Clippers' Danny Granger forced from game with strained hamstring

DALLAS  -- Danny Granger was the latest of the Clippers to go down, suffering a strained left hamstring in the fourth quarter that forced him from the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

Granger said he will be reevaluated Friday and is listed as day to day.


Granger was injured when Vince Carter came under him and forced the Clippers forward to twist his body.

"He hit me and spun me sideways," Granger said. "I walked in the [locker room] and we tested it. It was strong, just some pain."

The Clippers have Friday off, but will play at the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

"I don't think it's that bad," Granger said.

Redick still out

Whenever J.J. Redick does come back from a bulging disk in his back, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said his shooting guard would return to the starting lineup.

"I think it makes our second unit great," Rivers said. "I think it makes our starting lineup better. The questions will be when he comes back, if he's ready for that. But if he is, I'll throw him in on the first night.

"I just think that if J.J. is on the floor, someone is going to stand right next to him and that's really good for our offense. Even if he's not scoring, there's someone standing right next to him. You can tell him to stand at half court, someone is going to stand next to him and that creates spacing and that's good for us."

The question to Rivers then was when was Redick coming back to play.

He missed his 22nd straight game.

Redick is with the Clippers on their five-game trip and he has been working out before games.

Rivers said "I don't know," when asked what's keeping Redick from playing if his shooting guard is working out.

"It's not that I'm saying I'm upset about it," Rivers said. "I don't ask. I really don't. He's getting close and we want to make sure he's right. He may be ready to play ...but if he played tonight, could he play the rest of the week and play in the playoffs? I don't know about any of those. I just know he's getting closer and when it's time we'll put him on the floor."