The LA Clippers have released their injury report for Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The LA Clippers have released their injury report ahead of Friday night’s game in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. Once again, it looks like the team will be without three of it’s opening night starters. The injury report reads as follows:
Patrick Beverley is doubtful with a sore right knee. Doubtful, although not a good sign for Friday, is still a good sign. We could have Beverley back early next week which would be huge. His intensity, leadership and defense have definitely been missed over the past few games.
Although Austin Rivers, Sindarius Thornwell and Jawun Evans have stepped up in his absence, it’s always nice to have your starting point guard healthy. We’ll just have to wait and see if he ends up trying to give it a go tomorrow night.
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Danilo Gallinari is still out with a strained left glute. Point guard Milos Teodosic also remains out with a plantar fascia injury on his left foot.
This kind of sucks. Gallinari was the premiere addition of the offseason, outside of re-signing Blake Griffin. Gallo does have a history of injuries, but we hope this strain is all he has to deal with this year.
Meanwhile, Milos still has no official timetable. The guard has been seen getting in a little work prior to games, but has not resumed full practice.
What does this mean?
For Friday, this could be an issue. Cleveland isn’t very strong at the guard position, so Rivers and Thornwell shouldn’t have too much trouble. However, the best basketball player in the world plays small forward in Cleveland (in case you didn’t know). Gallinari is no star defender, but he does have length that could help slow down LeBron. Now, defense on The King will come down to a combination of Wesley Johnson, Blake Griffin and possibly Sindarius Thornwell. Sam Dekker could also get some minutes against him off the bench.