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Game Thread: Clippers (17-26) at Mavericks (28-15)

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WHO: The Dallas Mavericks host the Los Angeles Clippers

WHAT: A chance to see the great and mighty Blake Griffin up close and personal...

WHERE: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

WHEN: 7:30pm CT

HOW: League Pass | FSSW-DAL | PRIME | KESN | KFWB

THE STORY: I know we need to beat these guys, but I'm excited to watch Griffin. I've really only seen highlights of the beast. As for our Mavericks, we won't get to see our newbie Peja Stojacovic play just yet, but hopefully these few days of rest will make for a refreshed team. There are a few odds and ends to read about after the jump, and go check out the Clips Nation while you're at it.

Clippers-Mavericks Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is trying to find his shooting touch after a knee injury sidelined him for nearly three weeks. Los Angeles Clippers rookie Blake Griffin is playing like an All-Star after losing all of last season to an injured knee. Nowitzki and the Mavericks go for their eighth straight victory over the Clippers on Tuesday night in the teams' first meeting at the AAC.

Inside Report: Clippers-Mavericks preview — Cutting down and clipping the Clippers
After an active Monday afternoon, the Mavericks kick-start a four-game homestand with a bang Tuesday night by welcoming in the runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year, Blake Griffin, and the Los Angeles Clippers, who have been one of the NBA’s hottest squads of late.

Shootaround Report: Clippers (17-26) at Mavericks (28-15) - Mavs Fast Break
The newest Maverick will have to wait at least one game to make his Dallas debut. New addition Peja Stojakovic will not be active when the Mavericks take the court Tuesday night to begin a four-game homestand against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mavericks won't face Clippers top scorer Eric Gordon tonight | Dallas Mavericks Blog
Eric Gordon, the No. 8 scorer in the league, is not expected to play for the Clippers tonight against the Mavericks. LA coach Vinny Del Negro said Gordon had his sprained right wrist examined Tuesday morning, but still had not rejoined the team and it seemed unlikely that Gordon would play tonight.

Why Dirk wants another Olympic run - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas
After Saturday's game at New Jersey, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban essentially informed a small contingent of foreign reporters, including one or two from France, that he'll ban french fries at American Airlines Center before he gives Roddy Beaubois his blessing to return to the French national team this summer for Olympic qualifying.