The Los Angeles Clippers continue their road trip Tuesday in Orlando against the Magic, and will do so without Eric Gordon, who has returned to Los Angeles to meet with doctors about his injured wrist. Gordon, who has missed the last seven games with both a sprain and a small bone chip fracture in his right wrist, flew back to Los Angeles Monday and will meet with doctors today, per Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times. The Clippers are 2-5 in the last seven games without Gordon.
The Orlando Magic are struggling in their own right, and are just 7-8 in their last 15 games. However, the Magic are 18-7 at home this season, and have defeated the Clippers eight straight times. The Clippers are just 3-17 on the road this season, and have lost six straight games away from home, with their last road win coming December 27 in Sacramento.
Blake Griffin had 21 points and 16 rebounds on Sunday in Miami, his ninth straight double-double. This streak began one game after his franchise record of 27 consecutive double-doubles ended (with a 29 point, eight rebound performance against Kevin Love and Minnesota), so Griffin has had at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in 36 of his last 37 games. Griffin has 42 double-doubles in 50 games this season, the second-highest total in the NBA.
Dwight Howard of the Magic is working on a streak of his own. The Orlando center has 10 straight double-doubles and has 40 on the season. Tonight's game features the top three dunkers in the NBA; Howard leads the league with 131 dunks this season, Griffin is second with 116 slams, and teammate DeAndre Jordan is third with 94.
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