Grant Hill Could Return As Early As Saturday

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The veteran forward has missed all season with a bone bruise in his right knee, but the defensive stalwart's return now appears imminent.

According to ESPNLA's Arash Markazi, veteran SF Grant Hill could make his season debut for the Los Angeles Clippers as soon as Saturday against the Orlando Magic.

After playing in both of the Clippers' exhibition games in China, Hill suffered a bone bruise in his right knee and has missed all 35 regular season games so far. Grant was a combined 4-12 from the field with 10 points, 7 rebounds, a steal, and a block coming in 29 minutes spread between the two games against the Miami Heat.

Yesterday was reportedly Hill's first practice in over two months.

Other Injury Updates

Chauncey Billups (peroneal tendinitis) is nearing a return to practice and could play within the next few weeks.

Jamal Crawford (sore left foot) missed practice yesterday and is, according to Clippers.com, questionable for Wednesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Bledsoe Working Hard

Third year backup point guard Eric Bledsoe is an athletic phenom and darling of the NBA, but ever since he injured his hip on a nasty fall in Detroit on December 17th he hasn't been his usual self. After a monster performance Saturday against the Warriors, Eric Bledsoe said his hip was feeling better.

Bledsoe has also been working hard on his game. According to Broderick Turner of the LA Times, Eric Bledsoe was in Playa Vista last Thursday on the Clippers day off working on his game, and returned there Sunday morning to work hard even when there was no practice.

According to Markazi, the young PG has been working with Grant Hill and picking up tips from the former All-NBA first teamer: "He's a great mentor. He's been in this league a long time and he's seen a lot of things. So he's trying to help me overcome some stuff."

Hopefully "stuff" means Bledsoe's recent slump and injuries and not a concern over lack of playing time.

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