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Injuries Continue To Plague Los Angeles Clippers

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The Los Angeles Clippers lost two more players to injury during Saturday night’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. DeAndre Jordan and Reggie Bullock left in the second half with ankle injuries and did not return. Bullock’s injury looked severe, and he will probably miss some time. Jordan was able to return to the bench and should be ready to go on Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Clippers are 1-2 on their seven-game road trip, thanks in part to the lack of bodies on the bench. J.J. Redick isn’t coming back anytime soon, Matt Barnes has been out longer then expected, and now Bullock could miss some games. Also, Chris Paul has lingering hamstring issues that could force him to miss games down the road.

The injury to Redick has been the real killer as the Clippers’ offense has struggled to get going. Through the first 18 games of the season, the Clippers averaged 106 points per game. Over the last three games, they are averaging 93 points per game. Redick’s replacement Willie Green has yet to impress, averaging a mere five points per game.

That’s a huge drop-off from the 16 points per game Redick was averaging. Green is shooting 36 percent from the field while Redick was shooting 46 percent. Redick was often the early aggressor in games, getting the team off on the right foot. The Clippers just can’t seem to get going without him.

The Clippers need to speed up their search for a free agent. Head coach Doc Rivers has been flirting with the idea of bringing back Lamar Odom, but the courting stage needs to come to an end. They should either bring him back or look somewhere else. If the Clippers lose any more players to injury, Rivers might have to suit up.

Dan Lovi is an NBA writer for Follow him on Twitter @DannyALovi. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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