Coming off their worst loss of the season, the Los Angeles Clippers will look to rebound as they host the Utah Jazz Saturday evening at Staples Center.
The Jazz (31-24) have won three games in a row, and are coming off of a 115-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. They’re currently seventh in the West, a game ahead of the Houston Rockets for the final playoff spot.
The Clippers (39-18) have won four of their last five games, and are in desperate need of a good showing after getting completely embarrassed by the Spurs on Thursday.
Chris Paul was a no-show against Tony Parker in that game, scoring just four points to go along with three assists on 1-6 shooting.
This will be the fourth and final meeting between the teams this season, and the Clippers will be looking for the clean sweep.
The teams played each other three times in December, with the Clippers taking one-point, two-point and 11-point wins.
If the Clippers are able to beat Utah, it will be the first time they’ve swept the season series between the clubs since the 1978-79 season, when the team was in San Diego.
Utah was expected to be a major player at Thursday’s trade deadline, with a logjam in the frontcourt with players like Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, but made no moves.
Jefferson and Millsap have contracts that will expire after the season, and Utah is unlikely to retain them both. It was rather surprising to see them stick with the current bunch, rather than seeing what they could get in return for one of them.
The Clippers also stood pat as the deadline passed, despite circulating rumors regarding their interest in Boston’s Kevin Garnett and Millsap.
Former Clipper Mo Williams, whom L.A. traded to Utah as a part of the trade that landed Lamar Odom, has been out since December with a thumb injury. However, he practiced earlier in the week, and is a game-time decision for tonight.
The Jazz got a boost from Gordon Hayward in the most recent win over Golden State, who returned from a shoulder injury to score 17 points.
DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are going to have to find a way to slow down Jefferson, who is averaging nearly 23 points per game in the three meetings with the Clips so far this season.
Tip-off is set for 7:30pm PT.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers.