Chris Kaman won't play against Minnesota
Why is that such a big deal? The Clippers are 0-4 in games in which the center has not played this season. Kaman is being sidelined because of a sprained left ankle that he said did not respond well in warm-ups.
"I tried to push off and stuff and just don't have the power," Kaman said. "It's not about the pain, it's about being able to perform out there like I'm capable of. I tried to go warm it up and the strength's not there yet. I just rolled it two days ago.
"Hopefully, I'll be good to go against Cleveland. That's my goal."
Kaman, who likely will be replaced in the lineup by DeAndre Jordan, injured the ankle when he took a jumper against New Jersey in the third quarter and landed on another player's foot.
In better news for the Clippers, point guard Baron Davis and forward Marcus Camby are expected to play. Davis suffered from a bothersome right knee against the Nets and Camby played fewer than seven minutes after sustaining bruised ribs when he took a charge in the first quarter against the Nets.
-- Ben Bolch
Photo: Clippers center Chris Kaman takes a jumper over New Jersey's Tony Battie during Wednesday night's game. Credit: David Saffran / US Presswire