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Clippers continue to wait for three big men to play in one game

Zach Randolph, Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby have been beset by injuries and personal issues. Just as Kaman prepares to play in a game for the first time since Nov. 26, Camby's status grows murky.

March 10, 2009|Lisa Dillman

Three big men and one big wait.

The eagerly awaited Clippers moment of truth -- a complete game, more or less, with Zach Randolph, Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby in the lineup -- won't unfold tonight against Cleveland at Staples Center.

Will it ever happen this season?

There are 19 games remaining. And just as Kaman prepares to play in a game for the first time since Nov. 26, Camby's status has grown increasingly murky.

Not only has the fluid in his head -- caused apparently from a previous ear infection -- brought on painful migraines, but there are additional concerns.

Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy said at practice Monday there is an issue of balance, and if the antibiotics don't work, there may be a need for an additional procedure.

"You've got pain and a loss of equilibrium, that's the problem," Dunleavy said. "You can get through the pain thing, that's one thing. But it's kind of hard to play basketball without your equilibrium."

It all started, apparently, when Camby's eardrum popped during the All-Star break.

"We're coming up with injuries that haven't been in the realm of the injury scope," Dunleavy said.

Kaman was awaiting the final green light in the form of an MRI exam on his strained left foot.

"It's the Clippers' curse," Kaman said, almost repeating what he said Saturday. "It's the weirdest injury. Most of the time it's plantar fasciitis, but mine was a tear. It's still really sore at the end of practice last week. The doctor said the scar tissue could be there for eight months."

Randolph, whose father died last week, will be traveling back to Indiana for the wake Thursday and the funeral Saturday. He is expected to be back in time for Sunday's game against the New Jersey Nets.

Baron Davis (sore hamstring) practiced Monday and is expected to play against Cleveland.

"We've seen Kaman and Camby play well together," Dunleavy said. "We've seen Camby and Zach Randolph play well together. Now we'll hopefully get a chance to see Kaman and Zach Randolph play well together."


The Clippers said there were about 1,000 tickets remaining for their game against LeBron James and Co. Prices range from $44 to $225.


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