The LA Clippers face major loss prior to season opener

Tyronn Lue, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Tyronn Lue, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Last season, injuries were arguably the biggest reason why the LA Clippers did not make a deep playoff run. Two-time champion, Kawhi Leonard, encountered a knee injury in the first game of round one and was later ruled out for the rest of the series. His superstar teammate, Paul George, suffered a hyperextended knee later in the season and was not in a position to make a return in time.

Furthermore, Clipper fans developed hope through a longer offseason that the active rotation would come out with a burst and sustain their health as the year progressed.

However, plans were disrupted right before the season opener as the former second-round pick, Terance Mann, suffered a sprained ankle in practice. This is a major loss for head coach Tyronn Lue and the LA Clippers.

Details on the ankle injury of LA Clippers’ starting power forward, Terance Mann

Although the LA Clippers will be without Terance Mann against the Portland Trail Blazers, there is a good chance he will return within the next week. This is great news as Mann was recently selected as the starting power forward for the foreseeable future.

Furthermore, head coach Tyronn Lue hinted that this isn’t a long-term injury. Though it is a significant loss, this is the best possible outcome from a sprained ankle.

Moreover, with Mann out of the starting lineup, Lue will have to decide on who will fill his spot. He will likely lean Towards Nicolas Batum or Robert Covington as Marcus Morris Sr. has fallen in the power forward rotation.

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That said, the LA Clippers will be shorthanded against the young and talented Portland Trail Blazers. This will certainly be a tough one if the star players do not jump out of the gate and dominate on both ends of the floor.