Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Landry Shamet went down in pain in Monday’s 98-88 victory over the Toronto Raptors. With 1:45 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Shamet was defending Raptors’ Fred VanVleet who was making way towards the basket. In an attempted layup, VanVleet’s foot appeared to make contact with Shamet’s left foot, taking the guard down. Shamet was helped off of the court and didn’t return. Shamet has started all 10 games this season thus far, and was averaging 9.4 points per game. Last night, ESPN reported, Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers was unaware of the severity of the injury.
Shamet was scheduled for an MRI this morning, November 12th. By the looks of it, Shamet seemed to suffer extreme pain. Fortunately, Per Adrain Wonjnarowski, Shamet’s MRI revealed he avoided significant injury. The guard suffers Grade 2 high sprain on his left ankle.
Landry Shamet’s Importance
Though a timetable for Shamet’s recovery time has yet to be determined, Clippers’ reporter Jovan Buha detailed the average recovery time for a Grade 2 high ankle sprain as 6-12 weeks. This would mean The Clippers could expect to have Shamet back on the court between Christmas time and early February.
Shamet is one of the Clippers’ starting five and though Paul George is set to return Thursday night, Shamet’s absence still poses major issues for the Clippers. Shamet was averaging 9.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game while shooting 39 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from the three. He was expected to keep his starting position despite of PG’s return. Now the Clippers will have to decide whether they will continue to start Patrick Patterson at the power forward position and play big or take a wing player from the bench to replace Shamet’s minutes. On the bench, Clippers could move up either Rodney McGruder, Jerome Robinson or Terance Mann. The Clippers have a strong bench and have options that they could choose from to replace Shamet’s spot in the starting five. It is likely that the Clippers will still sit Patterson when PG returns and bring up a wing from the bench.
Clippers vs. Raptors
The Clippers had a tough matchup against the Toronto Raptors, the reigning NBA champions. Both teams played stellar defense and held their competitors under 100-points. The Raptors were well aware of how they could beat the Clippers, considering they used to play with their star player, Kawhi Leonard. Their strategy was to trap Leonard so he couldn’t perform. The Raptors did just that and harassed the reigning NBA Finals MVP all game. The strategy seemed to work as Leonard missed 9 of his 11 shots.
Leonard didn’t let that get the best of him though. He ended the game barely missing a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Clipper’s Lou Williams came in with a hot hand, leading the team in points with 24 points, four rebounds and four assists. The Clippers outscored the Raptors by 15 points in the fourth. A dunk by Montrezl Harrell and two free throws by Leonard helped seal the deal for the L.A. Clippers who came up on top, 98-88.