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.
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.
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.
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.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford remains unlikely to return during the regular season, but he has made progress with his calf injury and was taking some shots before practice Tuesday, the Clippers' official site reports.
Impact: The Clippers have just four games left this season, making it highly unlikely that he'll be cleared to play before the end of the season, and with J.J. Redick back and relatively healthy, there's no rush to get Crawford back until he's fully healthy.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barnes did not practice Tuesday because of an illness, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: It is not yet clear whether or not this illness will threaten his playing status for Wednesday's game against the Clippers, an important game for both teams and the Western Conference playoff picture. For now, he should be considered day-to-day and fantasy owners should check his status prior to Wednesday's game.
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.
News: Collison led the Clippers' bench with 14 points (7-17 FG 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, six assists and two steals in 34 minutes Sunday against the Lakers.
Impact: J.J. Redick has reclaimed his spot in the starting lineup, but Collison remains a decent option in mid-sized leagues, as he displayed Sunday, and he actually played 10 more minutes than Redick despite being moved to a bench role.
News: Redick reclaimed his spot in the starting lineup Sunday, scoring 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt) with three boards and two assists in 24 minutes.
Impact: Now that Redick appears healthy, look for him to remain a starter for the rest of the season, although it's not clear if he'll get up to the 30 minute-per-game threshold, as the Clippers still have solid options in Darren Collison and Jared Dudley off the bench who command playing time.
News: Redick will start at shooting guard Sunday versus the Lakers, the Clippers' official Twitter account reports.
Impact: Redick returned to action Thursday following a near two-month absence due to a back injury. The first-year Clipper scored 12 points in 24 minutes of action off Los Angeles' bench and will now reclaim his position in the starting lineup moving forward. Thus, Darren Collison will be relegated back to a reserve role.
News: Crawford (Calf) will likely miss Sunday's contest against the Lakers.
Impact: It would be surprising if he did take the floor, as the Orange County Register reported that he could be out until the playoffs. With the Clippers already locking up the division, they don't have much of a motive to push Crawford back into action until he is healthy.
News: Granger (hamstring) will likely miss Sunday's contest against the Lakers.
Impact: Granger has been out since March 27 with the injury and he could be out until the playoffs. The small forward will once again to provide depth off the bench for the Clippers when he returns to the floor.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Griffin said that his back is "good enough" and his ankle is "fine," Clippers.com reports.
Impact: Griffin's performance Thursday is certainly a testament to his statement, as he managed to post a triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in 40 minutes of action. It appears he'll be good to go the rest of the way, barring any setbacks, and owners can continue to ride on him to finish the year.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Redick (back) returned to action Thursday against the Mavericks and logged 12 points, two rebounds, and one assist in 24 minutes of action.
Impact: Redick had missed over two months of games, and it appears he's finally back and ready to play. He may not reach his early-season efficiency in terms of fantasy, but he may still be worth a roster spot in standard leagues, as Jamal Crawford (calf) isn't expected to return until the playoffs.
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.
News: Collison recorded 22 points (7-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds, one assist, and three steals in 38 minutes Thursday.
Impact: Collison has scored 20+ points in three consecutive games now and has hit two threes in each of those games. He has 11 steals in his past four games and is also shooting well from the field in addition to provide decent rebound and assist numbers.
News: Jordan put up 21 points (9-12 FG, 3-8 FT), 15 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 39 minutes Thursday.
Impact: Jordan has now recorded four double-doubles in his last five games and has grabbed double digit rebounds in 22 consecutive games. He remains the league's leader in rebounds and although he doesn't score much, is also the league leader in field goal percentage.
News: Griffin posted 25 points (9-23 FG, 7-7 FT), 10 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes Thursday.
Impact: Thursday was Griffin's first triple-double of the season and his season-high in assists as well. His back injury that caused him to miss Monday's game and most of Saturday's does not appear to be bothering him anymore and he seems to be back at full strength.
News: Granger (hamstring) could be out until the playoffs, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Granger has been struggling with injuries over the past seasons, and it appears his fantasy run could be over. The Clippers could use him to add to their rotation's depth, but it won't translate into fantasy production.
News: Crawford (calf) could be out until the playoffs, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Coach Doc Rivers didn't sound too optimistic about Crawford's return during the regular season, and it makes sense to let him fully recover for the playoffs, as the Clippers could be contending for strong play. The return of J.J. Redick (back) came at the right time for the Clippers, and it appears Darren Collison may retain fantasy value even with Redick back in the lineup.
News: Redick (back) will return to action Thursday against the Mavericks, FOX Sports reports. He will come off the bench and play limited minutes.
Impact: Redick is averaging 15.7 points and 2.1 three-pointers made this season, and his return will certainly give the Clippers a much-needed boost. He's unlikely to return to his usual production in his first few games back, but he's worth taking up in 12-man leagues for his upside.
News: Redick (back) has a "75 percent" chance of returning from injury Thursday and will likely start if he does in fact play, ESPN reports.
Impact: Redick hasn't seen any action since Feb. 3, so it would seem that he'd stand a good chance of being a little rusty if he plays Thursday. It might be wise to wait and see how Redick performs before adding him, but being inserted right back into the starting lineup suggests that coach Doc Rivers would like Redick to get significant playing time before the playoffs.
News: Griffin (back) was able to play in Wednesday's game but says that he'll be cautious with his spasms throughout the end of the regular season, the Clippers' Official Site reports. He added that he's only dealing with some "tightness" at this point.
Impact: Griffin was a game-time decision Wednesday but ultimately played well during his 34 minutes on the court. Coach Doc Rivers has been notably conservative regarding the injury to Griffin, so the fact that he allowed his star player to see the court must mean that Griffin should be healthy moving forward.
News: Granger (hamstring) will miss his fourth-straight game Thursday, the Clippers' Official Site reports.
Impact: The Clippers are planning for a long run into the playoffs, so it's not all too surprising that coach Doc Rivers has decided to rest Granger. His next opportunity to see action will be Sunday against the Lakers.
News: Crawford (calf) will miss his third-straight game Thursday, the Clippers' Official Site reports.
Impact: Crawford continues to struggle with his calf injury and coach Doc Rivers likely wants to get him healthy before the playoffs start. Darren Collison has seen an increased role with Crawford out and stands a good chance to fill in for Crawford yet again Thursday.
News: Griffin is a game-time decision for Wednesday's contest against the Suns, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: With Jamal Crawford (calf/Achilles) being ruled out Wednesday, if Griffin is unable to play, coach Doc Rivers will likely opt for smaller lineups. Expect Jared Dudley to start at small forward and Matt Barnes at the four, with Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu getting extra time off the bench.
News: Collison scored 23 points (9-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT) to go along with five assists, three rebounds and three steals in 42 minutes against Phoenix on Wednesday night.
Impact: That's back-to-back games of at least 20 points for Collison, who's also played at least 40 minutes in each of his last three games. That will likely continue if Jamal Crawford (Achilles) misses more time.
News: Griffin (back) will start Wednesday's game against the Suns, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Griffin returns after missing just one game with back spasms, which first appeared during Saturday's win over Houston. His return pushes Jared Dudley back to the bench and could result in fewer minutes for Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu.
News: Crawford (calf/Achilles) will not play Wednesday against the Suns, the Orange Country Register reports.
Impact: Crawford will miss his second straight game with soreness in his left calf and Achilles tendon. Look for Willie Green and Reggie Bullock to pick up the minutes left vacant in Crawford's absence.
Mon. Mar 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Crawford is out with a strained left calf.
Impact: It's unclear when he'll be able to return.
Sun. Mar 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Paul had 30 points and 12 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers clinch their franchise-record third straight playoff appearance with a 118-107 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
Impact: Paul, averaging 18.9 points, has scored 30 or more in back-to-back games for the first time this season. He had 31 points in a win in Dallas on Thursday. The Clippers might need him to continue those high-scoring efforts if Blake Griffin has to miss time because of back spasms.
Glen Davis - #0 - Forward-Center - 6'9" - 289lbs
News: Davis is out for the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half against the Houston Rockets for disciplinary reasons.
Impact: Davis, whose nickname is "Big Baby," was apparently upset after being taken out in the second quarter and threw a temper tantrum at coach Doc Rivers. Rivers immediately sent him to the locker room and the team announced that he would not return after halftime. Davis was 0 for 2 with a steal in less than four minutes in the first half.
News: Griffin did not play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night due to a back injury.
Impact: Griffin was injured in the first quarter against Houston on Saturday. He had light contact with Rockets big man Donatas Motiejunas and immediately went to the ground. He was able to do some work at the team's morning shootaround in Minnesota and warmed up before the game, but was held out.
News: Granger remains out.
Impact: The Clippers forward reportedly has a strained left hamstring.
News: Jordan had 16 points and 15 rebounds in Thursday's win over Dallas.
Impact: It was the 47th straight 10-plus rebound performance by Jordan, who is averaging 14.3 boards during that stretch.
News: Griffin logged his 41st double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds in Thursday's win over the Mavericks.
Impact: Griffin ended his streak of 20-plus point games at 30. He averaged 27.0 points during that stretch.
News: Paul had 31 points and nine assists in Thursday's win at Dallas.
Impact: Paul, who was 9 of 18 from the field and 4 of 8 from deep, bounced back in a big way from Wednesday's debacle in New Orleans when he was a career-worst 0 for 12.