Clippers guard Milos Teodosic out indefinitely with left foot injury

first_img“He doesn’t go down like that, so my first thought was something really bad,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of rushing onto the court Saturday to check on Teodosic. “That’s not Milos. Milos plays through about everything, so I was thinking about a lot of stuff.“We’re down to three veteran guards now.”Teodosic, a 30-year-old rookie from Serbia, started the Clippers’ first two games, but is expected to be replaced by Austin Rivers for their playoff rematch Tuesday against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Austin Rivers was sidelined by a strained glute muscle for most of training camp.Teodosic walked with the aid of crutches after Saturday’s game.“We’ve been in this position before,” Clippers power forward Blake Griffin said after Saturday’s 130-88 victory over the Suns when asked about the team’s many injuries since preseason began Sept. 26. “It’s next man up. We have to keep moving.” Doc Rivers will likely insert his son, Austin, into the starting lineup Tuesday alongside Patrick Beverley. Lou Williams is expected to continue in his role as the first guard off the bench, with Jawun Evans and Thornwell, two rookies, also serving as backups.Austin Rivers, Beverley (knee), Sam Dekker (oblique), Danilo Gallinari (foot), Sindarius Thornwell (shoulder) and Jamil Wilson (back) were each sidelined for extended periods during training camp. All were pronounced fit to play by the Clippers’ season-opening game Thursday.“Hopefully, it isn’t going to be bad news,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said Saturday of Teodosic’s injury, “but if it is, the next guy has to be ready to step up and that’s why we’re so deep. We have a lot of guys who can play.”SO FAR, SO GOODDoc Rivers said he was encouraged by the Clippers’ standout play during back-to-back blowout victories to start the season. In addition to their rout of the Suns, the Clippers defeated the Lakers by 16 points in their season-opening game Thursday.“I like how we’re playing,” Doc Rivers said Saturday, after a second consecutive dominating performance in the second half a both ends of the court. “I like how the ball is moving. I like our pace. A lot of guys are handling the ball and contributing.” Photos: Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Phoenix Suns 130-88 NBA Basketball Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Austin Rivers says the Clippers are a better, deeper team without Chris Paul The Clippers’ next-man-up philosophy will be put to the test only two games into the regular season, just as it was during an injury-plagued preseason. The Clippers said Sunday that guard Milos Teodosic would be sidelined indefinitely by a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.Teodosic was injured late in the second quarter of the Clippers’ 42-point victory Saturday over the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. He stepped on the foot of Suns guard Devin Booker and tumbled to the court. X-rays taken during the game indicated there were no broken bones.Related Articles However, an MRI on Sunday revealed the plantar fascia injury. The plantar fascia is the tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel to the toes and supports the arch. It can become weak, swollen and inflamed if strained.Plantar fasciitis is a common injury suffered by long-distance runners because of the repetitious pounding their feet endure, and less often by basketball players for the same reason. Small tears to the plantar fascia can develop over time, but Teodosic’s injury happened in one violent action.last_img