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Doc Rivers admits Patrick Beverley’s injury ‘is concerning,’ says he will ‘play in the playoffs’

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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers says Patrick Beverley’s injury “is concerning,” but admitted the rugged defender “will play in the playoffs.”

Beverley has missed the Clippers’ last two games with a right hip pointer. Los Angeles has lost both contests.

“It’s an injury of concern. It’s not serious,” Rivers said, via Broderick Tuner of the LA Times. “But it is concerning. He hasn’t played. We don’t know if he’ll play next game either. So, it’s an injury of concern, but nothing that I think is that serious. He will play in the playoffs. I’ll say that.

“There’s definitely a trend when he’s not on our floor. There’s no doubt about that. That’s why I kind of enjoy not having him right now because … Pat’s not going to play 48 minutes and his spirit has to become just our spirit in general. So I think this was a good lesson, good test for us.”

Beverley is one of the fiercest competitors in the game. He plays with energy for 48 minutes and is a pest on the defensive end of the floor.

The Clippers are 47-30 when Beverley plays. They haven’t won a game this season when the Chicago native has been out of the lineup.