The Los Angeles Clippers will be looking to snap their mini two-game losing streak Wednesday night as they welcome the hot Denver Nuggets into Staples Center.
The Clippers are coming off of yet another “come-from-ahead loss” at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks, and will look to cool down the Nuggets (20-13), winners of four straight games.
Carmelo Anthony, in his second game back following a five-game absence due to a death in the family, scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Denver’s 113-106 win over Houston Monday night.
The 10-24 Clippers have lost five consecutive games to the Nuggets, and are in the midst of a fairly tough stretch of their schedule.
In order to win, Los Angeles will need to help Blake Griffin.
Griffin has scored 61 points and grabbed 27 rebounds in the last two games combined, and hasn’t had much help.
Eric Gordon, the team’s leading scorer, hasn’t contributed much offensively in either of those games, and is really the only other player on the roster capable of taking over a game.
Until the injured Chris Kaman returns, the Clippers will have trouble providing much offensive firepower around those two.
Another key will be keeping Anthony off of the free throw line.
Anthony ranks sixth in the league in free throw attempts per game (8.3), and fourth in free throws made (6.8). He went 13-14 from the charity stripe in the win over the Rockets.
Center DeAndre Jordan will also have his hands full with Nene, who leads the league in field goal percentage (62.9), and averages about 15 points and eight boards per game.
Jordan has blocked 13 shots in the last two games combined, and should be able to use his height to his advantage against the shorter Nene.
As always, Los Angeles will need to protect the ball.
Turnovers have been their Achilles’ heel all season long, and they rank 28th in the league with 16.7 giveaways per game.
The game will tip-off at 7:30pm PT.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.