Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Doc Rivers says that Paul (hamstring) probably will not practice Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports. Paul insists he will be ready for Game 3 Thursday against the Warriors.
Impact: Paul played through the hamstring soreness in Game 2, scoring 12 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with six boards, 10 assists and five steals in 27 minutes. Expect much of the same from Paul in Game 3, though he will likely see more minutes as the game should be closer than Game 2 was.
Wed. Apr 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Paul (hamstring) was able to participate in some of the Clippers' practice on Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers didn't think Paul was going to be able to practice at all on Wednesday, so his limited participation has to be encouraging. Throughout the week Paul has been receiving treatment for his hamstring and played through any soreness in Monday's game, logging 27 minutes. Paul insists that he will be ready to play for the Clippers in Game 3 on Thursday.
News: Granger (hamstring) scored 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt) and grabbed three rebounds in 18 minutes Monday.
Impact: It was kind of tough to predict what kind of performance we'd see out of Granger, who struggled in Game 1 after missing the final 15 games of the regular season. Although he fouled out in just 18 minutes, it was an efficient night for the former All-Star. The Clippers will be in great shape if he can put up these numbers on a regular basis this postseason.
News: Collison scored 12 points (3-6 FG, 6-6 FT) and dished out 10 assists in 21 minutes of the Clippers' blowout win Monday.
Impact: With the game well in hand in the second half, Collison made the most of some garbage time minutes to help the Clippers even the series. It looks like his spot in head coach Doc Rivers' rotation remains unchanged for the playoffs, so we shouldn't expect to see much of a difference from his regular season production. Still though, he remains a good option thanks to his offensive ability.
News: Griffin scored 35 points (13-17 FG, 9-10 FT) to go along with six rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes of the Clippers' Game 2 win Monday.
Impact: After struggling with foul trouble in Game 1, Griffin set a new playoff career-high in scoring. Had the game not been decided by the end of the third quarter, who knows what kind of game the star would've turned in. The Clippers will need more performances like this from Griffin if they're to make some noise this postseason.
News: Redick could be rested at some point during the playoffs, if coach Doc Rivers deems it necessary, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: If Redick's back is ailing and the Clippers have a comfortable lead in a series, this could definitely be an option for the Clippers. Regardless of format, it's important to check his status before tipoffs, if he's in your fantasy plans.
News: Paul has been receiving treatment on his right hamstring but is "okay" to play Monday in Game 2 against the Warriors, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Any issues that Paul may have had with the hamstring didn't seem to effect him at all in Game 1 as he led the Clippers in scoring with 28 points in 36 minutes. Unless Paul does something to further any injury to his hamstring on Monday, he should still see his usual amount of minutes and fantasy production in Game 2.
News: Granger (hamstring) played 12 minutes and scored three points (1-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT) in the Game 1 loss to Golden State on Saturday.
Impact: Granger missed the last nine games of the regular season. Prior to that, he played limited minutes off the Clippers' bench when he was healthy and is unlikely to be a major force in this series.
DeAndre Jordan - #6 - Center - 6'11" - 265lbs
News: Jordan provided 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-8 FT) with 14 rebounds and five blocks in 45 minutes in the Game 1 loss to Golden State on Saturday. He had seven turnovers.
Impact: Jordan had a nice game on the defensive end, and the Clippers don't have a viable backup, if coach Doc Rivers doesn't want to play Ryan Hollis and Glen Davis in important minutes. The center has the potential to get double-doubles in every game of the series.
News: Redick had 22 points (8-11 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) in 30 minutes in the Game 1 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: Redick had his best shooting game since returning from a back injury that caused him to miss the majority of March. He had a nice game, while Jamal Crawford (nine points, 2-of-11 from the field) struggled.
News: Paul scored a team-high 28 points (10-23 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 3-6 FT) with seven rebounds, eight assists, and four steals in 36 minutes in the Game 1 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Impact: Paul nearly brought the Clippers back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter. He made up for a foul-plagued Blake Griffin and scored his most points since recording 30 against the Rockets on Mar. 29.
News: Griffin was limited to 19 minutes, before fouling out in the Game 1 loss to the Warriors on Saturday. He had 16 points (6-13 FG, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, and three assists.
Impact: Griffin was taken out of the game in the early going. While he scored well on a per-minute basis, the Clippers will need one of their two superstars to stay on the court. He only fouled out four times during the regular season.
News: Granger (hamstring) will be available to take the court for Game 1 of the Clippers' first-round series against the Warriors, the Orange County Register's Dan Woike reports.
Impact: Granger missed the final nine games of the regular season but will take the court in the playoffs, as expected. He's unlikely to see major minutes, so unless it's a deep playoff league, he should go unused.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Granger (hamstring) is expected to take the court for Game 1 of Saturday's first-round series against the Warriors, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Sidelined the final nine games of the regular season due to a left hamstring strain, Granger should be available to the Clippers' wing ranks, after three weeks of inactivity. Prior to the injury, he contributed a healthy eight points (on 42.9 percent shooting), 2.3 rebounds, one three-pointer, and 0.7 assists in 16.2 minutes. Because the rotation will be full intact, though, he may not receive a consistent role right off the bat.
News: Collison scored 17 points (6-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT) to go along with seven assists and four rebounds in 37 minutes against Portland on Wednesday night.
Impact: Collison was one of the more pleasant surprises in the entire league this year, but even though his minutes have been up over the last two months, he could be the odd man out in the postseason. With a healthy Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick joining Chris Paul in the backcourt, Collison's minutes could be limited. Outside of this past week, the Clippers haven't had all four healthy since the first month of the season. It's not as if Collison won't play, but it's hard to see him getting his season average (25 minutes) at this point.
News: Crawford scored 34 points (10-25 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 11-11 FT) to go along with eight assists and five rebounds in 42 minutes against Portland on Wednesday night.
Impact: Playing without three of their top four scorers (Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick), Crawford was in line for a high-usage night. It wasn't the most efficient game, but he did plenty of damage at the line and almost put together a double-double. The Clippers backcourt is rather crowded when healthy (which it looks as though it will be for the postseason), leaving Crawford as a fairly risky play in daily contests considering he's strictly a scorer.
Glen Davis - #0 - Forward-Center - 6'9" - 289lbs
News: Davis will start at power forward Wednesday against the Blazers.
Impact: With Blake Griffin suspended one game, Davis will move into the starting lineup for the season's final game. Expect him to return to the bench once the playoffs commence.
News: Collison will get the start in Wednesday's regular season finale against the Blazers.
Impact: With Chris Paul (rest) out of the lineup, Collison will reprise the role he played quite well when Paul missed time due to injury earlier in the season. Of course, Collison will return to the bench when the playoffs begin.
News: Crawford will start Wednesday's game against the Blazers.
Impact: With a number of key Clippers sitting out, Crawford will get the start at shooting guard alongside Darren Collison in the backcourt. His minutes could be monitored, though, as the Clippers won't take any chances with the playoffs looming.
DeAndre Jordan - #6 - Center - 6'11" - 265lbs
News: Jordan will be on a strict minutes limit for Wednesday's season finale against the Blazers. He will "not play a lot at all," according to head coach Doc Rivers.
Impact: This comes as no surprise as the Clippers prepare for what could be a deep playoff run. With Blake Griffin (suspension), Chris Paul (rest) and J.J. Redick (rest) all out of the lineup, the Clippers' reserves should see increased minutes.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Griffin has been suspended for a game after getting his 16th technical foul this season.
Impact: NBA president of operations Rod Thorn announced the suspension, and Griffin will sit out the regular-season finale on Wednesday night against Portland. Regardless, Griffin planned to skip the last game to rest before the playoffs. It shows how useless this 'punishment' really is, but that's the NBA for you, it's not the first time nor will it be the last that they make such a dumb decision.
News: Paul did not travel with the team for their final regular season game in Portland Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: It appears that Paul will get the night off to rest up for the playoffs. It is likely that Darren Collison will get the start at point guard in Paul's absence.
News: Griffin (suspension) will not travel with the team to Portland for their game Wednesday, the Clippers' official site reports.
Impact: Griffin was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season Tuesday and will be suspended for Wednesday's game. While it may have been possible for Griffin to ask the league to rescind the foul and clear him to play Wednesday, the Clippers aren't even pursuing that route. They chose to leave Griffin home so that he didn't even have to travel with the team. Given that he suffered from back spasms a couple weeks ago, it's not a bad thing that Griffin get some rest heading into the playoffs.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Blake Griffin scored a game-high 24 points, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 117-105 win on Tuesday versus Denver.
Impact: Blake Griffin has picked up his 16th technical foul of the season in the game, triggering a league-mandated one-game suspension. He will miss the regular season finale versus Portland on Wednesday unless the call is rescinded by the league office.
News: Griffin was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season Tuesday and will be suspended for Wednesday's game unless the NBA decides to rescind the foul, the Clippers' official site reports.
Impact: Griffin has had three other technical fouls rescinded by the league this season, so the Clippers are familiar with the appeals process. With 15 games on Wednesday, it'll be important to make sure you have healthy bodies in all possible positions. Griffin's status for Wednesday's game should be resolved by the middle of the afternoon Wednesday.
News: Granger (hamstring) may return to practice Thursday or Friday, the Clippers' official site reports.
Impact: Granger will not play in either of the Clippers' final two games Tuesday or Wednesday. He is aiming to return for the playoffs, but it is unknown when that might happen and if the Clippers would aim to use him much even when he does.
News: Redick is playing Tuesday, but he will sit out Wednesday's game, the Clippers' official site reports.
Impact: Redick just returned from a back injury on April 4 and was having his minutes limited as well prior to the team's game last Saturday. The Clippers want him rested going into the playoffs.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Chris Paul had 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, helping the Los Angeles Clippers to a 117-101 win on Saturday versus Sacramento.
Impact: The win was the 56th of the year for the team, tying a franchise record for the most in a single season.
News: Paul provided 17 points (6-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT) with seven rebounds and 10 assists in 36 minutes in the win over the Kings on Saturday.
Impact: Paul, who hit double digits in assists for the first time in six games, has scored at least 17 points in eight straight games. Regarding the first development, he's recently ceded some facilitating to Blake Griffin, who had nine assists Saturday.
News: Griffin scored 27 points (9-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 8-9 FT) with nine assists and two steals in the win over Sacramento on Saturday.
Impact: Griffin has been at the top of his game, with averages of 25.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and six assists in his last five contests. He's also hit 82 percent of his free throws over that span.
News: Crawford (calf) scored 10 points (3-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with two assists in 18 minutes in the win over the Kings on Saturday.
Impact: After missing five consecutive games, Crawford will likely ramp up his minutes in the regular season's last few outings, as the Clippers get all of their players ready for the playoffs. He may continue to come off the bench with J.J. Redick back on the court.
News: Crawford (calf) will play Saturday against the Kings, according to coach Doc Rivers, Orange County Register reports.
Impact: This is just confirmation of what we already expected. Crawford has missed the past five games but will get back out there to knock off any rust before the playoffs begin. Deploy him as usual.
News: Granger (hamstring) isn't expected to return to the court until the playoffs, even though he was able to participate in shootaround Friday, ESPN reports.
Impact: This news isn't too surprising but confirms what was thought to be the inevitable. Granger should be dropped in all leagues that don't factor in the playoffs in some way. While it's been a disappointing end in the majority of leagues, he stands a chance to redeem himself during the Clippers' playoff push.
News: Crawford (calf) was able to practice Friday and is now expected to play against the Kings on Saturday, ESPN reports.
Impact: Crawford is currently on a five-game hiatus, but it appears like that will come to an end Saturday. He always stands a good chance to put up significant production when he's on the court, though there should definitely be some questions about the amount of time coach Doc Rivers will play him. The Clippers are hoping to make a long push into the playoffs, so Crawford won't likely be forced into his normal amount of minutes Saturday.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford (calf) will practice Friday in hopes of returning Saturday against the Kings, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Crawford has missed the last three games while nursing a calf injury and some reports indicated he could sit out the rest of the regular season. This news seems to contradict that, and Crawford should be considered questionable for Saturday's matchup. Should he return, both J.J. Redick and Darren Collison could see their minutes decreased.
Matt Barnes - #22 - Small Forward - 6'7" - 226lbs
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barnes (illness) struggled in the start against the Thunder but still played 29 minutes. He finished with seven points (3-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt), seven rebounds and three assists Wednesday.
Impact: Barnes has been dealing with strep throat which may be the cause of his sub-par play over his last three games. However, the likely source of his decline in production is the return of J.J. Redick (back) to the lineup. In this case, Barnes would continue to struggle throughout the end of the season.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Paul had 25 points and eight assists for the Clippers on Wednesday.
Impact: He's averaging 24.0 points in the last seven games.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday.
Impact: Thanks to Griffin, the Clippers are one win away from tying the franchise record of 56 wins in the regular season, set on the last day of the season a year ago.
Matt Barnes - #22 - Small Forward - 6'7" - 226lbs
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barnes (illness) is still recovering from strep throat but will start Wednesday's game against the Clippers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The illness caused Barnes to miss practice Tuesday, but he'll fight through the ailment to face Kevin Durant and Co. Barnes could be limited, however, so his status is something to keep an eye on.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Chris Paul scored 23 points as the Los Angeles Clippers knocked off their hallway rivals, the Lakers, 120-97 on Sunday afternoon.
Impact: Paul was quite efficient, going 8 of 10 from the field, 4 of 4 from 3-point range and 3 of 4 from the free-throw line in the win.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Redick returned to the Los Angeles Clippers lineup on Friday, scoring 12 points in nearly 24 minutes of play. The guard had been out since Feb. 5 because of a bulging disk in his lower back.
Impact: The Clippers are looking to use these final weeks of the regular season for Redick to shake off some of the rust. On Thursday, he was 3 of 10 from the field, 2 of 6 from 3-point range.