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Clippers Lose Kaman To Ankle Injury, Fall To Hornets

The Clippers have lost 14 straight games against the Hornets.

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Chris Kaman Injures Ankle In Clippers 101-82 Loss To Hornets

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Reserves Willie Green and Jerryd Bayless powered a balanced Hornets attack, scoring 19 and 15 points, respectively, to help undefeated New Orleans extend its franchise-record start with a 101-82 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Bayless also handed out nine assists, Chris Paul added 13 points and eight helpers, and Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza netted 12 points apiece for the Hornets, whose previous six wins came by single digits.

New Orleans has also won 14 straight against Los Angeles dating back to January 8, 2007.

Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench for the injury-riddled Clippers and finished with team-highs of 20 points and eight rebounds.

Baron Davis returned from a knee injury that caused him to miss four games, but fellow guard Eric Gordon sat out with a shoulder injury suffered in Utah on Saturday and center Chris Kaman went down with an ankle sprain in LA's seventh loss in eight games to start the season.

Kaman made the first bucket of the game but suffered the injury a little later amid an 11-0 Hornets run. Ariza capped the flurry with a three-pointer, and it was a 27-18 game at the end of the first.

The Clippers cut their deficit to three in both the second and third quarters. Aminu had the visitors within 44-41 before a Marco Belinelli free throw and Paul three-ball closed out the half.

Paul's 18-footer finished an 11-2 run to start the third, but LA clipped the margin down to 63-60 on a Blake Griffin basket with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the frame.

New Orleans answered again with the final seven points of the quarter, as Ariza's three resulted in a 70-60 advantage with 12 minutes to play.

Green and Bayless combined on a 15-7 start to the fourth, and it was a double- digit game the rest of the way.

Hornets head coach Monty Williams is the fifth coach in NBA history to start his career with seven straight wins, joining Larry Brown (1976-77 Denver Nuggets), Lawrence Frank (2003-04 New Jersey Nets), Buddy Jeannette (1947-48 Baltimore Bullets) and Kurt Rambis (1989-99 Los Angeles Lakers)...Belinelli had 11 points for the Hornets, who shot 8-of-16 from three-point range...Davis, who played his first five-plus seasons for the Hornets, scored four points in 11 minutes...Ryan Gomes scored 11 points for the Clippers, who committed 25 turnovers, leading to 35 points...Griffin came in averaging 18.1 points in his first seven games but had on 10 on Tuesday.

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Clippers Vs. Hornets: Chris Kaman Sprains Left Ankle, Out For Game

On the night the Los Angeles Clippers got Baron Davis back after missing four games with a sore left knee, they got some bad news as well, as center Chris Kaman sprained his left ankle. Kaman, who rolled his ankle in the first quarter after stepping on Chris Paul's foot, will not return tonight. The Hornets lead the Clippers at halftime in New Orleans,48-41.

Kaman has struggled this season, shooting just 36.5% from the field, averaging 12.7 points and 8.6 rebounds in seven games before tonight. He played in 76 games last season, but he missed 51 games in 2008-2009, 48 of those with a sore left foot. Kaman also missed 26 games in the 2007-2008 season.

The Hornets started well out of the gate, building a 22-7 lead early, and even led by 13 points with 4:55 remaining in the second quarter. However, the Clippers went on a 13-3 run to cut the lead to three points, led by Al-Farouq Aminu and Craig Smith. However, the Hornets scored the final four points of the half to push their lead to seven points. Aminu led the Clippers with 11 first-half points, making three of his four field-goal attempts, including one three pointer, and all four free throws.

Davis played six minutes in the first half, scoring four points and dishing out two assists.Blake Griffin had five points and three rebounds in 15 minutes, but also picked up three personal fouls. Marco Belinelli led the Hornets with 11 points in the first 24 minutes, while point guard Chris Paul had nine points and four assists.

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


Clippers Vs. Hornets: Eric Gordon Out Tonight For Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers will be without their leading scorer tonight in New Orleans when they face Chris Paul and the Hornets. Eric Gordon, who is averaging 21.1 points per game this season, is out for tonight's game with what the team called a "left shoulder stinger." Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times has more information:

"He’s better today, then if he goes in and gets hit again, he could be out a week," [head coach Vinny] Del Negro said. "It doesn’t make a lot of sense. He’s a tough kid. He’s a strong, powerful kid, so for him to not play, he’s got to be pretty sore."

Here are the probable starting lineups for tonight's contest:


Point Guard: Eric Bledsoe

Shooting Guard: Rasual Butler

Small Forward: Ryan Gomes

Power Forward: Blake Griffin

Center: Chris Kaman

Baron Davis is listed as questionable with a sore left knee. Randy Foye is listed as day-to-day with a strained left hamstring.


Point Guard: Chris Paul

Shooting Guard: Marco Belinelli

Small Forward: Trevor Ariza

Power Forward: David West

Center: Emeka Okafor

The Clippers have lost 13 straight to the Hornets.

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Clippers Head To New Orleans To Face Undefeated Hornets

The Los Angeles Clippers continue their road trip from hell tonight, facing the undefeated New Orleans Hornets at the appropriately named New Orleans Arena. The Clippers have played well in the first two games of their road trip, but lost both games, 111-104 in Denver and 109-107 in double overtime Saturday night in Utah against the Jazz. The road trip concludes tomorrow night in San Antonio to face the Spurs.

The Clippers have not fared well against the Hornets of late, losing their last 13 meetings. The Clippers' last win over the Hornets was a 100-90 triumph on Jan. 8, 2007, in a game played in Oklahoma City. The Clippers have lost six straight games in New Orleans, with their last win coming April 20, 2005.

Blake Griffin has excelled so far this season, leading the NBA with 33 offensive rebounds in seven games. Griffin leads all NBA rookies averaging 11.0 rebounds per game, and he is second among rookies in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game.

The Clippers are 1-3 in their last four games, but have simply played at a different speed with Eric Bledsoe at point guard in place of the sore-kneed Baron Davis. Bledsoe and Eric Gordon have thrived in those four games, providing quite a backcourt duo:

Clippers Backcourt Last 4 Games
Player Min/Gm Pts/Gm FG% Ast/Gm
Gordon 40.5 24.5 51.5% 6.3
Bledsoe 40.0 13.0 55.0% 7.0

The Hornets are 6-0, and all of their wins are by nine points or fewer. New Orleans has won four of their six games by six points or less. This is the first time in franchise history that the Hornets have been 6-0. Point guard Chris Paul, who had 19 assists in a win over the Miami Heat on Friday, leads the Hornets in scoring (18.7 points per game) and assists (10.2 per game). Paul is third in the league in assists per game, and tied for sixth with 2.3 steals per game.

Tonight's 5 p.m. PDT game will be televised on Prime Ticket.

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

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