There are only four teams the Charlotte Bobcats have never defeated, and they're hoping to do something about that on Wednesday.
The Bobcats will be looking to take advantage of a banged-up Los Angeles Clippers lineup as the teams meet in Charlotte.
Charlotte (7-12) is 0-6 against the Clippers since joining the NBA as an expansion team in 2004, including 0-3 at home. The Bobcats have also never defeated Dallas, Memphis or Phoenix.
However, they may be catching the Clippers (8-12) at a good time, since Los Angeles is without three marquee players. Elton Brand has not played all season after injuring his Achilles' tendon in August, point guard Shaun Livingston has yet to play this season due to a knee injury and guard Sam Cassell missed his seventh straight game with a calf strain on Tuesday.
The Clippers managed to pull out a 91-82 win over New Jersey in the opener of a four-game road swing, but Cassell isn't expected to play on the trip. The win was just their second in the last 10 games.
"We gave up a lot of second-chance points in the first half, but in the second half our defense and boxing out was a lot better," coach Mike Dunleavy said.
Center Chris Kaman had 18 points and 14 rebounds against the Nets and has been doing his best to pick up the slack with Brand on the sidelines. Kaman is averaging 18.5 points and 13.7 rebounds, and has 16 double-doubles after totaling 14 last season. His previous career highs are 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 2005-06.
"You lose 25 points and 10 rebounds a game and you've got to make it up somehow, and we haven't been doing a very good job of it lately," Kaman said.
Tuesday's win also came at a price, as guard Quinton Ross suffered a lower back contusion after hitting the floor in the third period and did not return. His status for Wednesday is unknown.
The Bobcats, meanwhile, have dropped eight of their last nine games, including Sunday's 104-85 loss to Detroit. Jason Richardson led Charlotte with 15 points and Emeka Okafor had 14, but Bobcats leading scorer Gerald Wallace had a season-low three.
Wallace is averaging 17.9 points and had scored 22 in each of his previous two games.
"Gerald just didn't get his game going tonight," coach Sam Vincent said. "He is usually a big-time scorer for us, and when he gets under 10, we are going to struggle. He was trying early, but we all hit the wall."
Charlotte was coming off a 96-93 home win over Cleveland on Saturday that ended a seven-game losing streak.
"We ran out of gas in the first five minutes of the game," Vincent said. "Right now, it is tough for us in back-to-back situations, because we just don't have the depth. We played a tough game last night and then had to get on a plane and come here."
The Bobcats have failed to score 90 points in three of their last four games and haven't scored 100 or more since a 114-111 overtime loss to Washington on Nov. 21.
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