Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari has a fractured hand, adding to his injury-plagued season

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right hand when the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green elbowed him in a Feb. 22 game at Oakland, the Clippers announced Friday. An MRI exam Thursday revealed the extent of the injury, which was not detected on an initial X-ray.Gallinari will continue his current rehabilitation work and he is expected to be re-evaluated in “a couple of weeks,” the team said. He said earlier in the week he couldn’t make a fist, tie his shoes or handle a basketball because of the swelling and bruising in his hand.It’s uncertain how long the 6-foot-10 Gallinari will be sidelined. He sat out for the fourth game Friday because of the hand injury. Earlier this season, he was sidelined for 38 games because of a gluteus maximus injury. He’s played in only 19 of 61 games this season.“I don’t think he’s going to be back soon, but I think he’ll be back,” Coach Doc Rivers said before the Clippers played host to the New York Knicks. “With 22 games left and we’re trying to get into the playoffs, and not having him, it’s tough but no one is going to feel sorry for us. “We don’t have enough guards to play right now. So, we need one.”The Clippers played Friday against New York without guards Avery Bradley, who has a sports hernia injury, Patrick Beverley, who underwent season-ending knee surgery Nov. 22, and Jawun Evans, who also has a lower abdominal injury.COMPLICATED (PART 2)Rivers has used 29 different starting lineups this season, mostly because of injuries to so many key players over the course of 61 games. He joked that the only player on the roster who hasn’t started is newly-acquired center Boban Marjanovic, and that could change soon.“I will do anything to win a game,” Rivers said. “I think we’ve proved that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I tell our guys that every single day. You’ve just got to find a way.”The Clippers have been decimated by injuries, starting in the first half of their second regular-season game Oct. 21, when point guard Milos Teodosic suffered a plantar fascia injury in his left foot. At one point, the Clippers were without four of their five opening-night starters.IT’S COMPLICATEDThe Clippers’ two-way contracts with guard Tyrone Wallace and forward C.J. Williams have been both a blessing and a curse this season. Wallace and Williams have helped the Clippers remain in the playoff chase, but their deals reached an end Wednesday and their futures were uncertain.The team could assign each of them to their G League team in Ontario for the rest of the season. They could sign them to 10-day contracts or pro-rated deals for the remainder of 2017-18. Or they could sign them to multi-year contracts.“It’s a mess,” Rivers said. “Honestly, I’m at a loss for words. I don’t know what we’re going to do. We’re trying to sign one of them and see what we can do. But right now none of that is working. We’ve just got to get some more players. We’ve got to get at least one of those guys in quickly.last_img