The Los Angeles Clippers are in the midst of four consecutive off days, and the break really couldn't have come at a better time. They've been without their starting backcourt of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick for each of the last two games, and may well be without them once again on Thursday when they resume action against the Golden State Warriors.
According to Robert Morales of InsideSoCal.com, CP3 is listed as doubtful for Thursday, while Redick is out. Paul has been nursing a strained groin for the last week or so, and Redick has been sidelined by back spasms.
Obviously, this is a less-than-ideal situation for the Clips as they head into their second showdown of the season against their hated rivals from up north. They're 1-1 in the two games without Paul and Redick thus far, but they're about to kick-off a stretch during which they'll see some of the better backcourts the NBA has to offer. Following Thursday's tilt with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Warriors, the Clippers head to Portland on Friday before coming back to Los Angeles to host Toronto on Sunday. The Blazers boast the high-scoring guard duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, while the Raps start a pair of All-Stars in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in their backcourt. The likes of Austin Rivers, Pablo Prigioni and Jamal Crawford will have their hands full, to say the least.
Redick missed significant time two seasons ago with a back injury, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him on the sidelines for a bit longer this time around. Paul's status is more up in the air, but groin injuries have a way of lingering. It's likely in the best interests of the team to sit him for an extended period in order to make sure it can heal fully before returning. It's still quite early in the season, and the Clippers have a fairly home-heavy schedule in the coming weeks. Playoff seeding is important in the brutal Western Conference, but health trumps everything in the end.
Per Morales, the team will provide additional updates on both players when the Clippers return to practice on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Both guards are doubtful to play.
The semantics of injury reporting - one outlet says CP, JJ "not likely" to play. Doc said neither were "probable" and said it was "50-50."— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) November 18, 2015
Doc's exact words on Chris Paul and J.J. Redick: "Neither are probable, but we’ll see."— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) November 18, 2015
Chris Paul and JJ Redick were both limited participants in practice. Chris Paul did more than Redick, from what I'm told.— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) November 18, 2015