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Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet questionable on Thursday vs. Bucks

The Los Angeles Clippers, defying most preseason and all post trade deadline prognostications, clinched a playoff berth earlier this week, but the work of Doc Rivers’ team is far from over. Just two games separate the fifth-place Clippers from the eighth-place San Antonio Spurs in the standings, with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Needless to say, Los Angeles needs every win it can get to avoid a potential first-round matchup with the Golden State Warriors.

The potential absence of both of the Clippers’ starting guards, obviously, certainly won’t make achieving that goal any easier. On Wednesday, the team announced that Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet are questionable for its matchup with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum, per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Beverley suffered a hip pointer in his team’s playoff-clinching victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. He left the game with 8:18 left in the third quarter and never returned, telling reporters after the game that his injury wasn’t serious. The seventh-year pro is averaging 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game this season.

Shamet, meanwhile, missed Los Angeles’ win over Minnesota after suffering an ankle injury in the team’s previous game, a win over the New York Knicks on March 24th. He was was first listed as questionable for Tuesday’s contest with a left ankle sprain. Shamet, a late first-round pick, has been something close to a revelation in his rookie season. He’s averaging 11.2 points per game since joining the Clippers in a February trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, blazing nets to the tune of 45.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc on 6.1 attempts per game.

Promising rookie Shae Gilgeous-Alexander and rock solid veteran guard Garrett Temple are poised to start in Los Angeles’ backcourt against Milwaukee should Beverley and Shamet prove unavailable.