Player News - Clippers

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Doc Rivers said that there were stretches he could have used Luc Mbah a Moute's defense during Wednesday's Game 5 loss.

Mbah a Moute picked up a DNP-CD as Rivers tried and go with more floor spacers, but given that the result was a loss, it sounds like Mbah a Moute will be back in the rotation for Game 6. Still, even when given the minutes, Mbah a Moute rarely makes a meaningful contribution to the stat sheet.
Apr 28 - 5:29 PM

Jamal Crawford said that the Clippers feel "really good" about their chances of securing a Game 6 win in Portland.

"We were in the same situation last year, we had to go to San Antonio and win on their court in a Game 6 to force a Game 7 in front of our home fans," said Crawford. "We’re a confident group. We feel really good about Game 6." It's true that the Clippers pulled off a comeback against the Spurs last season, but that was with a healthy Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand). Crawford is going to be heavily involved on the offensive end, but he'll need to be more efficient if the Clippers hope to secure an upset.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 28 - 5:03 PM

Blake Griffin will not require surgery to repair his left quad.

Griffin underwent a bone marrow procedure on Wednesday, which is similar to a PRP injection and effectively eliminates the need for surgery. He's going to be sidelined for at least the next three months, so in addition to missing the remainder of the postseason, he won't be able to participate during the 2016 Olympic Games. He should be fine for the 2016-17 season, though.
Apr 28 - 4:07 PM

Blake Griffin (left quad tendon) was reportedly told he could re-tear his left quad by playing through injury.

We have to give Griffin credit on this one as many players would have elected for surgery and missed the rest of the season. Griffin had a bone marrow procedure on his injured quad Wednesday morning, but shouldn't have any issue returning in time for training camp. The 27-year-old will continue to be a high-risk, high-reward pick in 2016-17 fantasy drafts.
Apr 28 - 11:07 AM

Paul Pierce was an unexpected starter for the Clippers on Wednesday, but he failed to score in just 10 minutes of action.

Pierce's 3-point shooting may have been the difference in Doc Rivers' thinking, as well as the fact that Jeff Green could provide some much-needed scoring for a depleted second unit. The 18-year veteran shot 0-of-3 in limited minutes tonight, however, and there are no guarantees that he'll start over Green and Wes Johnson during Game 6 on Friday.
Apr 28 - 1:06 AM

Jamal Crawford moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday and proceeded to launch 23 shots, making six of them to finish with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Crawford started alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan, a unit that played a mere four minutes together during the 2015-16 season. Doc Rivers' gamble was born of desperation and resulted in a home loss, but Crawford is guaranteed a huge role again in Game 6 -- he played 44 minutes tonight and was the focal point of the Clippers' offense.
Apr 28 - 1:05 AM

Austin Rivers started Wednesday's game in place of Chris Paul (broken metacarpal) and had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

Rivers faces a daunting task with CP3 out of commission, assuming lead playmaking duties while defending Damian Lillard at the other end. Paul had the second-highest Player Impact Estimate in the playoffs prior to his injury, trailing only Paul George, and nobody is expecting Rivers to approach that production. DFS owners can still view him as a viable punt play, assuming his price doesn't spike prior to Game 6.
Apr 28 - 1:04 AM

Jeff Green scored 17 points off the bench during Game 5, making 6-of-10 shots with six rebounds, three steals, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Blake Griffin's quad injury has prematurely ended his season, leaving Green a big opportunity even if he isn't starting. He can't fill the void by himself, and more minutes are also available for Wes Johnson (five points, five rebounds) and Paul Pierce (two rebounds), but Green is easily the most palatable DFS option.
Apr 28 - 1:02 AM

J.J. Redick scored a team-high 19 points for the Clippers during Game 5, making 7-of-17 shots with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes.

Redick is dealing with a left heel bruise but the Clippers need everything he can give them, especially now that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are done for the postseason. He was one of six Clippers in double-digits tonight but they shot just 41.9 percent as a team, leaving them one loss away from a premature playoff exit.
Apr 28 - 1:01 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute did not leave the Clippers' bench on Wednesday.

Mbah a Moute was bumped from the starting lineup in favor of Paul Pierce tonight, and it's anyone's guess whether he'll play in a must-win Game 6 on Friday.
Apr 28 - 1:00 AM

Blake Griffin had a bone marrow procedure on his injured left quad Wednesday morning.

Griffin isn't on the Clippers' bench during Game 5 on Wednesday, and now we know why. A recent MRI revealed no further damage to his quad but there could be more to Griffin's injury than the Clippers have disclosed. He's already been ruled out for the playoffs, and the only good news is that he has a full offseason to rest and recuperate.
Apr 27 - 11:48 PM

Jamal Crawford will start Game 5 on Wednesday, alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan.

Doc Rivers wants more spacing on the court, and the decision to start Crawford takes care of another problem -- with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both out, the Clippers are very short on playmakers. Crawford should have a high usage rate in as many minutes as he can handle tonight.
Apr 27 - 10:04 PM

Paul Pierce will start Wednesday's game in place of Blake Griffin (quad).

Jeff Green was the odds-on favorite to start in place of Griffin, and either way Green should earn more playing time than Pierce tonight. Wes Johnson is also in the mix for playing time and all three guys have significant risk as DFS targets.
Apr 27 - 10:02 PM

Austin Rivers will start Game 5 on Wednesday with Chris Paul (hand) done for the postseason.

Paul Pierce and Jamal Crawford are also starting, with Luc Mbah a Moute coming off the bench. Rivers and Crawford should share primary ball-handling duties and his minutes will spike by default with CP3 out of commission, but Rivers remains a gamble in DFS lineups. In seven starts this season he averaged 13.7 points, 2.0 threes, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 turnovers.
Apr 27 - 10:00 PM

Jeff Green is expected to move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5 against Portland.

Blake Griffin (quad) is going to miss the remainder of the postseason for Los Angeles, so the starting four-spot is Green's to lose. He'll be taking on a much larger role on offense with Chris Paul (hand) also done for the year, so he'll be a reasonable guy to consider in DFS with his minutes set to spike to the mid-30s.
Apr 26 - 6:32 PM


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