With the return of backup center Zeljko Rebraca, the Clippers' inactive list for Tuesday's game consisted of three rookies -- forwards Yaroslav Korolev and James Singleton, and center Boniface Ndong. It is likely that barring injury, those will be the players on the inactive list should the Clippers continue on their way and clinch a playoff berth. Of the three, Singleton by far has been the best contributor this season.
Starters -- Point guard Sam Cassell; Shooting guard Corey Maggette; Small forward Quinton Ross; Power forward Elton Brand; Center Chris Kaman Bench -- Guard Cuttino Mobley; Forward Vladimir Radmanovic; Center Zeljko Rebraca; Forward Vin Baker
--All-Star forward Elton Brand notched his 39th double-double, with 20 points and 10 rebounds. But his point total was five below his average and for only the fifth time in 68 games, he failed to block a shot.
--Swingman Quinton Ross started for the 12th consecutive game but he typically has been subbed out midway through the first quarter and in those starts, he only has played at least 20 minutes four times. Ross, the team's top perimeter defender, played only 13 minutes Tuesday.
--Sam Cassell was bothered by flu-like symptoms Tuesday and was limited to 29 minutes. He scored eight points and had seven assists but quite visibly was not his typical jocular self on the floor.
--Opposing teams apparently have put high priority in their game plans not to allow Vladimir Radmanovic any clean looks from behind the three-point line. Defenders are running at him constantly now and as a result, Radmanovic's shooting percent from behind the arc has fallen off. He went 1 of 4 on three-pointers Tuesday and in the past four games has made 4 of 17 three-point tries.
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