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L.A. Clippers go for season sweep of Boston Celtics tonight at Staples Center

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The Los Angeles Clippers enter their third game without all-star point guard Chris Paul tonight when they host the Boston Celtics at Staples Center.

Paul went down with a separated right shoulder last week in Dallas against the Mavericks that’ll keep him out of the lineup for six weeks.

Los Angeles is 1-1 in two games without Paul since the injury occurred.

In Paul’s stead Darren Collison has, thus far, taken the starting point guard job and run with it scoring a team-high 21 points and dishing out seven of the teams 30 assists in Monday’s 101-81 win over the Orlando Magic.

"I thought D.C., the biggest changes he made today, he had three or four times where he could’ve shot the ball but instead just gave it to his teammates." Rivers said after the win. "It just makes your team whole. I thought he was phenomenal in that.”

To hear from Rivers and Chris Paul on the injury and how the team moves forward without the all-star, click on the video feature with this story.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had another "Bill Russell-esque game" against Orlando canning 14 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking eight shots. Forward Blake Griffin had 16 points and eight boards in the win.

For coach Rivers, he’ll look to beat his former team - he coached for nine years - for the second time this season. Last month the Clippers (24-13) beat the Celtics (13-21) in Boston. 96-88.

The roster’s changed a bit due to Paul’s injury.

Prior to Monday’s game, the Clippers signed former Laker guard Darius Morris to a ten day contract.

More changes on Tuesday when Los Angeles waived forward Stephen Jackson – who averaged just 2 points and played in only nine games after he was signed by the Clippers as a free agent Dec. 10. His contract would have become guaranteed Tuesday.

“He was really, really great,” Coach Rivers told reporters. “It was more once Chris went down that we needed guards.”

Then, the Clippers re-signed guard Maalik Wayns to a ten day contract after releasing him Sunday.

The Celtics enter tonight’s game having dropped five straight after losing to the Nuggets 129-98 Tuesday in Denver.

Tip-off for tonight’s game is at 7:30.



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