Eric Bledsoe suffers left elbow contusion


From The Los Angeles Times…

Midway through the second half Wednesday, the Clippers bench looked like a hospital waiting room.

Mo Williams was dealing with a right forearm contusion. Eric Bledsoe had a left elbow contusion. And Nick Young’s right (shooting) thumb was sprained.

The three of them sustained their bumps and bruises during the Clippers’ 105-98 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum on Wednesday night in Game 2 of a Western Conference first-round playoff series. The series is tied, 1-1.

As they were being tended to on the bench, there sat, in fine suits, former starting small forward Caron Butler, who is out with a fractured left hand, and former starting shooting guard Chauncey Billups, who is out with a left torn Achilles’ tendon.

Aside from Billups’, all of those injuries were sustained during the team’s two games here against the Grizzlies, known for their physical, grinding style.

“That’s what they do,” Bledsoe said. “They’re real physical. We’ve just got to get used to it.”

Williams, Bledsoe and Young are each considered day to day. Williams said an X-ray on his forearm came back negative. When asked if they’d be able to play in Game 3 on Saturday at Staples Center, each player said he expected to be healthy enough.

“Hopefully everybody will be OK because there isn’t anybody left,” said Chris Paul, who has been dealing with a mild groin sprain.

Said Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro: “We’ll tape them up and see who can go the next game. We’ve got a few days in between, so hopefully they can heal up fast. We’re going to need everybody.”

Bledsoe is listed as probable for Saturday’s Game 3 matchup with the Grizzlies. The series is currently tied at 1-1.

(source: here)


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