The Clippers’ 2017-18 campaign has been defined by injuries to top players. The most notable of those would be Blake Griffin spraining his MCL, which continues to keep him off the floor and likely will well into January.
Beyond Griffin, the Clippers are without Patrick Beverley for the season after having knee surgery, and just recently, Milos Teodosic returned to action after he missed most of the first two months of the season with a foot issue. Danilo Gallinari also missed significant time before coming back in early December, but played just two games before suffering another injury.
Gallinari suffered what was initially thought to be a left glute contusion, but on Wednesday night, the team released a new update revealing bad news. Their big summer acquisition will be out until at least January, when he’ll be reevaluated, after imaging revealed a partial tear of his glute, which sounds exceptionally painful.
Anyone that’s suffered a glute injury (or tailbone injury) knows that those kinds of injuries are no laughing matter, because you don’t realize how much you use your butt and the muscles down there until you get hurt. Then, suddenly, every random movement you do on a daily basis suddenly hurts, as does sitting, and it can be a miserable experience.
Hopefully Gallinari can find the best ways to manage that major inconvenience and pain and heal quickly, both for his sake and for the Clippers, who are in desperate need of their top players to get back into the rotation.