Clippers’ Teodosic, Gallinari close to returning

The Los Angeles Clippers have sent point guard Milos Teodosic and small forward Danilo Gallinari to their G-league affiliate to practice and are hoping to get the two starters back soon.

Teodosic sustained a plantar fascia injury in his left foot in the second game of the season and has been out ever since. The Clippers said Teodosic was likely to remain sidelined until at least the middle of December, which is coming up next week.

Gallinari, meanwhile, suffered a strained left glute on Nov. 5 but could play Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves barring a setback.

The Clippers need both players to return to the lineup, as they sit at 8-14 currently and are struggling on both sides of the ball. Blake Griffin is out with a knee injury as well, so the shorthanded Clippers are eager to get their scoring swingman and floor general back.

Gallinari averaged 12.8 points in the nine games he appeared in before going down, shooting 35.5 percent from the field and 26.0 percent from three. Teodosic racked up 11 points and eight assists in the 31 minutes he played.