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Coach tries to find time for Grant Hill

CLIPPERS FYI

Veteran hasn't found consistent playing time in Clippers' rotation.

February 14, 2013|By Broderick Turner

With a completely healthy team, it has become hard for Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro to find enough minutes for all of his players.

Grant Hill has been the odd man out, the 11th man on a team that plays 10 on a regular basis.

Hill played well in the last two road games, especially against New York and Carmelo Anthony. But Hill didn't play in Wednesday night's game against the Houston Rockets.

Hill played against the Lakers on Thursday night, entering the game with 10:10 left in the second quarter. He played only six minutes and didn't score in the Clippers' victory.

"I'm just trying to keep the rotation as consistent as possible," Del Negro said. "But I have all the faith in the world in Grant and he gives you everything he can when he's out there. I have no hesitation to put him out there at any point in the game."

No break for Odom

Lamar Odom, who was poked in the left eye in the second quarter against the Lakers and didn't return, will stay in Los Angeles and work out during the All-Star break.

Asked why he's not taking a break, Odom said: "I've had a long enough break," Odom said, referring to his slow start to the season.

"It's time to get back to business. It's time to get back to that level that I have played at."

Odom didn't have a good year with the Dallas Mavericks last season after he was traded from the Lakers.

He said he wants to get back to that level of play he displayed with the Lakers in 2010-11, when he was the NBA's sixth man of the year.

Odom said he owes that to the Clippers.

"We're a playoff team," said Odom, who is averaging a career-low 3.7 points. "I've got to be ready. I'm going to take a lot of shots in the gym when I'm by myself."

Kudos to trainers

Jamal Crawford sought out reporters and asked why no word was mentioned about the "incredible job" the Clippers' training staff has done this season working with all the injured players.

Crawford suffered a broken nose against the Raptors, a sore right shoulder and a left thigh contusion.

"Our training staff is the best," Crawford said.

Head trainer Jasen Powell, Joe Resendez and Richard Williams have had their hands full this year.

The Clippers have had players miss a total of 161 games due to injuries, illnesses or a suspension.

Powell ruptured his right Achilles' tendon on the road and will have surgery Friday.

"They've done a fantastic job with all the things they've had to deal with," Del Negro said, "with all the injuries and preparation that goes into it."

broderick.turner@latimes.com

Twitter: @BA_Turner

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