Dekker will start Saturday's game against the Warriors, Law Murray of ESPN reports.
The Clippers had been starting Wes Johnson at small forward, but they'll give Dekker an opportunity Saturday after the Wisconsin product played 19 minutes and scored eight points off the bench Thursday against the Thunder. It will be the first start of the season for Dekker, who's mostly seen a downturn in playing time this season, even with all of the team's injuries, after coming over from Houston as part of the Chris Paul trade.
Dekker provided 12 points (4-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal across 27 minutes in Monday's 96-91 win over the Raptors.
The former first-round pick has had a modest role throughout first Clippers season, but his season-high minutes total Monday resulted in a high-water mark in points. Dekker had only seen as much as 20 minutes once prior to Monday, so it remains to be seen if his sudden boost in opportunity is more than an outlier.
Dekker (oblique) was back at practice Sunday, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Dekker has recently been sidelined with an oblique strain, but the Clippers were likely just taking it easy on him during what were essentially meaningless preseason games. His return to practice Sunday indicates he should be good to for Thursday's opener against the Lakers, though it's still a bit unclear how many minutes Dekker will be able to take on with Danilo Gallinari and Blake Griffin absorbing most of the playing time at the two forward spots.
Dekker (oblique) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Lakers, Michael Gallagher of NBC reports.
Dekker has been working his way back from an oblique injury that caused him to miss Thursday's game. If he doesn't play Friday, he should be considered questionable for the team's regular-season opener.
Dekker (oblique) won't play in Thursday's preseason game against Sacramento, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints reports.
Dekker missed the Clippers' last preseason game against the Trail Blazers with a left oblique strain. If Danilo Gallinari (foot) also misses Thursday's game, Wesley Johnson will likely join the starting lineup. One question concerning the 23-year-old entering the regular season is his health. Dekker has battled wrist and back injuries during his first two years, both requiring surgeries, resulting in only 80 games played.
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