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Clippers' Chris Paul and J.J. Redick could play Sunday

Paul, who missed his 18th straight game Friday with a separated right shoulder, appears to have the best chance of playing against Philadelphia. Redick is listed as day-to-day with a sore right hip.

February 07, 2014|By Broderick Turner
  • Chris Paul could rejoin the Clippers on the court Sunday after missing 18 games because of a separated right shoulder.
Chris Paul could rejoin the Clippers on the court Sunday after missing 18… (David Zalubowski / Associated…)

The Clippers' starting backcourt of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick didn't play against the Toronto Raptors Friday night, but there is a chance Paul and Redick could play Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center.

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said they will "get together as a unit" Saturday so Paul and Redick "can be active" and a decision can be made on whether they play.

Paul missed his 18th consecutive game with a separated right shoulder and appears to have the best chance of playing against the Raptors.

Redick missed his second consecutive game with a sore right hip and will remain listed as day-to-day.

"I would say from this point forward, it's day-to-day for sure whether he plays on Sunday," Rivers said. "If not Sunday, Wednesday. So we'll just wait and see."

Rivers wears two hats

Rivers not only is the coach of the Clippers, but he is the senior vice president of basketball operations.

That means all personnel moves that are made by the Clippers go through Rivers first.

So he has to deal with the rumors that small forward Jared Dudley might get traded.

"Seventy-five percent of that stuff is ridiculous, so why even…," Rivers said. "The players have been around long enough to understand if something happens. There are some cases you can tell chatter affects them and you may grab one or two of them. But I won't change the way I handle that. You don't deal with that stuff."

Rivers then was asked whether Dudley seemed to be one of those players with whom he needs to talk.

"I don't think so," Rivers said. "I've been around him all of three months or four months, but it doesn't seem like it is."

When Rivers spent nine years coaching the Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge, the president of basketball operations for the Celtics, did all the heavy work regarding trades and calls to other general managers.

Rivers said with the trade deadline two weeks away, the calls with other front-office personnel "has heated up."

But Rivers said Gary Sacks, the Clippers vice president of basketball operations, "handles most" of the phone calls with other teams' front-office people.

"We talk every day," Rivers said. "But other than that, it doesn't change much, my job. I'm going to coach the team. Obviously my job is to make the team better if I can.

"But it [my job] won't change a lot. I guess the difference is if there is something, I'll be on the phone instead of not having to do so over the last nine years."


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