THUNDER AT CLIPPERS, 3:30 P.M. ET

TV:  ABC

  • The Clippers are hoping to continue a trend in Game 4s when they host the Thunder today at Staples Center in their Western Conference semifinal series. L.A. trails the series 2-1, but they have won their previous six Game 4s when faced with the same situation, including three times when they were still known as the Buffalo Braves. They most recently accomplished that feat against the Suns in the 2006 conference semifinals. However, they have never come back to win a best-of-seven series when trailing 2-1.
  • The only injury for either side remains Clippers back-up forward Hedo Turkoglu, who remains out with a hairline fracture in his lower back, which occurred after he took a charge in Game 5 of the first-round series against the Warriors. Turkoglu is expected to be available for Tuesday’s Game 5 in Oklahoma City. Jared Dudley continues to get Turkoglu’s back-up minutes at small forward, leaving him to guard Thunder leading scorer Kevin Durant when he’s in the game.
  • Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game that one of the focal points for Game 4 is keeping Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook from piling up rebounds. Westbrook is averaging nine rebounds in the postseason after averaging 5.7 during the regular season. He has produced three triple-doubles in the playoffs, most recently in the Game 2 victory against the visiting Clippers. Westbrook has also reached double figures in assists in back-to-back playoff games for the first time in his career.

– Dan Arritt

Comments are closed.