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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2008-11-30


Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2008-11-30
When the Clippers made the trade that sent forward Tim Thomas and guard Cuttino Mobley to the New York Knicks in exchange for guard Mardy Collins and prolific-scoring forward Zach Randolph, the initial question was how would three divide into two.

With Randolph joining incumbent center Chris Kaman and summer acquisition Marcus Camby, it appeared that the center and power forward positions were overstocked with a trio of players, all of whom were capable of playing 32-plus minutes per night.

That won't be a problem for a while. Kaman has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis of the left foot and has been advised by the team's medical staff to take some time off.

It is just another in a series of injuries that have beset Kaman, starting last year, when he was one of the NBA's most improved players through the first four months of the season.

Kaman said he tried to play through the injury initially, believing that it was just typical pain from the constant pounding that NBA players go through.

"But now I need to give it some rest to be able to come back strong," Kaman said. "It's an overuse thing. I wore it down too much."

Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy won't have to worry about how to divvy up the minutes among Kaman, Camby and Randolph, but it is not a situation that Dunleavy relishes. Suddenly, depth becomes an issue with the loss of Kaman, who is averaging 13.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Kaman is shooting 57.1 percent from the field after starting out the year only making 10 of 32 from the floor in the first three games.

"My foot is hurting to the point where I shouldn't be playing," Kaman said.

Meanwhile, trade rumors continue to swirl around Kaman. The latest rumors have him linked with the Chicago Bulls, who have been desperate for a low-post scoring threat since they traded Eddy Curry to the New York Knicks at the start of the 2005-06 season.

But all the Bulls have to offer are perimeter-type players, and it would be shocking if the Clippers traded the skillful, if sometimes inconsistent, Kaman for a smaller player, even one as talented as guard Ben Gordon.

The Clippers have a four-game road trip upcoming that will take them to two-thirds of the Texas Triangle (Dallas and Houston) before concluding with games at Memphis and Minnesota. The Clippers snapped a six-game losing streak to Dallas when they beat the Mavericks earlier in November at Staples Center. Houston has defeated the Clippers the past six meetings. The Clippers took two out of three from Memphis last season but lost three of the four meetings against Minnesota.

CLIPPERS 97, HEAT 96: In a wild finish and one of their most thrilling games so far this season, the Clippers rallied in the fourth quarter and then held off Miami, which had a chance to win, but a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Dwyane Wade was well off the mark. The Clippers got twin 27-point scoring performances out of Al Thornton and the recently acquired Zach Randolph. But it was Baron Davis, who otherwise had a poor shooting night, who hit three big shots in the fourth quarter.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: November 30, 2008

 

 
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