- Thunder center Kendrick Perkins strained his left groin during Thursday’s loss to Miami and is out. Rookie big man Steven Adams will start in his place. Adams also started against the Clippers earlier this season when Perkins left the team for two games after the death of his grandfather. In that November loss to L.A. Adams scored seven points on 3-for-4 shooting and grabbed four rebounds.
- Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul sprained his right (shooting hand) thumb in Friday’s loss at Memphis. Paul warmed up with a brace on his thumb and will play. Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters that thumb ”swelled up pretty big yesterday. Paul had x-rays earlier today that were negative.
- In 17 previous games against Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, Paul has averaged more points, rebounds, assists and steals. In 20 games against the Clippers, Westbrook is shooting just 36.9 percent. That’s his second lowest shooting percentage against an opponent (Detroit, 36.7 percent).
- Blake Griffin (33.9 ppg) has actually had a better scoring month in February than Kevin Durant (32.5). Durant has scored at least 25 points in 21 straight games, the second longest stretch of his career (29 straight in 2009-10).
- OKC is 9-3 this season in game’s following a loss and an NBA-best 41-10 in those situations since the start of the 2011-12 season. The Clippers have lost three straight on the road and are trying to avoid their first 3-game losing streak overall of the season.
– Randy Renner