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CLIPPERS FYI

Clippers' injury reports on Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe are positive

Paul, who bumped his left knee, didn't report any swelling in it, Coach Vinny Del Negro says. Bledsoe feels good after coming back from five-game layoff with sore left calf.

March 24, 2013|By Broderick Turner

It has been a season in which the Clippers rarely seem to avoid talking about injuries, and Sunday was no different.

But at least Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro had positive reports about the injuries involving Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe. But not so much about Chauncey Billups.

Paul bumped his left knee while setting a screen on Keith Bogans during the Clippers' victory against Brooklyn on Saturday night.

The Clippers didn't practice Sunday, but Paul went to the team's practice facility for treatment on his knee.

"Chris was at our bowling charity event on Sunday and apparently it didn't swell up," Del Negro said. "He didn't say anything to me about it being a problem at the bowling event. It was sore last night, but it didn't swell up, which is good."

Del Negro said Paul was "scared more than anything" after he was hit by Bogans and then fell to the court in pain.

"Once he realized he was all right, he was OK," Del Negro said. "It was more on the side than on the kneecap. He'll rest [Monday] and then get ready for Dallas."

Bledsoe played in his first game Saturday night after missing the last five games with a sore left calf.

"With Bledsoe, there was no setback there," Del Negro said. "He felt good today."

Del Negro said he'll know more about Billups and his strained right groin Monday. Billups missed the last two games with his injury.

"We've got to keep them all healthy," Del Negro said.

Clippers still in mix

After Saturday night's win, Paul said he's not looking at the standings because there is too much time left in the regular season and a lot can happen between now and when the playoffs start.

Well, Paul was told, the Clippers (48-22) are the fourth-seeded team in the Western Conference.

They are a half-game behind the third-seeded Denver Nuggets (49-22) and a half-game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies (47-22).

"I can't tell you our record right now," Paul said. "I think once you get to a certain point, as long as you're playing the right way, it doesn't matter who you are playing. It doesn't matter who you match up against in the playoffs. It's all about how your team is playing and we're just going to keep getting better."

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