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Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Attendance: 19,379
Cavs not sure who will be available against Clippers
Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Clippers
- The Clippers defeated the Cavaliers 113-94 in Cleveland on December 1, the victory snapping their four-game losing streak in this series.
- The Cavaliers are just 17-15 on the road this season and have allowed 100 or more points in each of their last 22 consecutive games away from home. This is their longest such streak since they allowed 100+ points in 39 consecutive road games, November 9, 1985-November 7, 1986.
- The Clippers' starters are shooting 53.7 percent from the floor since March 8. They have made 50+ percent of their attempts in eight of the nine games during this stretch, including 59.2 percent in Thursday's loss to Denver.
- LeBron James had 33 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Thursday's win over the Jazz. It was his fifth game with 30+ points, 10+ boards and 5+ dimes this season; three of those five performances have come this month.
- Kevin Love had 10 points and nine rebounds in 19:45 of action in Thursday's win over the Jazz. It was his first game since February 11; the Cavaliers went 7-6 in his absence.
- Chris Paul has had nine or more assists in each of his last 12 games against the Cavaliers. Entering this weekend, that was the longest active streak by any player versus any single opponent.
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LOS ANGELES -- With Kevin Love's return, the Cleveland Cavaliers have one of their top performers back in uniform. However, another round of injuries remains an issue as the Cavaliers open a four-game road trip with back-to-back games at Staples Center.
The Cavaliers (45-22), who own the best record in the Eastern Conference, will face the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. On Sunday, they play the Los Angeles Lakers.
Love, who was expected to miss six weeks, played his first game in a month on Thursday in a 91-83 win over the Utah Jazz, scoring 10 points and collecting nine rebounds in 20 minutes. Love missed 13 games after undergoing surgery on his left knee.
"He said he felt good conditioning-wise," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told Cleveland.com. "He wanted to play more, but of course he couldn't. So we just got to keep slowly working him in and hopefully if he continues to feel better we can start getting him more minutes."
The Cavaliers were 7-6 without Love. Lue said he won't play the All-Star forward in consecutive games yet, so it isn't known whether he will start again against the Clippers or the Lakers.
Cleveland lost Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert in the third quarter against Utah. Irving left with tightness in his left knee and Shumpert sustained a left shoulder sprain.
The Cavaliers already were without Derrick Williams (right quad bruise) and Kyle Korver (left foot soreness). Korver is out for the game against the Clippers, and the Cavaliers said the availability of Irving, Shumpert and Williams will be determined.
Against the Clippers, the Cavaliers have enjoyed much success recently. Cleveland has won four of the last five meetings and seven of nine at Staples. In their last game on Dec. 1, the Cavaliers posted a 113-94 victory over the Clippers in Cleveland. Irving scored 28 points.
LeBron James has scored at least 20 points in 12 consecutive games on the Clippers' floor and is averaging 28 points, 7.6 rebounds and seven assists during that stretch.
Although healthy, the Clippers (40-29) are not totally well. They have lost three in a row with their latest setback occurring Thursday in a 129-114 loss at the Denver Nuggets. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan missed the game because coach Doc Rivers decided to rest them.
Los Angeles, which is fifth in the Western Conference, is in a precarious position of falling farther down the standings.
The Clippers, who are three games behind the No. 4 Jazz, hold a 1/2-game lead over the sixth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder and are a game ahead of the seventh-seeded Memphis Grizzlies with 13 games to go.
"I don't know what to expect from this team anymore," Clippers guard J.J. Redick said. "We're in a bad place right now, losing games. We've been (bad) since the All-Star break."
The Clippers are 5-8 since the break.
Rivers is banking on his team to turn it around.
"You knew this was going to be a hard month," Rivers said. "It's the hardest month I've seen. There's nothing you can do about it and we're not done with it. We just have to get through it. It is what it is."
Updated March 17, 2017