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Ten Before Tip: NBA news from Friday

POSTED: May 9, 2014 7:09 PM ET
UPDATED: May 9, 2014 10:40 PM ET news services


• The Clippers and Thunder are set to collide in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal tonight at Staples Center and only Los Angeles back-up forward Hedo Turkoglu is unavailable due to injury. Turkoglu suffered a hairline fracture in his lower back in Game 5 of the first-round series against the Warriors, which the Clippers eventually won in seven games. "He put gym shorts on today, so that's progress," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. Turkoglu's absence and better matchup opportunities has opened the door for Jared Dudley to re-enter the rotation, but he's shooting 1-for-6 in the first two games of the series. If he continues to struggle, Rivers may turn to rookie Reggie Bullock, who has had some success guarding Oklahoma City leading scorer Kevin Durant in the past.

• The Clippers are the first NBA team to score at least 482 points in their first four home playoff games since the Suns in 1992. The 3-pointer has been a big weapon for L.A. throughout this postseason, as they've converted a franchise-record 91 through nine games, the most by any playoff team this spring. Points off turnovers have also been a key part of the offense, as the Clippers are averaging a league-leading 19 points off turnovers during this postseason.

• Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook is set to appear in his 11th consecutive game, something he hasn't done since December, before he underwent a third surgery on his right knee. Westbrook played in the first 10 games following his return Feb. 20, but then sat out the first or second game of back-to-backs the rest of the regular season. He played the final game of the regular season, which assured the Thunder would have home-court advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs, and will be appearing in his 10th consecutive playoff game tonight. Westbrook, who has shot 22-for-36 in the first two games of the series, has shot better than 40 percent in just one of his six seasons in the NBA. Durant, on the other hand, is averaging 29.5 points at Staples Center during the regular season, the highest for any player in the history of the arena.

• Coming off a season-best 28 points on 10 of 13 shooting from the field in Game 2, Indiana center Roy Hibbert now returns to his hometown and the arena where he played his college career at Georgetown. The All-Star went without a point or rebound in the series opener and scored 29 points overall in his previous six games.

• Matched up against small forward Trevor Ariza, Indiana's Paul George is 9 of 30 from the field during the first two games of the series while averaging 14.5 points. The All-Star forward is 27 of 85 (31.7 percent) overall in five matchups versus Washington this season.