The LA Clippers’ injuries continued to mount over the weekend, as Blake Griffin, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic all missed time due to injury. In addition, Danilo Gallinari remains absent with a left glute injury.
Teodosic re-aggravated his plantar fascia injury while Griffin was forced out of a loss to the Golden State Warriors with a concussion.
Head coach Doc Rivers has remained steadfast in his enthusiasm, despite a multitude of injuries that have plagued the team since training camp. “We know we’ve got all these injuries,” he told reporters. “So, you step in and don’t back up. And if they’re better, let them be better. But make them be better. Overall, I just want fighters right now. And that’s what we’re going to have to have.”
DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams are the two veterans left standing. Williams will contend for Sixth Man of the Year Award, while Jordan has continued to play like a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. With the injuries, however, Rivers is turning to untested youngsters to try to pick up the slack. It is a daunting task, but Rivers has remained as upbeat as possible.
The Clippers have not released a timeline on Gallinari, and Griffin will need to pass concussion protocol to return to the court. Meanwhile, Austin Rivers is expected to miss at least two weeks with an ankle injury.
LA will try to stay afloat with a cast that includes Jawun Evans, Sindarius Thornwell, and C.J. Williams. The team returns to the floor Monday night when it takes on the visiting Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center.
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