Clip­pers are closer to full team pic­ture

Los Angeles Times - - NFL WEEK 6 - By Broderick Turner broderick.turner@la­ Twit­ter: @BA_Turner

At some point soon, Clip­pers coach Doc Rivers and his staff an­tic­i­pate this team will be un­en­cum­bered from the in­juries that have wrecked them dur­ing train­ing camp.

The Clip­pers are eye­ing Sun­day as that day when they might al­most be whole again, when they might get al­most all of their in­jured play­ers back for a prac­tice ses­sion.

Austin Rivers (strained right glute), Danilo Gal­li­nari (strained left foot) and Sam Dekker (strained left oblique) all are ex­pected to prac­tice Sun­day; the Clip­pers are tak­ing Satur­day off.

Start­ing guard Pa­trick Bev­er­ley (sore right knee) and rookie guard Sin­dar­ius Thorn­well (sprained right shoul­der) are not ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate then.

“It sounds like this week we’re go­ing to have a full deck,” Rivers said be­fore the Clip­pers’ 104-87 vic­tory over the Sacra­mento Kings on Thurs­day night at Sta­ples Cen­ter. “That’s what I’m hop­ing for.

“It sounds like other than Pa­trick [and Thorn­well], I think right now we’re hop­ing ev­ery­body else is on the floor for prac­tice. Pa­trick and Sin­dar­ius will be out.”

Rivers had planned to sit some of his key play­ers in Fri­day night’s fi­nal ex­hi­bi­tion against the Lak­ers be­cause it is a back-to-back game.

He doesn’t plan on back­ing away from sit­ting Blake Grif­fin (18 points against the Kings), DeAn­dre Jor­dan (13 points, 14 re­bounds), Mi­los Teo­dosic (six as­sists) and Lou Wil­liams (14 points).

“I’ve never re­ally en­coun­tered this many,” Rivers said of the in­juries. “The prob­lem is you want to rest some guys who have been play­ing pre­sea­son games. Like [Fri­day], we’ve got to make sure we have enough guys so we can rest some guys. That was the in­ten­tion when we did the sched­ule with the back-to-back. Our guys would play one game and not the next. So, to­mor­row will be in­ter­est­ing, like, who do we do play?”

Rivers said he’ll prob­a­bly play “seven play­ers” against the Lak­ers.

And just to make things even more in­ter­est­ing, Jamil Wil­son, who was hav­ing a good camp as one of the play­ers the Clip­pers signed to a two-way con­tract over the sum­mer, didn’t play against the Kings be­cause of lower back spasms.

But hav­ing so many play­ers can be ben­e­fi­cial for some­one like rookie point guard Jawun Evans.

“There’s al­ways some­one who’s go­ing to ben­e­fit when other guys aren’t play­ing,” Rivers said. “It al­lows us to see guys prob­a­bly in dif­fer­ent spots, dif­fer­ent po­si­tions as well. So, there’s al­ways some­thing you can gain no mat­ter how dire your in­juries are. You can still gain some­thing out of it, and that’s what it would be for us, just see­ing some of the other guys play.”

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