Mar 22, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) slaps hands with teammate forward Caron Butler (5) after making a free throw against the New Orleans Hornets during the third quarter at the New Orleans Arena. New Orleans defeated the Clippers 97-90. Mandatory Credit: Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE
The Clippers lost to the Hornets 97-90 in New Orleans on March 22.
The Los Angeles Clippers have revenge on their mind as host the New Orleans Hornets Monday night in the second game of a five-game homestand at Staples Center. The Clippers are in search of their second straight victory and look to rebound from last Thursday's 97-90 loss in New Orleans.
That loss was the third game for the Clippers in three nights, and also was marred by a flagrant foul by Jason Smith on Blake Griffin. Smith was suspended for two games for the cheap shot and is not available for tonight's contest.
The Clippers rebounded from their three-game losing streak with a 101-85 home win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday at Staples Center, which improved their home record to 16-8 on the season. The Clippers are 32-13 in their last 45 home games.
Chris Paul had 16 points and nine assists on Thursday in his first game against his former team.
New Orleans, despite its win over the Clippers last week, has the worst record in the Western Conference at 12-36. However, their road record (7-15) is actually better than their home mark (5-21). Former Clippers center Chris Kaman had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday's win over Los Angeles.
Monday night's 7:30 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket and NBA TV. For more news and notes on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.