Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/30

Game 1: Wednesday, December 30th
Trail Blazers103
Game 2: Monday, January 4th
Trail Blazers95Final
Game 3: Tuesday, February 16th
Trail Blazers109
Game 4: Wednesday, April 7th
Trail Blazers93Final

Clippers 99

(13-18, 5-10 away)

Trail Blazers 103

(21-13, 12-5 home)

    Coverage: FSW2

    10:00 PM ET, December 30, 2009

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 20 28 28 2399
    POR 25 32 24 22103

    Top Performers

    LAC: C. Kaman 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Por: B. Roy 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Clippers-Trail Blazers Preview


    Riddled with injuries, the Portland Trail Blazers can't afford to take teams lightly. The Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, have proven that they will gladly take advantage of clubs that might underestimate them.

    A subpar performance ended what was an outstanding four-game run for the Trail Blazers, who look to bounce back Wednesday night against a Clippers team coming off its best game of the season.

    With a nucleus thinned by injury, notably centers Greg Oden (knee) and Joel Przybilla (knee), Portland was outscored 60-40 in the paint in a 104-93 loss to Philadelphia on Monday night.

    After wins over Denver, San Antonio, Dallas and Miami, the Blazers (20-13) lacked a sense of urgency versus the 76ers, who had lost 16 of 18.

    "We know we have to play at a high level to win," Portland swingman Brandon Roy told the Blazers' official Web site.

    Roy was one of the few bright spots for the Blazers, posting 24 points after scoring 41 in a 107-96 win over the Nuggets on Friday night. Roy has scored at least 23 points in 13 straight games, giving him the NBA's longest active streak of 20-point games.

    Los Angeles (13-17), meanwhile, got an outstanding effort from its top guard. Baron Davis hit a fallaway 22-foot jumper at the buzzer in the Clippers' 92-90 win over Boston on Sunday night.

    Davis finished with 24 points and 13 assists as Los Angeles snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over one of the league's top teams. The Clippers tied it with 8.5 seconds left when Rasual Butler hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Davis.

    "Every time I get in that situation, I feel like I can make that shot," said Davis, who helped the Clippers erase an 11-point deficit. "You've just got to prepare your mind for it when you go out there to take that shot."

    Chris Kaman, meanwhile, gave the Clippers yet another strong performance, posting 27 points and 12 rebounds, and his presence inside is what will likely most concern the Blazers and their banged-up frontcourt. The 7-footer is averaging 24.4 points and 11.0 rebounds in his last five games.

    "Baron is delivering the ball in a timely fashion. With Kaman down low we have so many options," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "They have really worked on their timing and ability to play together. Kaman is an assist waiting to happen -- he is a threat. When they work together, they create difficulty for the other team."

    Marcus Camby gives Los Angeles another strong post player, but he didn't play against Boston. His status is questionable after aggravating his hyperextended left knee in a 124-93 loss to Phoenix on Friday night.

    DeAndre Jordan made his first start of the season in place of Camby, and the 6-11 forward had a season-high eight rebounds and three blocks.

    Kaman missed three of the Clippers' four games against the Blazers last season due to various injuries, and Portland won the series 3-1.