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Clippers are getting some of their injured players back

The Clippers are starting to become a healthy team, something they haven't been since leaving training camp in San Diego almost three weeks ago.

Starting shooting guard J.J. Redick had been out because of a bruised left quadriceps, but he practiced Monday. Rookie guard Reggie Bullock, sidelined the entire preseason because of an injured right knee, also returned to the court Monday. Small forward Matt Barnes (sore left calf) is the only player left waiting to practice.

"We have some guys injured and we've had them all camp," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Monday before his team practiced.

The Clippers are hopeful that Redick, Bullock and Barnes could play for the first time this week.

The Clippers play the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Staples Center and finish their exhibition season Friday night against the Sacramento Kings at home.

Redick has been pushing to play, but the team has been cautious.

"We just haven't had our guys for most of the camp and that's a major concern for me," Rivers said. "It's more difficult when it's your team for the first time. If this team had been together for four or five years, then you don't care when guys miss [practice time]. But we haven't and so every new thing we can get is important."

Screen troubles

During the Clippers' game against Denver on Saturday night, three of DeAndre Jordan's six fouls were for setting screens.

Neither Jordan nor Rivers was happy about the calls. Rivers said that watching how players set screens "is a point of emphasis right now" by the officials.

"When they run into a brick wall, what do they want me to do?" said the 6-foot-11, 265-pound Jordan. "I felt like we set some solid screens.

"A screen is a screen. If you screen somebody, [defenders] are going to stop moving. Sometimes they fall. That's just the way it is."

Jordan added that screens are crucial for the Clippers' offense.

"We all have to be better screeners," he said. "Not only the guards, but the bigs as well. The guards have to do a good job of screening for the bigs to get us open, especially Blake [Griffin] and some of our bigs that are shooters. But, a legal screen is a legal screen. Just because they get knocked off track a little bit, that's the point of the screen."

Etc.

The Clippers waived Brigham Young rookie forward Brandon Davies. That leaves their roster at the league maximum of 15 players.

broderick.turner@latimes.com

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