The Clippers (36-18) are coming off a 123-78 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers this past Sunday as the 45-point margin of victory was the largest ever in Clippers franchise history. Clippers guard Chris Paul returned to the court on Sunday after missing the past 18 games due to a separated right shoulder. Clippers forward Blake Griffin scored a game high 26 points and added 11 rebounds for his 31st double-double of the season. Both Paul and Griffin were selected to participate for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star game later this week.
The Portland Trail Blazers (36-15) will play the first of their back to back game against the Oklahoma City Thunder before taking on the Clippers. As a team, Portland currently leads the NBA in points per game with 108.0 points as well as rebounds per game with 46.5 rebounds. Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team averaging 24.1 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game. Aldridge and Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will also participate in next Sunday’s All-Star game as reserves for the Western Conference.
When the two teams met earlier this season, the Trail Blazers prevailed 116-112 in overtime behind 32 points from Aldridge. The Trail Blazers and Clippers are currently third and fourth respectively in the Western Conference standings. Both teams look to finish strong and inch closer to the top of the standings as the All-Star break in New Orleans commence this Friday.
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