LOS ANGELES — On the same night the LA Clippers will welcome back one starter, another starter re-exits the lineup due to injury.
Power forward Danilo Gallinari, who missed 13 games with a glute injury and returned to action this past Wednesday, will miss Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors due to what coach Doc Rivers says is a new glute injury suffered in Gallinari’s second game back Saturday against the Washington Wizards.
“He’s out for probably a good couple of games,” said Rivers, who is already without opening night starters power forward Blake Griffin due to a left MCL sprain and point guard Patrick Beverley, who is out for the season after undergoing right knee surgery.
“I guess he took a pretty hard fall in the fourth quarter,” Rivers added of Gallinari. “I honestly never saw it, then I got a call after the game about it, and then you go and look, and it was a pretty good fall.”
Rookie two-way contract forward Jamil Wilson will take Gallinari’s place in the starting lineup Monday.
Gallinari is coming off a season-best 25-point outing in Saturday’s win over the Wizards, and was averaging 13.4 points per game in his first season with the Clippers. Los Angeles is 6-5 when Gallinari plays and 3-10 when he doesn’t.
Another Clippers opening night starter, Milos Teodosic, will return to the lineup for the first time since injuring his left plantar fascia on Oct. 21, his second game of the season. Rivers said that Teodosic, a 30-year-old NBA rookie from Serbia, will start but play limited minutes.
Rivers, careful not to make any conclusions about the season being defined by injury, is weary of losing yet another starter to a freak injury.
“It’s been that type of season thus far,” Rivers said. “Things can change. Right now, they are, they keep changing back to somebody getting hurt.”