The Clippers said they expected power forward Elton Brand to return to the lineup Saturday night against the Seattle SuperSonics at Staples Center, but few things have gone as planned for them lately.
The team's leading scorer and rebounder remained sidelined for the second consecutive game because of a bruised right hip.
"When he tried to run up and down today [in practice], he couldn't do it," Coach Mike Dunleavy said. "It bothered him enough to where he said no go. He could run, but it hurt."
Brand, who averages 24.9 points and 10.7 rebounds, also sat out Tuesday's 90-73 victory over the Orlando Magic. He suffered the injury Dec. 23 against the Charlotte Hornets and aggravated it Jan. 6 against the Sacramento Kings.
Last season, Brand sat out only one game.
Although the 6-foot-8 Brand was listed as active against the SuperSonics, Dunleavy revealed before the game that Brand would not play. There is no timetable for the return of the Clippers' first option on offense, Dunleavy said.