Blake Griffin: Count Me In





SAN ANTONIO – Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Blake Griffin’s sprained left knee will make him a “game-time” decision before Tuesday night’s series opener against the Spurs.

But Griffin says that decision has already been made in his own mind.

“Yeah, no doubt. I’ll be playing tomorrow,” Griffin said following the Clippers’ practice on Monday afternoon.

“I’m not 100 (percent). It’s tough to say. Hopefully by tomorrow night, 75 to 80. Hopefully, more than that. But realistically, probably not much more than that.

“Playing Friday night and then Sunday at noon was less rest than I normally get and that might have made it a little worse. But my knee (structurally) hasn’t gotten worse. That’s the encouraging thing. It’s one of those things where it needs time and we don’t have much of that.”

Griffin played limited minutes in the Game 7 clincher at Memphis on Sunday and was on the bench for almost the entire fourth quarter when L.A. wrapped up the win.

“You need your star players, but you need to deal with it,” Del Negro said. “It is what it is. Blake’s gonna give us everything he has. He feels a little better today and hopefully he’ll feel a little better tomorrow. If it was the regular season, he’d probably have a week or two off. But it’s not and he’ll fight through it as best he can and if there’s any type of setbacks, then we’ll make those decisions.”

When Del Negro’s cautious words were relayed to him, Griffin just smiled.

“That’s what doctors and trainers said,” he grinned. “But I don’t know if I believe them.”


8 Comments

  1. Chase says:

    Griffin such a competitor…LOL. He does compete pretty fiercely with the refs when arguing about the calls he thinks he should get for flopping left and right. He’s whiny, soft and over-rated.

  2. Spurs almost three times as likely as Clippers to win the championship:
    http://statisticator.blogspot.com/2012/05/2012-nba-playoffs-updated-forecasts.html

  3. Big Roach says:

    NOT EVEN WITH KOBE BRYANT COULD THE CLIPS BEAT THE SPURS.IT’LL BE A PRETTY EASY SERIES FOR THE SPURS. GRIFFING SHOULD JUST SIT OUT THE WHOLE SERIES TO PREVENT FURTHER,EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO HIS KNEE.

  4. larry says:

    spurs all the way

  5. Mike says:

    Game 1 set the tone for the whole series…sit out game one is crazy! I hope they can beat San Antonio….

    • justplayball says:

      ….If he re-aggravates his injury and misses the rest of the series then playing in game one is not smart….just sayin’…… If he can play and contribute to his team winning and NOT get injured then it is a moot point…… Coaches and management decision though…..not Blake’ s

  6. Christiaen says:

    Just rest the first game, dude, and come back stronger for the rest.
    Focus on the opportunities in the coming games. You just played a thrilling 7-game series, you risk more by playing the first game than skipping it and come out stronger by the second game.
    But hey, if your mind’s made up, do what you think is necessary.

    • justplayball says:

      ….he is such a competitor , like many in the nba in the playoffs , that he just wants to be a part of it….can’t blame him, though. He probably Should sit out the first game so he could rest until Saturday……especially with playing again on Sunday. It would probably be better for the other bigs to have to step it up …if only from an experience level, but who knows Blake might play anyway and have a big game …… you never know !! No matter….. still spurs in 5….Maybe 6……..AND…. if Blake can’t make a go of it….maybe another sweep!!