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Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers preview
Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers preview

The Clippers will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday after returning home from a weeklong four-game road trip, during which they went 3-1. The Clippers have won three games in a row and are in fifth place in the Western Conference with a record of 40-21, a half-game behind the fourth-place Trail Blazers (39-19), who have also won three straight. The Clippers will be without superstar power forward Blake Griffin, who remains sidelined after having surgery Feb. 9 to remove a staph infection in his right elbow. In his absence, the Clippers have won seven of 10 games. Over that stretch, Chris Paul has averaged 21.2 points on 52.2% shooting from the field and 12.6 assists a game...

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