The LA Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari is doubtful to play against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.
The LA Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari is listed as ‘doubtful’ to play against the San Antonio Spurs due to a left glute strain, according to the LA Clippers.
Gallinari reportedly injured the glute around a week ago and says he has been playing on it, but had been experiencing pain. After yesterday’s loss against the Miami Heat, he told reporters that he could barely walk on it. Gallinari does expect to go on the team’s road trip, as they also play in Oklahoma City and New Orleans this week. You can listen to Gallo discuss his injury below.
Hopefully Gallinari is capable of suiting back up against the Thunder as his scoring will be needed to match the output of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
The Clippers, who are coming off of two straight losses have a tough week ahead of them. With point guard Milos Teodosic already out, the team’s depth is really coming into play. If Gallinari does sit out on Tuesday, expect Wesley Johnson to start with Sam Dekker taking a majority of the backup minutes. Both players are capable of filling the role, so there shouldn’t be too much of a drop off. Head coach Doc Rivers may also play some three guard lineups, with Austin Rivers being the defacto small forward.
Gallinari hasn’t looked right of the year and this could be due to his injury. Over the weekend, he only scored a total of 16 points on 5/15 shooting. None of those makes were from 3-point range. If the Clippers are hoping to make the playoffs this year, they will need Gallinari to get healthy soon. Sitting him out now may benefit the team later in the season.