Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin injures himself again last night, but this time, the injury was sustained off the court instead of on it. The former number two pick has been injured for almost a month with a leg injury that has kept him out of 14 games up to this point in the season. Griffin has been a driving force in the success of Clippers in recent years. In 30 games this year, Griffin was averaging 23.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. But this injury will keep him on the shelf for a few more weeks
This morning, it was reported that Griffin suffered a hand fracture. How did he do this? A casual punch in the face to the team’s equipment staff manager. The two were at a restaurant in Toronto when Griffin punched the staffer, then followed him outside and hit him again. It’s unclear what caused the fight, but it is clear that Griffin really messed up this
Griffin was hoping to return to game action on the Clippers’ current road trip, which they are currently 1-2 on following the loss to the Raptors. But this injury will knock him out for at least a couple more weeks.
As previously stated, it’s unclear what caused the action from Griffin. Maybe it’s frustration because he’s been hurt, I don’t know, just speculating. But Griffin’s on court presence is key for the Clippers. He’s the third wheel in the dynamic Lob City trio that also features point guard Chris Paul and center DeAndre Jordan. With Jordan being a defensive presence and not offering much on the offensive end besides dunks and putbacks, Los Angeles needs Griffin’s offense down low to balance out the scoring. The Clippers are thin on the bench, with Cole Aldrich being the only backup big man averaging more than 10 minutes per game.
Griffin has already missed time for LA, and the Clippers have done well without him, going 11-3 with him dressed in a suit on the sidelines. But Griffin puts the Clippers among the NBA’s elite’s when he’s healthy and not making boneheaded decisions like he did last night. He was an MVP candidate before his injury, and now it will be interesting to see if the Clippers can go on even further without him and if the NBA will lay down any punishment on Griffin. However, that doesn’t seem likely after Jahlil Okafor didn’t receive any repercussions following his incident in Boston. At least now Blake Griffin has more time for commercials and more time to think about what he did. Way to Blake, making Lob City proud.
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