Wesley Johnson, who sat out five games because of a bruised left heel, was cleared to play Monday night, giving the Clippers a small forward who could provide a significant boost to the second unit.
“We missed him defensively,” Coach Doc Rivers said before the game, “because he was the fourth guy on a second unit whose defensive numbers were off the charts because we had four guys who could switch.
“When Wesley was hurt, we only had three guys who could switch, and that had an impact on our defense. It will be nice [to have him back]. What I have to judge is how well he can move.”
Rivers has largely gone...