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Clippers’ Milos Teodosic practices, not expected to play vs. Wizards

LOS ANGELES – The LA Clippers have been ravaged by injuries to start their 2017-18 season, but after getting Danilo Gallinari back this back Wednesday, it looks like some more help is on the way. Just prior to Friday’s practice, head coach Doc Rivers said guard Milos Teodosic will be practicing in full with the team, something he hasn’t been able to do since before the regular season tipped off.

“He’s going to practice today,” said Rivers. “He took some contact last practice, but today is full practice. There’s no limitations for him today. He took [contact] the other day. He’s ready, he’s close.”

After waiting years for the right time to make the jump into the NBA, Teodosic suffered the plantar fascia injury during his second career NBA game against the Phoenix Suns, and wasn’t able to do much right away. His return to the court is surely on the horizon, but it’ll have to wait at least one more game. Rivers says he and the training staff isn’t expecting Teodosic to be able to play tomorrow against the Wizards.

“I don’t see him playing tomorrow but he may,” added Rivers. “I really doubt that, though. I’m going by what they tell me and that’s don’t expect him for tomorrow, but Milos will be playing in the next couple games for sure, I just don’t want to say what game because I don’t know for sure. That’ll help in a big way.”

Immediately after suffering the injury, Teodosic was put on a knee walker/scooter that would allow him to get around easily, but not put any weight on the injured left foot. He was then fitted into a walking boot for a couple weeks before having it removed and progressing towards stationary bike and weight bearing workouts.

He was recently sent with Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers’ G-League affiliate AC Clippers on Monday night to practice with the team before being called back up for Tuesday’s practice. Doc Rivers says the extra practice helped Gallinari return a game early, and says the same could go for Teodosic.

“It could [help].” said Rivers. “Definitely for Gallo. Maybe for Milos as well. It’s just been really beneficial for us.”