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Clippers' Jared Dudley to play against Warriors

March 12, 2014|By Broderick Turner
  • Clippers forward Jared Dudley puts up a jump shot against Philadelphia.
Clippers forward Jared Dudley puts up a jump shot against Philadelphia. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

The Clippers' Jared Dudley, who has missed the team's last three consecutive games while recovering from back spasms, said he will play Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.

Dudley worked out at the Clippers’ shoot-around Wednesday morning and said he felt good enough to play.

“I could have gone on Monday,” Dudley said. “It was like 85% [healthy]. There’s no pain [now] and no restrictions.”

Dudley plays a small forward position that is crowded.

Besides him, Matt Barnes is the starting small forward and Danny Granger has become the backup to Barnes during Dudley’s absence.

Before his injury, Dudley averaged 7.3 points on 35.4% shooting, 35.4% on three-pointers.

He was playing 25.1 minutes per game, but his playing time may decrease with Barnes playing so well and the 6-foot-9 Granger improving his play.

“For me coming in, I don’t do anything I wouldn’t ordinary do,” Dudley said. “Play your role. If I’m open and there’s a three-point shot, I’m going to shoot the ball.”

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broderick.turner@latimes.com

Twitter:@BA_Turner

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