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Ben Golliver: Clippers’ Blake Griffin (left knee) exited arena walking under his own power, no crutches or brace. Didn’t take questions from media.

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Blake Griffin fell down under the basket and clutched his left knee with 3:53 left in a 120-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. The team said he’s day-to-day and will be examined on Tuesday. A grim-faced Griffin dressed and left the locker room without speaking to reporters. "It didn’t look good, obviously," coach Doc Rivers said.
Rivers told reporters that Griffin’s exact diagnosis would remain unknown until further testing is completed on Tuesday. Griffin exited Staples Center under his own power, walking without crutches or a brace. He dressed in LA’s locker room like usual but did not take questions from reporters. “He was not in high spirits,” Rivers acknowledged. “He was down. Right now, he’s where we are at: hoping that it was just a bang and that it hurt. But he’s down right now.”
Griffin was going for a loose ball in the paint with teammate Austin Rivers and Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. It appeared Rivers fell on Griffin, whose knee got twisted as he landed on his back. Griffin got up, but soon left the game and the court. "Lonzo knocked someone into Blake and it was a trigger effect," the elder Rivers said. "Blake said he was OK. Then he just couldn’t move. He’s hoping it was just a bang."
Griffin left the locker room without speaking to reporters. "I knew immediately, I thought," Doc Rivers said. "But then Blake said he was OK. I just saw his leg go in, and then when they switched on back-to-back plays, he couldn't move so we had to get him out of the game."
Adrian Wojnarowski: As for seriousness of left knee injury that Blake Griffin sustained in victory over Lakers tonight, Clippers consider it "too early to tell."
Complicating the matter however, sources told ESPN's Michael Eaves, is that Griffin may not be ready for the start of the next season and could possibly be out until December due to a toe injury that cut short his postseason. A separate source told Shelburne the team believes Griffin's toe will be healed and he'll likely be ready for the start of the season.
Bill Oram: No official recovery timeline for Blake Griffin following surgery, but Clippers believe he will be ready to play in preseason.
Bill Oram: Update on Blake Griffin: He is seeing a specialist on the East Coast. Appointment was scheduled before the Clippers forced Game 7.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin has left Game 3 against the Jazz with a bruised right big toe and will not return. The five-time All-Star left the game with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter after landing awkwardly following a transition layup. He had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes. Griffin had X-rays at the arena that were negative and the Clippers planned to re-evaluate him later Friday night. He averaged 25 points, six rebounds and 2.5 assists in the first two games of the series.
Kevin Arnovitz: Blake Griffin will play tonight against the 76ers in Philadelphia. He will be on a minutes restriction. He will start.
Sam Amick: Blake Griffin ready to return from knee surgery in Philly tonight, I'm told. (Dec. 18 last game). Doc Rivers called it 'likely' last night.
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.
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.
Marc J. Spears: Clippers say Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the playoffs after aggravating the injury to his left quad tendon last night in Game 4
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.”
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.
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Though it doesn’t look good right now, the Sixers continue to insist that their preferred outcome at this point is to bring Simmons back and try to work through this. Embiid has publicly stumped for Simmons and privately insisted they can turn this around if they simply get him back in the gym and around the team. Rivers does not believe this will be an issue in the locker room, using an example from his own playing days to show these situations can be rectified. “The San Antonio Spurs traded Sean Elliott,” Rivers said. “You remember that? Traded him to Detroit, he failed the physical, didn’t want to come back, came back and they won the championship the next year, so these things can happen.”
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“That may be where he’s at today, that may not be where he’s at tomorrow. You just don’t know, and that’s why we got to keep communicating and see where we can take this,” Rivers said. “He has four years left on his contract, it’s in our hands…once we get him back in the fold, then we can get to work. If that doesn’t happen, I don’t have an expectation. Because I don’t know where we would go. That will happen if it happens, but right now Ben is still part of this team, and I’m gonna focus on that part of it.”
Yossi Gozlan: The Pelicans ended up operating over the cap after clearing a lot of money in their trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. While they couldn’t get an All-Star caliber player with their flexibility, they might have better fits on their team now that they have more shooting to surround Williamson. They could be primed for a significant in-season trade with many young players, draft picks and tradeable salaries in their arsenal. Satoransky and Josh Hart could be particularly expendable due to New Orleans’ glut of guards, with Hart being an intriguing name to keep an eye on due to his unique salary structure.
Yossi Gozlan: Robinson is currently eligible for an extension worth up to $55.6 million over four years. Since the Knicks exercised his team option for this season, he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2022. This could incentivize them to extend him before the end of the season. A two-year deal that aligns his contract with the rest of the core could make sense. The Knicks won’t be losing any cap space since they’re capped out until at least 2023. They also must decide whether or not to extend Kevin Knox before the start of the regular season.
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Ownership was made aware of Rosas’ transgressions with the staffer when team officials were provided with photographic evidence of their connection, sources said. It seems few if any in Minnesota and around the league had general knowledge of Rosas’ relationship until Wednesday, when the news quickly spread throughout the organization, and to rival team personnel, like wildfire. Rosas and the woman, each of whom is married, were seen kissing in a suite during a Minnesota United FC game last Saturday at Allianz Field​​, sources said. The soccer club was told to reserve luxury seating for several Timberwolves players and personnel, including assistant coach Pablo Prigioni. Two seats were filled by Rosas and the staffer.
Those pictures have been obtained by Bleacher Report. One photograph is a close-up shot, clearly showing Rosas and the woman sitting beside one another in light blue cushioned seats, behind the suite’s protective plexiglass. A second photograph follows, where the two have leaned towards one another for a romantic embrace. Minnesota’s statement announcing Rosas’ departure provided no further context behind its decision, and as word of his affair swirled around the league Wednesday, several executives noted how Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor did not thank Rosas for his time atop the team’s basketball department, as is customary in the business.
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The revelation of Rosas’ relationship comes after a series of tense staffing dynamics within his front office, and a level of discontent from some Timberwolves staffers pertaining to Rosas’ leadership style, which has been described as isolationist. Any lead executive is privy to make final basketball decisions as they see fit, but several Minnesota figures told B/R they were dissatisfied by Rosas’ penchant for disregarding consultations from his front office.