NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 6th (All times Eastern)
Orlando Magic (10-23) at Los Angeles Clippers (23-13), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers continue to press on without Chris Paul and will welcome the Orlando Magic to Staples Center on Monday night.
Paul could miss up to six weeks with a Grade 3 AC Joint separation in his right shoulder. He injured his shoulder against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday and in the Clippers' first test without him, they flunked.
On Saturday, the Clippers got routed by the San Antonio Spurs, 116-92 in San Antonio. The first half was completely one-sided as the Spurs took a 35-point lead into the locker room.
The Spurs made 77.3 percent (17-of-22) of their shots over the first 12 minutes. The Clippers had one rebound in the first quarter, a Spurs franchise- record low for an opponent in a period.
"It's amazing, probably a good lesson for us, without C.P. (Paul), you're not going to dance around with the ball and just make things magical happen," said head coach Doc Rivers. "C.P. has that ability, no one else does. But when we started moving the ball in the second half we looked like a basketball team again."
Jamal Crawford had 24 points and seven assists for the Clippers. Blake Griffin scored 19 to go with seven rebounds for Los Angeles and Darren Collison, who started in place of Paul, scored 14.
The Clips play three more at home after Monday, then head east for seven games.
The Magic begin a five-game trip west on Monday in the midst of a three-game losing streak.
The Miami Heat earned their eighth straight victory over the Magic on Saturday, a 110-94 decision in Orlando.
Jameer Nelson led five Magic players in double figures with 21 points on 5- of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Tobias Harris went for 17 points and 10 rebounds, Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo both scored 16 points and Glen Davis had 14 with nine boards.
"There is a very short margin for error, especially playing against them," said Oladipo. "They make you pay every time you make a mistake."
The Heat shot 54 percent from the field against Orlando, which is 3-12 on the road this season.
The Magic bested the Clippers by eight in Orlando on Nov. 6 and have taken two of the last three meetings. Orlando is 11-6 as the visitor in its last 17 meetings with LA.
01/06 10:37:30 ET