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Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Attendance: 18,203

Clippers, Thunder collide in battle of teams in limbo

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Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. Oklahoma City has scored 100 or more points in each of its last nine home games versus the Clippers, going 6-3 in those contests.
  2. The Clippers have lost their last three contests to fall to .500 (5-5) on the season. However, they are averaging 20.7 second-chance points per game on the road this season, which not only leads the NBA, it is nearly four PPG more than the team in second place (NY, 16.8).
  3. At 4-7, the Thunder have their worst record through the team's first 11 games since the 2014-15 season (3-8). After scoring 100+ points in six of its first seven contests, Oklahoma City has been held below 100 points in each of its last four contests.
  4. Blake Griffin is shooting 40.4 (21/52) percent from three-point range this season, attempting 5.2 three-pointers per game. Entering this season, the most three-point FGA per game Griffin had averaged in any season was 1.9 (2016-17).
  5. Russell Westbrook has two triple-doubles in his last four games when playing on zero games' rest, including a 12/13/13 performance at Chicago on October 28. The Thunder lost to Denver on Thursday.
  6. Paul George (.394) and Carmelo Anthony (.397) are both struggling with their shooting in home games this season. Those percentages rank ninth and 10th lowest, respectively, in the NBA (minimum 70 FGA).

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two teams in transition meet Friday night in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder were supposed to challenge the Golden State Warriors for supremacy in the Western Conference with the additions of Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.

The Los Angeles Clippers figured to be a team undergoing some growing pains as they adjusted to life after Chris Paul, with Blake Griffin as the main offensive focus.

The expectation is becoming reality for the Clippers (5-5). Los Angeles has lost five out of six games following a four-game winning streak to start the season.

Meanwhile, the Thunder are struggling to find an offensive rhythm, looking disjointed at times as they adjust to life with two new offensive stars on their roster. Oklahoma City (4-7) dropped its fourth consecutive game Thursday night, falling 102-94 to the Denver Nuggets.

"We're going to have to have more stamina and more consistency for 48 minutes," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

Oklahoma City has yet to win against a Western Conference opponent or without Russell Westbrook registering a triple-double.

The Thunder also are failing in close games, losing the last four contests by a combined 27 points.

Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, after playing 30 minutes on Tuesday in Los Angeles' 120-107 loss at San Antonio, was sent back to Los Angeles and ruled out for the last two games of the road trip with a sore right knee.

"It's the same thing that kept him out of the second half of camp," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, "but he'll be fine. That's the good news. We were worried that it could be worse, and it's not, but he's still probably going to miss a week of games. So it's just another guy out."

Beverley is far from the only Clippers player dealing with an injury.

Point guard Milos Teodosic has been out since Oct. 21 after sustaining a plantar fascia injury in his left foot. Small forward Danilo Gallinari missed the Tuesday game with a strained right glute and will sit out Friday as well.

On Thursday, Clippers guard Austin Rivers sprained his right ankle in practice. He is questionable for the Friday game.

If the younger Rivers can't go, rookie guards Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell figure to play greater roles.

During the current three-game losing streak, the Clippers are giving up more than 112 points per game.

"We should be one, two, three, four, five -- a top-five defensive team, without a doubt," Doc Rivers said. "So the fact that teams are hanging up these amount of points on us, we have to figure out whatever we have to figure out. But it's getting ridiculous.

"We're going to figure it out and we're going to get back to where we need to get, because if we do this, we're not going to win games. You're just not going to win. You can't play to win if you're scoring 115 and you're still losing."

Oklahoma City could be without a key piece against the Clippers as well. Center Steven Adams left the Thursday game in Denver with a calf contusion, and he will be evaluated Friday before the game.

Updated November 10, 2017

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