The Los Angeles Clippers are going to the playoffs for the first time in nine years, but have yet to celebrate that accomplishment with a win.
The Clippers look to end their three-game losing streak and sweep the Portland Trail Blazers for the first time in franchise history when they meet at Staples Center.
Despite its losing skid, Los Angeles earned its first postseason berth since 1997 after Dallas defeated New Orleans on Saturday. The Clippers then went out and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday and the Mavericks on Monday to extend their slide.
Los Angeles hasn’t lost four straight since a season-high five-game skid from Feb. 12-22.
“It’s disappointing, but we’ll bounce back,” Elton Brand said after the 75-73 loss to Dallas. “I’m very optimistic. As a team, we didn’t shoot well. Personally, I got great looks, but just didn’t knock them down.”
Brand matched a season-low with just four field goals on 15 attempts and finished with 13 points, his lowest output since scoring 12 on Jan. 22. The Clippers scored a season low in points and shot just 35.2 percent from the floor.
Chris Kaman led Los Angeles with 22 points and 12 rebounds on Monday after scoring 17 points in his last two games combined.
Los Angeles is one victory away from tying its most wins since moving to California in 1978, set by the 1992-93 team.
The Clippers have won three straight in this series and five in a row at home over the Trail Blazers, who have lost 13 straight road games. Portland hasn’t dropped 14 in a row away from home since a 21-game skid during the 1973-74 season.
The Trail Blazers, owners of the worst record in the NBA, fell 110-98 to Denver on Monday and have lost 14 of their last 15 overall. Portland made a season-high 13 3-pointers, but also tied a season high with 24 turnovers.
“You can’t turn over the ball 24 times and win,” coach Nate McMillan said. “They scored 25 points off our turnovers.”
Sebastian Telfair scored 21 points on Monday and has reached double digits in a career-high five straight games. Telfair is averaging 14.6 points on 53.8 percent shooting over that span.
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