LA Clippers try to stay positive amid injuries

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgPaul sustained inflamed rib cartilage during the third quarter of Monday’s victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and did not dress for Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.Redick suffered a sprained right ankle 17 seconds into the loss to the Pacers, meaning the Clippers (10-9) had to try to beat one of the best teams in the East without either one.Paul averages 17 points and 8.3 assists. Redick averages 13.4 points.“The CP and J.J. dynamic, that takes a lot out of your offense,” Rivers said. “It takes (away) a lot of movement, a lot of shooting, a lot of know-how, a lot of experience.“But it may be a silver lining somehow. Not for them, but for the other guys, maybe learning their way a little faster.” Crawford on strugglesSixth man Jamal Crawford is shooting just 35.6 percent and a career-worst 25.7 percent from 3-point range. When asked about it, he took the philosophical approach.“If you take out the two 1-for-9 games, I’m five percentage points higher,” he said. “So it’s such a fine line. I think the more I think about it, the worse I do. And the times I don’t think about it, are pretty good.”Crawford, 35, was asked how his legs are feeling.“I’m great, honestly, I’m great,” he said. “I feel really good.”Scouting the MagicOrlando is 11-8 under first-year coach Scott Skiles. The Magic, winners of five in a row, are led by forward Evan Fournier. He’s averaging 16.7 points. Center Nikola Vucevic, formerly of USC, is averaging 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds and forward Tobias Harris comes in at 14.9 points per game.“They have talented young players, great coach, they play hard and they play the right way,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. “I think they’ve all bought into the team concept. They’re a fun team to watch; I’ve watched them quite a bit this year. They’re good, so we have to be good. We have to be better.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PLAYA VISTA — Just when the Clippers were starting to find themselves — at least somewhat — they lost starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick to injury.Neither is expected out long. Coach Doc Rivers said Paul definitely won’t play Saturday night when the Clippers host Orlando, and that Redick would have to be “really healthy” in order to play.But for a highly touted team that began 6-7 before winning four of five, the disruption doesn’t help.“Just because guys are out doesn’t change our process,” Rivers said before practice Friday at the team’s training facility. “We’re going to keep working on it and we’re going to have to do it a little bit without two key guys. But everyone goes through injuries; we’re not the only team.”last_img read more