Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan led the way with 20 rebounds Wednesday against New Orleans.
Insight: Jordan has collected double-digit rebounds in 11 of his last 12 games including four straight. The 25-year-old also swatted away five shots on Wednesday, his most in a game since his nine-block effort in Sacramento last month. Jordan pretty much only scores on dunks and layups, which helps his percentage considerably (76.9 percent shooting this month). He's a top-five fantasy center.
Description: According to NBA.com, Clippers forward Matt Barnes (eye) has been cleared to play, but it is unknown if he'll actually return Wednesday, according to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Barnes underwent three surgeries on his left eye in a two-week span after suffering a retinal tear when he was poked in the eye by Zach Randolph on November 18. He'll have to play with goggles for a few weeks. Barnes was averaging 20 minutes per game before the injury but could see more time with J.J. Redick (wrist) still out.
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan blocked three shots and had 10 points, 14 rebounds and two steals Thursday against the Grizzlies.
Insight: Jordan has played a career-high 35 minutes per game and the increase in playing time has led to him putting up some of the best numbers of his career. He's averaging 9.8 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.2 steals.
Description: Los Angeles guard J.J. Redick won't need surgery on his broken hand. SOURCE: Brad Turner, Los Angeles Times
Insight: His 6-to-8 week recovery timetable hasn't changed. Before the injury, Redick had been off to the best start of his career, averaging 15.8 ppg on 46 percent shooting. Jamal Crawford is going to see big minutes while he's out.
Description: Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick suffered a fracture in his right hand and a tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament Friday night and will miss approximately 6-8 weeks. SOURCE: nba.com
Insight: Redick is averaging 28 minutes, 15.8 points and 1.9 threes this season. The team will have to get Willie Green more involved with Matt Barnes also out following retinal surgery.
Description: Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick (wrist) will miss Sunday's game against Indiana, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Redick is dealing with swelling in his wrist and he'll have an MRI Monday. He's averaging 28 minutes, 15.8 points and 1.9 threes this season. Willie Green will likey see his most minutes of the season Sunday, with Jamal Crawford and Jared Dudley also picking up extra time.
Description: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford netted 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting Friday in a win against the Kings.
Insight: Crawford is already making his case for Sixth Man of the Year. In 17 games, he's averaging just under 16 ppg while making a little over 46 percent of his field goals. His value will subside a bit when Chris Paul and J.J. Redick return from injuries but for now, Crawford is a must-start in fantasy hoops.
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan finished just one block away from a triple-double Friday against Sacramento.
Insight: Jordan's line included 10 points, 15 boards and of course the nine blocked shots. As usual, he showed very little competence at the free throw line (0-for-5). Jordan can be a headscratcher at times but there's no denying his potential.
Description: Clippers guard Chris Paul strained his right hamstring during Wednesday's game against the Knicks and is questionable for Friday's game against Sacramento.
Insight: Paul had 15 points and seven assists in 26 minutes and wasn't needed in the fourth quarter to beat the Knicks by 13 points. "I'm alright," Paul said. "It's a little tight, but I'll be alright." We will know more about his status after the morning shootaround.
Description: Clippers guard Chris Paul strained his right hamstring during Wednesday's game against the Knicks and didn't return. However, he sayd he'll "be ready Friday," according to clippers.nba.com.
Insight: Paul had 15 points and seven assists in 26 minutes and wasn't needed in the fourth quarter to beat the Knicks by 13 points. "I'm alright," Paul said. "It's a little tight, but I'll be alright."
Description: Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul finished one assist shy of his 14th consecutive double-double Saturday in a win over Sacramento.
Insight: Things got interesting when Paul bricked a couple of free throws in the last two minutes but the Clippers wouldn't have been in the game at all if not for his 22 points and nine assists. Paul has only been an average three-point shooter throughout his career but he's 6-of-8 from that distance over his last two games.
Description: Clippers small forward Matt Barnes suffered a retinal tear in his left eye and will miss at least two weeks, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Insight: Barnes had to undergo surgery on his eye. He suffered the injury when he was poked by Zach Randolph Monday. J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Jared Dudley and Reggie Bullock likely will absorb Barnes' 20 minutes per game.
Description: Clippers guard Chris Paul had his 12th straight 10-point, 10-assist game Wednesday to break Magic Johnson's record for most to start a season.
Insight: Paul had 20 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals Wednesday and is on his way toward a career year in his first season under Doc Rivers. He's averaging 19.5 points and 12.5 assists per game.
Description: Clippers small forward Matt Barnes is out for at least the next two games. He suffered an eye injury on Monday night and was unable to travel with the team to Minnesota. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: Barnes made headlines a week ago after tangling with Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka and then going on a Twitter rant that featured profanity and a racial slur. He's only playing about 20 minutes a game, which isn't enough to make much of a dent in fantasy (just 5.9 ppg in eight appearances).
Description: Clippers PF Blake Griffin scored a season-high 30 points Saturday against the Nets.
Insight: Griffin has produced at least 18 points in every game this season and 20-plus in each of the last six. He's averaging 38 minutes, 22.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per game, his best production since his rookie year.
Description: The Lakers and Clippers would both be open to reuniting with troubled forward Lamar Odom. SOURCE: ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: Odom's bizarre behavior this past summer led to speculation that he might have a drug problem. The good news is, that "dark time" as Odom has referred to it, appears to be over. He's back on the court and looking for another chance to play in the NBA. If these reports are accurate, he should get it sooner rather than later.
Description: Los Angeles forward Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 for sending out an angry tweet Wednesday after his ejection against the Thunder.
Insight: The tweet included profanity and a racial slur. Barnes deleted the tweet and later apologized for his poor judgment. The veteran was tossed from Wednesday's game after an altercation with Serge Ibaka late in the first half.
Description: Clippers PF Blake Griffin scored a season-high 27 points Thursday at Miami.
Insight: Griffin also corralled 14 boards in his 38 minutes of play. After seeing his average minutes, points and rebounds decline in each of the last two seasons, Griffin is averaging 38 minutes, 21.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in six games this season.
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan played 40-plus minutes for the second straight game Thursday at Miami and had 11 points, 14 rebounds, one block and two steals.
Insight: After playing just 24.5 minutes per game under Vinny Del Negro last season, Jordan has been playing a massive amount of minutes under new coach Doc Rivers. He's averaging 37 minutes, 10.8 points, 13 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals through six games.
Description: Clippers PF Blake Griffin had 23 points and 13 boards in a loss to Orlando Wednesday night.
Insight: Griffin has scored at least 18 points in every game this season and pulled down double-digit rebounds in three of five. He's averaging 37.5 minutes per game, up from just 32.5 last season under former coach Vinny Del Negro.
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had nine points, 19 rebounds and four rejections Wednesday at Orlando.
Insight: After playing just 24.5 minutes per game under Vinny Del Negro last season, Jordan has received 36 minutes per game under new coach Doc Rivers in the first five games of 2013-14. He was on the floor for 44 minutes Wednesday night.
Description: Clippers forward Matt Barnes (thigh) will miss Wednesday's game, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Barnes has a thigh injury. Last season, Barnes only started four of 80 games but averaged nearly 26 minutes per game, more than starter Caron Butler. However, the team acquired Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick in the offseason and have reduced Barnes' minutes to less than 21 per game through the first four contests. He can fill up the box score, but he's not going to be a fantasy option when he's getting limited playing time.
Description: Clippers PF Blake Griffin has scored at least 19 points in all three games this season while pulling down at least 10 boards in two of them.
Insight: Griffin had 20 points and 17 rebounds Friday at Sacramento. His rebounding average has dropped in each of the last two years after he recorded 12.1 during his rookie season. He only averaged 8.3 last year, but part of the problem was that he played just 32.5 minutes per game. He's averaging nearly 39 minutes in the first three games under new coach Doc Rivers.
Description: Clippers guard Chris Paul outplayed Golden State guard Stephen Curry posting 42 points, 15 assists and six steals.
Insight: Paul had to be good to top Curry's 38-point night and he was. He turned the ball over six times at Golden State, but he's started the season with 26 assists and 11 steals over his first two games.
Description: Clippers guard Chris Paul had an excellent all-around game Tuesday in a loss to the Lakers.
Insight: Paul netted 19 points to go along with 11 dimes, six rebounds and five steals. He did it all while committing just one turnover. With Derrick Rose still recovering from a knee injury, CP3 has a chance to be the best point guard in the league this season.
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan turned in a monster fantasy performance Tuesday night against the Lakers.
Insight: The NBA's leader in field goal percentage last season was at it again in the opener with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting. He also had 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Jordan did run into some foul trouble late but it's tough to fault the guy for being aggressive. This could be the start of a breakout season for the talented 25-year-old.
Description: Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick is probable for Tuesday's game against the LA Lakers while dealing with a bruised knee.
Insight: Redick's first preseason game was Wednesday so he's probably still a bilt rusty, but it shouldn't take long before he's knocking down the three-point shots. he averaged 14.1 ppg and 2.1 threes a game last season.
Description: Clippers backup point guard Darren Collison (bruised kneecap) didn't practice much on Monday but coach Doc Rivers expects him to play, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Don't expect much fantasy production from Collison this season. Last year's backup, Eric Bledsoe, averaged just 20 minutes per game behind Paul and that included getting some minutes at the two-guard spot, something Collison won't do with J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and Jared Dudley on the roster.
Description: Clippers PF Blake Griffin (knee) practiced Friday and intends to play in Los Angeles' three-game preseason road trip that starts Saturday, but didn't say for sure if he would, according to NBA.com.
Insight: Griffin has a bone bruise in his left knee but it shouldn't be a long-term concern.
Description: Former Lakers and Clippers forward Lamar Odom continued his downward spiral by getting arrested for DUI on Friday morning.
Insight: According to TMZ, he failed multiple sobriety tests and declined to take any chemical tests. Odom hasn't attracted much interest as a free agent this offseason and this probably won't help matters.
Description: The Clippers appear to be moving on without Lamar Odom. SOURCE: L.A. Daily News
Insight: Rumors have circulated about Odom using drugs, though the reason for the Clippers moving on has more to do with Antawn Jamison than any of Odom's off-court issues. Jamison, who signed for the veteran's minimum on Tuesday, plays the same position as Odom and brings more to the table than he does.
Description: Lamar Odom's agent Jeff Schwartz has refuted a report that Odom is missing. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: TMZ reported Sunday that Odom had been missing for 72 hours but apparently that isn't the case. The website also reported that Odom may be battling drug addiction. Odom is not currently under contract by an NBA team.
Description: Antawn Jamison is headed to the Clippers on a one-year deal. SOURCE: Brad Turner, Los Angeles Times
Insight: He'll make the veteran's minimum ($1.4 million). Jamison (9.4 ppg for the Lakers in 2012-13) can still ball but Blake Griffin's presence probably eliminates any sleeper potential he would have had.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul was elected president of the NBA Players Assocation. SOURCE: Jeff Zilgitt, USA Today
Insight: He's the 14th president in the Players Association's history. Derek Fisher was previously in charge while Paul served as vice president. LeBron James was considering running for the position but he backed out at the last minute. On the court, Paul was an MVP candidate last season, leading the league with 9.7 apg and guiding the Clippers to their best record in franchise history. At age 28, he's still in his prime.
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul says he is 100-percent healthy.
Insight: Paul played just 33.4 mpg and it showed in his fantasy production. He averaged 16.9 ppg, down from 19.8 in 2011-12. He did lead the league is steals, for the fifth time in six seasons, and posted 3.7 rpg and 9.7 apg.
Description: The Lakers are interested in bringing back Lamar Odom. SOURCE: Ramona Shelburne, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: Odom spent seven seasons with the Lakers from 2004 to 2011 before being traded to Dallas. In 82 games for the Clippers last season, he averaged 4.0 ppg while playing a career-low 19.7 minutes per game. Wherever he ends up this offseason, Odom won't be able to help fantasy owners much in 2013-14.
Description: Point guard Darren Collison has inked a two-year deal with the Clippers. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: Collison never looked that comfortable in Dallas, averaging just 12 ppg and 5.1 apg in 29.3 minutes per game last season. He'll backup Chris Paul next season, a role that probably won't result in much fantasy productivity.
Description: Matt Barnes re-signed with the Clippers for three years and $11 million. SOURCE: Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Barnes is expected to backup Jared Dudley at small forward. He's not a game-changer but Barnes has decent size for a wing and a nice stroke from long range (34.2 percent on threes last season). He's somebody to keep an eye out for in the later rounds of this year's fantasy draft.
Description: The Bucks sent shooting guard J.J. Redick to the Clippers Tuesday as part of a three-team sign and trade. SOURCE: Ramona Shelburne, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: Milwaukee received two second-round picks (one from the Clippers and one from Phoenix) as compensation. Redick's new deal with Los Angeles is worth $27 million over the next four seasons. He should open the season as the team's starter at the two-guard position.
Description: Add Toronto to the list of teams interested in acquiring Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe.
Insight: Multiples sources have reported that Chris Paul will return to Los Angeles next season, which would make Bledsoe expendable. According to ESPN, the Raptors are offering Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan as part of the trade. Bledsoe averaged 8.5 ppg and 3.1 apg in 76 games last season.
Description: Chris Paul's return to the Clippers is essentially a "done deal," according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Insight: Paul wanted Doc Rivers to be the Clippers' new coach and that's exactly what happened. It would have been pretty interesting to see Paul and Dwight Howard play together in Houston or Atlanta but ultimately Lob City is the right place for CP3.
Description: Several teams have shown interest in Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe but Yahoo's Marc Spears doesn't think he'll be traded on draft night.
Insight: Until teams stop lowballing them, the Clippers are just going to stand pat. Bledsoe is freakishly athletic and a strong defender but he's still pretty raw offensively. Until he can get his turnovers down (or play more than 20 minutes a game), Bledsoe won't be considered an elite point guard.
Description: According to Yahoo Sports, Chris Paul will stay with Los Angeles if the Clippers are able to acquire Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers in a trade with the Celtics.
Insight: ESPN's Chris Broussard reported last week that Paul and Dwight Howard have been texting about playing for the same team but there are only a handful of organizations that could realistically make that happen. Houston and Atlanta are two of them. Free agency begins on July 1st.
Description: An ESPN report indicated that the Clippers might be willing to give up Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe in a sign and trade for Dwight Howard.
Insight: It's surprising that the Clippers would put their franchise power forward on the trading block, especially after investing $95 million into Griffin last offseason. If Howard were to walk away in free agency, the Lakers wouldn't get anything in return so a sign and trade could be their best option.
Description: Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have been texting each other about the possibility of signing with the same team this offseason. SOURCE: Chris Broussard, ESPN
Insight: The only teams with enough coin to make that happen are Houston and Atlanta. Howard grew up in Atlanta and Paul has family in North Carolina, so a move to Atlanta would make sense for both players. Joining up to form a big three with James Harden in Houston is an intriguing possibility as well.
Description: Los Angeles power forward Blake Griffin will be a game-time decision Friday against the Grizzlies. Griffin sprained his right ankle Wednesday in Game 5. SOURCE: Dan Woike, Orange County Register
Insight: The Clippers are facing elimination so they're going to do everything they can to get Griffin ready to play. Even if Griffin does suit up, he won't be close to 100 percent.
Description: Clippers guard Chris Paul was the NBA's steals leader once again in 2012-13 (2.4 spg).
Insight: The leader of Lob City has led the league in takeaways five times in his last six seasons. The last time he didn't lead the NBA in that category was in 2010 when Rajon Rondo produced a league-high 2.33 spg for the Celtics.
Description: Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan led the league in field goal percentage during the 2012-13 regular season (64.3 percent).
Insight: And it wasn't even that close. The Lakers' Dwight Howard was second with a 57.8 percent success rate from the field. Keep in mind that most of Jordan's baskets this season came on dunks. His free-throw percentage in 2012-13 was among the worst in the league (38.6 percent from that distance).
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan suffered a right knee injury Friday against the Hornets.
Insight: Jordan (five points, three rebounds in 23 minutes) only left the game for a brief time during the third quarter and it looks like he's still on track to play Saturday night versus the Grizzlies. Jordan's huge dunks get plenty of views on YouTube but he's really just an average fantasy player (8.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg).
Description: Clippers forward Blake Griffin netted 24 points Sunday in a win over the Lakers.
Insight: He also came away with 12 rebounds and five assists. Griffin, normally a poor free throw shooter, was 7-of-8 from that distance on Sunday. The Clippers' next game is Wednesday against the Timberwolves.
Description: Los Angeles guard Chauncey Billups will miss Sunday's game.
Insight: He's out with a groin injury. Billups has played in fewer than half of the team's games this season and the Clippers have plenty of other guards at their disposal. Even if he returns before the playoffs, he won't make for much of a fantasy option.
Description: Clippers center Ryan Hollins got tossed from Wednesday night's win over Phoenix after putting Suns point guard Goran Dragic in a headlock.
Insight: Hollins was assessed a flagrant two and had to leave the floor with just under nine minutes remaining. It's unknown if the league will discipline him any further. Hollins only plays about 10 minutes per game so fantasy owners won't need to adjust their lineups if he gets suspended.
Description: Clippers forward Matt Barnes is questionable for Monday's game against Indiana with a sprained left ankle.
Insight: Barnes gives you a little bit of everything from off the bench averaging 10.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.5 threes per contest. He's even better when he gets a rare starting nod (15.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 apg).
Description: Los Angeles guard Chauncey Billups won't be on the floor Saturday against Houston.
Insight: He's out with a groin injury. Billups has played in fewer than half of the team's games this season and the Clippers have plenty of other guards at their disposal. Willie Green (6.0 ppg) and Jamal Crawford (16.6 ppg) should benefit the most from Billups' absence.
Description: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups (groin) aggravated his injury Wednesday and won't return to the game.
Insight: Billups had 11 points and three treys in 13 minutes Wednesday but he's not going to play more than 20-25 minutes in any game for the rest of the season and he'll probably need a few games off after his latest setback.
Description: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups is questionable for Wednesday's game against Houston while dealing with a strained right groin, according to Madelyn Burke.
Insight: Billups is only averaging about 20 minutes per game to make sure he's ready for the playoffs, so even when healthy he's not going to produce enough numbers to be of value to fantasy owners on a team deep like the Clippers. Willie Green would get another start if Billups can't go. He's averaging 11 ppg over his last three starts.
Description: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups will miss Tuesday's game with a lingering groin injury.
Insight: Billups is only averaging about 20 minutes per game to make sure he's ready for the playoffs, so even when healthy he's not going to produce enough numbers to be of value to fantasy owners on a team deep like the Clippers. Willie Geen will get another start after scoring 14 ppg over the last two.
Description: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups is questionable for Tuesday's game against Dallas due to a strained right groin.
Insight: Billups is only averaging about 20 minutes per game to make sure he's ready for the playoffs, so even when healthy he's not going to produce enough numbers to be of value to fantasy owners on a team deep at guard like the Clippers.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Eric Bledsoe (calf) will be available off the bench Saturday night.
Insight: Bledsoe has missed five consecutive games. His return should help the Clippers, but he was only playing an average of 16 minutes in the nine games prior to the injury. That's not enough to warrant fantasy ownership.
Description: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups will miss Wednesday's game versus Philadelphia due to a groin/hamstring injury.
Insight: Willie Green will start at shooting guard but Caron Butler and Matt Barnes will likely see the biggest minutes boost. Billups played 25 mpg and scored 10.8 ppg in his previous three games before suffering the injury in the hamstring and groin area on Tuesday.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Eric Bledsoe didn't play Sunday against the Knicks and Bledsoe is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Sacramento because of a left calf injury.
Insight: There is no reason to rush Bledsoe back into the Clippers' lineup at this time. Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Jamal Crawford and Willie Green are all healthy and playing. Bledsoe had a nice run earlier in the year when Paul was out with a knee injury, but that seems like a lifetime ago.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Eric Bledsoe isn't expected to play Sunday against the Knicks. Bledsoe has missed the Clippers' past two games because of a calf injury.
Insight: The Clippers' backcourt is already bursting at the seams with the presence of Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Jamal Crawford and Willie Green. Bledsoe had a nice run earlier in the year when Paul was out with a knee injury but that seems like a lifetime ago. Bledsoe (9.0 ppg, 3.2 apg, 3.1 rpg) is in fantasy prison right now.
Description: According to Dan Woike from the Orange Country Register, Clippers swingman Caron Butler should be available for Sunday's game against the Knicks. Butler missed Wednesday's game against Memphis because of a strained elbow.
Insight: Butler's fantasy owners should send the league schedulers a thank you letter. For whatever reason, the Clippers only played once this week. Butler's absence could have been crippling (they played four games in a week earlier this month) but instead it was more like a slap on the wrist. Expect the two-time All-Star to have a strong game Sunday against the injury-depleted Knicks.
Description: Even though Clippers forward Caron Butler was initially ruled out for a week with an elbow injury, the team was optimistic he might play Wednesday. However, he experienced pain during shootaround and ended up missing the game. SOURCE: LA Daily News
Insight: Butler strained his left elbow in Sunday night's win over Detroit. If he returns earlier than expected it will put a damper on Matt Barnes' recent resurgence.
Description: Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe missed his second straight game with a sore left calf Wednesday night, and the Los Angeles Times says that "it doesn't look as if he will play any time soon. He can't even practice with the team."
Insight: The Clippers don't play until Sunday so Bledsoe has three full days to rest. However, even if he can return he hasn't been playing enough minutes to be a fantasy factor.
Description: Clippers forward Matt Barnes started Wednesday and played nearly 39 minutes against the Grizzlies with Caron Butler (elbow strain) out for a week. He scored 14 points with seven rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and two threes.
Insight: That's the type of all-around production we came to expect from Barnes earlier this season but his minutes and numbers slipped in February. He's averaging 17.3 ppg over his last four.
Description: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against Memphis. He's dealing with a sore left ankle.
Insight: Before missing the last two games, Crawford had averaged 23 ppg over his previous four games and has made himself a viable option. Matt Barnes sees minutes behind SG Chauncey Billups when Crawford is out of the lineup.
Description: Los Angeles forward Caron Butler will be sidelined for the next week because of an elbow injury.
Insight: Butler strained his left elbow in Sunday night's win over Detroit. Butler's backup Matt Barnes (17.3 ppg in his last three appearances) should be a popular pickup in fantasy leagues this week.
Description: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is questionable for Wednesday's game against Memphis with a sore left ankle.
Insight: Before missing the last two games, Crawford had averaged 23 ppg over his previous four games and has made himself a viable option. Matt Barnes sees minutes behind SG Chauncey Billups when Crawford is out of the lineup.
Description: Clippers backup point guard Eric Bledsoe is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Memphis with a sore left calf injury.
Insight: Bledsoe hasn't played more than 16 minutes in any of his last five games. He's going to need an injury to Chris Paul to be viable option this season and since it appears Paul is going to agree to play in Los Angeles next year a trade for Bledsoe to be a viable fantasy option next season.
Description: Chris Paul thwarted a late Pacers comeback by scoring eight points in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Indiana.
Insight: Paul was magnificent down the stretch, knocking in all three of his field goal attempts over the game's final two and a half minutes. The six-time All-Star finished the night with a game-high 29 points. He also contributed six rebounds and eight assists.
Description: Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan suffered a bloody nose Thursday night against Indiana.
Insight: He took a forearm to the face and is in the locker room getting X-rays right now. The Clippers are pretty thin at center so they'll probably be looking to get Jordan back into the game as quickly as possible.
Description: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who missed Tuesday's game due to the birth of his child, is expected to play Thursday against the Indiana Pacers.
Insight: Crawford is averaging 16.7 ppg in 29.5 minutes per game, but the Clippers didn't need him to beat Charlotte by 22 points. Matt Barnes, Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill saw an increase in playing time with Crawford out.
Description: Even with Caron Butler's resurgence, the Clippers are still finding time for small forward Matt Barnes to play around 24 mpg over his last 10 contests, but he just isn't taking advantage of them. He's only shooting 36.9 percent from the field for 8.7 ppg in that span.
Insight: Barnes was a fantasy surprise earlier this season with averages of 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 threes in 27 minutes over 31 games from Nov. 28 to Jan. 26 but his play has slipped lately. With Butler playing well and Chauncey Billups back in the starting lineup, look for Barnes to get about 20-25 minutes per night.
Description: Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom is probable for Thursday's game against San Antonio with a scratched eye.
Insight: Odom plays the same position as superstar Blake Griffin so hasn't seen a ton of minutes this season (19 mpg) and that's not going to change except for an injury. He's averaging 3.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.9 apg and won't have fantasy value unless he sees 30 minutes a game.
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul led the NBA in steals during the first half (2.6 spg).
Insight: He's not far behind in free throw shooting (88.4 percent) and Paul (9.6 apg) should eventually pass Rajon Rondo for the league-lead in assists. Paul's strong play during the first half is a huge reason why the Clippers are third in the Western Conference with 39 wins in their first 56 games.
Description: The Clippers admitted that guard Jamal Crawford probably shouldn't have played in a few games after he was injured during their eight-game road trip but he gutted them out with several teammates also ailing. SOURCE: LA Times
Insight: Crawford broke his nose and suffered from a sore right shoulder on the trip. He also has been dealing with a left thigh bruise but only missed one game. "Honestly, the last trip was probably the most banged up I've been at one time in my career," Crawford said. "Like different things. I had a thigh contusion. I can talk about it now, but back then you don't want to talk about it." Crawford should benefit from the extra rest during the All-Star break.
Description: Chauncey Billups is back in action Wednesday against the Rockets. The Los Angeles guard sat out Monday because of a sore back.
Insight: Billups hasn't scored more than nine points in any of his five games this season. With the logjam the Clippers have guard, we wouldn't expect Billups (7.4 ppg) to be anything more than a borderline fantasy contributor in 2012-13.
Description: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups was a late scratch Monday against Philadelphia.
Insight: Billups supposedly is dealing with back trouble though we'd guess the Clippers are just trying to give their veteran some added rest before the All-Star break. Willie Green (6.1 ppg) and Jamal Crawford (17.0 ppg) will both see more minutes tonight with Billups not on the floor.
Description: Los Angeles small forward Caron Butler is out for Monday's game against Philadelphia. Butler injured his back Saturday by sleeping on the wrong bed.
Insight: Well that's one way to get hurt.. Matt Barnes (10.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg) should see more time Monday as the Clippers try and extend their win streak to two Monday against the bottom-dwellling Sixers.
Description: Clippers forward Caron Butler is questionable for Monday's game against Philadelphia with a strained lower back. He was forced out of Sunday's game after playing just 12 minutes.
Insight: Butler told the Los Angeles Times that he slept badly Saturday night and it caused his back to tighten. He's averaging 9.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.0 apg. Reserve small forward Matt Barnes is the more attractive fantasy option anyway, averaging 10.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.3 threes.
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul's return to action Friday against Miami wasn't very good, but on Sunday he returned to being the Chris Paul we expect with 25 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Insight: The Clippers' 102-88 win was just their second in the past six games, but Paul playing at full strength should remedy that problem. Eric Bledsoe played just 18 minutes and his fantasy value will return to that of handcuff.
Description: Chris Paul's return to action Friday against Miami wasn't anything to write home about. The All-Star point guard registered just three point and two assists in 20 minutes of action as the Clippers lost in blow-out fashion, 111-89.
Insight: The Heat stretched the lead to as many as 30 late in the third quarter, which was Vinny Del Negro's cue to take Paul out of the game. The Clippers have completely fallen apart, losing eight of their last 11 games. Paul and company will try and right the ship Sunday against Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.
Description: Los Angeles shooting guard Chauncey Billups will play Friday against the Heat. Billups has missed the Clippers' last 34 games with a foot injury.
Insight: We're not sure what to expect from the injury-prone Billups (7.3 ppg) on Friday night. For now, we're using a "wait and see" approach with the veteran before making any kind of recommendation.
Description: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is back after missing Wednesday's game with an injured shoulder.
Insight: Crawford will come off the bench Friday night in Miami. He's scored at least 20 points in each of his last two games but we doubt he reaches that threshold again tonight with Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups back in the lineup.
Description: He's back (finally). Clippers point guard Chris Paul will be in the lineup Friday against Miami after missing nine games with a bruised knee cap.
Insight: The Clippers must be ecstatic to have their starting point guard back. With Paul out, the team struggled to a pitiful 3-6 record and fell to third place in the Western Conference. Paul is averaging 17.7 ppg and 10.7 apg in 13 meetings with the Heat.
Description: Forward Blake Griffin is back after missing the Clippers' last two games with an injured hamstring.
Insight: Griffin isn't the only Clipper who will be making his triumphant return Friday in South Beach. Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Jamal Crawford are all back in the lineup. Meanwhile, the Heat will be without Ray Allen and Chris Bosh, who are both dealing with the flu. Griffin racked up 20 points and 14 rebounds the last time he faced the Heat back on November 14th.
Description: Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford is questionable for Friday's game against Miami due to a sore right shoulder. He'll be a game-time decision.
Insight: Crawford is averaging 16.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.9 threes making him one of the best sixth men in the league. As long as Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups remain sidelined, Crawford, if on the floor, will see 30-plus minutes.
Description: The Los Angeles Times reports that Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford could play Friday against the Heat. Crawford missed Wednesday's game in Orlando because of a sore shoulder.
Insight: With Crawford, Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups all expected to play on Friday, it appears that Eric Bledsoe's brief reign of fantasy relevance has ended. Consider trading Bledsoe (22.3 ppg in his last three contests) now while his value is still relatively high.
Description: Clippers shooting guard Chauncey Billups is aiming to return Friday night against the Heat. Billups has missed 34 games in a row with an injured foot.
Insight: It's unclear what type of role Billups will have upon his return, especially since Eric Bledsoe has been playing so well lately. Billups (7.3 ppg in three games this season) will always be a player to keep an eye out for because of his championship pedigree but at age 36 and coming off another serious injury, we're just not sure how much the veteran has left in the tank.
Description: According to the Orange County Regiser, Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin should return from his hamstring injury "sometime" before the All-Star break.
Insight: It doesn't look like Griffin (18.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg) will be suiting up Friday against Miami but at least the Clippers will be getting Chris Paul back from a knee injury. If Griffin shows progress in his recovery, perhaps he'll be able to play Sunday versus the Knicks in a nationally televised game at Madison Square Garden.
Description: Los Angeles guard Chris Paul is hoping to be back in the lineup Friday against Miami after missing the last nine games with a bruised knee cap.
Insight: Paul's return won't be good for Eric Bledsoe's fantasy value. The backup point guard was just beginning to show his true potential, scoring a career-high 27 points Wednesday in a win against the Magic.
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan continued his recent rebounding binge with 14 boards Wednesday against the Magic.
Insight: Jordan has had free reign in the low post with Blake Griffin out of the lineup the past two games (18 rpg). He should be in for another big night Friday against the Heat. Despite having the best record in the Eastern Conference, Miami is last in the league in rebounds per game (39 rpg) and All-Star big man Chris Bosh (17.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg) might not play because of an illness.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Eric Bledsoe blew up for a career-high 27 points Wednesday in a win against the Magic.
Insight: The victory snapped a three-game slide for the Clippers, who were again playing without All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Bledsoe has scored 20 points or more four times in his 172 games in the NBA (five out of 183 if you include playoff games). Two of those 20-point efforts have happened in the last four days (Sunday at Boston and tonight against Orlando). The third-year guard is on a roll right now and should be started in all fantasy leagues.
Description: Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford will be forced to watch Wednesday's game from the sidelines. He's out with a sore right shoulder.
Insight: Crawford (16.9 ppg) also broke his nose over the weekend so it's been a tough week for the veteran sixth man. With Crawford out, Willie Green (6.1 ppg) will have to play a bigger role tonight against the Magic.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) will miss Wednesday's game versus Orlando, according to OrlandoMagic.com writer John Denton.
Insight: Veteran Lamar Odom should get the start in Griffin's place though Odom didn't show much in his Monday start. Given that half of Orlando's team is also sidelined, the Clippers may feel they can win the game without Griffin and let him sit until Friday versus the defending champion Miami Heat.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) missed Monday's game and is listed as questionable for Wednesday versus Orlando. He'll be a game-time decision.
Insight: Veteran Lamar Odom would get the start in Griffin's place if they decide to be conservative with their star, though Odom didn't show much in his Monday start. Given that half of Orlando's team is sidelined, the Clippers may feel they can win the game without Griffin and let him sit until Friday versus the defending champion Miami Heat.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) could miss Wednesday's game but sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that the benching was "precautionary" and that Griffin is "just dinged up some."
Insight: Veteran Lamar Odom got the start in Griffin's place Monday after Griffin was a late scratch. While he didn't show much of an offensive game (three points, five turnovers), he did pull down nine rebounds. Fantasy owners shouldn't worry too much about Griffin, even if he has to miss Wednesday's game.
Description: Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan captured 22 rebounds Monday against the Wizards.
Insight: With Blake Griffin out, Jordan and Ronny Turiaf were the only low-post players that were available for the Clippers on Monday night. Monday was Jordan's 11th double-digit rebounding performance of the season. The 22 rebounds were a career-high for Jordan.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin was a last-minute scratch Monday against the Wizards. Griffin has a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Veteran Lamar Odom got the start in Griffin's place. Chris Paul (16.6 ppg, 9.7 apg) is also out for tonight's game (knee injury). The flood of injuries is a big reason why Los Angeles has now lost six of its last eight games after starting the season 32-9.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Eric Bledsoe stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists Sunday in a loss to the Celtics.
Insight: Bledsoe really turned it on in the second half, contributing 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Bledsoe plays the game at 100 mph, which means he's excellent on the fast break but also prone to turnovers and getting out of control.
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul has already been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Celtics. Paul is still nursing a bruised right knee cap.
Insight: Paul hasn't played since January 21st, meaning that Sunday will mark the seventh game he's missed in a row. Backup Eric Bledsoe is averaging 11.3 ppg, 5.0 apg and 4.7 rpg in Paul's absence but he's shooting just 33.3 percent from the field over that span (25-for-75).
Description: Clippers forward Matt Barnes, who was suspended for one game without pay after being assessed a flagrant-2 foul on Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma Wednesday, has served his time and is eligible to play Sunday against Boston.
Insight: Barnes was ejected from the game after hitting Stiemsma in the neck. The small forward took issue with Stiemsma's hard screens on multiple Clippers players.
Description: Clippers forward Matt Barnes has been suspended for one game without pay after being assessed a flagrant-2 foul on Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma Wednesday.
Insight: Barnes was ejected from the game after hitting Stiemsma in the neck. The small forward took issue with Stiemsma's hard screens on multiple Clippers players. Caron Butler scored 19 points with five rebounds in 35 minutes Wednesday and should play similar minutes Friday at Toronto.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin reportedly woke up with swelling in his left ankle and was playing with a noticeable limp against Minnesota. SOURCE: Orange County Register
Insight: Griffin played 36 minutes and scored 26 points with 13 rebounds, so it can't be that serious. "It's a pain management thing," Griffin said. "As long as you can play through the pain, it's really not that bad."
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had his first double-double since the first game of January Wednesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Jordan had 16 points and 12 rebounds with two blocks. It was his highest point total since Dec. 28 and his highest rebound total since Nov. 23. Though the center shoots close to 60 percent from the field, his 1.4 blocks per game are not enough to offset a disastrous free-throw percentage (.429) and low point and rebound averages (9.0, 6.9).
Description: Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin put up 26 points, 13 rebounds and three steals while making 11-of-17 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line Wednesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Griffin is getting on a roll again. He's averaging 23.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals over his last six games.
Description: Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin had 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds with four steals and a .526 shooting percentage Saturday night.
Insight: Griffin was playing with an ankle injury but he was on the court for 38 minutes last night. While Griffin's points and rebounds are both down for a second straight season, he's also shooting a higher percentage from the free-throw line and picking up 0.7 more steals per game than last season so his fantasy prospects are actually on the rise. His decline in points and rebounds also is directly related to a four-minute drop in playing time; his points per 36 minutes are nearly identical to last season.
Description: Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe had 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in a one-point loss to Portland on Saturday night.
Insight: Bledsoe is a 6-foot-1 athletic freak who is getting a chance to start with Chris Paul (knee) sidelined indefinitely. He's averaging 12.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 blocks in six starts this season.
Description: Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (18.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg) will play through an injured ankle on Saturday.
Insight: Griffin aggravated his ankle injury Thursday against the Suns. He's averaging 20.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks over his last 11 games. Griffin has played more than 36 minutes in each of his last three games so he shouldn't be too limited on Saturday.
Description: Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (18.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg) is questionable for Saturday's game against Portland with a sore left ankle.
Insight: Griffin's performance on Tuesday was significantly down from his big game against OKC after re-tweaking the ankle he first hurt against Golden State. With Chris Paul out of the lineup, the Clippers may be more inclined to let Griffin try to play through the injury.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul will miss Thursday's game against the Suns.
Insight: The Clippers said earlier in the week that Paul would be out indefinitely so we never really expected him to play on Thursday. One of the league's best kept secrets Eric Bledsoe (8.7 ppg) will get another chance to display his incredible talent Thursday with Paul out of the lineup.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul is doubtful to play Thursday night against Phoenix. Paul has missed four of the Clippers' past six games with a bruised knee cap.
Insight: The Clippers said earlier in the week that Paul would be out indefinitely so we never really expected him to play on Thursday. One of the league's best kept secrets Eric Bledsoe (8.7 ppg) will get another chance to display his incredible talent Thursday with Paul out of the lineup.
Description: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups (foot) is now involved in some 3-on-3 work and is getting closer to playing, but there is still no timetable, according to coach Vinnie Del Negro.
Insight: The Clippers are extremely deep and will become even more so once Billups and Grant Hill make their returns. Billups will likely start at SG when he is ready, but the team can afford to limit his minutes to keep him healthy.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin filled up the stat sheet Monday by contributing 26 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in a 106-99 loss to Golden State.
Insight: A rare loss for the Clippers but another great game for Griffin. He was just two assists away from his third career triple-double. The 23-year-old is averaging 18.5 ppg for the month of January.
Description: Los Angeles guard Chris Paul (22 points, 11 assists) sank a late bucket to preserve a 94-87 win over the Wizards Saturday night at Staples Center.
Insight: Paul struggled from the field (just 6-of-16) but as usual, was excellent from the free-throw line (8-of-9). The point guard is now shooting 90.1 percent from the line this season, sixth-best in the NBA.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul is questionable for Saturday's game against Washington with a bruised right knee.
Insight: The Clippers can afford to be conservative with their All-Star guard because they have a quality backup in Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe in averaging 11.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.7 apg as a starter this season. Not Paul-type numbers (16.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 9.7 apg, 2.6 spg), but certainly a viable option for fantasy owners.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul was voted in as a starter for next month's All-Star Game in Houston.
Insight: This will be Paul's sixth straight All-Star appearance. Paul leads the NBA in steals (2.62 spg) and is second in assists (9.7 apg). Right now Paul is dealing with a bruised knee but the All-Star Game isn't for another month so he should be fine by then.
Description: The X-rays on Clippers forward Caron Butler's sore right foot showed no damage. SOURCE: LA Times
Insight: Butler offers virtually nothing to fantasy owners besides 9.6 ppg, 1.6 threes and a low turnover average (0.9). He doesn't do anything defensively (2.6 reb, 0.5 stl, 0.2 blk). Reserve small forward Matt Barnes is the more attractive fantasy option.
Description: Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (knee) is doubtful for Thursday's game against Minnesota. SOURCE: USA Today
Insight: Paul is dealing with a bruised kneecap and has missed the last two games. Eric Bledsoe has averaged 16.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 turnovers in 32.5 minutes as Paul's replacement in the starting lineup.
Description: Clippers reserve small forward Matt Barnes helped out Jamal Crawford (30 pts) with 18 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers Tuesday versus the Rockets.
Insight: Barnes has surprisingly been a solid fantasy play this season. He came into Tuesday's game averaging 11.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.9 blocks, 1.5 threes and 1.3 turnovers per game. Barnes has scored in double figures in five straight games and his value has been unaffected by Grant Hill's return.
Description: Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe started in place of the injured Chris Paul Tuesday for the second straight game and scored 19 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one trey.
Insight: Paul has missed the last two games with a bruised kneecap. Fantasy owners should hit the free agent wire and grab Bledsoe immediately in case Paul has to miss Thursday's game as well.
Description: Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (knee) will miss a second straight game Tuesday versus Houston. SOURCE: Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Paul is dealing with a bruised kneecap and might even have to miss Thursday's game against Minnesota. Eric Bledsoe turned in a strong effort in Paul's place on Monday and should be started in all leagues on Tuesday.
Description: Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul missed Monday's game against Memphis after taking a blow to the knee on Saturday and is expected to miss Tuesday's contest as well.
Insight: For the season he's averaging 16.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 9.7 apg and 2.6 spg. While his scoring is down from last season's average of 19.8 ppg, he's still doing enough to make his the top fantasy point guard in the league. Eric Bledsoe should get the majority of Paul's playing time and is fantasy worthy as a starter.
Description: Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe started in place of the injured Chris Paul Monday against the Grizzlies and scored 14 points with four assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block.
Insight: Surprisingly, Bledsoe didn't turn the ball over (he came in averaging 1.8 turnovers in 18 mpg). Paul (bruised kneecap) is unlikely to play Tuesday either. Bledsoe is a strong buy as a short-term fill-in.
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul has been ruled out for Monday's game against Memphis after taking a blow to the knee in Saturday's game with the Magic. There is a good chance he'll miss Tuesday's game as well.
Insight: Paul was coming off back-to-back 16 assist games. For the season he's averaging 16.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 9.7 apg and 2.6 spg. While his scoring is down from last season's average of 19.8 ppg, he's still doing enough to make his the top fantasy point guard in the league. Eric Bledsoe should get the majority of Paul's playing time.
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul is probable for Monday's game against Memphis after taking a blow to the knee in Saturday's game with the Magic.
Insight: Paul is coming off back-to-back 16 assist games. For the season he's averaging 16.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 9.7 apg and 2.6 spg. While his scoring is down from last season's average of 19.8 ppg, he's still doing enough to make his the top fantasy point guard in the league.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin netted 30 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, one block and just one turnover Saturday against the Magic. Griffin shot 15-of-22 from the field.
Insight: Griffin is averaging 22.3 points on 60.3 percent shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals over his last four games following a bleak three-game stretch in which he shot 9-of-27 for 9.6 ppg.
Description: Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul racked up 19 points and 16 assists Wednesday against the Mavericks.
Insight: Since turning in a lousy performance last week against Denver (10 points, six assists), Paul has been unstoppable. Over his last four games, the five-time All-Star has averaged 24.8 ppg and 11 apg on 35-of-62 shooting (56.4 percent).
Description: Clippers SG/SF Grant Hill is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against Dallas. He's been dealing with a bone bruise in right knee and has yet to play this season.
Insight: Hill will be a game-time decision. Even if he makes it to the floor, Hill figures to be limited in his minutes by coaching decision as well as the talent in front of him on the depth chart. He's not likely to be a factor for fantasy owners this season.
Description: Clippers backup point guard Jamal Crawford (foot) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Dallas.
Insight: Crawford (16.5 ppg) was on the floor for Tuesday's practice, but he'll be a game-time decision. Eric Bledsoe, who scored 17 points in 30 minutes Saturday, would again be the benificiary of additional minutes if Crawford can't play.
Description: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (foot) will continue to get therapy and possibly an MRI on his sore foot to "make sure we didn't miss anything." SOURCE: Orange County Register
Insight: Crawford (16.5 ppg) missed Friday's game against the Lakers and doesn't seem likely to play Saturday against Golden State. The foot injury is being blame on Crawford's shoes, which he wore for all 33 games this season even though it is commonplace in the NBA for players to use a new pair of sneakers every game. The Clippers still got 30 points out of their bench on Friday, with Lamar Odom leading the way with nine. Crawford's minutes were spread around, with Matt Barnes being the primary recipient.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin shook off three terrible games in a row to score 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting with five rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes Friday against the Lakers.
Insight: Griffin only had 29 points combined his last three games while making 9-of-27. He shot 50 percent or better and scored in double figures in 16 straight games -- prior to the three-game cold streak.
Description: Clippers guard Chauncey Billups (foot) is still without a timetable but will start working out Saturday. SOURCE: Dan Woike, Orange County Register
Insight: The Clippers are extremely deep and will become even more so once Billups and Grant Hill make their returns. Billups will likely regain his starting job when he comes back but won't play enough minutes to be worth your time in fantasy leagues.
Description: Clippers SF Caron Butler missed Wednesday's game for personal reasons but is expected back in time for Friday's matchup with the crosstown-rival Lakers.
Insight: Butler is averaging 10.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.9 apg, his lowest numbers since 2003-04. Matt Barnes played well in Butler's absence, scoring 19 points, grabbing seven rebounds with three assist against Golden State and may have earned additional minutes which would continue to eat into Butler's fantasy value.
Description: The Clippers will swap small forwards Matt Barnes and Caron Butler for Wednesday's game, with Barnes starting and Butler coming off the bench.
Insight: Barnes has been a much better fantasy play than Butler this season, averaging 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.3 threes with a .500 shooting percentage compared to Butler's 10.0, 2.6, 0.9, 0.9, 0.2, 1.6, .423. Barnes' move into the starting lineup will widen the gap between the two players.
Description: Clippers small forward Caron Butler has scored 14 points in each of his last two games.
Insight: Butler hadn't scored in double figures in consecutive games since mid-November. The forward's fantasy value is entirely dependant on his points since he doesn't rebound, assist, block or steal. Unfortunately, he doesn't score much either (9.5 ppg).
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan double-doubled with 16 points and 10 boards Friday against the Jazz. Jordan made 6-of-8 from the field and is now shooting 59.4 percent on the season.
Insight: Jordan also picked up three steals in Friday's game. While the shooting percentage is nice, it's only coming on 6.7 attempts per game so it doesn't carry enough weight to offset his .417 free-throw percentage on 3.2 attempts per game. Even with 1.5 blocks per game, he's probably not worth your time in fantasy leagues.
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul's 29 points Friday night against Utah were a season high. Paul added six assists, two rebounds and one steal while making 13-of-14 from the foul line in Los Angeles' 16th consecutive victory.
Insight: Paul failed to make a 3-pointer on five attempts so he could have had an even bigger night. With 16.2 points, 9.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 steals and shooting splits of .470/.894, Paul has once again been a top-three fantasy talent.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin scored 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 13 rebounds, three assists and one steal Friday to help Los Angeles win its 16th straight game.
Insight: That makes 16 games in a row Griffin has shot 50 percent or better. He's averaging 19.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 turnovers per game while shooting a respectable 66.7 percent from the free-throw line in that span.
Description: Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom is questionable for Tuesday's game against Denver with a sprained left ankle.
Insight: Odom plays the same position as Blake Griffin so hasn't seen a ton of minutes this season (16 mpg). He's averaging 3.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 apg and won't have fantasy value unless he sees a lot more minutes.
Description: Clippers small forward Grant Hill is hoping to return to action sometime in mid-January, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Insight: Hill has been on the shelf all year with a knee injury. The Clippers have been cruising without him so Hill probably won't receive a lot of playing time upon his return. We doubt he'll be a factor in fantasy this season.
Description: Clippers guard Chris Paul is only averaging 15.7 ppg this season and 11.3 ppg in his last three games. Paul hasn't scored 20 points in any of his last 10 games but the Clippers have still won 11 in a row.
Insight: Paul is still shooting a strong 47.2 percent from the field this season but has attempted 3.2 fewer field goals per game while playing more than three minutes fewer per game than last season. With 9.3 apg, 2.5 spg, and an .889 free-throw percentage, Paul doesn't need to score 20 ppg to be an elite fantasy player; he ranks as the No. 4 overall player in Yahoo! leagues.