Clippers’ Milos Teodosic is out because of a foot injury
Just when Clippers guard Milos Teodosic was starting to show his full potential, he got injured again and will be out for an undetermined period of time.
Teodosic didn’t play Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns after he re-aggravated his left foot injury Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center.
The Clippers said Teodosic will be re-evaluated Thursday and his playing status possibly will be determined then.
He was injured in the second quarter against the Bucks, having contributed 13 points and four assists before he departed. He made four of five shots from three-point range.
Teodosic averaged 12.6 points per game and 2.8 assists in his last five games. He made 48.8% of his shots, 48.1% of his three-pointers and 80% of his free throws.
“He’s been playing great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s not going to be playing for a while. But I thought he really started to play really well. His shot was falling, which I thought sets all the other stuff up. But he’s out now.”
The Clippers play the Trail Blazers at Portland on Friday night and then host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
Teodosic missed 22 games at the start of the season because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot and then missed three more games later in the season with the same injury.
Tyrone Wallace, who got called up from the Clippers’ NBA development league team Tuesday, started in place of Teodosic.
Wallace, who played for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, started his 13th game for the Clippers and played in his 23rd of the season.
“We’d just would rather keep Lou [Williams] coming off the bench as much as we could,” Rivers said.
Danilo Gallinari closer to playing
Danilo Gallinari, who missed his 18th consecutive game with a nondisplaced fracture of his right hand, is on the two-game trip with the Clippers.
Though he didn’t play against the Suns, Rivers said there was a “chance” that Gallinari could play Friday night at Portland.
“Yeah, Gallo, he’s on the road trip. I don’t know what that means,” Rivers said. “That either means we’re going to see him in a nice suit and tie or eventually we’ll see him in a uniform. He’s not going to play tonight, but it does say he’s getting closer. Friday, I don’t know if it’s a good chance, but it’s a chance.”
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