Clippers news: Danilo Gallinari still 7-10 days away from returning
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Danilo Gallinari still 7-10 days away from returning

Danilo Gallinari Clippers

The L.A. Clippers began the season with plenty of optimism and excitement about their next chapter.

Trading Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets was only half of their story. Not only was it Blake Griffin’s time to shine as the leader of the team, but the players acquired in the trade made the team a bit deeper, along with the organization’s free agent acquisitions.

Sixteen games into the season and the Clippers are struggling far worse than what they could have expected and even with a new lineup on the floor, it’s bad enough to hear rumblings of more changes.

One of the reasons the team is having so much trouble is due to injuries of players in the starting lineup, namely Patrick Beverly and forward Danilo Gallinari.

Gallinari is a big part of the team’s retooling and has only managed to play in nine games so far. The 6’10” forward has been out due to a hip injury suffered during a matchup with the Miami Heat, after blocking a shot and falling down on his back.

He was later diagnosed with a strained left glute, with no expected timetable given for his return. One week later, Clippers beat writer Brad Turner released an update on the forward’s return.

Gallinari has struggled with injuries prior to the season causing him to miss most of training camp and preseason. The team will look forward to his return to help gain some momentum, after hitting a brick wall which has initiated a nine-game slide after falling to the New York Knicks on Monday night.