With Mason Plumlee (33) avoiding the worst case scenario of being out for the season, the Los Angeles Clippers are turning to Daniel Teixeira (31-Germany).
According to an announcement on Tuesday (Oct. 10) by NBA-savvy Shams Canary, Plumlee will miss approximately two months with an MCL (medial collateral ligament) injury in his left knee.
The news comes just two days after it was reported that Plumlee would undergo further evaluation of the injury in Los Angeles.
Plumlee injured his left knee in the third quarter of the Clippers’ 111-97 loss to the New York Knicks on Dec. 7. At the time, New York’s Julius Randle fell into the side of Plumlee’s left leg near half-court and they went down together. Apparently in considerable pain, Plumlee left the game with 4:10 left in the third quarter.
Considering the severity of Plum’s injury at the time, a two-month absence is a quicker return than originally anticipated.
As a backup big man, Plumlee’s passing ability and screen-setting skills make him invaluable to the Clippers. He has appeared in six games this season, playing 17 minutes per game, and is averaging 5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and shooting 63.2% from the field.
In Plumlee’s absence, P.J. Tucker has gained playing time off the bench. Tucker came to the Clippers with James Harden when they acquired him. In addition, wing Terrence Mann made his return from a left ankle injury.
However, the Clippers have lost three straight games, including a 93-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 9.
As a result, the Clippers front office is reportedly considering signing a backup center to replace Plumlee. According to Shams, the Clippers have shown interest in acquiring Tyrese, a veteran center from the Indiana Pacers. 보스토토 주소
Tyrese has yet to play this season, having been acquired by Indiana from the Boston Celtics in the Malcolm Brogdon trade last year. He has appeared in seven games since, averaging 7.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists on 55.8 percent shooting from the field and 34.6 percent from 3-point range (1.3 attempts) in 257 games (112 starts) with Boston.