- - Injury Updates:
||01-05-2009 03:05 AM
Center Chris Kaman, who has been out since November 26 with a strained arch in his left foot, is as good a place as any.
Kaman was originally supposed to miss a couple of weeks to let the pain in his foot calm down. A quick check of the calendar shows that timetable has long since been tossed in the garbage can.
Sunday, Kaman said he was going to see a different foot specialist next week and would know more about his potential return date then, but couldn't say when he'd be back.
``I don't know what to tell you,'' Kaman said. ``Sometimes these things take longer than you expect. I thought it'd be something easy, but it's been nothing but difficult the whole time.''
Kaman said he'd been on a cycle where he worked out on the court one day, did pool work the next, then took the third day off. That was going well until he suffered a little ``flare up'' this week.
The news on injured power forward Zach Randolph (bruised knee) was slightly more encouraging, though it's been determined that Randolph will not make the Clippers upcoming three-game road trip.
Randolph said he's feeling better from the bruised knee he suffered in a controversial play involving Toronto's Jake Voskuhl on December 22, but still needed to strengthen his knee before returning to the court.
His feelings regarding the controversial foul --for which Voskuhl received no additional punishment from the league -- were still pretty raw.
``I don't want to get nobody in trouble, but it was blatant you know,'' Randolph said. ``I was highly upset over it. He really took me out.''
As A Team:
Baron Davis missed his second straight game Sunday due to his bruised tailbone, which has been painful since the third game of the season.
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy didn't think Davis would make the upcoming three-game road trip, meaning Davis is likely out at least another week.
That would probably be the soonest Davis would come back. Around the locker room, there was a sense he might end up missing a few weeks.
Jason Hart (right elbow tendinitis), Chris Kaman (strained left arch), Mike Taylor (fractured right thumb) and Ricky Davis (sore left knee) all have timetables that may not be met because of the reason Dunleavy outlined.
And Fred Jones, who was thrust into the role of starting point guard Sunday, sprained his right foot in the first quarter.
Brian Skinner played with a leg bruise, Hart had an MRI exam Saturday that was negative and Randolph won't make the three-game trip that starts Tuesday in Dallas and could be out another two weeks.
Dunleavy says Kaman will get another MRI exam in 1 1/2 weeks, meaning the center will be out at least another two weeks.
Asked when he might return, Baron Davis said, "hopefully within the next couple of weeks."
Oh and Ricky has begun his 5 game suspension since he got activated for the game Sunday.
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