Wolves vs. Clippers Gameday



Final: 107-84 Clippers
Jefferson finished with 28 points while Love hauled down 15 rebounds in the losing effort. Davis would score 16 points in the second half to lead the Clippers to their fourth victory of the year. Randolph added 21 points and Camby dominated the glass with 19 rebounds. Minnesota dropped to 4-15 on the season by only shooting 39 percent from the field.

More postgame coming soon…

Third Quarter: 79-56 Clippers
The Wolves started the quarter with a 4-0 run but the Clippers would answer with Randolph hitting two straight baskets. Davis started to put his fingerprints on the game with ten points in the period. He also provided the highlight of the night with a no-look pass to Paul Davis on the fastbreak that just about faked everybody inside the Target Center. The field goal percentage for the Wolves dipped to just 36 percent and Jefferson continues to lead the team with 25 points.

Halftime: 55-41 Clippers
The Wolves continued to struggle in the second quarter. However, Minnesota has received a strong effort from Love and he seems to be playing with a purpose tonight. Love finished with nine points and eight rebounds through the first half. Jefferson connected on a jumper from the corner to cut the Clippers lead to eleven but was then hit for his third personal foul on the opposite side of the floor. Jefferson leads the Wolves with 18 points but received a technical foul at the end of the quarter, which allowed the Clippers to push their lead to 14. Davis and Randolph combined for 25 points as the Clippers look for their fourth win of the season.

First Quarter: 29-15 Clippers
The Wolves look like a team returning from a 3-game road trip. The Clippers jumped out to a 13-4 start with 6:39 remaining in the quarter, which forced Wittman to call a time out. Randolph was successful early by hitting the outside jumpshot and finished the period with nine points to lead the Clippers. Foye struggled from the field but then started to attack the basket. Love entered the game halfway through the quarter and was aggressive on the boards with six rebounds. Mardy Collins nailed a three in the final seconds for the Clippers to extend their large lead.

Pregame News and Notes 6:30 PM
Mike Miller will miss his second straight game with an injured right ankle. Coach Wittman changed the starting lineup again to Jason Collins, Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Randy Foye, and Kevin Ollie. Wittman commented to reporters before the contest tonight that the Wolves must defend the 3-point line. The head coach also added the team can't take the 3-16 Clippers lightly, especially with All-Star caliber players on their roster.

Wolves Pregame Audio
Randy Wittman

Clippers Pregame Audio
John Focke with Eric Gordon

Scouting Report
Clippers fans are confused this holiday shopping season. Several trades and a shuffled roster have left the fan-base searching for a jersey to purchase in this time of giving. Elton Brand, the cornerstone of the franchise bolted for free agent money to Philadelphia after the Clippers recorded a 23-59 mark last year. Corey Maggette would also jet out of LA to Golden State but the Clippers countered by bringing back Baron Davis to his hometown. The Clippers then drafted Eric Gordon with the 7th overall pick and DeAndre Jordan 35th overall. More drama would ensue over the off-season with the team trading for Marcus Camby and then General Manager Elgin Baylor resigned. Three weeks ago, the Clippers again made a trade, sending Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley to New York for Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins. Throwing the team in the cement mixer has turned out a 3-16 record and a 3-game losing streak.

For the Wolves, Kevin Ollie has started the past two games with Randy Foye at the shooting guard position. This lineup may continue tonight against the Clippers. Davis rejuvenated his career with the Golden State Warriors and is most dangerous in a frantic, fast-pace type of game. The post players are becoming a more focal point of the offense in LA, which takes away from Davis’ productivity. He scored 23 points and dished out eight assists in a loss to Memphis last night. Davis is compiling numbers but is not providing the impact that was visible in his four-year career in Golden State. The Wolves backcourt will need to force Davis to shoot outside jump shots and limit his success inside the paint. Gordon is small for a two guard, similar to Foye. The rookie out of Indiana is suffering from a tender right hamstring, which should give the advantage to Minnesota. Foye is riding a solid four-game streak and will need to have a big game against the rookie.

Despite the 3-16 record and 27th ranking in team scoring, the Clippers feature a dangerous frontcourt. The addition of Randolph gives LA a bonafide back to the basket low-post scorer. Randolph averages 20 points a game and is a mirror image of Al Jefferson. Both players utilize crafty moves in the post to score points, which should provide a great offensive match up. Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy might use defensive specialist Marcus Camby to defend Jefferson. Camby averages 2.8 blocks and 10.5 rebounds per game. He will patrol the paint tonight and try to keep Jefferson from getting his average of 20 points. Chris Kaman has missed the previous four games for the Clippers and will most likely not play tonight. Ryan Gomes will meet an extremely athletic small forward against Al Thornton. Last night, Thornton was held to just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field. Thornton is capable of scoring in bunches and averages 17 points per game on the season. The Clippers do not have an offensive identity through 19 games of the season and only scored 81 points in the loss to the Grizzlies. Even with the talents of Davis at the guard position, the Clippers will run the offense through Randolph. Expect a slower pace and the victorious team will control the paint tonight at 7 PM at the Target Center.

Injury Report:
Mike Miller did not play in the loss to New Jersey last night with a sore ankle. His status for the game tonight remains questionable.

Projected Starters
Los Angeles
Baron Davis, PG
Eric Gordon, SG
Al Thornton, SF
Zach Randolph, PF
Marcus Camby, C

Minnesota
Randy Foye, PG
Mike Miller, SG
Ryan Gomes, SF
Al Jefferson, PF
Jason Collins, C