The Clippers’ bad injury luck just won’t stop coming.
Milos Teodosic, the 31-year-old rookie guard from Serbia, has struggled with a plantar fascia injury all year, only appearing in 45 of the team’s 75 games so far. Unfortunately, it appears that 45 will be the final number of games played for Milos. After aggravating that plantar facia injury, which has plagued him all season long, on Wednesday night, the Clippers have announced that Milos has suffered a partial tear of his plantar fascia.
Milos is out indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in two weeks—just after the Clippers’ final regular season game on April 11th, and just ahead of when a potential Game 1 of a first-round series would be. The reasoning here is transparent: he won’t be able to play again in the regular season, but a return during the playoffs is possible. So, they’ll hold him out of the remaining 7 games, and if there are to be games after that, they’ll set a timeline to determine if and when he can return during the postseason.
Teodosic has had a successful rookie season, averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in 25.2 minutes per game. He also shot 38% from three-point range, improving significantly from deep as the season went on.
Milos is the third Clippers guard to go down for the remainder of the season, joining Patrick Beverley (who had knee surgery in November) and Avery Bradley (whose sports hernia has kept him out since February). The starting guards going forward will presumably be Austin Rivers and rookie Tyrone Wallace, with Lou Williams maintaining a major role off of the bench as the frontrunner for 6th man of the year. In reserve, C.J. Williams, Sindarius Thornwell, and Jawun Evans could all see spot minutes.