How Much Longer Can LA Clippers Survive Without Blake Griffin?

January 26th, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

Just when Blake Griffin was closing in on a return from the injury to his left quadriceps, nearly ready to give the Los Angeles Clippers a puncher's chance in the top-heavy Western Conference, more news broke. As's Michael Eaves reported, an altercation with a staff member led to a hand injury that will keep Griffin out for a while longer:

Sources told Sam Amick of USA Today the staffer is equipment manager Matias Testi.'s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne initially reported Griffin has a fracture in his right hand, which the team confirmed, per Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears. The Clippers put the timetable for a return at four to six weeks, and any discipline from them or the league would only add to the recovery period.

The NBA is investigating the incident, per Shelburne.

Now, Chris Paul will have to carry the weight of the organization for a while longer, and the Josh Smith trade—surely made under the impression Griffin would soon return—leaves it without a notable power forward. The Clips will lean on Paul Pierce, Wesley Johnson and the r ...

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