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Rodney McGruder logged nine points (2-11 FG, 1-5 3PT, 4-6 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in Friday's 107-103 win over the Thunder.
McGruder found himself in the starting lineup for just the fourth time this season and tied his season-high in rebounds. The third-year guard out of Kentucky has three seasons left on his contract and will look to improve into a larger role next season.
Rodney McGruder went for four points (2-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and a steal across 22 minutes in the Clippers' 114-99 win over the Mavericks on Tuesday.
McGruder made an impact on the boards in the blowout victory, grabbing a higher-than-usual number for the fourth-year swingman and matching a season high in that department. He's been a regular part of the rotation this season, logging 16.5 minutes and putting up 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest. McGruder has put up double-digit points just once all season, and his rebounding numbers certainly don't jump out of the box score. He can be safely left on waivers, but you already knew that.
Rodney McGruder scored 20 points (6-10 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 3-6 FT) to go along with three rebounds, and two assists across 36 minutes in the Clippers 132-127 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday.
The minutes played and points scored were both season-high's for McGruder. The increase in playing time tonight can be accredited to both Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley sitting out. If anything, tonight showed what McGruder is capable of if given extended minutes. With the Clippers load managing their superstars and Landry Shamet out indefinitely, McGruder is a name worth keeping an eye on. For now, he can remain on the waiver wire, though.
Rodney McGruder (ankle) is available to play Wednesday against Utah.
McGruder will make his season debut when the Clippers face the Jazz Wednesday following a four-game absence to start the year. With Kawhi Leonard ruled out, McGruder could have a larger role in Wednesday’s contest.
Rodney McGruder will miss the Clippers' season opener while dealing with a right ankle sprain.
McGruder's absence should free up some minutes for Mo Harkless behind Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers' next game is Thursday against the Warriors.