In­juries mount­ing for Clip­pers

Bev­er­ley is out with a bad knee and Rivers is ques­tion­able af­ter sprain­ing his an­kle.

Los Angeles Times - - NBA - By Brod­er­ick Turner brod­er­ick.turner@la­times.com

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — The day be­gan with the Clip­pers an­nounc­ing that start­ing point guard Pa­trick Bev­er­ley had been sent home to Los Angeles be­cause of a sore right knee. The day ended with the Clip­pers an­nounc­ing that start­ing guard Austin Rivers had sprained his right an­kle in prac­tice Thurs­day af­ter­noon and was ques­tion­able for the game against Ok­la­homa City on Fri­day night.

So for those keep­ing count, that’s four starters from the Clip­pers who have med­i­cal is­sues.

Mi­los Teo­dosic, who be­came the start­ing point guard when Rivers strained his right glute in the first ex­hi­bi­tion game in Hawaii in Oc­to­ber, has been out since leav­ing the sec­ond game of the reg­u­lar sea­son with a plan­tar fas­cia in­jury in his left foot. He re­mains out in­def­i­nitely.

Start­ing small for­ward Danilo Gal­li­nari didn’t play Tues­day against San An­to­nio be­cause of a strained right glute, and he’s ex­pected to be out for per­haps an­other week.

Then the news ar­rived Thurs­day morn­ing be­fore the Clip­pers prac­ticed that Bev­er­ley’s knee in­jury was go­ing to pre­vent him from play­ing against the Thun­der on Fri­day night and at the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans on Satur­day night.

Bev­er­ley flew home Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the day af­ter the Clip­pers lost to the San An­to­nio Spurs.

“It’s a sore right knee, but ev­ery­thing looks good,” Clip­pers coach Doc Rivers said be­fore prac­tice Thurs­day at Ch­e­sa­peake Arena. “He’ll miss the rest of the trip.”

The Clip­pers think Bev­er­ley will be out for about a week.

Bev­er­ley in­jured the knee dur­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion game in Hawaii against the Toronto Rap­tors, but he played in the third pre­sea­son game at Sta­ples Cen­ter against the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers.

Bev­er­ley sat out the fi­nal two ex­hi­bi­tion games be­cause of the knee, but he was able to play in the reg­u­larsea­son opener against the Lak­ers.

“It’s the same thing that kept him out of the sec­ond half of camp,” Doc Rivers said. “But he’ll be fine. That’s the good news. We were wor­ried that it could be worse and it’s not. But he’s still prob­a­bly go­ing to miss a week of games.”

Me­dia ac­cess ended be­fore the Clip­pers prac­ticed Thurs­day, but about an hour later the Clip­pers said Rivers had a mild sprain.

The Clip­pers called up for­ward C.J. Wil­liams from the Agua Caliente Clip­pers of On­tario team that plays in the NBA’s de­vel­op­men­tal G League.

But the team prob­a­bly will have to de­pend on rookie guards Sin­dar­ius Thorn­well and Jawun Evans to play along­side vet­eran Lou Wil­liams if Rivers can’t play.

TONIGHT

AT OK­LA­HOMA CITY

When: 6 On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Ra­dio: 570, 1330. Up­date: The Clip­pers had two days off to prac­tice and to fix a de­fense that’s let­ting teams make 37.6% of their three-point­ers, 22nd in the NBA in that cat­e­gory. The Clip­pers are ranked 24th in as­sists, av­er­ag­ing 22.9 a game.

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