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Aftermath of arguments and injuries for Clippers

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MINNEAPOLIS — Sunday was a day of rest and no practice for the Clippers, giving Glen Davis time to reflect on his run-in with Coach Doc Rivers and allowing Blake Griffin time to get more treatment for back spasms.

The drama-filled moments from Saturday night's game between the Clippers and Houston Rockets also included reserve guard Jamal Crawford suffering from a sore and tight left Achilles' tendon.

Davis had gotten into an argument with Rivers during the game Saturday night and was eventually escorted off the bench and into the Clippers' locker room after Rivers told the team's security to remove his backup power forward.

Davis was seen working out at the team's Houston hotel on Sunday, hours before the Clippers boarded their flight to Minneapolis for Monday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Davis and Rivers were supposed to talk Sunday or Monday to iron out the situation, and Davis was expected to play against Minnesota.

Griffin, on the other hand, has been listed as doubtful for the game because of his ailing back.

The Clippers have just two games left on this five-game trip and just eight left in the regular season.

Rivers said he would talk with Clippers head athletic trainer Jasen Powell about Griffin and probably would be cautious about his return. Griffin has been dealing with lower-back problems for a couple of weeks. Rivers said Griffin has also been dealing lately with a sore hip.

"I'm not sure how bad it is," Rivers said about Griffin's back spasms. "I just don't know yet. But clearly if it's something where JP [Jasen Powell] says, 'Hey, it's your call [on Griffin playing],' then that means 'no.' I mean, if it's my call, then no. I want it to be the trainer's call, where he knows he can play.

"But if it gets to that, yeah, I would rest Blake, Chris [Paul], Jamal."

Griffin went down right in front of the Clippers' bench when he appeared to have been bumped in the back by Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas.

Griffin limped to the locker room with 5:49 left in the first quarter, never to return.

"It scared the [heck] out of me because I've had that reaction myself, and that's a back injury," Rivers said. "They don't think it's awful."

Crawford has own injuries

Crawford, who had missed eight of nine games because of a strained left calf, now is dealing with a sore and tight left Achilles' tendon that forced him to come out for treatment during the Rockets game.

Crawford is supposed to play against the Timberwolves.

"I realistically hadn't moved it a lot in a month before I came back," Crawford said about his calf injury. "It's just frustrating because I know I have to go through it," Crawford said. "You forget certain things are going to be tired when you take that much time off…I'll be all right."

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