Luke Kennard approached his locker inside Arena on Thursday evening and, with the exasperated smile of a man tired of waiting

grabbed the black jersey dangling on a hanger and shook it from its sides.  

It has been a while since the reserve guard donned his Clippers jersey

Eighteen days, and nine games, to be exact,

since a calf injury he’d first irritated Nov. 15 flared up again after a Jan. 6 game against Minnesota, sidelining him ever since

The wait soon could be over.

Kennard and the team are leaving open the possibility that the reserve shooting 46%

on three-pointers this season could return as soon as Thursday if his recovery continues its encouraging progress.

I’ve been doing on-court stuff and playing live so it’s just making sure that it’s gone 100%,” Kennard told The Times.