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The Clippers start the last week before the All-Star break in Salt Lake City in what, at the present, would represent a first-round playoff preview with Utah at No. 4 and L.A. at No. 5 in the West. (The Jazz, incidentally, are only 3-8 against the Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, Clippers and Grizzlies … so it’s also a biggie for them.) Pay particular attention to the fourth quarter, because the Clips are 0-13 on the road this season in games in which they trailed at any point in the final period. (Brooklyn, at 0-23, is the league’s only other winless team in those situations.) Blake Griffin, meanwhile, is starting to work himself into a nice groove as he awaits Chris Paul’s return, averaging better than 25 PPG over his last seven games.
Authentic Starling Marte Jersey Atlanta Hawks: ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that even while many around the league are skeptical of Atlanta’s claim that Paul Millsap is off the trade market, the Hawks remain adamant that their star power forward is staying put. According to Stein, Atlanta initially put out feelers for Millsap around the same time it dealt Kyle Korver to Cleveland, but the team has since reversed course.
Boston Celtics: Avery Bradley (Achilles) remains without a timetable for a return, and at this point it looks likely that the Celtics will keep him out until after the All-Star break, but Brad Stevens said on Monday that Bradley is feeling as good as he’s felt. Read into that what you want, but it sounds at least somewhat encouraging. Bradley is averaging a career-high 17.7 PPG and 6.9 RPG this season, his seventh in the NBA.
Latrell Sprewell attended the New York Knicks’ 94-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs as a guest of the organization Sunday, sitting next to owner James Dolan four days after fan favorite Charles Oakley was physically removed from the stands at Madison Square Garden and arrested.