Mavericks at Clippers
9:30 p.m. Thursday, Staples Center, Los Angeles
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN/1540 AM (Spanish)
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About the Mavericks: This is the second game of a back-to-back to open the season for the Mavericks, who played at Phoenix on Wednesday night. ... Dallas plays its second of a three-game road trip that ends in this same building on Sunday night against the Lakers. ... The Mavericks get their first look at Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who committed to sign a free agent contract with Dallas in July but changed his mind in a wild chain of events and decided to stay in LA and re-sign with the Clippers.
About the Clippers: All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are the pace-setters for the Clippers, but they’ve added three veterans with grit who should give them toughness. Paul Pierce left the Washington Wizards to sign with the Clippers, Josh Smith played last season with the Houston Rockets with mixed results, and Lance Stephenson was with Charlotte. They could help Paul get out of the second round of the playoffs for the first time in his 11-year career.