Clippers at Mavericks
7:30 p.m. Monday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: ESPN/103.3 FM, ESPN Deportes 1540/AM (Spanish)
Records: Clippers 33-18, Mavs 35-18
About the Clippers: The Clippers were dealt a serious blow Sunday when it was revealed that All-Star forward Blake Griffin will undergo surgery because of a staph infection in his right elbow. Spencer Hawes started in Griffin’s place in Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. ... The Clippers are are playing their worst basketball of the season and have a season-high four-game losing streak. The ... The way the Clippers are losing is what has them concerned. After last Monday’s 102-100 loss at Brooklyn, the Clippers on Thursday trailed Cleveland by 31 points after the third quarter before losing 105-94. They also blew a 20-point lead and trailed Toronto by 16 after three quarters Friday before losing 123-107. And they fell behind the Thunder by 26 points after three quarters before losing 131-108.
About the Mavericks: In one of their most impressive performances in recent memory, the Mavs rallied from an 11-point deficit with 1:55 left in regulation Saturday to stun the Portland Trail Blazers 111-101 in overtime. The Mavs trailed 94-83, but made 10 of 17 shots and scored 28 points in the last 1:55 and in OT. The Blazers were only 1 of 8 from the field with just seven points in crunch time. ... Chandler Parsons scored 10 of his 20 points in overtime against the Blazers. ... This is the second game of a three-game homestand for the Mavs. The Mavs play the Utah Jazz on Wednesday before the All-Star break begins. ... Rajon Rondo will miss his fifth straight game with an orbital fracture to his left eye and a nasal fracture. The Mavs are 3-1 since Rondo’s injury. J.J. Barea and Devin Harris have more than picked up the slack. ... Despite 25 points from Dirk Nowitzki and 23 from Monta Ellis, the Mavs lost at the Clippers 120-100 on Jan. 10.
— Dwain Price