The Clippers haven't been the healthiest team in the NBA this season, but their ability to win despite some missing parts has been remarkable. Over the course of their first 54 games, they've gone extended stretches without point guard Chris Paul, shooting guard J.J. Redick and forward Matt Barnes. But it hasn't slowed their pace. With Wednesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers marking their final contest before the All-Star break, the Clippers can only hope they'll hit the stretch run in relative health. "It's been a constant struggle with injuries," forward Blake Griffin said Tuesday. "A lot of teams go through those things, but I've said throughout the course of the season, as long as we're healthy come the playoffs, I'm happy with it." It would be perfect timing. So far this season, the Clippers have played just 16 games with their projected starting lineup: Paul, Redick, Griffin, center DeAndre Jordan and either Jared Dudley or Barnes at small forward. Redick will sit out his third consecutive games Wednesday with a sore right hip. Even so, the Clippers are a Pacific Division-leading 36-18, and they weathered a significant 18-game period without Paul, going 12-6 while he was sidelined with a separated right shoulder. Paul returned Sunday night and has said he will participate in the All-Star game this weekend at New Orleans, returning to the city where he began his NBA career and played his first six seasons.
Clippers thriving despite injuries
Fox Sports West | Feb 12