Player News - Clippers

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Milos Teodosic has been diagnosed with a plantar fascia injury in left foot and will be out indefinitely, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Plantar fascia injuries can be tricky to heal, and they tend to only get better with prolonged rest, so Teodosic figures to miss a good chunk of time here making him a drop-candidate in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot. Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams will see a spike in minutes with Teodosic on the sidelines, but there's not really an obvious pick up here in 12-team leagues.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Jawun Evans will be active for Tuesday's game vs. Utah.

We don't know the results of Milos Teodosic's (foot) MRI, but this is an indication that the Clippers are expecting him to miss time. Evans had a strong finish to the preseason and it's possible he cracks the rotation, but he's not a fantasy pickup and the Clippers may just lean heavily on Austin Rivers, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams.
Oct 22 - 10:41 AM

Blake Griffin scored 29 points with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in a 130-88 win over the Suns on Saturday.

Two games, two wins and two 29-point game games. This is also the biggest win the Clippers have ever had against the Suns -- the Blazers can say the same thing after Wednesday. On top of the increased usage rate at 31.9, the Clippers are running at about nine possessions per 48 minutes faster this year, Griffin is taking more 3-pointers, and BG has been super efficient with a 67.4 true shooting percentage. Although, he may have gone up against two of the worst defenses in the NBA, but Griffin definitely has top-10 upside in all formats.
Oct 22 - 2:16 AM

Austin Rivers scored five points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

He started the second half and should be in the first unit until Milos Teodosic (foot) can return. Rivers can be a bit of a headache, but he's certainly worth a look in most fantasy leagues to see how he fares in the post-CP3 era.
Oct 22 - 2:11 AM

Patrick Beverley scored 15 points with two rebounds, two assists, five steals and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

He is playing with a chip on his shoulder and has been fairly effective as a scorer. Plus, the up-tempo game is right up his alley and that could even lead to more steals. Beverley has to be owned in all fantasy leagues with his appealing upside for steals and treys.
Oct 22 - 2:09 AM

X-rays were negative on Milos Teodosic (foot) and he will have an MRI Sunday morning.

The good news is there doesn't appear to be a clear fracture in his foot, so maybe he dodged a bullet in what has been a nightmare start to the season regarding injuries. If you want to think positive, maybe his injury will be like Rodney Hood, who is day-to-day. While he's out, Austin Rivers, Lou Williams and Pat Beverley will pick up extra minutes.
Oct 22 - 1:08 AM

Milos Teodosic (left foot) will have an MRI, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

This story has been developing quickly with the Clippers ruling him out just minutes after the injury, and now Woj is right behind them with an MRI report. If you want to think positive on this, Woj's phrasing on the report wasn't as ominous as Jeremy Lin's (knee) injury, but this doesn't feel like a day-to-day thing. Hopefully we get good news soon. Austin Rivers started the second half.
Oct 21 - 11:58 PM

Milos Teodosic (left foot) went to the locker room in the second quarter on Saturday and will not return.

He had to be carried to the locker room and couldn't put weight on his leg. Teodosic looked to suffer a non-contact injury as he planted his left foot.
Oct 21 - 11:33 PM

Blake Griffin scored 29 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Lakers during a 108-92 victory on Thursday.

Sure, this does come with a Staples-size grain of salt against the Lakers, but Griffin looked great in the post Chris Paul era. He had a 112 pace for his minutes out there and he attempted six shots from deep as the offensive focal point. Coach Doc Rivers has given plenty of indications he wants Griffin to grow even more, including playing him at the five "a lot." If he can stay healthy and make free throws, he's set for a magnificent season.
Oct 20 - 2:36 AM

Patrick Beverley scored 10 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

He clearly wanted to win this game and apparently he had some things to say about Lonzo Ball after the game. "Weak [expletive]. Bring him out on the court with me and I will tear his [expletive] up," Beverley said, per ESPN's Marc Spears. Quote aside, he's in a great position for a career year and should have more shots going his way. If for some reason he's available, add him in all standard leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 20 - 2:32 AM

DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points with 24 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

The best part is he made all four from the line. You could call this his most dominant rebounding game of his career. In his five other games with more than 24 boards, he ranged from 25-27 in total boards while his minutes were much higher in the 39-41 range. Part of the reason is that the Clippers were flying in pace today, which could still be partly due to the Lakers. Regardless, Jordan is a lock to be a top-three rebounder and he could even score more, too.
Oct 20 - 2:28 AM

Danilo Gallinari scored 11 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

He's in a much different offense this year, but once again he should be running a lot. Gallinari did have a mid-foot sprain in the preseason, but he looked fine and just missed shots. He may not be able to match his strong free throw rate, but Gallo should still be a mid-round guy while he's healthy.
Oct 20 - 2:23 AM

Milos Teodosic got the start in his first NBA game on Thursday, scoring six points with one rebound, six assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Lakers.

While he didn't shoot the ball well with a 2-of-9 line from the field, he was in control of this offense. Impressively, the Clippers ran at a 114 pace while Milos played and he did take six shots from deep -- he shot the ball well overseas, too. Teodosic should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 2:19 AM

Lou Williams scored 12 points with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

We always talk about him as a scorer, but perhaps Williams' passing has been the highlight of his time with the Clippers. He'll get to the line, hit his triples, and he should add other non-scoring stats, so he should be owned in all standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 2:14 AM

Wes Johnson scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

He is playing both forward spots for the Clippers, which is something coach Doc Rivers has done before. Even with some added pace helping Johnson's strengths, he still won't play enough while the team is healthy. Although, we all know that's not exactly Danilo Gallinari's calling card.
Oct 20 - 2:08 AM


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