LOS ANGELES -- As the New York Knicks take their struggles to Hollywood on Friday night, the Los Angeles Clippers are only happy to play host.
With the Clippers fighting to stay into playoff contention in the Western Conference, the prospect of playing a team with one victory in its last 11 games is appealing. It is especially welcome after L.A. fell to the NBA's top team, the Houston Rockets, at home Wednesday.
The Knicks have shown nothing of late to strike fear into the Clippers. New York gave up 125 points in a loss at Golden State on Monday and 121 in a loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
The Clippers, meanwhile, have gone full throttle on offense lately, although they had their issues scoring against the Rockets in a 105-92 loss. In the four games before that, though, the Clippers scored 126.5 points per game, with matchups against the Warriors and Celtics in that run.
The loss to the Rockets, though, did drop the Clippers out of the No. 8 and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 22 games remaining.
At least the Clippers still have something to play for, even without Blake Griffin, who was traded to the Detroit Pistons.
The Knicks have 20 games remaining and losing them all would seem to be in their best interest in order to improve their draft prospects.
But guard Tim Hardaway Jr. was having none of the "tanking" talk as Friday's game in Los Angeles approached. >> Read more
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