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- The Clippers will be without reserve guards Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford tonight when they host the Bobcats at Staples Center. Bledsoe has a sore left calf and Crawford will miss the game following the birth of his baby girl, London, coach Vinny Del Negro said before the game. Crawford is second on the team at 16.7 points and leads the league with 21 games of 20 or more points off the bench. Bledsoe averages 9.4 points and 3.3 assists, serving as Chris Paul’s primary backup. Bledsoe aggravated the injury in Thursday’s one-sided loss to visiting San Antonio, but played through the pain during Saturday’s victory against the Jazz. Look for Willie Green to sub in at both guard spots, with Grant Hill and Matt Barnes also spending time at shooting guard.
- Even with the loss of two key reserves, a meeting between the team with the worst record in the league (Charlotte) and a team with one of the best (L.A.) would seem like a mismatch. However, the Clippers have already been reminded that they can’t take anyone too lightly this season, especially on their home floor. L.A. is 11-3 at Staples Center against teams that began the day with a losing record. In the fourth game of the season, the Clippers lost to the Cavaliers, then later in November were stung by the Hornets. They also dropped a Saturday afternoon game against then visiting Magic in mid-January.
- Charlotte guard Kemba Walker has record four consecutive games with 20 or more points, becoming just the sixth player in franchise history to put together such a streak. The last was Stephen Jackson, who ran off seven straight games of 20 or more during the 2010-11 season. Walker is also one of five players in the NBA to lead their respective team in scoring (17.7), assists (5.5) and steals (1.8). The others are Stephen Curry of the Warriors, Goran Dragic of the Suns, Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers and LeBron James of the Heat.
– Dan Arritt