Davis leaves game with back spasms for injury-depleted Clippers
Glen "Big Baby" Davis hobbled off the court during the Clippers' loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday with back spasms, adding to the team's injury woes.
Davis had to be helped off the court and into a wheelchair, then he went to the locker room. After the game, Doc Rivers told reporters he wasn't sure how serious the injury was because he had yet to discuss with trainers.
"We're depleted right now, but no one feels sorry for us," Rivers said. "I don't feel sorry for us. You know what I mean? You've got to just figure it out and keep playing."
Davis averages 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds for the Clippers in limited time off the bench, but he would be relied on more heavily with Griffin out.
The injury came on the same day that the Clippers announced Blake Griffin would have surgery Monday in Los Angeles for a staph infection in his right elbow. The Clippers are thin in the frontcourt but could pick up a backcourt player to help with depth and numbers.
"The good thing is this the 10-day (contract) season, so you can do that," Rivers told reporters in Oklahoma City. "There's usually no fix there. It may be a temporary fix. We may bring a guard in and just go small. We just need another player for sure. With J.J. (Redick) and Blake out and Austin (Rivers) and his condition, we need another player. I doubt it's by (Monday)."
Rivers said Austin Rivers (foot) could be back by Monday when the Clippers play at Dallas. J.J. Redick (back spasms) could return to the lineup, too, but Doc Rivers said it would take a lot to convince him to play Redick on Monday.
Clippers season won't unravel while Blake Griffin recovers ... this team has endured worse
The Clippers are 2-5 on this eight-game roadtrip, the longest roadtrip of the season, and will play their fourth game in five days against the Mavericks. They've lost five of their last six games.
"Even if everybody is healthy and you're struggling, you don't overreact to when you're playing well or when you're playing poorly on a long roadtrip," Rivers said. "You just don't. It's not the way real basketball is. You can't. I've been around this game long enough to know that. You try to learn lessons through losses or wins. you just keep moving on."