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Randolph could be out two weeks

NBA : CLIPPERS FYI

December 29, 2008|Lisa Dillman

File this under the growing category of bad things happening to a certain basketball team. Better yet, it could be amended for the Clippers.

If things don't seem bad at first, well, there is always that possibility a few days later.

Consider forward Zach Randolph. His bruised left knee -- thanks to the Toronto Raptors' Jake Voskuhl nearly a week ago -- could keep him out of the lineup for one to two weeks, or more, Coach Mike Dunleavy said Sunday.

With the Clippers, day to day can mean week to week or month to month.

It had seemed optimistic Tuesday, the day after the injury, and the team said Randolph did not have an MRI exam. Still, it's always necessary to qualify things with the Clippers.

Randolph went to visit his family in Indiana for Christmas, rested the knee and took part in some practice Friday.

The knee didn't feel sound by the next day, and he wasn't able to do much Saturday. He ended up having an MRI exam Saturday, which showed there was no structural damage.

The Clippers will just have to wait until the bone bruise heals and Randolph has the necessary stability when he makes quick movements.

"Just got to get the strength back. It isn't so much pain," Randolph said Sunday before the Clippers played the Dallas Mavericks.

For Randolph, it comes at an especially tough time, considering his stellar scoring run of late.

"Yeaaahhh, I know," he said. "It's crazy."

Crazy? Yes, that about sums it up.

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lisa.dillman@latimes.com

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