New Orleans lost three of four meetings with the Clippers last season.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Confidence is running high for the Los Angeles Clippers and they'll try to keep it going Wednesday versus the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Clippers passed an early test with Monday's 115-92 victory over the reigning Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs. A big second quarter, which the Clippers won by a 34-21 margin, propelled the home team to its fourth win in five tries and a 9-2 mark at Staples Center.
Blake Griffin had 27 points and nine rebounds, while Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Los Angeles, which showed no signs of rust after going 4-3 on a previous road trip and was back in town for the first time since Dec. 1. The Clippers scored 37 points off 22 San Antonio turnovers and made 11-of-23 from 3-point territory.
East All-Star ballot is a mess
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
No matter what, there will be 12 players on the Eastern Conference All-Star team in February.
Sure, we might think it's unfair that the Western Conference only gets to have 12 yet the Eastern Conference will be scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with a dozen.
Let's clear a few things up first.
The five starters, as we know, are voted in by fans. Remember, two guards and three frontcourt players are elected, so screw off centers.
For the reserves, which are tabbed by the respective conference coaches, it's two guards, three frontline guys and two wild-cards.