The Clippers currently have the third best record in the NBA, but are just one game behind the Thunder despite back-to-back losses. Games in Phoenix against the struggling Suns are must wins to keep the pace at the top of the standings.
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The Clippers need a win to snap a two game losing streak, and the reeling Suns just plain need a win after firing head coach Alvin Gentry, hiring Lindsey Hunter, and losing their top assistant coaches in the changeover.