Pelicans rule out Mirotic with illness vs. Clippers

              Miami Heat forward James Johnson shoots next to New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have ruled out forward Nikola Mirotic from Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers because of an illness.

Mirotic’s absence, announced shortly before tip-off, removes one of New Orleans’ top scoring threats from the lineup.

Mirotic has been averaging 18.9 points and leads the Pelicans with 60 made 3-pointers in 24 games.

The Pelicans say starting guard E’Twaun Moore, who left Friday night’s loss in Miami with a right shin bruise, is available to return to action after missing Sunday night’s victory in Charlotte.

Moore is averaging 15.1 points per game.