Clippers, on 3-game losing streak, face Carmelo, Knicks

first_img— Staff Reports Clippers at KnicksTipoff: 5 p.m.TV/Radio: Prime, ESPN / 570-AMUpdate: The Clippers have lost three in a row following their 118-109 loss Monday at Toronto. They are 31-21 and in fifth place in the Western Conference, two games behind Utah. … With 26 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Raptors, Blake Griffin posted his first triple-double of the season and fifth of his career. It’s his first since April 2004. … The Clippers continue to struggle on defense. After the Raptors torched them for 118 points on 48.8 percent shooting, the Clippers have allowed four of their past six opponents to shoot 48 percent or better from the field. … The Clippers are still without floor general Chris Paul, who has been out since Jan. 16 with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Though the 12th-year guard did some light shooting and dribbling last week, he is not expected back for about another month. … Without Paul, who was averaging 17.7 points, 9.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds, the Clippers are 2-7. … The Knicks (22-31) are led by Carmelo Anthony, who averages 22.9 points a game and has been the subject of trade rumors, with the Clippers among several potential destinations…. New York is the Clippers’ third stop on a five-game, 11-day road trip. Next up is Charlotte (23-28) at 2 p.m. Saturday and Utah (33-19) at 6 p.m. Monday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more