Player News - Clippers

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Blake Griffin said he didn't have any issues with his toe during the preseason.

"I haven’t had any problems," Griffin said. "I haven’t sat out any practices. I haven’t had any restrictions. I didn’t really anticipate that. At the beginning of the season, I met with probably four of the top foot surgeons in the United States and I never anticipated sitting out training camp." Griffin's going to have a larger role in the offense this season and looked really good in the preseason with 17.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 triples in just 23.5 minutes per game. Fantasy owners who took him in the third round should be feeling confident.
Oct 16 - 10:29 AM

The Clippers have waived G Tyrone Wallace.

The Clippers have a ton of depth in their backcourt, so Wallace never had a real shot of nabbing a spot on the opening night roster.
Oct 15 - 5:04 PM

The Clippers have waived C Marshall Plumlee.

Plumlee was added during training camp, but he was never expected to make the opening night roster.
Oct 15 - 5:03 PM

Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) did not participate during Sunday's practice.

With the season opener right around the corner, the Clippers are going to play it safe with Beverley and his sore knee, but it's worth noting that Beverley said he anticipates going through Monday's practice. We should have a better idea regarding his status for the regular season opener based on his activity level at Monday's practice, but if he is forced to miss any time, Milos Teodosoci would emerge as the primary beneficiary.
Oct 15 - 4:03 PM

Sam Dekker (oblique) participated during Sunday's practice.

Dekker suffered a minor oblique tweak early on in the preseason and had been sidelined ever since, but he should be fine for opening night. He's not a fantasy option, though.
Oct 15 - 4:01 PM

Austin Rivers (glute) returned to practice on Sunday.

Rivers had been sidelined since October 5 with a strained right glute, but with him getting through Sunday's practice, it looks like there's a chance he could be cleared for the Clippers' season opener on Thursday. Rivers might be starting for the Clippers this season, but it's tough to see him earning much more than 20 minutes a night while Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic are healthy.
Oct 15 - 3:59 PM

Danilo Gallinari (foot), Austin Rivers (glute) and Sam Dekker (oblique) were full participants during Sunday's practice.

Gallinari skipped the Clippers' final three preseason games with a minor foot issue, but him getting through a full practice on Sunday is a good sign regarding his availability for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Lakers. The rooster is a guy who is capable of producing top-30 value in 9-cat leagues, but his well-documented injury history makes it tough to gamble on him until the late middle-round on draft day.
Oct 15 - 3:55 PM

Montrezl Harrell scored 11 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 24 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

The Clippers rested just about every rotation player here, but starting Harrell could be a sign that he may crack the rotation. Still, he's not a fantasy option.
Oct 14 - 1:23 AM

The Clippers will rest Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Milos Teodosic on Friday against the Lakers, and Lou Williams is not expected to play.

Danilo Gallinari (foot), Sam Dekker (oblique), Patrick Beverley (knee), Jamil Wilson (back) and Sindarius Thornwell (shoulder) are all listed as out due to injury.
Oct 13 - 8:51 PM

Austin Rivers (glute) is doubtful to play against the Lakers on Friday.

He's almost certainly out, but at least being called doubtful gives some hope. Rivers should be in play as a last-round pick, but it doesn't help him that Lou Williams has looked great this month.
Oct 13 - 3:01 PM

Sam Dekker (oblique) is doubtful to play against the Lakers on Friday.

He was in uniform on Thursday night, so getting a doubtful tag today is actually a positive for Dekker. Perhaps he will be ready to start the season, but he's not a fantasy option unless Danilo Gallinari (foot) needs to miss time.
Oct 13 - 3:00 PM

Danilo Gallinari (foot), Sam Dekker (oblique), Austin Rivers (glute) and Jamil Wilson (back) are doubtful to play against the Lakers on Friday.

We're not expecting any of these guys to play as the Clippers are almost certainly going to be the most dinged-up team in the NBA based on just pure volume of players on the injury report. The good news is that none of these injuries are serious. Gallinari missing over a week of action in the preseason is a concern, so fantasy owners may not want to be too aggressive in drafts.
Oct 13 - 2:56 PM

Patrick Beverley (knee) and Sindarius Thornwell (shoulder) will not play against the Lakers on Friday.

That means Beverley's preseason is over and it looks like he's in worse shape than some of the other injured Clippers. He's still almost certainly going to be out there on opening night next week, so he's still worth a look in the 80-100 range of competitive fantasy drafts. The good news is we should get another game of Milos Teodosic starting.
Oct 13 - 2:53 PM

DeAndre Jordan scored 13 points with 14 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 26 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

Even in limited minutes, DJ has really been racking up the stats. In his last three preseason games, Jordan averaged 13.3 points and 12.0 boards in only 23.7 minutes per game. The loss of Chris Paul may not be too bad for DJ with guys like Milos Teodosic, Lou Williams and even Blake Griffin setting him up, so he'll get his easy dunks in bunches. He should be a 14-14 kind of a guy with an awesome field goal percentage and ugly free throw percentage.
Oct 13 - 1:15 AM

Lou Williams scores 14 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

He gets buckets and he also did very well with setting DeAndre Jordan up with lobs. Williams was putting up early-round value in his Laker days last year, so he absolutely could be a top-50 player in standard leagues and make a run at Sixth Man of the Year again. He did start tonight and could start if Austin Rivers (glute) isn't ready for the opener, but he'll get minutes regardless.
Oct 13 - 1:07 AM


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