The Los Angeles Clippers are back home tonight after the two-week Grammy Road Trip where they went 5-2 against the eastern conference.
The Clippers (32-15) host the much-improved Washington Wizards (22-22) who come in looking to get over the .500 mark for the first time since President Barack Obama’s second year in office. That’s right, four years.
It’ll be a tough task for the Wizards who haven’t won a road game against the Clippers since President George W. Bush’s last year in office. That’s right, six years.
Washington’s lead by John Wall who averages 20 points per game and former Laker and UCLA star Trevor Ariza with 14 points per contest.
The Clippers continue to play without point guard Chris Paul whoo is still nursing that separated right shoulder he suffered in Dallas against the Mavericks last month. No problems for the Pacific Division-leading Clippers who are 10-3 without Paul in the lineup.
Forward Blake Griffin has stepped up his game in Paul’s absence leading the team with 23 points per game which is ninth overall in the league. He’s also pulling down 10 boards and dishing out four assists per contest.
Shooting guard J.J. Redick has been stellar since returning from a fractured shooting hand dropping in 16 points per game. And reserve Jamal Crawford has been deadly as well with 17 points per game.
A strong push by center DeAndre Jordan for next month’s All-Star Game in New Orleans is being made by head coach Doc Rivers. He’s a leading candidate for defensive player of the year who’s averaging 10 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots per game.
Newly acquired forward Hedo Turkoglu seems to working back into shape averaging about 12 minutes per game. In his seven games since signing with the Clippers the 13-year veteran has already paid dividends as a leader helping to keep Jordan calm during a call against the Knicks last week in New York.
This is a the second of back-to-back games for the Wizards who beat the Golden State Warriors in Oakland last Tuesday night, 88-85. The Clippers handled the Bucks in Milwaukee Monday night, 114-86. Tip-off tonight is set for 7:30pm.