After missing the last three games due to back spasms, Jared Dudley will return to the lineup as the Clippers take on the Golden State Warriors
“I’ll be back tonight. I could have gone on Wednesday, but it was like 85 (percent). No pain, no restrictions.”
Dudley’s season hasn’t gone the way many thought it would. His numbers are down across the board and he’s failing to live up to the 3-and-D title attached to his name. His slump force Doc Rivers to play his hand and insert Matt barnes into the starting lineup, moving Dudley to the bench.
But with J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford out, Dudley adds an extra body to the rotation, something the Clippers need desperately. With the playoffs a month away, there is hope that Dudley can get back to the player he was last year now that he is one-hundred percent healthy.
There was a moment against the Suns where Paul was seen grabbing his groin. Luckily for the Clippers he’ll be available tonight.
“It scared me a little bit the other night, but you know we got a unbelievable training staff and they got me through.”
Paul finished with 17 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds against the Phoenix Suns despite the groin pull, but it’s something you have to keep an eye on as the season plays out. An injury like that can heavily affect how a player moves on the court and has the potential to linger on for long periods of time.
As expected, Jamal Crawford won’t make an appearance tonight against the Warriors.
One could imagine that if this was a game with many playoff implication, Crawford would be able to take the court, but due to it being a regular season game, he’ll sit out. The team is rolling, putting less pressure on Crawford to be on the court. What matters is health at the moment as having Crawford completely healthy for the playoffs matters more than having him make an appearance in a Wednesday night game.
Darren Collison will remain the starting shooting guard until Crawford’s (or Redick’s) return.