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It’s an injury Griffin say may still need to be addressed this summer. In the meantime, he wants to help how he can, but he knows he needs to be smart as he tries to help the Clippers down the stretch with seven games left in the season. “It’s tough because you want to play a lot and make up for missed time,” Griffin said. “But, you’ve got to be patient and only do what my body allows me to do. This will test my patience a lot. It’ll be good.”
Blake Griffin’s eager but realistic as he gets set to return to action Sunday for the first time since missing 45 games with quad and hand injuries. It’s the former injury that started his absence and extended it, as he tried to figure out the right way to go about his rehab once he started missing games in late December. “It just wasn’t being allowed to heal,” Griffin said. “The tear is still there. It’s just about managing the pain and getting through this.”
Griffin said there was no re-tear of the injury or a separate tear, but the small tear became a three-month absence because it took time to figure out the right way for it to heal. “We weren’t addressing the initial problem, the main problem,” Griffin said. “Everything I was doing was just putting more stress on my knee.”
Rowan Kavner: Doc confirms Blake should be ready for next Sunday's game against Wizards. Still figuring out minutes/starting/etc in first game back
But Rivers knows he can’t just rush to cash in the chips the Clippers have accumulated. Ideally, the team would get Griffin back as soon as possible, to try and knock off as much rust as possible heading into the playoffs. But, that might not be the reality, and Rivers knows it. “It’s just whenever he’s ready,” he said. “I don’t care what it is. I don’t care if it’s zero (games before), to be honest now, as long as he’s playing to start the playoffs. Is that ideal way of going into a playoff series? No, but I’d rather have him than not. That’s the way I look at it.”
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been medically cleared for contact and will participate in his first practice of 2016 on Saturday, coach Doc Rivers said. The five-time All-Star has yet to be activated for games and must still serve a four-game suspension once he does return to the active roster. The earliest Griffin can be activated is for Sunday's matinee against the Denver Nuggets, although Rivers was reticent to commit to any date. "I don't know yet. We'll see. I doubt it, but I will see," Rivers said Saturday. "I don't know if one practice is enough to -- I think we got to activate him when we think he's ready to play.
The final hurdle in Griffin’s being cleared to practice was his partially torn quadriceps tendon, which had sidelined him since the Clippers’ game against the Lakers on Christmas Day. The quad healed more slowly than Griffin’s hand, forcing Griffin to briefly scale back his workouts earlier this month. The Clippers were slated to hold only a light practice Saturday, and it was not clear whether they would need to see Griffin participate in a more rigorous scrimmage before activating him. “I don’t know if one practice is enough to activate him,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. We’ve got to activate him when we think he’s ready to play.”
It's been a poorly kept secret around the Clippers that it now appears Griffin won't be back until sometime in April. But a person familiar with his rehab told CBS Sports Wednesday that Griffin is going hard in his workouts and getting closer to a return. "He's really close," the person said. Griffin has yet to be cleared to practice, though, and even when he is, he'll have to serve a four-game suspension over the incident with the equipment manager.
Griffin’s timetable to return has been pushed back to the end of March after the partially torn tendon he suffered in his left quad back on Dec. 25 didn’t respond to an increase in workout intensity. While Griffin hasn’t suffered a specific setback, he’s not progressed in a way that matched Rivers’ optimism earlier this month before the Clippers’ win over Oklahoma City on March 2. “He’s looking good. He really is,” Rivers said that night. “Honestly, I was watching him today and I was like … in my mind thinking ‘We could use some of that tonight.’”
Griffin’s timetable to return has been pushed slightly back to late March. While Griffin hasn’t suffered a specific setback, he hasn’t progressed in a way that matched Doc Rivers’ optimism earlier this month. Before a game on March 2, Rivers was so encouraged with a workout he witnessed at the team’s practice facility that he did something he almost never does – speculate about an injury timetable. While he didn’t provide specifics, Rivers said Griffin looked “really close.” “He’s looking good. He really is,” Rivers said that night. “Honestly, I was watching him today and I was like … in my mind thinking ‘We could use some of that tonight.’”
Blake Griffin told reporters at his jersey ceremony in Oklahoma he’s “very close” to a return, then gave further reason to believe that Wednesday night before the Clippers played the Thunder. Griffin warmed up on the court before a game for the first time since his injuries, putting up mid-range jump shots with ease. Just like Griffin, head coach Doc Rivers described the power forward as “very close” to a return. “The last couple days, he’s been playing and looking great,” Rivers said.
Griffin still hasn’t been cleared for contact, according to Rivers, but it sounds as if that may be the only hurdle stopping Griffin. “That’s probably why he’s not playing,” Rivers said. “My guess is that he’s healthy, but the hand doctor probably has not cleared him for contact as far as getting hit. That’s the only thing. Honestly, watching him today, I was thinking that has to be the only reason is they’re worried it’s not healed properly yet. That’s the only thing I can come up with.”
Soon, Griffin will be able to talk to his teammates about it back on the court, as he gets closer to a return while rehabbing from hand and quad injuries. “Very close,” Griffin said. “Not exactly sure on the timetable, but very close.”
“It was obviously a little tough, and those two guys are two of my best friends,” Jordan told USA TODAY Sports. “(But) boys are boys, you know what I mean? And stuff happens. You talk, fight about it, get over it, and that’s it. This is just on a bigger (scale). I think those guys are good, and as a team we’re focused on basketball. That’s what kind of got us through the nonsense. “(Griffin is) obviously down that he can’t play. He’s upset about the fact that he can’t help us out right now. But he’s still working, doing his rehab and conditioning and all of that stuff just to get back, so we’re just trying to keep his spirits up.”
Q: Do you have a return date in mind for Griffin? Rivers: “No. We have no idea. I don’t ever look because it doesn’t do anything for me.” Q: What can Griffin do in practice now? Rivers: “He’s shooting now. He’s running a little bit.”
Q: How are Griffin’s spirits? Rivers: “His spirits are good. Listen, you make a mistake in life, you take a hit. We all have made mistakes. Unfortunately for Blake, he makes them publicly when he makes a mistake. A lot of people get to make a mistake in private. As an NBA athlete, you make it in public.
While no one knows exactly when Griffin will return from his surgically repaired broken right hand, he’s not behind schedule as of yet. Griffin met with doctors earlier this week, and is said to be on track.
Blake Griffin's punching hand is still swollen and scarred ... roughly one week after the NBA star underwent surgery for injuries caused from his Toronto fistfight ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. The Clippers star finally surfaced in L.A. on Wednesday -- and you can see the scar on his right hand from last Tuesday's procedure to repair the spiral fracture on his 4th metacarpal.
During the dinner, Griffin and Testi began arguing, with sources saying that Testi was taunting Griffin in one fashion or another -- either by calling him a derogatory name or saying the team, which had gone 11-2 since Griffin was injured, was better without him.
Testi, who was officially hired by the Clippers in 2014, is no less liked. "I know Matias," said a player familiar with all the parties. "He's a good person." Griffin thought so as well. One league source said that Griffin had purchased a car for Testi, and had helped set him up in a clothing apparel business.
"It's (bleeped) up," Clippers guard Austin Rivers said Friday. "It's a (bleeped) up situation. We're already like, 'man, when's he coming back?', and he's about to come back, and now this happens. It's not like we're even mad at him, it's more like, come on, what are you thinking, man -- not even just for us, but for yourself. What are you doing?"
Rivers was leaving Mr Chow this weekend -- when we asked if his opinion on the fight changed now that we know Blake had been drinking in the hours before he attacked Matias Testi last month. Rivers shook his head 'no' -- and then went to bat for the NBA star ... saying, "He's a grown man ... and he's a good guy."
JJ Redick on Blake Griffin's incident: "I wasn't there that night, so I don't have all the the details. I will say that Blake is a friend, Blake is a teammate, I have his back. We can't be who we wanna be as a team without Blake Griffin. So the sooner he gets back the better off we'll be as a team. Once he gets healthy and he's paid his penance, whatever that may be, we'll welcome him back with open arms."
The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers have completed their investigation into the Blake Griffin-Matias Testi incident, according to a source. The Clippers have been consulting with the NBA on potential discipline for the star forward, and an announcement is expected next week.
Sources said Testi, an assistant equipment manager for the Clippers, is in no danger of losing his job following a Jan. 23 altercation in which Griffin broke his hand punching Testi, who suffered a swollen face.
Rowan Kavner: Doc said it's frustrating, something he takes personally. Said it's a hard lesson to learn for everyone. Doc Rivers: "It's a hard lesson for Blake, but it's also a hard lesson for our team." He said 4-6 weeks with a broken hand might be unrealistic.
The following is a joint statement from L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers: L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand throwing a punch on Jan. 23 in Toronto.on, appropriate action will be taken.
Griffin and equipment manager Matias Testi argued at the restaurant before the altercation ensued, according to the people. Testi, who has been close friends with Griffin for years and routinely banters back and forth with the five-time All-Star, was sent back to Los Angeles along with Griffin following the incident. And Griffin, who has been out since Dec. 26 with a torn quadriceps and was nearing his return, now finds himself at the center of what is clearly a serious situation. The NBA and the Clippers are investigating to gain more clarity about the sequence of events.
The Toronto Police tell TMZ Sports they are NOT investigating the reported Blake Griffin restaurant fight that went down during the Clippers' recent trip to Canada ... because no one has filed a report. We spoke with Toronto Police Service media relations officer, Caroline De Kloet, who says Blake's name is not in their system which means there's nothing actively underway.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers would not divulge whether there would be any discipline involved as a result of the incident but said he would more fully address the situation before his team plays the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The equipment staff member involved in the altercation has not been fired, a team spokesman said.
Griffin returned to Los Angeles on Sunday because he wasn’t going to play on the remainder of the Clippers’ five-game trip and is having his hand evaluated to determine the extent of the injury. The equipment staff member involved in the incident also has returned to Los Angeles. It is the second physical altercation involving Griffin in the last 16 months. A West Hollywood man accused Griffin of snatching his cellphone and grabbing him after the man took a picture of Clippers players at the Tao nightclub in Las Vegas last October.
According to a league source close to the situation, the report is for the most part accurate. Griffin has missed 14 consecutive games with a partially torn left quad tendon. He had been expected to rejoin the Clippers on their current five-game road trip. However, Griffin was sent home Monday ahead of the Clippers’ game Tuesday at Indiana after team spokesman Seth Burton said Griffin was “not game ready.” The team said there was no setback with Griffin’s quad injury.
The equipment staffer's face was injured, sources told Eaves. Both Griffin and the equipment staffer were sent home after the incident. Sources told ESPN that the hand injury is expected to keep Griffin out "a matter of weeks, as opposed to days."
According to the person, Griffin and a member of the team's equipment staff were both sent back to Los Angeles following the incident. Griffin, who has been out since Dec. 26 with a torn quadriceps, is likely to miss several more weeks with the hand injury.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his right hand after hitting a member of the team's equipment staff during an argument, multiple sources told ESPN's Michael Eaves. According to the sources, Griffin and the equipment staffer got into an argument in a restaurant during the team's trip to Toronto. Griffin hit the man, who then left the restaurant and went outside. Griffin followed him outside and hit him again.
Blake Griffin has returned to Los Angeles, and the fear is the Clippers' All-Star forward will be out for additional time with a broken hand, the Register has confirmed. Details surrounding how Griffin broke the hand remain scarce. ESPN, who first reported on the story late Monday, described it as a "team-related incident."
Sources told ESPN.com that the hand injury -- unrelated to the torn quadriceps muscle that has sidelined Griffin since Dec. 26 -- is expected to keep him out "a matter of weeks, as opposed to days." Sources close to the situation said late Monday that the Clippers are still evaluating the severity of the new injury but are expected to provide an update Tuesday.
Griffin said he had gotten used to playing with the pain, but it got to a point where he couldn’t do what he wanted to do on the court. After Cleveland, the Clippers have games at New York on Friday, at Toronto on Jan. 24, at Indiana on Jan. 26 and at Atlanta on Jan. 27. “Yes, definitely, definitely,” Griffin said of getting back during the trip. “That’s the plan. I really don’t know what game. Safe to say, tomorrow is not an option. but I wouldn’t rule anything else out.”
Rowan Kavner: Griffin said he definitely wants to be back on or by the trip. He said tomorrow's not an option, but he wouldn't rule anything else out
There is not much to report on Griffin, who missed his eighth consecutive game Sunday with a partially torn left quad tendon. Rivers said Griffin definitely won’t play Wednesday when the Clippers host Miami. “He has yet to run, I mean, like really run,” Rivers said; Griffin has run on a treadmill. “I think he’s going to start doing that, hopefully, soon. Once he runs, how does he feel? Is there a setback? These things, they have their own little way of healing.”
Ben Bolch: Blake Griifin's next doctor's appointment is late next week so his return is more than a week away. Blake Griffin has not suffered a setback it's just that his injury is hard to put a definitive timeframe on.
When Griffin was hurt, team officials said he would be out at least two weeks. Rivers gave an update before tip-off Saturday. “He’s doing pool-work now,” Rivers said. “But I don’t think he meets the doctor until the middle of the week, or end of the week. So I think we’ll know a lot more - at least I’m hoping we’ll know a lot more - come Thursday.”
Dan Woike: Early timetable, I'm hearing, on Griffin's injury is 2-3 weeks. Not ideal, certainly, but could've been worse.
Blake Griffin did not make the trip to Utah for the Clippers’ match-up Saturday night against the Jazz and will miss at least the rest of the team’s current five-game road trip with a partially torn quad tendon suffered in the Clippers’ Christmas win against the Lakers. The injury occurred on a drive to the basket in the first quarter Friday night, and an MRI revealed the partial tear Saturday morning. Griffin will begin a recovery and treatment plan and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
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