MIAMI — The
Starting small forward
"It's nothing major," Dudley said. "It's stuff that I've been going through since training camp. I think it's more of a strengthening thing."
Dudley tried to play because
But because Dudley couldn't play much, the Clippers were forced to play power forward
"We've got so many guys hurt so I had to play," Dudley said. "A night like tonight with LeBron, I could only imagine because Matt didn't play, Blake Griffin would have had to guard LeBron all night."
Dudley said he'll get treatment and play Saturday at Houston.
"Dudley is not 100% either. He probably should be sitting," Clippers Coach
Wanted: bench help
Last season, the Clippers had one of the best benches in the
This season, the Clippers' bench has struggled. Other than
Led by Crawford's 14 points against the Heat, the Clippers' second team scored 31 points.
But the Heat's second team scored 33, meaning the Clippers' second unit has been outscored in five of the six games so far.
"The injuries are the No. 1 [problem] and we just haven't figured it out yet," Rivers said. "The continuity hasn't been good. Jamal is playing well. But really, after that, it's just up and down.…I think about after 15 or 20 [games] we'll talk."
"I thought DC today played well," Rivers said. "He gave us some life and gave us some energy. And he needed that."