January 31, 2011 |
Clippers forward Craig Smith , who hasn't played since Dec. 18, should get a good read on his progress when he visits the doctor Wednesday. Smith suffered a herniated disk in his lower back and nerve damage in his right leg, which required an epidural. If all is deemed to be going well, Smith won't require more drastic measures. "The way I'm feeling, I feel close," he said Monday before the Clippers played Milwaukee at Staples Center. "Hopefully, no surgery. I don't wish that on anybody.
December 21, 2010 |
Big men, suddenly, are in extremely short supply around here. Two games on consecutive nights took out two Clippers forwards on their recent trip and the news regarding both players was not encouraging Tuesday. Craig Smith (herniated disk) and Brian Cook (sprained right ankle) won't be back until next month, and Smith's longer-term availability will depend on how he responds to the epidural he received Tuesday. "We're going to have to find a way to weather the storm here for the next couple of weeks," Clipper coach Vinny Del Negro said, not aiming for a clever weather-related line.
December 20, 2010 |
Just when a Clippers bench player appears to be gaining traction, gathering the slightest bit of momentum ? guess what happens. An injury. It happened to Brian Cook in the last minute against Detroit on Friday when he suffered a sprained right ankle. It is a high sprain and he will be out for at least a week and then will be reevaluated. Craig Smith was effective off the bench in the Clippers' one-point victory at Chicago on Saturday with 13 points and six rebounds.
November 2, 2010 |
The Clippers' already thin bench took yet another hit early in the second quarter Monday when Craig Smith was ejected for a flagrant two foul, shaking up the San Antonio Spurs' George Hill for a few minutes. Yes, that would be the very definition of clotheslining. Hill did not get up quickly and had his neck looked at on the bench. It led to Smith's automatic ejection, which will cost him a $6,000 fine and a possible suspension from the league, as the NBA reviews all flagrant fouls.
October 2, 2010 |
Unless you are thrilled by free-throw shooting, there have been precious few in-action glimpses of Blake Griffin , or any of the Clippers for that matter, in training camp. Media access is limited to the last few minutes of each session. Suspense about the progress of the Clippers will officially end Tuesday in Portland, the first of their eight preseason games. But forward Craig Smith , most helpfully, provided something of a shortcut, a guest primer on all things Griffin.
April 11, 2010 |
He wants to finish the job. Really. Baron Davis isn't the only Clipper who returned to his hometown, hoping to help remake the organization, hoping to own part of the city … only to find out the team is owning the lottery. Craig Smith sighed. Losing has a way of clouding even the most brilliant of sun-splashed days in Beverly Hills, marring the mood of an upbeat power forward with the fun, cartoonish nickname, the Rhino. "I've never been to the playoffs in four years," Smith said, shaking his head.