The Clippers, knock on wood, appear to be past their difficulties with the health and safety protocols, and that means they have 14 available players while Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Jason Preston continue to rehab their injuries. Side note: how great was it to see Preston in the lay-up line for what appeared to be the first time Monday?
Among those 14, Keon Johnson and Jay Scrubb seem destined for G League time. Neither has looked up to snuff when required to play rotation minutes at the NBA level, and especially in Johnson’s case, there’s no rush on their development.
However, that still leaves 12 players for 10 rotation spots.
The starting lineup should be set. Reggie Jackson, Amir Coffey, Marcus Morris Sr., Nicolas Batum, and Ivica Zubac is a lineup that Ty Lue likes; it’s already the second-most used lineup this season, and that grouping has started six straight contests. Lue confidently said last month that he needs a three to four game sample to figure things out, and he finally has some continuity with this five.
Lue also said he’s excited to get Luke Kennard back to spark the offense, and trot out the Kennard, Terance Mann, and Isaiah Hartenstein (LIT) trio in the second unit alongside Eric Bledsoe. That takes care of nine rotation spots and three more players still searching for a spot.
The center battle has some clarity. Lue says he plans to play…