The Clippers will face the Jazz for the second straight game, and hopefully the change of scenery will do the team some good. Tonight's contest is at the Staples Center, after the teams played in Utah on Saturday night, in a game where the Jazz rolled to an easy 101-79 win by setting a team record for committing the fewest turnovers in a game (5) in the process. L.A. was without Baron Davis for that one, and he'll likely be out this evening as well.
Davis sustained a bruised hip in Friday's loss to the Nuggets, after falling awkwardly in the second quarter. Coach Mike Dunleavysaid it'll probably be a few more days before they'll know more about when Baron might be back on the court.
"It's probably going to be three or four days and we'll kind of re-evaluate," Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy said. "I guess tomorrow we'll know a little bit more about where he's at. We'll have to wait and see. I don't think there's anything structurally wrong. So that's the good news. Obviously comes at a bad time for us."
You think so, coach? After tonight's contest against the Jazz, next up for the Clippers is a rematch with the Lakers on Wednesday. Unfortunately, if Baron isn't able to go, the team will likely see a similar result to what happened on their opening night: a big time shellacking by the defending Western Conference champs.
Dunleavy went on to discuss how important Baron is to the squad, as if their play without him wasn't enough of an indication.
"Without him, right now we struggle to get the easy baskets," Dunleavy said. "He has that ability to attack the rim and create great looks and easy buckets for his teammates. Besides that, he's one of the top steals guys in the league. There's so many different ways he can impact a game. It makes it tough."