Clippers Get Blown Out In Preseason Opener In Portland

Blake Griffin had nine points, seven rebounds, and five turnovers in 22 minutes in his first game action in a year for the Clippers.

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NBA Preseason: Clippers Fall In Portland, 115-86

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Ex-Jazz guard Wesley Matthews scored 20 points off the bench, lifting the Portland Trail Blazers over the Vinny Del Negro-led Los Angeles Clippers, 115-86, in the preseason opener for both clubs.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers, who made 16-of-27 three-pointers. Rudy Fernandez tallied 15 points and five boards off the bench.

Chris Kaman chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds for the Clippers, who made Del Negro their head coach after he spent the last two years with the Bulls.

Blake Griffin, the top overall pick in the 2009 draft, returned to the court after missing last season with a broken left kneecap. He scored nine points and pulled down seven boards in 22 minutes of action.

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Clippers Vs. Trailblazers: Starting Lineups & Injury Reports

Here are the probable starting lineups for tonight's game at the Rose Garden in Portland.

Clippers

Center: Chris Kaman

Power Forward: Blake Griffin

Small Forward: Ryan Gomes

Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon

Point Guard: Randy Foye

Forward Willie Warren is out with a groin injury, specifically listed as a left adductor muscle injury.

Blazers

Center: Jeff Pendergraph

Power Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge

Small Forward: Nicolas Batum

Shooting Guard: Brandon Roy

Point Guard: Andre Miller

Portland has three injured center: Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla are recovering from knee surgeries, and Marcus Camby strained his groin last week.

Tonight's game is not televised, but will be on KFWB 980 AM, beginning at 7 p.m. PDT.

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Clippers Open Preseason Slate Tonight In Portland

The Los Angeles Clippers open their preseason schedule tonight with a game in Portland against the Trail Blazers.

The Clippers are just 4-15 all-time in the preseason against the Trail Blazers, including 1-5 in Portland. Portland won the regular season series last year against the Clippers, three games to one.

A pair of new Clippers have tied to the Blazers. Randy Foye was drafted by Portland in 2006, but was dealt on draft day for Brandon Roy. Ryan Gomes was acquired by Portland from Minnesota along with Luke Babbitt on June 24 this year, but was waived five days later.

Portland center Marcus Camby, who was acquired from the Clippers on February 16, is currently out with a right groin injury.

Steve Perrin was at Clippers' practice on Monday, and had this to say about Baron Davis, who had his first full day of practice yesterday, on Clips Nation:

Baron is not a bad three point shooter, he just takes bad three point shots.  Standing around in practice, he shoots as well as anyone on the team with the exception of Eric Gordon and maybe Rasual Butler.  I watched him make something in the neighborhood of eight straight today at one point; and overall, I'd estimate the he made seven of ten in practice.  The problem isn't that Baron shouldn't shoot threes - it's that he shouldn't take bad shots.  He's not a great shooter by any stretch, and he does many other things better and I agree that those are the things on which he should concentrate, but if he gets an open three in the flow of the offense (as opposed to a pull up early in the shot clock) he should take it.

Tonight's game is at 7 p.m. from the Rose Garden in Portland.

For more Clippers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Clips Nation.

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