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Clippers' Brandon Boston: Out again Friday
Boston (lower body) will not see the floor Friday versus the Grizzlies, Justin Russo of the 'Clip & Roll' podcast reports.
Boston hasn't appeared in a game for the Clippers since Feb. 14, and there's no clear timetable for when he'll be healthy enough to rejoin the action. Even when he's in the clear, Boston shouldn't be a major factor for Los Angeles.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Marcus Morris: Sitting again Friday
Morris (COVID-19 protocols) won't take the floor Friday against the Grizzlies, Justin Russo of the 'Clip & Roll' podcast reports.
Morris is scheduled for his third consecutive absence Friday due to illness, making his next chance to rejoin the action Saturday in the second half of back-to-back set. Even when he is cleared to rejoin the action, Morris is expected to shift to a bench role, with Nicolas Batum having started the last pair of games in his absence.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Kawhi Leonard: Questionable for Friday
Leonard (personal) is considered questionable for Friday's game versus the Grizzlies, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Leonard was absent for personal reasons Wednesday against the Grizzlies, and it looks like his availability for Friday is up in the air as well. If he's forced to sit again, Terance Mann would likely draw another start for the Clippers.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Norman Powell: Puts up 13 points in return
Powell (shoulder) logged 13 points (4-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two steals, one rebound and one assist across 24 minutes in Wednesday's 141-132 win over the Grizzlies.
After missing the previous 11 games with a left shoulder subluxation, Powell returned to the L.A. rotation and ended up taking on what had typically been a standard workload prior to him missing time with the injury. Kawhi Leonard (personal) was away from the Clippers on Wednesday, and if he joins co-star Paul George (knee) in sitting out Friday's rematch with Memphis, it's possible that Powell could see a slight uptick in playing time now that he's gotten a game under his belt.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Robert Covington: Catches fire from three
Covington supplied 27 points (9-10 FG, 7-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three steals and two assists across 32 minutes during Wednesday's 141-132 victory over the Grizzlies.
The scoring and three-point totals were season highs for Covington, and along with the near-perfect shooting from the field plus the production on the defensive end, it translated to his best fantasy line of the campaign. He received a boost in playing time with Kawhi Leonard (personal) out and Marcus Morris (COVID-19 protocols) sitting out, and while the minutes and efficiency won't be replicable moving forward, Covington may have at least earned himself a permanent spot in head coach Tyronn Lue's rotation on the heels of Wednesday's performance.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Bones Hyland: Continues to play well
Hyland notched 20 points (8-14 FG, 4-6 3Pt), five rebounds, six assists, one block and one steal across 22 minutes during Wednesday's 141-132 victory over Memphis.
Hyland has gotten consistent playing time in the last four games and has produced. He's averaging 16.8 points and 7.0 assists in those four contests. The 22-year-old is also helping out in other categories with five steals and 13 triples over the last four games. Both Paul George (knee) and Kawhi Leonard (personal) were out Wednesday, freeing up minutes and shots. Even when Leonard comes back, Hyland has found a useful role as the season comes to a close.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Russell Westbrook: Shines as top option
Westbrook closed Wednesday's 141-132 win over the Grizzlies with 36 points (13-18 FG, 5-5 3Pt, 5-9 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds and two blocks over 35 minutes.
With Paul George (knee) and Kawhi Leonard (personal) sitting out, Westbrook stepped up to lead the L.A. offense. The 36 points were a season high, as were his five made triples. He also reached double digits in assists for the second straight game. Though he continues to struggle from the free-throw line and had connected on only one-quarter of his three-point attempts as a member of the Clippers prior to Wednesday's 5-for-5 showing, Westbrook has at least improved his efficiency from the field. He's now converting at a 49.2 percent rate from the field in a Clipper uniform, and if he continues to eschew the three-point shot, he could end up being something close to a neutral performer in field-goal percentage the rest of the way rather than the major liability he's been for much of his career. Westbrook will lose out on some usage if Leonard is back in action for Friday's rematch with Memphis, but the veteran point guard should still be a solid source of counting stats while George is likely sidelined through the end of the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Terance Mann: Starting Wednesday
Mann will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game in Memphis, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
Kawhi Leonard won't be in attendance for Wednesday's game due to personal reasons, so Mann will start in his place alongside Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Nicolas Batum and Ivica Zubac. Across 34 starts this season, Mann has registered averages of 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 triples and 1.0 turnovers per contest on 53.7 percent shooting.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Norman Powell: Will return Wednesday
Powell (shoulder) is available for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, Shane Young of Forbes Sports reports.
Powell will suit up for the first time since March 2. Given the veteran wasn't dealing with a lower-body injury, he shouldn't have any conditioning concerns, and Powell could have plenty of opportunities to shake off any rust on his shooting stoke with Kawhi Leonard (personal) unavailable.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Kawhi Leonard: Won't play Wednesday
Leonard has been ruled out for Wednesday's game versus the Grizzlies due to personal reasons, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
Norman Powell, Nicolas Batum, Norman Powell and Amir Coffey are candidates to receive increased minutes in Leonard's absence. Leonard's next chance to suit up is Friday's matchup with Memphis.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Brandon Boston: Won't play against Memphis
Boston (lower body) is out for Wednesday's game versus the Grizzlies, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
Boston will miss his 17th straight game Wednesday while dealing with a lower body injury. His next chance to suit up is Friday's rematch with Memphis.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Norman Powell: Might return Monday
Powell (shoulder) is questionable for Monday's matchup against the Grizzlies, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
Powell is expected to return at some point during the Clippers' road trip, which ends after Saturday's game at New Orleans. Powell's presence is especially important now, as Paul George (knee) is out for the foreseeable future. Bones Hyland, Eric Gordon and Terance Mann's minutes are at risk.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Marcus Morris: Remains out Wednesday
Morris (COVID-19) won't play in Wednesday's game versus Memphis, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.
Morris will miss his second straight game Wednesday while in health and safety protocols. His next chance to suit up is Friday's rematch with Memphis. Morris is expected to come off the bench behind Nicolas Batum once he is ready to return.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Robert Covington: Gets 11 minutes in win
Covington finished Monday's 124-112 win over the Bulls with zero points (0-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes off the bench
Covington received double-digit minutes for the second game in a row, but he wasn't able to build on the well-rounded 11-point, two-steal, one-block line he provided his last time out in Saturday's blowout loss to the Pelicans. He was helped by the Clippers being without Paul George (leg), Norman Powell (shoulder) and Marcus Morris (illness) on Monday, but L.A. could get both Powell and Morris back as soon as its next game Wednesday in Memphis. After Monday's contest, head coach Tyronn Lue told Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times that Nicolas Batum would serve as the Clippers' starting power forward over Marcus Morris for the rest of the season, but Lue didn't specify whether Morris or Covington will stick in the rotation as Batum's primary backup.... See More ... See Less
Clippers' Eric Gordon: Scores 22 points in starting role
Gordon totaled 22 points (7-12 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and three assists against Chicago in a 124-112 win Monday.
Gordon started for the third straight game Monday with Paul George (knee) out of action. Gordon racked up 16 first-half points and finished with his highest scoring output since he tallied a season-high 28 points Feb. 3. The veteran guard could continue to work with the starting unit for the remainder of the regular season in the wake of George's prolonged absence, though Gordon averaged a more modest 11.5 points in his previous two starts prior to Monday.... See More ... See Less
Team Statistical Rankings
|K. Leonard SF Kawhi Leonard SF||Personal|
|P. George SG Paul George SG||Knee|
|M. Morris PF Marcus Morris PF||Covid-19|
|B. Boston Jr. SG Brandon Boston Jr. SG||Lower Body|
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