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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is expected to return to the team on Sunday or Tuesday, multiple sources told ESPN.com. Griffin went through a full workout in Los Angeles without any limitations Friday during the Clippers' 129-99 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas. The plan is for him to return Sunday against the Houston Rockets, but there is a chance the Clippers will want to see him go through a practice and a shootaround with the team first, pushing his return to Tuesday against the Hornets. ESPN.com

Rivers would say only that Griffin was "very close" to returning. So close, in fact, that there was an outside shot Griffin was going to fly to Dallas to play in Friday's game despite not traveling with the team on its two-game road trip to Oklahoma City and Dallas. "I think it's possible," Rivers said of Griffin playing Sunday. "I think every day, including today, was in play." ESPN.com

March 13, 2015 Updates
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A spokesman for the Clippers on Thursday told this newspaper it’s possible Blake Griffin could return Sunday when the Clippers host the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. If not, then Tuesday at home against the Charlotte Hornets would be the next opportunity. Los Angeles Daily News

The current list of sidelined NBA stars is sobering—Derrick Rose, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Paul George, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Steve Nash—but it is not the worst season on record. Not even close, according to Jeff Stotts, who tracks injury trends on his website, InStreetClothes.com. Stotts' data indicates that this season will, in fact, end up falling below the average for the last 10 seasons. Through the 60-game mark, NBA teams had lost 3,165 player-games to injury, putting the league on pace for 4,326 games lost this season. That's below the 10-year average of 4,577 and well short of last season's mark of 4,989 games lost. Bleacher Report

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After Rivers said there was an outside shot Griffin could return Sunday to play the against the Golden State Warriors, which would have been his first game back in four weeks, he admitted that Griffin was not as far along as he thought after having surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow. "He's able to run," Rivers said. "Shooting, he's not doing much of that yet. We can't forget he had his arm in a cast for two weeks. And that's atrophy and everything else. I think it's really close, I do. But I don't want to say that and have him not come back for a month because it could be four days, it could be a month. I've never seen this, and I don't know the answer. As a coach, it's not one of those things you can plan for." ESPN.com

A team source said Griffin's conditioning and cardio are actually better than they were pre-infection and he is able to do most drills, but his right elbow is still not fully healed. The reason most staph infections take four to six weeks to return is the surgery site needs to completely heal first. ESPN.com

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Arash Markazi: A source said it would be "wildly optimistic" to expect Blake Griffin to return Sunday but the following week is likely. Blake Griffin's conditioning and cardio is back to normal and he's expected to start shooting this week. Twitter @ArashMarkazi

February 25, 2015 Updates
February 24, 2015 Updates

Griffin had the stitches removed Monday from his right elbow, two weeks after surgery Feb. 9 to remove a staph infection from that area. His clunky brace has now been replaced by a nondescript black sleeve. The Clippers said there is no updated timetable for Griffin's return, but that he's expected to be out at least another week. Los Angeles Times

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