The Los Angeles Clippers are in disarray and won’t have long to snap out of it when they visit American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks Monday night.
The Clippers have lost four straight and five of their last six. This road trip has been a disaster thus far as the Clips are 2-5, but mercifully, this sojourn ends Monday.
During this odyssey, Chris Paul made derogatory comments about female official Lauren Holtkamp. Paul was fined $25,000 for his words, but the bigger issue came on the court.
Fellow All-Star Blake Griffin will be out at least through the All-Star break after surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow. He will be re-evaluated after the break.
The skid reached four games on Sunday thanks to a 131-108 pasting at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the most points allowed this season by LA and during this slide, the Clippers have surrendered an average of 115.25 points.
The Clippers already thin frontcourt took another hit when Glen Davis exited for good in the second quarter with upper back spasms, and the result was the Thunder owning a clear advantage down low to the tune of a 54-29 edge on the glass.
“We’re depleted right now, but no one feels sorry for us. I don’t feel sorry for us,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. We just have to figure it out.”
J.J. Redick missed another game with back spasms.Jamal Crawford netted 21 points, Paul added 18 points and 13 assists, and Spencer Hawes scored all 17 of his points in the first half of LA’s third straight double-digit loss.
The Mavericks have won two straight and five of their last six with the only setback coming at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.On Saturday, Dallas prevailed in overtime against the Portland Trail Blazers,111-101.
Dirk Nowitzki hit a game-tying 3-pointer near the end of regulation and Chandler Parsons scored 10 points in overtime to lead the Mavericks.Nowitzki had 25 points, none more important that his straightaway 3 over two Blazers defenders with 21 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
In the meantime,Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook andMilwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo were named NBA Players of the Week on Monday.
Westbrook was named Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 34.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists to help the Thunder to a 3-1 record last week.
He had a triple-double in a win over Orlando and scored a career-high 48 points with 11 assists and nine rebounds in a last-second loss to New Orleans. He joined Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor as the only players in NBA history to have at least 45 points, five rebounds and five assists in back-to-back games.
Antetokounmpo averaged 19.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists while also leading Milwaukee to a 3-1 record, earning him the Eastern Conference award.