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Clippings: The team is adjusting to life in the bubble

The Clippers are getting closer to having their full roster together.

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The Clippers celebrated Patrick Beverley’s birthday Sunday by canceling practice. Although, to be fair to Mr. 94 Feet, that’s probably the last thing Beverley would have wanted.

The point guard’s 32nd birthday marked the team’s fourth full day at the NBA campus site, and the Clippers are getting closer to full strength as the days pass. Kawhi Leonard and JaMychal Green both stayed back in Los Angeles Wednesday to deal with separate personal matters, but Leonard arrived in Orlando Friday and Green joined the team Sunday. Leonard should be eligible to practice today while Green will have to remain in the NBA-mandated self-isolation for a little bit longer.

There has been no update yet on Landry Shamet’s status. We only know that the second-year Clipper tested positive for the coronavirus a little over a week ago and has been quarantining at home. Ivica Zubac is also not yet with the team, also due to a personal matter, but the Clippers seem confident that their starting center will be arriving soon enough.

The Clippers didn’t bring one of their backup centers, rookie Mfiondu Kabengele, as they elected to only have 15 players and chose fellow rookie Amir Coffey in Kabengele’s place. Per Cleaning the Glass, Coffey has played 48 non-garbage time minutes this season relative to Kabengele’s nine, and the Clippers likely favored Coffey’s readiness and positional versatility for the NBA restart.

While we wait for the games to be played, the players are taking full advantage of life in the bubble. Beverley hit the arcade, Patrick Patterson is watching Space Force, and Montrezl Harrell and Paul George were among several NBA players to go fishing (check out former Clipper Jerome Robinson below), though there were mistaken reports that the Clippers wouldn’t have lake access this early in the process.

It’s all fun right now until the games begin.

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