When the LA Clippers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in their next game at Staples Center, there is hope that Danilo Gallinari could play.
Gallinari has missed 13 straight games with a strained left glute, and the LA Clippers are in dire need of healthy players. Gallinari would also serve as one of the team’s best scorers. Although he got off to a slow start to the season, averaging 12.8 PPG and 4.6 RPG, he should receive a bulk of the offensive plays in order to get the team back on track.
“Maybe the next game,” Gallinari told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m not rushing anything. I’m ready to go.”
By saying he’s ready, the Clippers can expect to see him back in the starting lineup sooner rather than later. He will pair with Lou Williams and Austin Rivers to form a solid scoring foundation on the wing. DeAndre Jordan’s presence at center should allow the team to get back on track.
In addition, point guard Milos Teodosic, who has been sitting with a plantar fascia injury, could return quickly, as well. Both Gallinari and Teodosic have been assigned to the Agua Caliente Clippers, the organization’s G League affiliate.
The move is designed for conditioning, which means both players shouldn’t miss too many more games. The Clippers started the season 4-0 when they were healthy. That said, Blake Griffin will continue to sit until January with a sprained MCL.
Even if both players miss the game against the Timberwolves, Clippers fans can look forward to seeing both healthy in the near future. For more Clippers news and tickets to select home games, keep it here on AXS.com.