National Basketball Association
Preview
L.A. Clippers at Portland
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, April 25, 2016
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon

The Portland Trail Blazers turned the series around at home in Game 3 and will try to even things up at two wins apiece when they host the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 on Monday. The Trail Blazers finally got strong performances in the same game from Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum on Saturday, which boosted their confidence moving forward.

“I knew that this game, if we would have lost this game, we would have been in some real trouble,” Lillard told reporters after the 96-88 win in Game 3. “So I just wanted to come out and leave it out there, be aggressive on the offensive end and help on the defensive end. … Just be in attack mode for 48 minutes and our entire team did that.” Lillard was a combined 13-of-39 from the floor in the first two games but knocked down 10-of-20 en route to 32 points in the return home on Saturday. The Clippers held a four-point lead with under four minutes to play in Game 3 before being outscored 15-1 the rest of the way and were disappointed in their inability to put the game away. “We really don’t want to go into these long playoff series,” Los Angeles guard J.J. Redick told reporters. “Anything can happen, as it showed last year against Houston (when the Clippers squandered a 3-1 lead). When you have a team down, and we had a four-point lead against a team we had 2-0 - we had a great opportunity to go up 3-0, and on Monday, we’ll have an opportunity to go up 3-1.”

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), KGW (Portland)

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS: Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin was one of the players talking about the team’s need to stay aggressive after going up 2-0 in the series, and he was disappointed in the team’s Game 3 effort. “They beat us in almost every facet of the game,” Griffin told reporters. “They outhustled us, they were better on the glass, they got the 50-50 balls. They had more energy. They flew around. They executed their game plan. You could tell they wanted to go early. They were tougher than us. They were more aggressive. They were tougher.” The Clippers went 3-of-18 from 3-point range in the loss and Redick was held to five points after totaling 34 in the first two contests.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS: Lillard and McCollum (27 points on 11-of-22 shooting) handled the bulk of the scoring in Game 3 but the best performance may have come from center Mason Plumlee, who collected six points, 21 rebounds and nine assists. “Obviously, the rebounds speak for themselves,” Portland coach Terry Stotts told reporters of Plumlee. “His playmaking, his running into screens – he had an exceptional game. The rebounding was the biggest thing because that’s been kind of a weak point for us in the series, but his passing, he’s been doing that all year for us.” The Trail Blazers outrebounded the Clippers 63-56 behind Plumlee’s big game.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Clippers C DeAndre Jordan is averaging 15.3 rebounds in the series but is just 12-of-34 from the free-throw line.

2. Portland G Gerald Henderson is 3-of-13 from the field in the last two games after managing 16 points on 7-of-12 in Game 1.

3. Los Angeles future Hall of Fame F Paul Pierce has been limited to three points in 16 minutes in the series.

PREDICTION: Clippers 103, Trail Blazers 98
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
L.A. Clippers 55-30 L1 31-12 24-18 10-4 45-26 9-7 33-22
Portland 45-40 W1 29-13 16-27 2-4 43-36 11-5 30-25
Last Meeting
L.A. Clippers Portland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/23/16 LAC 88 POR 96 88 44 40.9 96 56 42.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Clippers C. Paul 26 47.6 4
Portland D. Lillard 32 50.0 9
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 16 7 9
Portland M. Plumlee 21 3 18
Assists Player  
L.A. Clippers C. Paul 9
Portland M. Plumlee 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
L.A. Clippers C. Paul 1576 46.1 317
Portland D. Lillard 2079 41.7 467
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
L.A. Clippers D. Jordan 1162 288 874
Portland M. Plumlee 702 216 486
Assists Player  
L.A. Clippers C. Paul 804
Portland D. Lillard 552
Quickchart Matchup
L.A. Clippers Off vs  Portland Defense
104.4 Points For
104.2 Points Against
46.5 FG%
45.3 FG%
42.3 Reb
43.8 Reb
Portland Off vs  L.A. Clippers Defense
104.6 Points For
99.9 Points Against
44.8 FG%
43.2 FG%
43.8 Reb
46.8 Reb