|Crawford might not go Friday night. (Getty Images)|
Update 7:19 p.m.: So much for "unlikely" and "banged up." The Clippers announced all four players, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Chauncey Billups, and Jamal Crawford will return from injury vs. the Heat. Good timing, as the Clippers in the midst of a rough road trip, really need to get a split or better vs. the Heat and Knicks, who they play on Sunday.
The Clippers are banged up. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups are all game-time decisions for Friday night vs. Miami. Crawford's shoulder injury has left him "unlikely" to play, according to the L.A. Times.
The four players all participated in shootaround, with Billups the "most likely to play." From ESPNLA:
Crawford missed Wednesday night's game with a sore right shoulder and the injury will continue to be monitored before he's cleared to play, according to team sources. Griffin and Paul also must be cleared before facing the Heat.
Griffin sat out the last two games with a strained left hamstring. Paul has missed nine straight games and 12 overall with a bruised right kneecap. Billups only has played three games this season while dealing with peroneal tendonitis in his left foot.
The Heat might also be missing players, but that's due to the flu. A nationally televised game without Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, Paul, Griffin and Crawford would certainly be a pretty amazing instance of simultaneous absences. But Paul did practice full-contact on Thursday.
We'll keep you updated on the Clippers' tenuous conditions.