During his pregame press conference, Doc Rivers confirmed to the media that both Chris Paul and J.J. Redick will miss tonight’s game. Paul suffered a left hamstring strain last week against the San Antonio Spurs, while Redick is recovering from a sore left hamstring from last night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Doc Rivers also confirmed that Raymond Felton, who had been suffering from a fever, is fine and will play tonight.
The Clippers are already without their leading scorer in Blake Griffin, so missing Paul and Redick—the team’s number 2 and 3 scorers—makes winning a tall task for a skeleton crew. In recent games, the team has struggled with Paul Pierce replacing Griffin, largely due to the lack of a secondary ball handler on the floor.
Rivers hinted in his press conference that tonight’s starting lineup may be different from what we’ve seen in the last few games, featuring Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford, Wesley Johnson, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and DeAndre Jordan. Mbah a Moute and Jordan are the two starters left standing, and Rivers has started a few games this year. That said, the shift from a Raymond Felton-led team to the promotion of the Crawford-Rivers bench duo is a notable pivot, as well as the promotion of Wesley Johnson, who hasn’t started a game yet this season.