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Doc Rivers confirmed that Austin Rivers (hamstring) will play with a minutes limit in Game 5 against the Jazz on Tuesday.

Rivers hasn't taken the court since March 29, so his minutes will likely be in the lower-20s on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton will likely lose some minutes with Rivers back in the rotation.
Apr 24 - 5:15 PM

Austin Rivers said his hamstring has made "significant improvement," and he will return to the court for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz.

This falls in line with an earlier report from Adrian Wojnarowski that stated Rivers was expected to play on Tuesday, so we should get official confirmation following Tuesday morning's shootaround. With Rivers back in action, Raymond Felton won't play as much.
Apr 24 - 3:36 PM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 5 vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

This is huge for the Clippers because Rivers is one of their best perimeter defenders and could potentially move into the starting lineup. He also gives them more flexibility to use smaller lineups. Rivers has been out for weeks and will likely have restrictions, so he will be tough to trust right out of the gate.
Apr 24 - 1:06 PM

J.J. Redick played a game-high 42 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 loss, but he finished with just 12 points, two 3-pointers, four turnovers and no other stats to his credit.

Redick's owners know that he doesn't provide more than scoring and 3-pointers, but even his 4-of-4 free throws tonight were tainted by a 3-of-11 mark from the field. The fact that his dozen points tonight marked a playoff-high is another cause for concern. Utah's defense has shut him down through four games, and the Clippers really need him to heat up as a tertiary offensive weapon.
Apr 24 - 12:12 AM

Chris Paul did it all during Sunday's tough Game 4 defeat, posting 27 points, 12 assists, nine rebound, one steal, one 3-pointer and just two turnovers in 38 minutes.

The Clippers need CP3 to be extra aggressive with Blake Griffin (toe) done for the postseason, and he obliged tonight with 10-of-21 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs. He was particularly effective in pick-and-roll sets, for which Utah had few answers, and Jazz coach Quin Snyder is sure to throw new wrinkles at him in Game 5. Paul has seen it all, of course, so we're anticipating another big game from the future Hall-of-Famer on Tuesday.
Apr 24 - 12:11 AM

Jamal Crawford scored 25 points during Sunday's 105-98 loss in Utah, making 9-of-13 field goals with two assists, one rebound and one steal in 31 minutes.

Crawford went 5-of-7 from downtown and this was easily his highest-scoring game of the postseason. The veteran has always been an offensive microwave, and tonight's game is a reminder that even at age 37 he's capable of getting red-hot at a moment's notice. The Clippers need his scoring with Blake Griffin (toe) on the sidelines, so expect Crawford to post a hefty usage rate for the rest of the series.
Apr 24 - 12:09 AM

Marreese Speights started in place of Blake Griffin (toe) on Sunday, finishing with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

Griffin is done for the playoffs, which means L.A. will need more from Speights and Paul Pierce (scoreless with one rebound in 12 minutes). Speights was disappointing from a DFS standpoint tonight, which could depress his ownership rates when L.A. hosts the Jazz on Tuesday.
Apr 24 - 12:08 AM

Marreese Speights is starting on Sunday, as expected.

Earlier in the day Doc Rivers said Speights would "probably" start, so this merely confirms his status. Speights will need to play great to somewhat fill the hole left by Blake Griffin (toe), especially now that Rudy Gobert is back.
Apr 23 - 9:09 PM

Marreese Speights will "probably" start Game 4 vs. the Jazz on Sunday according to coach Doc Rivers.

Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs and Speights started the second half of Game 3, so he was the heavy favorite to start even before Doc's comments. Speights is a great per-minute producer and is certainly on the DFS radar, but the Clippers will likely play a lot of small ball which could keep his minutes around 20. In two starts during the regular season, Speights averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 treys in 21.5 minutes.
Apr 23 - 2:00 PM

Austin Rivers (hamstring) remains out for Game 4 on Sunday.

The Clippers could've used him now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out for the playoffs. With Rivers out, the Clippers will use more small-ball lineups with Luc Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights and Paul Pierce soaking up minutes at the four. We should see more Brandon Bass and three-guard lineups, as well.
Apr 22 - 2:51 PM

Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe.

The Clippers simply can't catch a break, as this is yet another postseason in which they have to deal with a debilitating injury to one of their star players. Griffin injured the toe late in the first half on Friday. Marreese Speights started the second half in place of Blake and will continue to see an uptick in minutes going forward, but Speights may still come off the bench if Austin Rivers (hamstring) is healthy enough to return. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will be asked to shoulder the offensive load going forward. CP3's usage rate will spike, just as it did in the second half of Game 3.
Apr 22 - 10:36 AM

Coach Doc Rivers said Friday that he doesn't think Austin Rivers (hamstring) will be able to play Sunday vs. Utah.

Rivers has been sidelined since initially injuring his hamstring back on March 29th. "I don't think so," Doc said when asked if Austin could be ready in time for Sunday's Game 4. "I don't know. I think he probably thinks that for sure. He's feeling better. He's working out. But I just don't see that. I think that's awfully quick." We should have a formal update regarding Rivers status either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning after shootaround.
Apr 22 - 10:12 AM

Blake Griffin (bruised right big toe) underwent an MRI and his status for Game 4 on Sunday is unknown.

Griffin injured his toe after making a layup over Rodney Hood with just under four minutes left in the second quarter. He limped back on defense and slammed his fist into a chair when he got back to the bench, before heading to the locker room. He was subsequently ruled out for the second half. Fortunately, the X-rays were negative, but Griffin may still miss time. We're still waiting to hear word on the result of the MRI. "We should have more news [Saturday]," coach Doc Rivers said. "So we don’t know [how he is doing] is the answer." Check back soon for an update.
Apr 22 - 9:47 AM

Chris Paul carried the Clippers to a comeback 111-106 win in Utah on Friday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

No Blake Griffin in the second half, no problem. The Clippers overcame a 14-point deficit for their largest road comeback since 2012, and CP3's 24 points in the second half were a big reason why -- also had seven rebounds in the second half. Even if BG has to miss time, the Clippers may be OK with CP3 at the helm and getting more shots. He also passed Wilt Chamberlain for 30th on the all-time playoffs assists list. The Clippers will take their 2-1 lead to Utah again for Sunday's Game 4.
Apr 22 - 1:16 AM

Marreese Speights started the third quarter against the Jazz on Friday, scoring eight points with two rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

The Clippers went with a lot of small-ball lineups, so Speights actually didn't really benefit from the Blake Griffin injury. He's likely looking at minutes around 20 for Game 4, assuming BG can't suit up.
Apr 22 - 1:09 AM


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