VIDEO: Blake Griffin Injury
It’s already been a roller coaster season for the Clippers as they struggle to find consistency, depth and a solid playing rotation.
Now that struggle will become a much greater challenge with the news that power forward Blake Griffin has a torn left quad tendon will be sidelined for at least two weeks.
Griffin, currently averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and five assists per game, suffered the injury in the Clippers’ 94-84 Christmas night win over the Lakers. In a release, the team said the tear was found when Griffin underwent an MRI on Saturday morning.
While All-Star point guard Chris Paul has had difficulty playing at his customary high level until the past week, Griffin has been the Clippers’ bulwark with his solid play through the first 30 games. Losing Griffin from the starting lineup will be an added strain on coach Doc Rivers’ bench, which has underperformed.
Griffin did not accompany the team for Saturday night’s game against the Jazz in Salt Lake City, which kicks off a four-game trip that continues at Washington, Charlotte and New Orleans.
Backup point guard Austin Rivers is also scratched from his third consecutive games while recovering from a sprained ankle suffered last week in Houston.