The Los Angeles Clippers are still in search of their first road victory of the season tonight as they face the struggling Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden in Portland. The Clippers are 0-9 away from home this season, and have lost 13 straight road games dating back to last season. Their last road win came last March 25, a 99-93 win in Houston over the Rockets.
Blake Griffin has seven straight double-doubles, and has grabbed 12 rebounds in all seven games. On the season, he has 13 double-doubles in 20 games, and is fourth in the league in rebounding, averaging 11.7 boards per game. Griffin is also averaging 20.6 points per contest this season, making him one of just three players in the NBA averaging both 20 points and 11 rebounds per game, joining Dwight Howard of the Magic and Pau Gasol of the Lakers.
The Clippers are back at relative full strength, as both Baron Davis and Chris Kaman are back. Kaman played 13 minutes at Denver on Friday night, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds in his first game back after missing 11 straight contests with a sprained left ankle. Davis has played in the last two games, scoring 15 total points and dishing out 16 assists in 43 minutes over the two games.
Portland started the season 8-5, including a 98-88 victory in the season opener for the Clippers on October 27. However, since then the Blazers have dropped six straight games, including dropping all four games on a road trip through the Eastern Conference. Portland is 4-3 at home this season. The Clippers have lost their last three contests with the Blazers.
Tonight's game is the first of back-to-back games for the Clippers, who return home to face the Sacramento Kings Monday night at Staples Center. Tonight's 6 p.m. PST tipoff from the Rose Garden will be televised by Prime Ticket.
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