Patrick Beverley has been officially ruled out of the LA Clippers’ next two games due to a knee injury.
Per Broderick Turner of the LA Times, Patrick Beverley has been sent back to LA to heal a sore right knee. He will miss the final two games of the current road trip, meetings with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans.
The news couldn’t have come at a worse time for the LA Clippers. Already short at the point guard position thanks to Milos Teodosic‘s injury, the team may need to will have rookie point guard Jawun Evans start up top. Of course, Blake Griffin will likely assume ball-handling duties and run the offense.
In addition to moving Evans up in the rotation, the LA Clippers have called up C.J. Williams from the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario to fill a roster spot. He will likely fill in behind Lou Williams in the rotation, but could end up seeing some time at point during Beverley’s absence.
The Clippers have come up on the losing end often lately, and usually in effortless fashion. Because Beverley has been the main source of the team’s energy and passion, it’s anyone’s guess as to what the result of these next two contests will be. Any player could step up and lead the team to victory, or the team could respond negatively and go down without a fight.
It’s way too early to give an outlook on the season, but the Clippers will need to give a more spirited effort to stay in contention with the league’s best teams. It’s not vital that LA wins either of these next two games, but a confidence booster might be essential for their spirits.
Get well soon, Pat!