Hudson Is Back in Flow for a Bit


Since signing consecutive 10-day contracts with the Clippers last season, Troy Hudson played at least a minute in every game. Hudson’s 42-game streak, however, came to an end Wednesday when he didn’t play in the Clippers’ defeat at Atlanta.

“It was a surprise because [Coach Chris Ford] did not say anything to me,” said Hudson, who entered Friday’s game against Detroit shooting 35.7% from the field. “But I understand that I have to do whatever the coaches want me to do. I have to sit over there and be ready.”

Hudson got another chance in the second quarter against the Pistons. He played the entire quarter and kept the Clippers close with seven points and three assists, but then failed to score in the second half.



Veteran Eric Murdock, who has sat out five games this season because of a nagging right knee injury, had six points and three assists in 16 minutes against Detroit. Murdock hopes Ford will start playing Derek Anderson more at shooting guard again to help the team get back in sync. Anderson has started at point guard the last three games.

“It’s tough, but I’m ready to play some minutes,” Murdock said. “It’s time to play. I’m going to talk to [Ford] about it soon.”


at Indiana, 4, Channel 9

* Site--Conseco Fieldhouse.

* Radio--KXTA (1150).

* Records--Clippers 4-15; Pacers 12-7.

* Record vs. Pacers (1999)--Did not play.

* Update--For the fifth consecutive game, the Clippers will face a team they have not defeated in years. They have losing streaks of 11 to Seattle, six to Miami, 10 to Atlanta, seven to Detroit and 11 to the Pacers. The last time the Clippers won at Indiana was Jan. 8, 1992.