Losers of five straight, the Clippers hope to take advantage of a matchup with the NBA’s worst team when they host the Hornets.
The Clippers have lost six of seven following a 10-6 start to fall under .500 for the first time since Nov. 21. Los Angeles’ last win came on Dec. 6, 99-93 in double overtime against the Charlotte Bobcats.
New Orleans, which has the NBA’s worst record, has already had plenty of experience with prolonged skids in 2004-05. The Hornets opened the season with eight straight losses, and dropped 11 in a row from Nov. 23-Dec. 14.
Los Angeles committed 22 turnovers that the Grizzlies converted into 17 points. It was the fourth time in seven games that the Clippers have had at least 20 turnovers.
“A lot of them were just bad decisions,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “We didn’t do a very good job of executing or being in the right spot.”
Los Angeles played without shooting guard Kerry Kittles, who was limited to 18 minutes the previous two games because of a back strain that will keep him out indefinitely. Kittles missed 17 of the Clippers’ first 18 games because of a sore right knee. His status for Tuesday’s game is uncertain.
Elton Brand had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles. He is averaging 19.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in his last five games.
New Orleans lost 107-101 to Sacramento on Sunday.
The Hornets are the NBA’s lowest scoring team, largely because All-Stars Baron Davis and James Magloire have played in a combined 15 games this season. New Orleans has been held under 90 points in 13 of 23 games and has gone over 100 just once—a 115-109 triple-overtime loss against the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 23.