Well, the news just keeps getting worse for the Clippers. Just now, at the end of his press conference, Doc Rivers said that Lou Williams left Orlando to take care of a personal issue. Lou is the third Clipper to leave Orlando in the past week, joining Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell. While Pat and Trez had explicit family emergencies, Lou’s absence hasn’t even been hinted at. At this point, we just hope that Lou and his family are ok.

With Lou, Pat, and Trez out for personal reasons, Landry Shamet still waiting to test negative from his bout with COVID, and Ivica Zubac somewhere in the ether, the Clippers will be extremely shorthanded for their scrimmage against the Wizards tomorrow. While there doesn’t seem to be an idea that Lou will be out too long, due to the quarantine restrictions, he will probably miss Monday’s scrimmage against the Kings as well.

These scrimmages don’t have any impact on seeding, of course, but they are still an opportunity for the Clippers to get into shape and build up some chemistry before the games start to matter again. With literally half of their rotation gone, this will be very difficult to do. Pat, Trez, and Lou have been able to get some practices in, but this is still far from an ideal scenario.

Now that Lou Williams left Orlando, expect the minutes of Amir Coffey, Rodney McGruder, and Terance Mann to rise. All three played in the Clippers’ first scrimmage, but will presumably receive even bigger roles now. It could be a good opportunity for the young guys to prove they have Doc Rivers’ trust, and for Rodney McGruder to regain some of his pre-Clippers form.

As with Pat and Trez, the most important thing is that Lou and his family are safe and well. Hopefully everything is fine, and this personal absence is not quite as big of an emergency as that of Pat and Trezz. Our thoughts and prayers are with all three players and their families.

16 Comments

  • Avatar pegitom says:

    Hope everything is all right with Lou Wil, but…this sucks.

  • Avatar mlslaw1 says:

    Ditto–and, any news on Zu would be appreciated.

  • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

    I noticed on Lou’s Instagram he was honoring someone who passed so maybe that’s it. In any case, wish him the best.

  • Avatar Thretch says:

    So this is what I was afraid of. I have had this gnawing feeling that the bubble restart is going to fail. All it takes is a couple of big names to get sick or miss a bunch of games for this thing to really get a big asterisk on it. I’m not talking about Lebron or Giannis, but if the second best player on a couple of teams are affected (Middleton, Gobert, Tatum/Walker, Lowry) then that team slips to lower in the pack and likely doesn’t fare well. And it’s not like an injury; those things happen, but COVID is something we knew might impact the game. Then many will doubt the legitimacy of this O’Brien trophy.

    And with so many players leaving the bubble, someone may get an infection. They’ll be held out of the game for some time, from 4-14 days or maybe more and that could change the whole complexion of the tournament. Heaven help the team that has four rotation players in the potentially risky situation … oops, that’s our team.

    Sorry I’m in a dark mood. It’s national tequila day and that is not helping.

    • Robert Flom Robert Flom says:

      Yeah things have worked out pretty well so far, but all it takes is one false negative to wreck havoc. Or, as you said, a single key player needing to leave the bubble and creating a huge asterisk on the outcome.

      I remain skeptical, but things have been smooth enough the first few weeks.

    • Avatar TheGreatestShowman says:

      The half full view is it’s better to have these guys leave during “preseason” than it does the playoffs, assuming we and the league get that far. The return quarantine protocal seems pretty effective against preventing a returning player from infecting others but nothing is guaranteed these days.

  • lying dog-faced pony soldier lying dog-faced pony soldier says:

    It was great to see NBA basketball again after so long. Having all these guys unable to practice and play with the team is not ideal, to put it mildly. But PG looked really good, and something tells me Kawhi will do special Kawhi things when the games matter. And the new 213 Hoops looks and works great.

  • Avatar Jonee says:

    Now they’re saying the NBA is investigating his whereabouts which is weird.

    • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

      The NBA has to determine his risk of exposure, which will result in them deciding whether he needs a 4, 10, or 14 day quarantine before he can re-enter the bubble. So, if he faces the longer quarantine, it won’t be a suspension or fine (though you’ll see some dishonest outlets claiming “Williams was suspended 2 games for leaving the bubble to go to a strip club”), just the correct level of precaution to take for the risk he was exposed while outside the bubble. That’s the investigation.

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