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With several key players out of the lineup, but looking to return soon, for the Clippers, a huge question is who is coming back, and when?
The deepest team in the NBA is doing what it was built to do- withstand injury. The Los Angeles Clippers have won their last two games against division rivals without backup forward Grant Hill, who has yet to play all season, starting guard Chauncey Billups, who only appeared in three games this season before injuring his left foot, and sixth man extraordinaire Jamal Crawford, who missed his first two games of the season this weekend with a sore foot.
Not to mention minor injuries for Eric Bledsoe, Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes, and Ronny Turiaf.
Hill started running in December as he attempts to come back from a bone bruise in his knee. According to Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro, Grant Hill might get some more practice time next week.
Billups, who started for the Clippers last season before tearing his left Achilles, returned from that injury only to be sidelined again after three days with peroneal tendinitis in his left foot. Del Negro does not expect Chauncey to start practicing next week.
Crawford is day-to-day with his sore left foot, but he has a new pair of shoes with a plate in them to provide support, the Los Angeles' Times' Broderick Turner writes. Jamal's status for Wednesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks is uncertain.
Trey Thompkins, of course, has also missed the entire season with a bone bruise in his knee, and there's been no talk of a timetable for his return. At least we still see Trey on the bench celebrating with his teammates.
Information from various articles by Broderick Turner for the LA Times was used in this update.