9 assists and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are coming off a Wednesday loss to the Celtics in which they shot 42.9 percent from the field and had 16 turnovers. The Chicago Bulls have won six of their last nine home games.

The Clippers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Clippers are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.

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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers

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The Golden State Warriors travel to the Staples Center to battle the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.

The Warriors continued their undefeated run with a thrilling 115-110 home win over the Raptors on Tuesday. Stephen Curry knocked down five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 37 points while Klay Thompson returned from a one-game absence to add 19 points. The Warriors started the game on fire and stormed out to lead by 63-47 points at halftime, but they would find themselves in a real battle as the Raptors fought their way back into the game by getting to the foul line where they made 30 of 39 attempts. Even with the game tied at 98-98 with 5:28 in the fourth quarter, the Warriors kept playing their brand of basketball and got over the hump to improve to 12-0 on the season

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Meanwhile, the Clippers have lost four of their last six games but are coming off an impressive 101-96 win over the Pistons despite playing without Chris Paul who sat out his second straight game. Jamal Crawford was inserted into the starting lineup and flourished with a season-high 37 points and eight assists while Blake Griffin added 34 points and nine assists as the Clippers rallied from a 15-point deficit to win the game. With the win, Los Angeles improved to 6-4 on the season and 5-1 at home. In injury news, coach Rivers said Wednesday that neither Paul (groin) nor JJ Redick (back) are likely to suit up tonight.

In ATS trends, the Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, while the Clippers are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall and the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings at the Staples Center.

These two teams have already met earlier this season with the Warriors winning by 112-108 back on Nov.

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Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns

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Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena: Phoenix, AZ

When: 8:30 PM Arizona Time / 10:30 PM Eastern

The Phoenix Suns (3-4) are playing at home tonight against a good Los Angeles Clippers (5-3) team, who is coming off a a tough road loss to the Dallas Mavericks last night, in what had the feel of a revenge game with DeAndre Jordan as the target, in his first return to Dallas since agreeing to sign with the Mavs as a free agent, then waffling, and ultimately spurning them this off-season.

The Pacific Division rivals are trying to chase the Golden State Warriors who lead the pack, with the Clippers second with a 5-3 record, while the Suns are third with a 3-4 record so far this season.

Both teams are looking for victories after they dropped their last games in the league and a win over a division rival should restore their confidence moving forward in this young season.

The Suns are trying to avoid losing for a third straight time as they face the Clippers.

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The Los Angeles Clippers need a big win after losing three of their last four games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 105.4 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 101.4 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 28.6 points and 10 rebounds while Chris Paul is averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 assists. DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.3 rebounds and Lance Stephenson is dishing 2.4 assists. The Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a Wednesday loss to the Mavericks in which they allowed 55.3 percent shooting and allowed 65 second half points. The Clippers have allowed 100-plus points in five of their eight games and are forcing under 13 turnovers per game. J.J. Redick is questionable with a back injury.

The Phoenix Suns need a big home win to get back to a .500 record. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 102.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 102.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 21.9 points and 6.1 assists while Brandon Knight is averaging 17.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. Tyson Chandler is grabbing 10.9 rebounds and Markieff Morris is dishing 1.4 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game. The Suns have allowed 100-plus points in seven of their last 11 games and are forcing 15 turnovers. The Suns have lost six of their last nine home games

Matchups:

  • Eric Bledsoe vs. Chris Paul
  • Brandon Knight vs. J.J. Reddick
  • P.J. Tucker vs. Lance Stephenson
  • Markieff Morris vs. Blake Griffin
  • Tyson Chandler vs. DeAndre Jordan

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Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks play host to the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the American Airlines Center.
After losing in disappointing fashion to begin their five-game homestand, the Dallas Mavericks admittedly need to make adjustments on the court in order to get back to playing at a high level.

Chandler Parsons returned to the court and led the way with 18 points, Monta Ellis had 17 while Amar’e Stoudemire added 15, but the Mavs were just horrible on defense. On too many possessions, the Cavaliers were able to swing the ball and find the open shooter uncontested on the perimeter and it really burned the Mavs as the Cavs sunk 15 of 32 threes. After the loss, Stoudemire publicly called out his teammates about their lack of effort, so expect an improved level of intensity tonight.

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The Los Angeles Clippers have won five of their last seven overall and they’ll be looking for a third straight win after earning a marquee 120-108 win over the Thunder on Wednesday. Chris Paul had a monster game of 33 points and nine assists while playing great defense on Russell Westbrook, while JJ Redick added 25 points and Matt Barnes had 22 as the Clippers dominated the red-hot Thunder in their own building. As a team, the Clippers got off to a sensational start and poured on 100 points after three quarters thanks to 15 of 30 shooting from the three-point line, but the best part was that they were able to stifle the Thunder’s Westbrook, forcing him into 10 turnovers. With the win, LA improved to 42-23 on the season and 18-14 on the road which keeps them climbing up the Western standings.

The Clippers, who have won eight of 10 in the series, haven’t swept the Mavericks since taking all four meetings in 1993-94. They won 120-100 in Los Angeles on Jan. 10 and 115-98 on the road on Feb. 9.

They are also seeking a fourth straight victory in Dallas for the first time since a five-game winning streak there from March 18, 1992-March 8, 1994.

 

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