Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, Reggie Bullock injured against Cavaliers
CLEVELAND — Clippers center DeAndre Jordan suffered a strained right arch in the fourth quarter and rookie small forward Reggie Bullock suffered a sprained left ankle in the fourth.
Neither returned to the game the Clippers lost, 88-82, to the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night, but Jordan probably is the one who has the best chance of playing Monday night at Philadelphia.
“I’m walking,” Jordan said after visiting the Cavaliers’ team doctors after the game. “So I feel OK.”
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Jordan tried to go back into the game.
“But the way he walked back to the [scorer’s] table, he was limping,” Rivers said about Jordan, who had 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. “So I didn’t think that would be a good idea. I think he’ll be fine in the short run.”
With Bullock expected to be out for a while with his injury and with him joining guard J.J. Redick (broken right hand) and backup small forward Matt Barnes (left retina eye surgery) among the injured Clippers, Rivers said the team may look into signing another player.
There are free-agent wing players out there, including Shannon Brown, and Mickael Pietrus, who played for Rivers in Boston.
The Clippers could also look to the NBA Development League to sign a player.
“We could have to look somewhere,” Rivers said. “Let’s hope not. But my guess is yes. I don’t know where we’re going to go.”
Bullock wore a walking boot on his left foot and he walked out with crutches.
Bullock got an MRI exam that he said showed no breaks in the foot. He said it was “probably just a high ankle sprain.”
He’ll probably get an MRI on Sunday or Monday in Philadelphia.
He said he was injured trying to get a rebound and avoid “stepping onto a player” down low.
“I just came down and landed and twisted my ankle,” Bullock said. “I didn’t land on anybody’s foot. I just rolled my ankle as I came down.
“I’ve never had an injury like this before,” Bullock said. “That’s probably why I reacted like that.”
A fan who ran onto the court in the first half was a minor and was taken into custody.
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