The Clippers Can’t Stay Healthy
The last time the Clippers and Warriors met, an errant JaVale McGee elbow sent Clippers big man Blake Griffin sprawling to the floor with what was later diagnosed as a concussion, who will miss an undetermined amount of time as he goes through the league’s concussion protocol. This will be the second stretch the Clippers have to endure this year without Griffin’s services, as he earlier missed 14 games with an MCL sprain.
The Clippers are already without Patrick Beverly (knee surgery), Danilo Gallinari (glute), Austin Rivers (Achilles), and Milos Teodosic (plantar fasciitis). Despite the injuries, the Clippers remain competitive, currently sitting just two games behind New Orleans for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff rankings. If the Clippers can get healthy, they could be poised to make a run in the second half.
Steph Curry Is Back In Action
Meanwhile, the status of Warriors forward Kevin Durant is uncertain as he deals with a calf strain. Durant has been held out of the lineup the past three games. Not that it matters much though, as guard Stephen Curry has been simply electric since returning to the lineup after missing 11 games with a knee injury. In five games since his return, Curry has made a ridiculous 33 of 62 three-point attempts, good for 53.2 percent from beyond the stripe, including 8 of 16 en route to 45 points the last time these teams met.
The Warriors currently sit atop the Western Conference with a 33-8 record, and look to continue their dominance as they head into the second half of the season.
Watch the Clippers take on the Warriors on Wednesday at 10:30pm ET on ESPN.