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While the Thunder are, for now at least, in the No. 4 spot in a jam-packed Western Conference race, the Clippers are on the outside looking in after Thursday’s loss to Houston.
Los Angeles has won 11 of their last 16 to stay in playoff contention. It led for a lot of time Thursday before the Rockets came back to take control.
The Clippers are trying to make the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. The franchise had been to the playoffs only seven times total in the first 41 seasons before this recent stretch.
But this one won’t be easy, especially with a recent rash of injuries that included starting guard Avery Bradley being lost likely for the rest of the regular season with a hip and abdominal injury that required surgery and starting forward Danilo Gallinari suffering a broken right hand.
🔙 to 🔙 tonight in Oklahoma! 😝#ItTakesEverything pic.twitter.com/Ix0GSMrunG
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 16, 2018
Friday’s game is the second in a stretch of nine road games in 11 games for the Clippers. Thursday’s game was the first of eight consecutive games against teams above .500 for Los Angeles.
Oklahoma City has won both of the teams’ first two meetings this season.
The Thunder could be without two of its biggest two-way weapons, though.
Center Steven Adams and George were both limited in Thursday’s practice and both are listed as questionable.
Adams missed Oklahoma City’s Tuesday win in Atlanta with a hip contusion suffered against Sacramento on Monday, while George suffered a pelvic strain in the second half Tuesday.