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After participating in shootaround earlier today, Paul, Griffin, Crawford and Billups are all reportedly planning to play against Miami tonight.
According to a tweet from Ramona Shelburn, all four of the key injured Clippers -- specifically Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups -- are planning to play tonight barring a setback in the next couple of hours.
Good news for the Clips. Source tells me "everybody (Blake, CP, Chauncey, JC) is playing at this point."if no setbacks, it's on vs. Heat— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 8, 2013
All four of them participated in the team's shootaround today and evidently felt good doing so. If indeed these four do suit up tonight, it will be the first time this season the Clippers will have their top 13 players available. In fact, it will be the first time this season the Clippers will have any 13 players in uniform.
No further word on the flu-ridden Heat players. Allen is likely out, while Bosh and Wade are considered game time decisions. None of them participated in shootaround. In theory Bosh should be recovering since he was out with the flu on Wednesday while Wade is just coming down with it. Does that mean Bosh will play while Wade will not? I don't know. We'll have to wait and see. There's also the question of how well they might play with the flu, but we've all seen players with the flu, from Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant, come through with huge games while suffering from the flu, so you never know.