9:30 P.M. at L.A. Clippers - Staples Center - ESPN, 830-AM
Preview: The 32-16 Clippers have won four consecutive games and 16 of their past 19. That includes a 10-game winning streak that started against the Lakers on the “road” on Christmas Day and ended with a Jan. 16 home loss to Sacramento. And they’ve done all that without star forward Blake Griffin, who hasn’t played since that Dec. 25 game because of a partially torn quad muscle and now is out for the coming weeks because of a hand broken when he punched a team employee. … The Clippers’ Doc Rivers was the Western Conference’s Coach of the Month for January after his team went 11-3 then.
Players to watch: Clippers point guard Chris Paul will make his ninth consecutive All-Star Game appearance this month. He has been a starter four times, a reserve three times and he missed the 2010 game because of injury. He has averaged 10.1 assists and 2.55 steals against the Wolves. That’s second most in both categories all time. … Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is tied with Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins for the third-most double-double games in the NBA this season, with 28 each after Jordan’s 17-point, 20-rebound game Sunday against Chicago. Detroit’s Andre Drummond has 40, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook 33.
Injuries: Wolves F Kevin Garnett (leg) and C Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) are doubtful, G Kevin Martin is listed as questionable. Griffin (torn quad/hand fracture) is out for the Clippers.