National Basketball Association
L.A. Clippers at Memphis
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 23, 2014
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
The Los Angeles Clippers are in the midst of playing seven games in 11 days - all on the road - but will face their biggest challenge of the trip Sunday against the surging Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis is off to an 11-2 start and is 48-17 in the calendar year - both records best in the NBA - and has won a franchise-record 21 consecutive home games.
The Clippers are 2-0 on the trip thus far with double-digit wins over Orlando and Miami, and of the four games remaining, only Houston has a winning record. The Grizzlies, dealing with a stomach virus that has infested several members of the the team, are coming off a 117-100 win against Boston on Friday, getting a combined 48 points on 20-of-34 shooting and 24 rebounds from Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. "We've got to get some fluids in these guys, get their feet up and rest up for Sunday," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said after the Friday game. "We still don't know who will play on Sunday, and you never know, those guys who played tonight may not be able to play Sunday."
TV: 6 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Memphis), Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (7-4): Losses to San Antonio and Golden State aside, it hasn't been a great start for a Clippers team that has had little roster turnover and is in the second year under coach Doc Rivers. The Clippers defense is yielding 50.2 percent shooting on 2-pointers - highest in franchise lore since the 1995-96 season - but have yielded the second-fewest offensive rebounds per game (9.1), an area where Randolph thrives. Besides the play inside, a great matchup to watch will be Chris Paul (18 points, 9.9 assists) against Mike Conley (16.9, 6.1). Paul had 26 points and 12 assists in Thursday's win against the Heat.
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (11-2): Conley, who is in his eighth season, has developed into one of the better point guards in the NBA and he is shooting .476 from the arc - 101 points higher than his career mark. "Conley set (Randolph and Gasol) up inside. He makes the right read for us almost every time," Joerger said. Randolph has 51 offensive rebounds - second in the NBA - and he has led the league twice in his career.
1. Clippers C DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points - all on dunks - against the Heat and is shooting 76 percent from the floor while leading the league with 12.2 rebounds.
2. Los Angeles F Blake Griffin is shooting a career-low 49.3 percent in the early going and his 7.2 rebounds per game is three fewer than his career average.
3. The Grizzlies had five players out with stomach flu in Wednesday's loss at Toronto and Tony Allen and Quincy Pondexter missed Friday.
PREDICTION: Clippers 94, Grizzlies 91
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