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Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari out for up to six weeks with torn glute

By in Press Enterprise on December 21, 2017

By Elliott Teaford

LOS ANGELES — The medical news was bad again for the Clippers. Danilo Gallinari suffered a partial tear of a muscle in his left gluteus maximus and will be sidelined until he is re-examined in January, the team announced before Wednesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center.

“Very frustrating, very frustrating, but it’s part of the job,” Gallinari said. “What has happened to this team injury-wise is nothing like I’ve seen in any team I’ve played before. Hopefully, at one point, we’ll get everyone back together and play together again.”

Gallinari has been limited to 11 games this season because of the injury, which was diagnosed first as a muscle strain and later as a contusion. He sat out for 13 games and then played two before he was forced to the sideline again. He said he expected to be out for six weeks.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers couldn’t say for sure how many games Gallinari might miss.

“He’s working his butt off to get back,” Rivers said.

Pause.

“I guess I shouldn’t use that term,” Rivers added, smiling. “He’s working hard to get back.”

Gallinari, acquired from the Denver Nuggets during the Clippers’ offseason roster makeover, was their opening-night starter at small forward, teamed with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on a frontline that shouldered a great weight with point guard Chris Paul traded to the Houston Rockets.

Gallinari played the season’s first nine games before he was sidelined. Griffin followed him to the trainer’s room after spraining his left knee in the Clippers’ Nov. 27 victory over the Lakers. Griffin is expected to be sidelined for up to two months.

Compounding matters Wednesday, fill-in small forward Wesley Johnson couldn’t play because of a sore left foot.

“Wes will be out for probably five to seven days,” Rivers said.

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