Player News - Clippers

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Raymond Felton will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. the 76ers.

Blake Griffin (knee) is back in the starting lineup after an extended absence, while Austin Rivers will slide to PG. Felton is still looking at a solid workload for several weeks, so sticking with him if you need assists and steals is the right call. We'll let you know how he fares after the game.
Jan 24 - 7:06 PM

Blake Griffin (knee) will start Tuesday's game vs. the 76ers, but will be on a minutes restriction.

Heeeeee's back. Coach Doc Rivers did say that Blake will have his minutes capped, but it has not been publicly disclosed exactly how much he will play. It should be noted that Griffin (once fully healthy) will see his scoring opportunities and usage rate increase with Chris Paul (thumb) sidelined until next month. Sam Amick of USA Today notes: "Back in early 2014, Paul suffered a right shoulder injury that sidelined him for five weeks. Griffin played some of the best basketball of his career during that 18-game stretch, leading the team in scoring (27.5 points per game on 55.4% shooting) while serving as a pivotal playmaker (4.4 assists per)"
Jan 24 - 5:41 PM

Blake Griffin (knee) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. the 76ers.

This was expected, as coach Doc Rivers said on Monday that Griffin would "most likely" play in Philly. With Chris Paul (thumb) sidelined for at least another five or six weeks, Griffin will shoulder much of the offensive load for the Clippers. Luc Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass will all see their playing time scaled significantly back with Blake back in the mix. Prior to missing 18 straight games with the knee injury, Griffin was averaging 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.0 steals this season.
Jan 24 - 12:28 PM

Austin Rivers says he knew he was going to have a big season in 2016-17, as he finished up last year strong and went into the summer with confidence.

"It’s not like this is a shock to me. I knew I was going to play well this year," said Rivers. "I knew it was coming." After pouring in 27 points in Monday night's win over the Hawks, Rivers is averaging 19.4 points (on 51.8 percent shooting), 4.4 assists and 2.4 3-pointers over the Clippers last eight games. Rivers' ownership levels should remain sky-high for as long as Chris Paul (thumb) is sidelined. In his 16 starts this season, Rivers is averaging 17.4 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in 33.8 minutes.
Jan 24 - 10:01 AM

Jamal Crawford hit 9-of-20 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, two rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes of Monday's win over the Hawks.

Crawford has been bad, scoring nine or fewer points in his previous seven games before finally busting loose tonight. He should see a bump with Chris Paul's thumb injury keeping him out for the next month or two, but then again, Austin Rivers, Raymond Felton and J.J. Redick have all been playing very well in front of him. This might be the game Crawford needed to get going, so if you've been thinking about adding him, now looks like a good time to do so. But the reality is that Rivers, Felton and Redick are players we'd still rather have over Crawford.
Jan 23 - 10:47 PM

Marreese Speights, who started on Saturday, came off the bench and played just 10 minutes for three points,

Speights had a big game in the start on Saturday and comes through with a fun stat line about once a week, but with Blake Griffin on his way back any day now, Speights belongs on waivers in most leagues.
Jan 23 - 10:43 PM

Austin Rivers played through a sprained ankle and finished Monday's 115-105 win over the Hawks with 27 points, four rebounds, six assists and five 3-pointers on 10-of-21 shooting, and played 41 minutes despite the injury.

The ankle sprain didn't look great on television, but Rivers powered through it and looked like the best player on the court tonight. He's playing very well right now. averaging 18.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. River and teammate Raymond Felton are both players to own for as long as Chris Paul remains out with his thumb injury, which will be at least for another month.
Jan 23 - 10:40 PM

Raymond Felton returned to the starting lineup and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists in 30 minutes of Monday's 115-105 win over the Hawks.

Felton was outshined by Austin Rivers tonight, but is still worth picking up if you need a point guard with Chris Paul out for the next month or so. He came off the bench in his previous game, but is playing 30 minutes a night and averaging 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and a 3-pointer on 52 percent shooting over his last five.
Jan 23 - 10:34 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute hit 4-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer for 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and a season-high four blocks in Monday's 115-105 win over the Hawks.

His previous season high in blocks was two and his seven boards tied his season high in rebounds. He hadn't blocked a shot in his previous five games and rarely scores in double figures, or has games like the one he had tonight. Leave him on waivers.
Jan 23 - 10:31 PM

Austin Rivers (ankle) is available to return on Monday vs. the Hawks.

The injury looked pretty bad and Rivers had quite a limp, but the Clippers finally get some injury luck with this report. Rivers was the best player on the floor in the first half, so his owners are very fortunate right now. We'll let you know how he fares after the game.
Jan 23 - 8:51 PM

Austin Rivers (ankle) left Monday's game vs. the Hawks and went back to the locker room.

He rolled his left ankle pretty good after a missed layup, so he's likely dealing with a sprain. Rivers had a noticeable limp heading back to the locker room and he will likely get X-rays. We will have an update at halftime, but Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford will benefit the most if Rivers misses time.
Jan 23 - 8:38 PM

Marreese Speights will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Hawks.

The Clippers are going to play small ball tonight with Raymond Felton moving back into the first unit. This was Speights' last chance to start for a while because Blake Griffin (knee) is expected to play on Tuesday vs. Philly. Even in a bench role, Speights is still a bargain bin option in DFS because he can fill it up in a hurry.
Jan 23 - 6:18 PM

Raymond Felton will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Hawks.

According to Dan Woike of the OC Register, Marreese Speights will come off the bench tonight, which suggests the Clippers will go with their small ball lineup of Felton, Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute and DeAndre Jordan. Through seven starts this season, Felton owns averages of 10.3 points, 5.0 boards, 5.0 dimes, 1.9 steals and 1.9 turnovers per game, so he's on the radar in DFS.

Blake Griffin (knee) will "most likely" play on Tuesday vs. the 76ers according to coach Doc Rivers.

In case you missed it, Griffin has already been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Hawks. Griffin is feeling great and Rivers said a couple weeks ago that he doesn't want the All-Star PF to be limited upon his return, so he could hit the ground running. If he plays on Tuesday, that means he should also be good for Saturday's showdown vs. the Warriors. Luc Mbah a Moute, Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass will all take a hit with this report.
Jan 23 - 6:12 PM

Blake Griffin (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

This means we will likely see him on Tuesday vs. the 76ers. Griffin would then have a few days to rest before Saturday's showdown with the Warriors. We will likely get another update during the post-game conference tonight, but Griffin's owners can expect to deploy him twice in Week 14 barring a surprise. Griffin "feels great" and he said he could play right now if it was up to him.
Jan 23 - 11:15 AM


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