Clippers-Bucks Preview

The Los Angeles Clippers are woeful on the road. The same can’t

be said for Blake Griffin.

Griffin and the undermanned Clippers attempt to win for just the

second time in 11 road games when they face the sputtering

Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

Los Angeles (20-34) is only nine wins shy of its total from last

season, and would be much closer if not for a dismal 4-20 away

record, tying Minnesota for the fewest road victories in the

Western Conference.

Those road issues have showed few signs of changing during a 1-9

stretch that has seen the Clippers give up an average of 106.9

points.

After facing Milwaukee (20-33), Los Angeles visits the

Timberwolves on Wednesday before entering the All-Star break. The

team will return to the court for a three-game road trip to cap

this stretch of 11 consecutive games away from Staples Center.

The Clippers have dropped five of six thus far through that

stretch.

Griffin, though, is doing his part with 20.8 points per game and

12.6 rebounds over the last 10 road contests, tallying 21 points

and 15 boards in a 98-93 loss at Toronto on Sunday. The former top

overall draft pick leads all rookies with 22.7 points and 12.7

rebounds, and will be the team’s lone representative at the

All-Star game at Staples Center on Sunday.

“It’s tough to lose games, period, no matter what part of the

year it is or how many games you’ve won before that,” Griffin

said.

Griffin feels injuries to guard Eric Gordon (wrist), center

Chris Kaman (ankle) and forward Craig Smith (back) are taking a

toll on the team. Gordon has a team-high 24.1 points per game, and

won’t be back until after the All-Star break.

“Missing Eric Gordon is huge for us,” Griffin said. “He’s our

leading scorer. Having him out kind of shrinks the court a little

bit. We’ll be glad to have him back.”

Griffin was superb in a 105-98 home win over the Bucks on Jan.

31, scoring 32 points with 11 rebounds and six assists.

The Bucks have dropped seven of eight following a 103-97 home

loss to Indiana on Saturday.

“We didn’t run the plays, just didn’t execute the plays like we

should,” said swingman John Salmons, who made 4 of 11 shots for

nine points. “Didn’t have any ball movement.”

Milwaukee could use a better performance from its starters after

they combined for 46 points against the Pacers.

Brandon Jennings has struggled since returning from a broken

foot, making 32.7 percent of his shots – 25.0 from beyond the arc –

in nine games after missing the previous 19. The point guard

finished with 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting Saturday.

He’s averaging 16.7 points in three meetings with the Clippers,

scoring 12 in last month’s loss.

The Bucks could be without forward Corey Maggette after he left

Saturday’s loss midway through the first quarter with lower back

pain. Maggette, averaging 13.1 points, scored 25 in the most recent

matchup with Los Angeles.