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Mike Dunleavy is back coaching the Clippers after injury

January 2, 2010 | 12:32 pm

Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy was back managing the NBA team's practice today after getting treatment for pain in his lower back that forced him to miss the Clippers' last game.

"I went to the hospital yesterday at 8 a.m. and had an epidural," said Dunleavy, 55, who aggravated a herniated disk in his back after a hard sneeze. "So we'll see how it goes.

"I’ve been having problems with my leg going numb the last couple of weeks, and I had an MRI last week that showed I had a bulging disc," he said. "I had a cold as well" and the sneeze "just hit me the wrong way, threw it out. [I] went down on my knees, like someone stuck a knife in you."

As he walked gingerly on the practice court at the Clippers' training facility in Playa Vista, Dunleavy said, "I feel OK, but I'm not going to be doing any dancing any time soon."

He watched on television as the Clippers beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 104-88, at Staples Center on Thursday, with assistant coach Tony Brown running the team. The Clippers' next game is Monday night, also at home, against the Portland Trail Blazers.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy reacts during the team's loss to the Suns in Phoenix on Christmas Day. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire