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Clippers guard Milos Teodosic has sustained a plantar fascia injury to his left foot and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Sunday afternoon.
Teodosic, who injured his foot in the second quarter of a 130-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night at Staples Center, and the Clippers...
Bad news, but not the worst-case scenario.
According to a press release from the L.A. Clippers, guard Milos Teodosic is out indefinitely following what has been diagnosed as a plantar fascia injury in his left foot. The plantar fascia connects the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot. Teodosic left the Clippers’ game Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns with an apparent foot injury, and had an MRI today in Los Angeles.
This may sound familiar, as plantar fasciitis is a relatively common condition among athletes. However, plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition, whereas this is simply an injury to the same ligament.
Fortunately for Teodosic and the Clippers, he avoided a ruptured achilles tendon, which seemed possible considering the nature of his injury. He started both of the Clippers’ first two games, averaging 5.5 points and 4 assists in 16 minutes per game while shooting 43% from beyond the arc.
A torn plantar fascia would normally keep a player out for 3-4 months, but the indefinite diagnosis perhaps indicates that Teodosic might not have suffered a full tear, and could perhaps return ahead of that timeline. He should return to full strength once he is fully recovered—with any luck, sometime in January.
In the meantime, Doc Rivers will lean more heavily on the other three veteran guards in his rotation: Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers, and Lou Williams. Austin Rivers will likely start as Williams stays in his role as a bench scorer. This injury will also mean increased opportunities for rookie guards Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell, who were out of the original healthy rotation. Evans is a point guard and a more natural replacement for Teodosic, but Thornwell appears to be ahead on the depth chart, so expect Doc to turn to him and delegate more point guard duties to the other guards.
Doc will also likely have to eliminate his usage of three-guard lineups, which frees up some small forward minutes—either for Thornwell, Sam Dekker, or Wesley Johnson. More playing time at small forward for Johnson could have a domino effect, freeing up some power forward minutes for Montrezl Harrell or Brice Johnson.
In short, the Clippers’ positional versatility gives Doc Rivers a variety of choices to replace Teodosic in the rotation.
The Clippers dominated the Phoenix Suns in a 130-88 victory on Saturday night at Staples Center.
Here are five takeaways from the game:
1. Yet again the Clippers were forced to put up a brave front after point guard Milos Teodosic went down with an injury.
He injured his left foot during the second...
The Clippers, with their 42 point win over the Suns, set a new franchise-to-franchise record for margin of victory. But it isn’t all smiles in Lob City.
Although we did not expect the Clippers to have any issues with the young Suns, one could not have expected such a margin of victory this early in the season. Indeed, the Clippers’ 130-88 win, taking them to 2-0 on the season, was a historically good win for the team:
Per Clippers PR, this was the Clippers' largest margin of victory ever against the Suns— Clips Nation (@ClipsNationSBN) October 22, 2017 Pre-Game:
Given that tonight was the first home game of the season, and because I was there to witness it, I feel compelled to set the scene a bit more than a typical game recap. As one arrived to their seat, they were greeted by a blue “It Takes Everything” shirt (with the full roster of names printed on the back) and a light-up bracelet (something the Clippers organization has experimented with before).
= GAMETIME pic.twitter.com/zf9YvkxqJN— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 22, 2017
As the Star Spangled Banner was sung and the roster was announced, fans’ wrists lit up with syncopated patterns of red, white, and blue. Then, there were some fireworks, which was followed by the obligatory speech acknowledging the start of the season — Blake Griffin, doing the honors.First Half:
The first few minutes of the game were truly uneventful. The two teams traded buckets fairly evenly, though Griffin and Gallo both hit a few three pointers to set the tone on offense. They were able to get the open looks as product of good ball movement and an especially aggressive Patrick Beverley (Beverley finished with 15 points in 26 minutes).
After the first few minutes, the Clippers were solidly in control. Blake was exceptional all game (29 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists), Austin Rivers played good defense on Devin Booker, and the second until showed its ability to move the ball just like the first unit.
But we did have a concerning moment towards the end of the half, as Miloš Teodosić fell down in the middle of a possession, curled up in pain, and was carried off the court with a lot of help. It is being called a “left foot injury.” X-Rays were “negative,” which is good but we need to see what tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) MRI says because the injury looked muscular.
Milos did not finish the game, but he was able to walk in a boot after the game, which seems promising.
Clippers say Milo's Teodosic is walking boot on injured left foot— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) October 22, 2017 Second Half:
The second half of the game was primarily about Blake Griffin continuing to be unstoppable — earning MVP chants from the home crowd. But just as much as Griffin was dominating, the Suns’ Josh Jackson was equally struggling. The rookie fouled out trying to guard Blake and others down low. Before he fouled out, Jackson put up 12 points on 3 of 10 shooting.
Outside of Blake, the Clippers had solid games from several other players. Lou Williams looked smooth and under control, finishing with an efficient 18 points (53.8% from the field). The back up bigs of Reed and Harrell found themselves taking after their principal, catching lobs from Lou Williams and Austin Rivers as the second unit took over the game.
Speaking of Rivers: In 32 minutes (more minutes than expected because of Milos’ foot injury, Austin had 5 points and 4 assists. But although these numbers are not ones to flaunt about, Rivers looked more himself — quick, confident, and ready to play defense, even if the shot was not going down.Up Next:
The Clippers will play the Utah Jazz on Tuesday at 7:30pm on their home court. Go Clips!
In a season already full of too many health issues, the Clippers were beset by another problem when guard Milos Teodosic injured his left foot late in the second quarter and did not return during his team’s 130-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night at Staples Center.
The basketball was good tonight, folks.
Led for the second straight game by Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers stayed perfect tonight and improved their record to 2-0 as they absolutely crushed the Phoenix Suns, 130-88. Griffin didn’t play in the fourth quarter with the result decided, and finished with 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in 28 minutes. He was a hyper-efficient 7-13 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc, while converting 12 of his 14 free throw attempts. DeAndre Jordan played his role well, with 6 points and 13 rebounds.
Patrick Beverley was also tremendous early in the game before resting for much of the second half, adding 15 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, and 5 steals on 6-8 shooting in 26 minutes. Lou Williams picked up where Beverley left off, extending the Clippers’ lead in the second-half with 18 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds. Much of Williams’ production was in conjunction with backup center Willie Reed, who had an exceptional 12-point, 4-rebound performance on 6-6 shooting in just 13 minutes. Reed also took two charges.
Danilo Gallinari and Austin Rivers continued to struggle with their scoring efficiency, but both showed some signs of life tonight. Rivers was just 2-7 from the field for 5 points, but he contributed with 4 assists, running the pick-and-roll well and finding the Clippers’ big men for lob dunks. Gallinari was 4-14 from the field, but hit three threes and added 8 rebounds to go with his 12 points.
Starting guard Milos Teodosic exited the game in the first half with an apparent left foot injury. While X-Rays were negative, he will have an MRI Sunday in Los Angeles. He was carried off of the court and was in a walking boot following the game.
The Clippers’ normal rotation is rounded out by Wesley Johnson, who had a solid but unspectacular game of 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
In the second half with the game decided, the rest of the Clippers got some opportunities to impress Doc Rivers and the fans in attendance at STAPLES Center. Sam Dekker had 7 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists while fellow former Rocket Montrezl Harrell had a couple big dunks and a highlight block to make his presence felt. Rookie Sindarius Thornwell added 8 quick points and 2 steals, showing himself as a capable finisher in traffic, while second-year forward Brice Johnson had 6 points and 4 rebounds, hitting a couple of nice shots but struggling to compete physically on defense.
A full recap and analysis will be coming from Clips Nation writer Kenneth Armstrong.
Clippers guard Milos Teodosic sustained a left foot injury late in the second quarter and did not return during his team’s game against the Phoenix Suns Saturday night at Staples Center.
Teodosic stepped on Suns guard Devin Booker’s foot and fell to the court in pain with about two minutes, 34...
Late in the second quarter, Milos was forced to leave the Clippers’ game against the Suns with a left foot injury. The Clippers quickly announced he would not return
One of the biggest worries about Miloš coming to the NBA was his ability to stay healthy during an 82 game season. He wasn’t a super durable player in Europe, and they play far fewer and less physical games. Unfortunately, it looks like that fear has already been realized (at least slightly), as he went down with a left foot injury, and won’t return to the game.
Miloš was running up the court on a fastbreak, cutting towards the basket. He then ran under the rim, and started hobbling, moving to the sideline, where he sat until trainers carried him off. The video of the injury is below. His inability to put any pressure on his foot is a bad sign (though apparently once he was in the tunnel he was able to limp). Hopefully carrying him was more of a precaution than a necessity.
Teodosić has dealt with left feet and ankle injuries before, and this could just be a continuation of those issues. He didn’t appear to turn it at all, and nobody came down on it, so hopefully it’s just a strain/sprain and keeping him out of the game is just the Clippers being safe. The worst case scenario is that it’s a torn Achilles, which is one of the most severe injuries an NBA athlete can sustain. Most NBA players who have fully torn their Achilles haven’t come returned to playing at all, or come back as far lesser versions of themselves. If Miloš sprained his foot/Achilles, he might be out a week or two. If it’s torn or ruptured, he’s done for the season.
Miloš has been fun for the Clippers through 1.5 games, and has made a true impact on the offensive side of the court. He would be a huge loss for the team in both quality and watchability. Let’s hope for the best, and pray that Miloš plays Clippers’ basketball again sometime in the near future.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski, Miloš will soon undergo an MRI to determine how bad his injury is. Fingers crossed.
Clippers guard Milos Teodosic will undergo an MRI to discover severity of left foot injury, league source tells ESPN. He left game vs. Suns.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 22, 2017 October 22, 2017
Not only was Danilo Gallinari unable to play in many preaseason games with new teammates Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but the Clippers’ new starting small forward was unable to get in many practices with the two.
A strained left foot put Gallinari down in the second exhibition game in Hawaii...