LOS ANGELES — Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley injured his right wrist in Saturday night’s 120-107 loss to the Utah Jazz, and although X-rays revealed there was no break, head coach Doc Rivers remained concerned about his status.
Beverley immediately took himself out of the game after taking a spill on his right arm while attempting a driving layup against Rudy Gobert with 10:15 left in the third quarter.
While Beverley returned and started the fourth quarter after undergoing X-rays on his wrist, he checked out with 8:06 left and did not return.
Beverley would not discuss his injury with reporters afterward.
“We knew there was no break, but that doesn’t mean he is going to be out or not,” Rivers said. “It could be a bruise, it could be anything. He clearly felt like he could not even grab the ball, so that is not a good sign.”
Rivers added: “I’m concerned a little bit about what the injury is, if it’s an injury, if it’s just a one-game thing — hopefully it’s that.”
Beverley’s wrist wasn’t the only health issue for the Clippers on Saturday night.
Rivers said the flu is spreading through the locker room. Montrezl Harrell left the game about an hour before tipoff feeling ill. Rivers said Kawhi Leonard wasn’t feeling well, and the coach assumed Leonard played because Harrell wasn’t available. Leonard missed 18 of 24 shots, including 6 of 7 3-point attempts, and he finished with 19 points and six assists.
During the game, Paul George felt ill and turned to his teammates at one point and asked if everyone else was feeling what he was experiencing.
“I feel s—ty,” George said afterward. “Tonight was a rough one.”
“I felt fine coming here,” added George, who shot 6-for-20 and had 20 points and 10 rebounds. “Honestly, it just came out of nowhere, just a weird feeling. Body was cramping, tightening up. I was trying to leave everything out there, but honestly there was nothing in there for me to leave.”
The Clippers play next on Dec. 31 during a day game at Sacramento.