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Monday, January 6, 2014

Clippers' guard Maalik Wayns is still not ready to play

By on 1/06/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Los Angeles Clippers lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday by the score of 116-92. Despite the lopsided loss, the Clippers are 23-13, first in the Pacific Division.  The Clippers are doing so without the presence of backup guard Maalik Wayns, who hasn't played all season after recovering from knee surgery.

As reported by Beb Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, Wayns continues to limp in practice more than two months after undergoing surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Head coach Doc Rivers said he's not ready to play, although he's been activated.
"Eventually he'll get on the floor. But honestly, we're just trying to get him healthy right now."

Darren Collison is getting the bulk of the minutes at point guard with Wayns and Chris Paul both injured.  Willie Green has been backing up both Collison and shooting guard Jamal Crawford.  Wayns does not have much NBA experience, so it will be interesting to see how he'll fit into the rotation open his return.

Wayns is in his second NBA season out of Villanova.  He played in 21 games with the Philadelphia 76ers  last season and  averaged 2.7 points in only 7.9 minutes per game.  Wayns shot only 26.4 percent from the floor and 20 percent from 3-point range.  In six games with the Clippers, he averaged 3.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting.


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