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CLIPPERS FYI

Baron Davis, Zach Randolph join Clippers' shoot-around

Injured point guard and power forward do limited work at game-day practice, but their return to active duty does not appear imminent.

January 18, 2009|Broderick Turner

Maybe the Clippers can see this as a bit of good news.

When the team had its shoot-around Saturday, injured players Baron Davis and Zach Randolph both put in a little work.

With that in mind, Coach Mike Dunleavy was asked how close Davis, who missed his eighth consecutive game because of a bruised tailbone, and Randolph, who missed his 11th consecutive game because of a sore left knee, are to playing again.

"I saw them on the court shooting for the first day today," Dunleavy said. "So that's not doing any running. So, it's hard to say."

Randolph is battling an ear and nose infection that may further delay his return.

Dunleavy said both Davis and Randolph will need to practice full-bore before a decision can be made on their readiness.

"So I still think it's a little bit away," Dunleavy said.

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Camby an All-Star?

The Clippers look at center Marcus Camby's numbers and feel he deserves a spot on the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve.

But the Clippers' poor record could pose a problem for Camby, who began play Saturday night tied with Orlando's Dwight Howard for the NBA lead in rebounding (13.9 per game) and was second behind Howard in blocked shots (2.65).

Camby also is scoring at a 12.1-points-per-game clip, meaning he is averaging a double-double.

In the eyes of Dunleavy, that should be enough.

But the Clippers entered Saturday night's game with an 8-30 record, the third-worst in the NBA.

"If it comes down to somebody that is close in stats, then you're going to go to [the team's] record to be the overriding factor," Dunleavy said.

"But other than that, if someone is having a great year for a team . . . Marcus' rebounding numbers, shot-block numbers and the fact that he's scoring in double digits [are good]. You've got to look at the competition obviously, and you take a look at it.

"But I don't think he won't make that team because of [the Clippers'] record. I think it'll be because somebody else's stats have to be as good as his and then the record comes into play."

Houston's Yao Ming is the leading vote-getter among Western Conference centers. Shaquille O'Neal of Phoenix is second.

West coaches select the reserves; no coach can vote for his own player.

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Go-to youngsters

With so many injuries, the Clippers have turned to their young players to lead them.

Rookie guard Eric Gordon and second-year forward Al Thornton have become the go-to guys.

"Obviously it's been between Gordon and Thornton, depending on who's got it going a little bit, what the matchups are," Dunleavy said.

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broderick.turner@latimes.com

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