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Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin said on Saturday that he’s ready to return to action, and expects to take the floor during the Clippers’ current road trip. “I’m as close as you can feel,” Griffin said in his first public comments since he underwent a routine arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies from his right knee on Dec. 20.

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Sources say the most likely return date for Griffin is the Clippers' Tuesday night date at Philadelphia. Following their game at Denver, the Clippers fly to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Monday night.
Brad Turner: Blake Griffin said will play on this trip but not tonight vs Denver. Clips play Atlanta Monday and Philly Tuesday
After Blake Griffin had another routine follow-up examination Thursday on the right knee he had surgery on last month, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said his star forward has been making progress. Rivers said Griffin has looked great when they saw him at the team’s practice facility in Playa Vista. “You can just tell he’s in better spirits, which tells me that his body is feeling better,” Rivers said. “That’s good.”
Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin will undergo minor surgery on his right knee and is expected to return at some point in January, league sources told The Vertical. Griffin will undergo the procedure, considered a “clean up,” early this week, league sources said. Recently, Griffin has also struggled with left calf and knee soreness. Griffin played 38 minutes in the Clippers’ loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday, posting 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Rivers casually mentioned that the team is monitoring Blake Griffin and a sore right knee, a problem that could keep Griffin out of the lineup Saturday when the Clippers host New Orleans on Saturday at Staples Center. The team has currently lost two in a row at home and five of their last seven. A Clippers spokesperson said Griffin will be a gametime decision against the Pelicans, though the injury is “nothing serious.”
But, according to one opposing team exec, there is another question with Griffin. “I still think there’s a concern with his leg,” he said, referring to a partially torn left quad tendon that cost Griffin serious time last season and never fully healed before causing him to miss the end of the playoffs. He reportedly received a bone marrow injection following the season, which is keeping him off the U.S. Olympic team. “We looked into him, and we’re hearing that’s a pretty serious thing,” the source continued. “I’m not saying you don’t go after him, but you’d better be really sure about that leg before you go making any big commitments.”
Dan Woike: Bullet points from Doc's media session today: No one needs surgery, team wants to bring back as many FA as possible...
Ben Bolch: The doctor I spoke with earlier this month said PRP-type therapy plus rest should make Blake Griffin as good as new. Blake Griffin didn't opt for this procedure when initially hurt because it would have ended his season. Olympics are out for Blake Griffin because he'll be unable to engage in basketball activities for several months.
Griffin could’ve and maybe should’ve undergone the procedure to fix the tendon immediately after suffering the injury on Christmas, according to league sources, but it would’ve ended his Clippers season because of a four- to six-month recovery. So he tried to strengthen the other areas of his leg, gut it out and heal somewhat to be there, even at a substandard level, for his team’s playoff run.
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That’s not all. Blake Griffin’s partially torn quad tendon is acting up again, and he wasn’t able to play down the stretch. “It doesn’t look great for him, either,” Rivers said. “We’ll see about it tomorrow.” He said Griffin felt it when he planted on the leg. “We’re not sure with Blake yet,” Rivers said. “I think he’ll get evaluted tomorrow when we get back. I would say 50-50 on the next game with him. I expect him to be back, but we don’t know that yet. So I don’t want to say much.”
The question becomes whether or not Griffin has fully re-integrated himself after the Clippers played a majority of the season without their All-Star power forward. "I don’t know the answer,” head coach Doc Rivers said. "I think we’ll see. He’s had not only five games, but he’s had some practice time. Obviously, it’s not the exact way you would have wanted it, but we’ll take what we can get. We got him (Griffin) back, and that’s better than not getting him back. So, I’ll take that."
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.”
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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.
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