CLIPPERS VS. HOUSTON ROCKETS.
Tipoff: 5:30 p.m., the Summit
TV/Radio: Channel 9; KNEWS (540/1260)
Clippers (11-19) update: What a place to start a key five-game road trip, where the Clippers haven't won in more than 10 years. Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. has lost in Houston 20 straight times dating back to 1986, when Bill Fitch William Fitch (born May 19 1934 in Davenport, Iowa) is a former NBA coach who has been successful in making teams playoff contenders throughout his coaching career. Before entering the professional ranks he coached college ball at the University of Minnesota, Bowling Green State was coach of the Rockets. This time Fitch will direct the Clippers, who are beginning to heal from injuries. Pooh Richardson Jerome "Pooh" Richardson (born May 14 1966 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player.
The 6'1" point guard was taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the tenth overall pick of the 1989 NBA Draft out of UCLA. practiced on Thursday after missing eight games with a sprained ankle A sprained ankle, also known as a ankle sprain, ankle injury or ankle ligament injury, is a common medical condition where one or more of the ligaments of the ankle is torn or partially torn. . Darrick Martin Darrick David Martin (born March 6, 1971 in Denver, Colorado, United States) is an American professional basketball player, currently with the NBA's Toronto Raptors. Martin has became known as a solid veteran who provided quality minutes as a reserve, maintaining a career free , who scored 38 points in the 115-101 win over Utah, will get the start at point guard. Lorenzen Wright will get another dose of education at center when he faces Hakeem Olajuwon. Wright is playing the best ball of his rookie season and has scored 29 points in the past two games.
Rockets (24-7) update: Houston is off to another fast start but has been very average (5-5) in the past 10 games. The Rockets are coming off a shocking 112-96 loss to Portland. The big three, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Charles Barkley, are playing a combined 38.1 minutes per game, which is too many. Barkley is playing 41 minutes and averaging 15.5 rebounds along with 20.8 points. He'll give Loy Vaught major trouble. Houston's problems have been at point guard, where it is depending on rookie Randy Livingston and Matt Maloney. They combined for 47 minutes against the Blazers and had three points. Think they could use Kenny Smith?