“I heard he’s gonna practice,” Rivers said. “That’s all I’ve heard.”Mbah a Moute has missed all but the first four games of the season with what’s been described as a sore left knee.The recently acquired Wilson Chandler (quadriceps strain) also is expected to be available to practice before the Clippers resume play in Memphis on Feb. 22 following the All-Star break, according to Rivers. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “He knew Lou (Williams),” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before his team took on the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday at Staples Center. “Lou played with the Lakers (in 2016-17) and played with (Zubac), and Lou was a big seller on, ‘If we can get him, let’s get him.’ Lou really likes him.”So, too, do Rivers and the rest of the Clippers.They like Zubac’s size and they like his potential.“He changes shots,” Rivers said of Zubac, who had three blocks in his Clippers debut in Boston, helping his new team pull off a stunning come-from-behind win. “In that first game, he altered more shots than we’ve altered all year, and God, it’s nice having size.“The European kids, in general, are really skilled – he’s a really good passer. He’s not sure of that yet, but you can see … he is and you know he will be. He was a gift. We’re very happy to get him.” “We want to keep growing,” Rivers continued. “And we needed to look at that spot future-wise, where are we going in that spot in the future? We have (Montrezl Harrell), who is young. People don’t look at Trezz as young, but Trezz is real young (25) as well. And now when you look at our future, you look at Zu and Trezz at that spot moving out – that’s really good for us.”THE PICK IN THE BALANCEDuring the Clippers’ most recent edition of “The Playbook” last week, a fan event that featured Frank and General Manager Michael Winger talking about the team’s recent roster moves, moderator Rachel Nichols joked that all of Massachusetts was paying close attention to the Clippers’ playoff status. (Bay Staters: The Clippers entered Wednesday’s game against the Suns in ninth place, a game behind the Sacramento Kings in the loss column.)Nichols was alluding to the fact that the Boston Celtics will get the Clippers’ first-round draft pick this summer if the Clippers make the playoffs because that selection is lottery protected. If the Clippers miss the postseason, they’ll keep the pick this summer and it’ll be the same story in 2020: If the Clippers whiff on the postseason again next season, they’ll also retain the pick in that summer’s draft, and then will send their second-round selection to Boston in 2021.So, how did this pick end up with the Celtics?On Feb. 19 2016, the Clippers dealt Lance Stephenson – and the protected first-round pick – to the Memphis Grizzlies for Jeff Green. Then in June 2016, Memphis acquired the draft rights to Michigan State forward Deyonta Davis and Mega Leks (of Serbia) forward Rade Zagorac from Boston in exchange for, yes, that future first-round draft pick originally acquired from the Clippers.INJURY UPDATERivers said he expects injured forward Luc Mbah a Moute to return to practice soon, though he doesn’t know much more than that.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum LOS ANGELES — It’s a small world after all.L.A. basketball fans are well aware that Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, traded Mike Muscala to the Lakers for Ivica Zubac at the trade deadline last week.But there are only a few degrees of separation in basketball: Frank, as the head coach of the New Jersey Nets, once coached Zubac’s cousin, Zoran Planinic. The 6-foot-7 guard played for Frank in New Jersey from 2003 to 2006, averaging 3.8 points in 10.7 minutes per game.As for last week’s trade? Another former Laker had something to say about it.
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