Five takeaways: Clippers survive Nuggets' rally in preseason opener
OCT 3, 1:49a ET | Jovan Buha
Rotowire: Oct 1 / 2:52p ET
News: Stephenson (groin) is considered questionable to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Nuggets, Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Stephenson is dealing with pubic bone inflammation, and while he was not limited at Thursday's practice, the Clippers have yet to decide whether or not he'll be available Friday. With nearly a month until the regular season begins, the ailment should not impact Stephenson's fantasy value.
Rotowire: Oct 1 / 11:29a ET
News: Stephenson has been diagnosed with ostitis pubis, an inflammation of the pubic bone, Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times reports. The injury isn't expected to limit him during Thursday's practice.
Impact: Despite its serious-sounding name, the condition is a rather minor one that won't inhibit Stephenson in a significant way during training camp. He's expected to practice fully Thursday and will likely be available to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Nuggets.
Rotowire: Sep 26 / 3:39p ET
News: Stephenson will likely be used with the second unit this season, the Orange County Register's Dan Woike reports.
Impact: Coach Doc Rivers also said that the team will be careful with Stephenson initially after he tweaked his hamstring a month or so ago. Still, he is a participant in training camp, and should be good to go for the start of the season. Given the Clippers' depth on the wing after the additions of Paul Pierce and Wesley Johnson, Stephenson will be in for a reduced role and will struggle to be viable in standard leagues.