The injury bug has started early for the LA Clippers. Per Brad Turner, Los Angeles will be very short-handed against Oklahoma City, as they’ll now be missing: Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari, and Miloš Teodosić. Austin Rivers is also listed as questionable.
If Austin Rivers is also out, then Los Angeles will be missing a total of 4 starters. Expect Los Angeles to rely heavily on rookie guards Sindarius Thornwell and Jawun Evans if Rivers can’t play.
The silver lining in all of this, is that Oklahoma City is also struggling. OKC is having trouble passing the ball and having trouble scoring; the Thunder are 18th in the league in Assists (21.6 APG), and 24th in the league in scoring (102.5). The team has lost 4 games in a row, but has the talent to turn it around fast.
Today’s game is a battle between two struggling teams that desperately need to win.