The Clippers have struggled of late going 2-6 in their eight games without Chris Paul in the lineup. They are 0-1 when Blake Griffin is out as well.
We’ll see what happens in CP3s ninth game out Wednesday, although it’s against a team even more banged up — Orlando.
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are out again for the Clippers Wednesday, tweets Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
The good news for the Clippers is Orlando is on a 10-game losing streak, already had less talent on the roster and what talent they did have has been out injured. Glen Davis is out for the season and both J.J. Redick and Arron Afflalo are out Wednesday as well. Jameer Nelson missed the last Magic game but will be a game time decision on Wednesday.
If it becomes a battle of the benches it favors the Clippers. They will start the much-coveted Eric Bledsoe at the point and you can expect to see Jamal Crawford with the ball in his hands a lot.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.