Eric Gordon Shines, But Clippers Can't Get Stops In Loss To Portland

The Clippers are just 3-13 on the road this season.

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Clippers Fall In Portland Again, 108-93

Portland, OR (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews both finished with 28 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers used a late surge to top the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-93, at the Rose Garden. Rudy Fernandez added 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field while Andre Miller contributed 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Portland, which has won four straight. The Trail Blazers have won five straight and nine of their last ten against the Clippers.

Eric Gordon knocked down 7-of-11 from beyond the arc to finish with 35 points while Blake Griffin added 20 points and 18 rebounds for the Clippers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Portland took an 84-71 lead into the fourth quarter, however, a Gordon three- pointer with 6:07 remaining capped a 16-6 run that trimmed the Blazers' advantage down to 90-87. After the teams traded baskets, Matthews' driving layup at 4:22 started a 16-4 Portland run to put the game away for good. Fernandez highlighted the run with a short layup and running jumper that he converted into a three-point play with 1:03 remaining.

Gordon led the Clippers with 11 points, but Los Angeles shot only 39.1 percent from the field in the fourth quarter as the Blazers held on down the stretch. Los Angeles opened the game with a 14-2 run, Davis scored seven in the spurt, however, the Blazers slowly chipped away and trailed 27-23 after the opening 12 minutes. Portland shot 63.6 percent from the field in the second quarter, including ending the stanza on a 13-5 run, and the Blazers took a 55-50 lead into the break.

Gordon led the Clippers with 11 points in the third quarter, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, but Aldridge poured in 12 points as the Blazers widened their margin to 84-71 heading into the fourth. Baron Davis added 16 points and six assists in defeat...Beyond Gordon's 7- of-11 from three-point range the rest of the Clippers only connected on 2- of-15 from long range...Nicolas Batum contributed 10 points for the victors.

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Clippers Vs. Blazers: Eric Gordon In Starting Lineup

The Los Angeles Clippers are in Portland tonight to play the Trail Blazers, in just their second game this season on TNT. Eric Gordon, who tore a tendon in his right index finger last night, is in the lineup tonight. The tipoff is being delayed, as TNT waits for its first game -- Mavericks at Bulls -- to end. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Clippers (16-25)

Trail Blazers (23-20)

The Clippers have won 11 of their last 15 games, in a stretch fueled mostly by their improved offense. However, they have lost four straight games in Portland, with their last win coming in double overtime, 117-109, on December 12, 2008.

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Clippers Vs. Blazers: Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon Leading Offensive Resurgence

The Los Angeles Clippers are surging, winning 11 of their last 15 games, heading into tonight's game at the Rose Garden against the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland occupies a spot that Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, and the Clippers want to have, the eighth and final playoff spot. The Blazers are five ahead of the Clippers in the loss column, so tonight's game will be a nice test for the Clippers if they want to continue their climb up the standings.

The hot play of late by the Clippers has been fueled by the offense.The Clippers scored 100 points nine times in their first 26 games, and had a 5-21 record to show for it. Since then they have scored in triple digits 11 times in 15 games (winning 10 of those 11 games), and have gone 11-4 in that stretch.

Clippers Offensive Improvement
Category First 26 Games Last 15 Games
Pts/Gm 95.6 105.9
Off. Eff. 102.3 113.0
Def. Eff. 109.0 107.2
FG% 44.5% 48.4%
FTA/Gm 27.0 28.1
3pt% 32.1% 37.3%
eFG% 48.2% 52.8%
Ast/Gm 20.8 25.2

The play of the starters has been stellar during the hot streak, as all five starters have improved both their field goal percentage and effective field goal percentage. Four of the five starters have increased their scoring, and the only one that didn't (Eric Gordon) has simply become a much more efficient and effective player.

Clippers Starters
Player First 26 Games Last 15 Games
Pts FG% eFG% Pts FG% eFG%
Blake Griffin 20.3 50.2% 50.2% 26.9 55.5% 56.4%
Eric Gordon 24.1 44.9% 48.8% 23.4 49.8% 57.6%
Baron Davis 8.3 34.9% 37.7% 13.5 45.1% 49.7%
DeAndre Jordan   5.7 65.3% 65.3% 9.1 68.4% 68.4%
Ryan Gomes 7.1 38.3% 44.9% 8.7 43.1% 50.0%
Source: Basketball-Reference.com

After shooting 26.7% from distance in the first 26 games, Gordon has drained 46.5% three-pointers in his last 15 games. The Clippers have lost four straight games in Portland, but if they play offense like they have been of late there is a very good chance that streak gets snapped tonight.

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Clippers Vs. Blazers: Eric Gordon To Play, Marcus Camby Out Three Weeks

The Los Angeles Clippers have won 11 of their last 15 games, but face a tough test tonight in Portland, where they have lost four straight games to the Blazers. Clippers guard Eric Gordon injured a finger on his right hand in last night's win over Minnesota, but is expected to play tonight. Meanwhile, Marcus Camby underwent arthroscopic knee surgery today and is expected to miss three weeks. Here are the probable starting lineups and injury reports for both teams:

Clippers (16-25)

The usual trio is out for the Clippers. Chris Kaman, who has missed 20 straight games, and Craig Smith, who has missed the last 13 games, are both out, while Brian Cook is technically listed as doubtful despite missing the last 14 games with a sprained right ankle.

Trail Blazers (23-20)

Camby is the fourth Trail Blazer this season to have knee surgery, joining center Greg Oden, guard Brandon Roy, and rookie guard Elliot Williams. Both Roy and Williams had surgery on both knees.

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Eric Gordon Expected To Play As Clippers Battle Blazers In Portland

The surging Los Angeles Clippers head to the great northwest to battle the Portland Trail Blazers in a rare appearance on TNT. The Clippers have been great at home, winning six straight games, but they are just 3-12 on the road this season. However, those three wins have come in their last four road games, as the Clippers have won 11 of their last 15 games.

Both teams are playing on the second night of back-to-back games tonight. Portland defeated Sacramento in overtime on Wednesday night, their third straight win. The Clippers defeated the Timberwolves at home for their third straight win. The Clippers received a scare when Eric Gordon left last night's game with what was later called a torn tendon in the ring finger in his right hand, but did return to score 18 second-half points. Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler did provide some good news from the team plane last night:

Just landed in Portland. Gordon will play on with sore finger.

Blake Griffin saw his double-double streak snapped at 27 games, but he did score a game-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Portland got more bad injury news this week, as Marcus Camby is set to undergo left knee surgery, joining Greg Oden and Brandon Roy as Trail Blazers to have knee surgery this season. Tonight is the second of two Clippers games this season televised on TNT. In their other TNT appearance, the Clippers defeated Sacramento 100-82 on November 25.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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