Player News - Clippers

Date: Team: Pos:

Blake Griffin (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday night but coach Doc Rivers said that Griffin is "close to 100 percent."

Griffin is clearly trending in the right direction and the odds seem to be improving that he returns some time next week. After Saturday, the Clips next game is Tuesday in Philadelphia. Luc Mbah a Moute, Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass will all see their minutes and production impacted by Griffin's return.
Jan 21 - 1:23 PM

Blake Griffin (knee) is being listed as out for Saturday against the Nuggets.

He is very likely to return on the upcoming road trip, but it won't be the first game unless something changes. Austin Rivers gets the biggest bump with Blake out because Luc Mbah a Moute is too important to the perimeter defense and should be starting. There's a great chance Griffin returns next week.
Jan 20 - 4:11 PM

Blake Griffin (knee) could return to game action on the upcoming road trip.

The Clippers start their road trip on Saturday and won't be coming back home until Feb. 2. Griffin has been going through some sprints and DeAndre Jordan seemed encouraged. "I’m ready for Blake to come back. I know he’s extremely ready to be back on the floor," Jordan said. He doesn't have a target date, but another loss on Thursday could move BG's timetable up.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 20 - 3:07 AM

J.J. Redick hit 4-of-11 shots for nine points with three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in Thursday's loss to the Timberwolves.

This type of night is to be expected from him, but the 31 minutes is a good sign. Redick only saw an extra minute per game in the last stint without Chris Paul (thumb) and he actually has a higher usage rate and a better efficiency with CP3 on the floor with him this season, but Redick should get more chances to score when he's having a good game. Keep him rolling.
Jan 20 - 1:32 AM

Jamal Crawford hit 3-of-14 shots for seven points with eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 25 minutes on Thursday against the Timberwolves.

Crawford continues to struggle with his shot, sporting a .178 field goal percentage in his last five games and scoring fewer than 10 points in each contest during that stretch. With Chris Paul (hand) out for 6-8 weeks, Crawford should see a boost in minutes. His shot will likely eventually start falling as he is a shooter and he is a borderline own with Paul out.
Jan 20 - 1:26 AM

DeAndre Jordan scored a career-high 29 points with 16 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in Thursday's loss to the Timberwolves.

Jordan had a huge night, but did miss some key free throws late in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a 12-point blown lead for the Clippers. Hack-a-Jordan was in full effect late in the game. He is averaging 17.8 points, 18 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in his last five games. The Clippers will need Jordan to step up in the next 6-8 weeks with Chris Paul (hand) out.
Jan 20 - 1:20 AM

Austin Rivers scored 20 points with two assists, one rebound, one block and two 3-pointers in Thursday's 101-104 loss to the Timberwolves.

Rivers fouled out with five seconds left in the game, but was feeling it tonight as he scored 20 points for just the sixth time this season. He continues to play big minutes, averaging over 35 minutes per game in January and playing at least 31 minutes in eight consecutive games. With Chris Paul (hand) out for 6-8 weeks, Rivers will remain a big part of the Clippers offense until Blake Griffin (knee) comes back.
Jan 20 - 1:11 AM

Raymond Felton scored 10 points with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals on Thursday night against the Timberwolves.

Felton got the start for the injured Chris Paul (hand) tonight and played 34 minutes. Although he scored just 10 points, he did contribute in dimes and steals. He should be owned in all formats during Paul’s absence, but will hurt you in field goal percentage some nights.
Jan 20 - 1:09 AM

Raymond Felton, J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers, Luc Mbah a Moute and DeAndre Jordan will start against the Wolves on Thursday.

This was expected all along and the Clippers will have to manage without the NBA's top player in real plus minus. Felton is worth a look if you need a point guard for the next 6-8 weeks.
Jan 19 - 10:21 PM

Blake Griffin (knee) was running at full speed in practice on Thursday.

He was doing some more on-court work and going through some tests. Yesterday, coach Doc Rivers said it'll likely be another 1-2 weeks before Griffin can return. Upon his return, he'll likely affect Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass.
Jan 19 - 3:02 PM

Doc Rivers said that J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford will likely play more minutes to help compensate for the loss of Chris Paul (left thumb surgery).

Rivers was explicit about his reasoning. "Austin [Rivers] and Raymond [Felton] are the only two [points guards], really," he said. "[But] we don’t want to tax Raymond and Austin to the point that they’re not doing what they do well." Redick should already be owned, and Rivers and Felton are hot pickups with CP3 on the shelf for 6-8 weeks, but for now Crawford is just a borderline option in most leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 19 - 1:04 AM

DeAndre Jordan had an excused absence from practice on Wednesday and will play on Thursday against the Wolves.

He'll be back and the Clippers will need him out there. Interestingly, Jordan doesn't really see a bump in usage rate without Chris Paul (hamstring) next to him while his efficiency is similar.
Jan 18 - 2:26 PM

Chris Paul underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, and he's expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks of action.

This timetable puts CP3 back on the court right around the fantasy playoffs, but in the meantime it'll be Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers running the point in Los Angeles. Blake Griffin (knee) isn't expected to get back for at least another 1-2 weeks, so Jamal Crawford could be looked to more often on offense. If you're in a standard league and struggling in the standings without an IR-spot, selling CP3 for pennies or outright cutting him may be the only course of action here.

Coach Doc Rivers said Blake Griffin (knee) is still about 1-2 weeks away from his return.

That means he'll be on the back end of his 4-6 week timeline from back on Dec. 20. Griffin is starting to do some on-court work and ran some sprints before Saturday's game. The Clippers may have a tough time winning games with Chris Paul (hamstring) also out. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers should be carrying the offense.
Jan 18 - 2:07 PM

Austin Rivers is looking at an increased role moving forward with Chris Paul (thumb) out 6-8 weeks.

Rivers was going to lose some value with Blake Griffin (knee) nearing a return, but not so fast. With Paul out, both Rivers and Felton could realistically play over 30 minutes a night even with a healthy Blake. Rivers is averaging 16.8 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 triples in January, and his usage rate climbs from 14.9 to 21.8 when Paul is off the court. Go pick him up.
Jan 17 - 7:34 PM


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