Clippers welcome Cavs to Staples Center

8:46 AM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers look to get back in the win column tonight when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers, who continue a six-game road trip.

The Clippers fell at home on Saturday to the Golden State Warriors when Chris Paul was whistled for an offensive foul with less than 10 seconds to go in the game.

Steph Curry of the Warriors drained two free throws and the Clippers filed that one in the loss column.

"I was thinking about raising up for the three, but (David) Lee gave me a lane and I drove," said Paul, who is averaging 12.3 assists per game. "I saw the layup. I thought it was minimal contact. I looked at the replay, (Curry) was outside the charge circle."

The bigger problem for the Clippers on Saturday was their first-quarter effort. The Warriors went off for 33 points, shot 65 percent from the field and took a nine-point lead.

"We've got to be ready right out of the gate, no matter if it's a back-to- back, no matter if we come off an emotional win," said Blake Griffin, who is only averaging 15 PPG through three games this season. "It has to be at a high level every night because we have that target on our back now."

Griffin averaged 29 PPG in three career contests against the Cavs.

Cleveland doesn't have a target on its back at the moment, but they've got a tough stretch ahead. After a season-opening win against the Washington Wizards, the Cavs looked pathetic in a 29-point loss at home against the Bulls on Friday. They lost a heartbreaker in Milwaukee to the Bucks on Saturday.

"If we play that hard every game we give ourselves a chance to win," head coach Byron Scott said after Saturday's loss. "We have to come out with that attitude every night. It doesn't guarantee that we win the game. But at least, it gives us a chance."

The production is there from the offense. Reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, who was sensational at the end of the Bucks game, is averaging 23.7 PPG and Anderson Varejao is putting up a double-double with 13.7 PPG and 15 boards a game.

Defensively, the Cavs gave up 105 and 115 in their last two outings.

The Cavaliers have won 10 of the last 11 meetings with the Clippers, including last season's matchup in Cleveland.

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