After dealing with injuries for the better part of the 2017-18 season, LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers finally received some good news: Danilo Gallinari is officially returning to the lineup.
The stretch forward had missed 13 straight games dealing with a strained left glute. During that time, the Clippers have struggled to find offense–relying primarily on guards Austin Rivers and Lou Williams.
Gallinari’s return will add some scoring punch to the Clippers’ frontcourt when he returns for a Dec. 6 matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“I’m excited,” center DeAndre Jordan told reporters at shootaround. “I mean, we got a starter back, so there are two of us now. So that’s cool. I’m excited about that.”
Milos Teodosic has also started a rehab plan and should return in the near future. The team will, however, be without forward Blake Griffin for the better part of two months as he comes back from a knee injury. Patrick Beverley, however, will miss the rest of the season with his knee injury.
In limited time, Gallinari has averaged 12.8 PPG and 4.6 RPG. Now that he’s healthy–and with a main role in the offense–those numbers should skyrocket. Gallinari inked a three-year, $65 million contract in the offseason to leave Denver and join LA.
The Clippers are currently 8-14 in the Western Conference, but improved health should keep the team in the mix for a playoff spot. For more Clippers news and tickets to select home games, keep it here on AXS.com.