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  • Through the first 13 games, the Clippers have played the toughest schedule in the NBA based on their opponent’s winning percentage (105-63, 62.5 percent). Beginning tonight against the visiting Hornets, their schedule will look a lot different for the next two weeks. None of L.A.’s next eight opponent’s had a winning record heading into this week, owning a combined mark of 41-64 (39 percent). The next opponent with a current winning record on the schedule is the Bobcats, who host the Clippers on Dec. 12.
  • New Orleans rookie forward Anthony Davis is expected to be sidelined another two weeks after an MRI over the weekend revealed a stress reaction in his left ankle. Davis, the No. 1 overall draft pick last June, hasn’t played since scoring 28 points and grabbing 11 rebounds Nov. 17 in a 117-113 loss at Milwaukee. He had rolled his ankle the night before in a loss to the Thunder. Ryan Anderson will continue to start in Davis’s spot at power forward. Anderson, in his fifth season, scored a career-high 34 points Friday in an overtime loss to Phoenix.
  • Clippers backup forward Lamar Odom missed the morning shoot-around because of illness but is available to play against the Hornets, coach Vinny Del Negro said before the game.
  • The deal that brought Chris Paul from New Orleans to the Clippers just before the start of last season continues to look really good in the eyes of L.A. Only one player who was sent to the Hornets will be in uniform tonight. Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 10.7 points and 7.4 rebounds as the team’s starting small forward.  He averaged six points for the Hornets last season and 5.6 as a rookie for the Clippers in 2009-10. Because of injuries, shooting guard Eric Gordon has played just nine games since leaving L.A. Chris Kaman, another key piece sent to New Orleans in the Paul deal, signed with the Mavericks in the offseason.

Dan Arritt

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