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- Already without veteran guard Mo Williams (sprained right thumb), the Jazz will be down another starter when they visit the Clippers tonight at Staples Center. Marvin Williams will miss the game with inflammation in his right knee, coach Tyrone Corbin confirmed before the game. He has combined for just 11 points in the last three games, dipping his scoring average to 9.2. He hasn’t averaged less than 10 points since his rookie season with Atlanta in 2005-06. Mo Williams, fourth on the team in scoring at 12.9, did not travel to L.A. with the team. He has missed the last three games with the injury. Jamaal Tinsley will continue to start in Mo’s spot and DeMarre Carroll will start in place of Marvin.
- Clippers point guard Chris Paul, drafted two spots behind Marvin Williams at No. 4 overall in 2005, led the Clippers back from a 19-point second-half deficit Friday night at Utah, extending the Clippers’ franchise-best winning streak to 16 games. Only 11 other teams have put together such a streak since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. A victory tonight would also give the Clippers a 16-0 record in December. The only other teams to have such a month were the Lakers in 1971-72 and the Spurs in 1995-96.
- Clippers forward Blake Griffin appears to be polishing up one of the few areas of his game that has been lacking during his first two seasons in the NBA. Griffin is shooting 64.2 percent from the free-throw line after converting just 52.1 of his foul shots last season. He has made 32 of his last 43 attempts (74.4), including 8 of 9 in Friday’s two-point victory in Utah.
- L.A. reserve forwards Lamar Odom and Ronny Turiaf will play against the Jazz after suffering minor injuries in Friday’s game. Odom twisted his ankle in the first half and was limited the rest of the way. Turiaf suffered an elbow injury during the game and played just nine minutes, his lowest total since Dec. 3.
– Dan Arritt