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Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes short training camp to blame for injuries

By in Press Enterprise on November 14, 2017

By Elliott Teaford

LOS ANGELES — Patrick Beverley sat out Monday for the third consecutive game because of a sore right knee. Danilo Gallinari couldn’t play for the fourth game because of a strained left glute muscle. Milos Teodosic was sidelined for the 11th game because of a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers couldn’t say with any degree of certainty when any of them would be sound enough to play again. He did guess that Beverley and Gallinari could return to the active roster at some point during the Clippers’ upcoming five-game trip that begins Friday in Cleveland.

“To be honest, I have not heard that,” Rivers said before the Clippers faced the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center, their lone home game during a stretch in which they play eight of nine on the road. “It just seems like that from the way they’re moving they’ll be back pretty soon.”

Beverley, Gallinari and Austin Rivers were injured during training camp in Hawaii and Doc Rivers believes it’s no coincidence each of them has been hurt in recent games. Austin Rivers suffered a mild sprain of his left ankle during a practice last week, but has not missed a game.

Teodosic was injured while stepping on the foot of an opposing player.

“The whole league, maybe we need to reassess these short camps,” Doc Rivers said. “When you sustain injuries to your key guys in camp, it’s tough to catch up. We had a ton of guys injured in training camp, forget now. We’ve gotten a double-whammy.”

Doc Rivers recalled the days when he played and teams held training camp for several weeks before starting to play exhibition games. He remembered spending one month or more practicing before suiting up for preseason contests in the 1980s and ’90s.

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