Previewing the Clippers

It won’t be an easy road for the Orlando Magic without their All-Star point guard, but Jameer’s absence may not be felt immediately with three straight sub-.500 teams on the schedule. It starts with the worst team in the West, the Los Angeles Clippers, coming to town Wednesday night.

Los Angeles Clippers: 10-38 (15th in Western Conference)

Magic vs. Clippers Overall Series (Regular Season): 22-17; 13-6 home, 9-11 road

Magic vs. Clippers in 2008-09
December 8: Magic 95 – Clippers 88

Clippers Starting Lineup (and season averages)
PG: Baron Davis – 6’3, 215 – 10th year, UCLA
16.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 7.9 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 2.62 TOPG (.355 FG%, .289 3P%, .791 FT%)
SG: Eric Gordon – 6’3, 222 – Rookie, Indiana
14.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 1.96 TOPG (.434 FG%, .376 3P%, .867 FT%)
SF: Al Thornton – 6’8, 220 – 2nd year, Florida State
16.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.0 BPG, 1.98 TOPG (.424 FG%, .258 3P%, .769 FT%)
PF: Zach Randolph – 6’9, 260 – 8th year, Michigan State
23.0 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 3.07 TOPG (.488 FG%, .355 3P%, .771 FT%)*
C: Marcus Camby – 6’11, 235 – 13th year, Massachusetts
11.7 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.5 BPG, 1.67 TOPG (.509 FG%, .000 3P%, .743 FT%)

* = Statistics after trade

Where They Rank
PPG: 28th (92.97)
OPPG: 22nd (101.39)
FG%: 30th (0.428)
3P%: 28th (0.332)
FT%: 20th (0.756)
APG: 22nd (20.08)
RPG: 18th (40.91)
BPG: 2nd (6.41)
SPG: 19th (7.02)
TOPG: 20th (15.02)
FPG: 18th (21.02)

PPG = Points Per Game; OPPG = Opponent’s Points Per Game; FG% = Field Goal Percentage; 3P% = 3-Point Percentage; FT% = Free Throw Percentage; APG = Assists Per Game; RPG = Rebounds Per Game; BPG = Blocks Per Game; SPG = Steals Per Game; TOPG = Turnovers Per Game; FPG = Fouls Per Game

The Anthony Johnson/Baron Davis match-up could spell trouble for Orlando, but Davis isn’t the player he once was. He’s shooting over 5-percent lower than his career average from the field and over 3-percent worse from behind the arc. He is, however, having his best year in the league from the charity stripe.

The Clippers have been stung by the injury bug as well this season, as their starting center Chris Kaman has been out since late November with a foot injury, starting forward Zach Randolph missed 19 games with a sore knee after they acquired him from the Knicks, and guards Mardy Collins and Mike Taylor have been banged up.

Randolph returned to action last night against Miami, coming off the bench to score 21 points and snatch 5 rebounds. If he doesn’t start again, it will be Brian Skinner getting the call, but expect Randolph to play a starter’s minutes as the Clippers try to slow down Dwight Howard.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily