The Clippers have been hit with injuries as of late. That may have contributed to their swoon as of late; they are 3-7 in their last 10 games. But just in time for their contest against Miami, they received excellent news. Here’s Ramona Shelburne from ESPN L.A.:
Chris Paul has been out the last nine games due to a knee bruise. Blake Griffin missed the last two games because of a hamstring injury. Jamal Crawford took a game off to rest his ailing shoulder. And Chauncey Billups has been dealing with a foot injury since December.
If all four of them play, it will be the first time all season that the Clippers will have 13 players available. Grant Hill returned recently after a knee injury. They had been waiting on Billups for a few months now. The Clippers’ biggest enemy at this point seems to be their health as they have shown over the season how excellent the team is. The Clippers went on a franchise-record 17-game winning streak. Even though their record is at an excellent 35-16 (which is good for third in the West), they were 32-9 before that 3-7 swoon.
Chris Paul has had an MVP-like season, scoring 16.6 points, 9.7 assists, and 2.6 steals per contest. Griffin, despite decreased production, has improved in nearly every aspect of the game with averages of 18.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.5 steals. Jamal Crawford, who is in the running for his second Sixth Man of the Year award, is averaging 16.9 points per game. Billups, who won the 2004 Finals MVP with the Detroit Pistons, has only played in three games and has averaged 7.3 points per contest.
As for the Miami Heat, a flu bug has hit the team, knocking Chris Bosh and Ray Allen out for Friday night’s game against the Clippers. Dwyane Wade has the flu as well but he is going to play.