NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, November 28th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (6-7) at Los Angeles Clippers (8-6), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers will try to stop a four-game losing streak on Wednesday night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center.
The Clippers won six in a row, including a 92-87 victory in San Antonio against the Spurs to start a recent road trip. They dropped the next three outside of Hollywood and thought they could get back on track against the lowly New Orleans Hornets, who showed up in Los Angeles losers of their previous seven games on Monday.
The Hornets went into L.A. and dusted the Clippers, 105-98. The Hornets shot over 50 percent from the field and 60 percent from the 3-point line and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro was not happy.
"Embarrassing game for us," Del Negro said. "Give New Orleans credit. They outplayed us."
There was a bright spot for the Clippers on Monday. Caron Butler became the first Clippers player this season to eclipse the 30-point mark when he nailed a franchise-best nine 3-pointers. Butler went 9-for-15 from beyond the arc to score 33.
The Clippers matched a team record with 37 3-point attempts.
It was a bad night for star Blake Griffin. He equaled a career-low with four points and just one made field goal. Griffin was held scoreless in the first half and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, in 162 career games, Griffin was shut out in just one other half: Mar. 12, 2011 against the Washington Wizards.
The Timberwolves snapped a five-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 97-89 victory in Sacramento over the Kings.
Kevin Love got his first win this season since he returned from a broken hand on Nov. 21. Love scored 23 points and grabbed 24 rebounds, which is a high this season in the NBA.
"It was one of the most complete games I've seen him play," head coach Rick Adelman said of his star player. "He wasn't forcing anything. He passed the ball. He set screens. He did whatever we needed."
What the Wolves needed was a win. Their last victory before Tuesday came on Nov. 12, a road win against the Dallas Mavericks. During the five-game dry spell, the Wolves lost three at home and two on the road. Wednesday's game ends a four-game western trip.
The Timberwolves won three of the four matchups last season with the Clippers, including both games in Los Angeles.
11/28 10:47:36 ET