Thornwell is coming off the bench for Tuesday's preseason matchup against Denver, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
Coach Doc Rivers is experimenting with a backcourt of Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, pushing Thornwell to the bench. In 40 total preseason minutes, Thornwell has posted nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Thornwell is starting Saturday against the Lakers, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports.
With Danilo Gallinari getting Saturday off for rest, a spot opened up for Thornwell in the lineup. In one preseason appearance, Thornwell posted six points, five rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.
Thornwell had 17 points (5-17 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 6-8 FT), four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 29 minutes during Thursday's 82-69 summer league loss to the Lakers.
Thornwell provided some nice production Thursday in what was a disappointing loss for the Clippers. After finding himself in the starting lineup last season, the Clippers will enter this campaign with a plethora of guards. He is far from a certainty to make the rotation but will likely be on the roster somewhere come opening night.
Thornwell recorded 13 points (3-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 7-10 FT), three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 30 minutes during Monday's 105-80 loss to the Rockets in a Vegas Summer League contest.
Thornwell became a fixture in the Clippers starting lineup following multiple backcourt injuries at the dn of the regular season, and it's expected that he'll be a candidate to rejoin the starting five once again. There's no questioning the South Carolina product's defensive skills, but his invite to the summer league gives him an opportunity to hone his offensive mettle, which was sometimes lacking in his freshman campaign.
Thornwell poured in 22 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT) and added six rebounds, four assists and one block across 26 minutes during the Clippers' 88-78 win over the Kings in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Sunday.
Thornwell has come out of the chute hot in Vegas, pacing the Clippers in scoring in each of his first two games on his way to an average of 20.0 points on 48.0 percent shooting. The 2017 second-round pick saw action in 73 games overall in his rookie campaign, closing it out with a pair of double-digit scoring efforts. He'll look to gain valuable experience during his remaining time in the desert in anticipation of a potentially larger role during his second season.
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 14 || 15 || 16 || 17 |
| 18 || 19 |
| 21 |
| 22 || 23 |
| 24 || 25 || 26 |
|Career Shooting Stats|
|College Career Shooting Stats|
|More College Stats|