One of the key pieces in the Blake Griffin trade will be sidelined indefinitely.
The LA Clippers learned that starting shooting guard Avery Bradley, who came to the team along with forward Tobias Harris, will miss time with a sports hernia. The estimated recovery time for the injury is three weeks, meaning that Bradley could miss much of the remainder of the season. The Clippers play their final game of the season on April 11 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Head coach Doc Rivers said the team was unsure of the timeline, also noting that he could miss just a week. "The bottom line is that it's a tough injury to have," Rivers told reporters. "It's the same one Jawun has. Especially with what Avery does, I mean, he's one of the, if not the best, he's one of the top five defensive guys on the ball in the league. And that's all movement there. So, it's a tough blow, but it is what it is."
Bradley played in six games prior to the All-Star break, but the shooting guard has missed the last two contests.
Rivers could opt to start Milos Teodosic and Austin Rivers in the backcourt, then turning to Lou Williams off the bench. The Clippers, despite all the injuries this season, are in hot contention for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. LA is just one game behind the eighth-seeded Denver Nuggets and two games behind the fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers
The Clippers return to action Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets, in a game that holds significant playoff ramifications.
“We’ve just got to push forward,” Rivers added.
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