Preview: Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Center DeAndre Jordan, battling for a rebound against Grizzlies backup center Kosta Koufos, has been integral in the Clippers' winning streak since Blake Griffin underwent surgery.
(Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

The Clippers have won four games in a row playing without All-Star power forward Blake Griffin, who had surgery Feb. 9 to remove a staph infection from his right elbow.

They host the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Staples Center.

During their winning streak, Griffin’s teammates have stepped up in his absence. DeAndre Jordan has had four double-doubles, including two 20-20 performances, and Austin Rivers had a career-high with 28 points in the team’s most recent win, a 126-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.


The Clippers (37-19) are in fifth place in the Western Conference, four games behind the second-place Memphis Grizzlies (40-14).

The last time these teams played on Nov. 23, the Grizzlies won, 107-91. In that game, the Grizzlies outshot the Clippers from the field, 49% to 43%, and outrebounded them, 52-32. Marc Gasol had a game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds.

The Grizzlies have won 11 of their last 13 games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers, 98-92, on Sunday night.

After playing the Grizzlies, the Clippers have a four-game road trip, extending from Feb. 25 to March 2.