Blake Griffin's rehab progresses; Camby, Thornton are injured

The team's new anti-gravity treadmill, which was brought in for Griffin's rehab, may get more use from the Clippers' starting center and small forward, who were both injured in the team's last game.

December 25, 2009|By Lisa Dillman
  • The Clippers aren't sure if they'll have the services of forwards Marcus Camby (23) and Al Thornton (12), who are battling the Lakers' Derek Fisher (2) and Lamar Odom (7), on Saturday.
The Clippers aren't sure if they'll have the services of forwards… (Kevork Djansezian / Getty…)

Looks as if that Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill arrived at the Clippers' training facility just in time.

It was, of course, supposed to be for one injured patient named Blake Griffin, representing another step in his long-and-winding rehabilitation assignment.

The Clippers' rookie power forward went through the paces on the machine Thursday, and his close buddy and teammate DeAndre Jordan decided to try it out and looked like a cartoon character, clowning around on the high-tech apparatus.

Will there be other anti-gravity clients?

Considering the Clippers' past and present . . . well . . . probably.

Two others could be Al Thornton and Marcus Camby, both suffering injuries in the Clippers' most-recent loss, at Houston, on Tuesday. Thornton and Camby did not practice Thursday.

Thornton jammed his right big toe against the Rockets, and Camby suffered a hyper-extended knee in the fourth quarter of the Houston game. They are both considered questionable for today's game at Phoenix.

Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy was asked about their availability against the Suns.

"At this point I can't tell," he said. "If the swelling does go down, guys have a better chance of playing. If it doesn't go down, they could miss it."

Camby's absence, in particular, would be especially damaging since he is the Clippers' leading rebounder (11.7 per game) and the lack of depth at his position. He had 13 or more rebounds in 11 of the Clippers' last 14 games.

Thornton, who is averaging 13.4 points, is the Clippers' fourth-leading scorer and has been starting at small forward since Nov. 9 against New Orleans with Rasual Butler mostly coming off the bench.

After scoring only two points against Washington on Dec. 14, Thornton has been in double figures in the five games since then, all on the road.

Suns update

Of course, the Christmas Day game was supposed to be a showcase for Blake Griffin. Griffin will be there with the Clippers but mainly to have a family Christmas gathering in Phoenix.

The Suns are 18-11 and have lost only twice at home.

"They've certainly surprised everyone with how great a start they've gotten off to -- and a lot of it always depends on how well Steve Nash is playing," Dunleavy said. "Everybody keeps thinking he's getting older and slowing down but that doesn't seem to happen

"Nash is not only having an All-Star, but an MVP-type season again.

"It comes down to Nash and if shooters are making shots because they've got the ability to space the floor for him and he makes great passes and sets guys up for layups and dunks and wide open threes."

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