Doc Rivers continues to have confidence in Blake Griffin’s ability to return from a knee injury sooner than later.
Rivers said on Tuesday that Griffin is physically able to play in Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Keep in mind that being physically able to play is different from being medically cleared to play, so it’s not a certainty yet that Griffin will suit up for the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. However, Rivers also said on Saturday that Griffin could return within a week, so this jibes with his previous comment.
Griffin has been out since Nov. 27 with an MCL sprain in his knee. The initial timetable for his absence was supposed to be up to two months, so it looks like Griffin will be back sooner than anticipated.
Blake Griffin appears to be a few weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from an MCL sprain in his left knee.
In an interview before Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers told longtime team announcer Ralph Lawler that Griffin could be back within a week, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.
As noted above, the All-Star big man is less than four weeks removed from an injury that was originally expected to sideline him for up to two months. The play he was hurt on definitely did not look good, so this qualifies as excellent news for a Clippers team that has gone just 5-8 in Griffin’s absence.
Blake Griffin was fortunate to avoid structural damage when he injured his knee in Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, but he is still expected to be out a while.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers revealed that Griffin suffered an MCL sprain and could miss up to two months.
Griffin is lucky the injury wasn’t more serious, as teammate Austin Rivers landed on him in a very frightening way during a scramble for a loose ball. Griffin ended up limping off the court and did not return to the game.
Griffin has averaged 23.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. The Clippers are 8-11 and have been disappointing without Chris Paul running their offense, and things are about to get even more challenging for them over the next several weeks.
Blake Griffin suffered a leg injury late in the Los Angeles Clippers’ win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
Griffin was injured when teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during a scramble for a ball:
Griffin limped off the court and headed to the locker room after that play. He did not return to the game.
Griffin had 26 points and 11 rebounds before suffering his injury.
The LA Clippers have seen some moderate success to start their first season post-Chris Paul, and guard Austin Rivers thinks that having a clear-cut alpha dog may have something to do with it.
In a feature by Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated that ran on Tuesday, Rivers discussed the dynamic between Paul and Blake Griffin on the Clippers.
“The dynamic with Blake and Chris was weird,” he said. “I don’t know why. It was just strange. No one knew who the leader was, and if you had something to say, it would turn into an argument. I think people were sometimes scared to say something to Blake, because you didn’t know how he’d react.
“[Now] he’s a whole different person, more approachable, and I think it’s because we’ve embraced him,” Rivers continued about Griffin. “We know who our leader is. We’re all-in with Blake Griffin.”
Paul and Griffin were teammates on the Clippers for six seasons, leading the team into a high-flying Lob City era that was characterized by regular season triumphs and postseason failures. Rivers himself came aboard during Year 4 and felt all the ups and downs first-hand, especially when it came to Paul.
But now that Paul has moved on to Houston and Griffin stands alone as the captain steering the Clippers’ ship, the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place more easily in Los Angeles, and the supporting cast can definitely feel it.
Another campaign cut short by injury almost proved too much for Blake Griffin to handle last season.
In an interview with Shams Charania of The Vertical that ran Friday, the LA Clippers big man opened up about the season-ending toe injury he suffered in the team’s first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz last April.
“I’m not going to lie, after the toe injury last season, I cried,” said Griffin. “I’ve put myself in the best possible positions, through my daily training and my recovery processes and my offseason regimen and preparation. I break down when I have these freak injuries happen, when the hard work is basically thrown out. I feel I put myself in all the right positions – and then this happens. It was by far the toughest, the most emotional injury for me. Again?”
The injury apparently went well beyond just his toe as well, but the good news is the months since have worked out nicely for Griffin. He signed a five-year, $173 million max deal to return to the Clippers this summer and now stands as their undisputed leading man after Chris Paul’s departure. Now Griffin has them out to a 4-0 start and looks fully healthy, splashing game-winning threes and dunking on fools again. Here’s hoping it stays that way this time.
Blake Griffin lit things up on Tuesday with another one of his amazing dunks.
In the first quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ game against the Utah Jazz, Griffin went hard to the basket and slammed on Rudy Gobert with what may have been his best dunk since the one on Mozgov.
It wasn’t just the way he dunked that was awesome; it was how Griffin just hung on the rim like a boss that also stood out. The comparisons to the infamous Prince sketch from “Chappelle’s Show” came right away — for good reason:
The mother of all NBA seasons is almost here. So as you finalize your League Pass subscriptions, complete your fantasy drafts, and prepare the guacamole for your watch parties, take some time to ponder the true meaning of the season — specifically, the benevolent stars who make such a joyous holiday possible with their prodigious athletic talents.
Here I present, each NBA team’s most important player heading into 2017-18:
Atlanta Hawks — Dennis Schroder, PG
“All my friends are dead,” said Schroder in his best Lil Uzi Vert voice as he gazed upon his roster following the respective exits of his last remaining All-Star teammates in Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard this summer. Yes, the Hawks are now as thin as a toothpick, and the incentive for them to “Do Badly for Bagley” or “Make The Fans Puka for Luka” will be enormous. But someone has to lead this JV squad, and their resident German is as good of an option as any. Perhaps we will see Dennis the Menace gun for 20 and 10. Maybe he develops some nice pick-and-roll chemistry with new additions Dewayne Dedmon and rookie John Collins. Perhaps he finally bleaches his entire head blonde. Anything to give this team a modicum of watchability this season.
Boston Celtics — Kyrie Irving
After selling an arm, a leg, and a hip for him this summer, the Celtics will hope that Irving’s performance in his first season with them does not fall flat. The outside noise in Uncle Drew’s ear will be deafening — mockery of his decision to ditch LeBron James and go off in search of his own empire, jeers at the perceived stagnation of his playmaking skills, pervasive meme treatments of his unorthodox views on astronomy. But Irving is here for one reason and one reason only: to ball out. And that’s what he’s gonna do. Just remember kids, there’s no such thing as distractions when you’re very much woke. [mic drop]
Let’s just go right ahead and state the obvious here: this is not your father’s Western Conference. Not anymore. Gone are the days of sophisticated battles of equal parts brains and brawn. Dead and buried are the cordial, gentlemanly competitions of X’s and O’s that generations prior enjoyed and romanticized. With the defection of no fewer than four current or former Eastern All-Stars this summer to what was already the NBA’s far superior conference, the era of all-out war is officially upon us. Blitzkrieg strikes will illuminate the heavens, campaigns of attrition will be waged, and rivers everywhere will run red with blood as what had previously been known as the West now makes way for the Wild Wild West. But instead of Buffalo Bill Cody and Wyatt Earp, this battle will be fought be a more familiar cast of characters. And what a privilege you and I will have to enjoy front row seats as hostilities commence in 2017-18.
Ladies and germs, may I present a comprehensive ranking of the 20 best players in the Western Conference (with sincerest apologies and honorable mentions to DeAndre Jordan, C.J. McCollum, Andrew Wiggins, and newly-christened Westerner Carmelo Anthony, all of whose respective nits proved impossible not to pick when wading through a talent pool this deep). This is part of a series, as we also ranked the 20 best players in the Eastern Conference previously.
20. Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies
When he’s not sashaying like Conor McGregor or slinging shade in Catalan, Gasol continues to further his standing as one of the more undervalued bigs in the NBA. The former Defensive Player of the Year quietly posted career-highs in points (19.5) and assists per game (4.6) last season while playing his usual stout D. Yes, Father Time’s kiss may not be far off with Gasol set to turn 33 in January. But for now, I say long live those paint-protecting fundamentals and them elegant sweeping hooks from the mid-post. Me encanta la Gasol-ina.
If you asked them, Blake Griffin and Kendall Jenner would likely insist they are just friends. But with how many times they have been spotted together in a one-week span, it’s fair to wonder if there is more to the relationship than that.
TMZ has been tracking Griffin and Jenner for several days now, and the two have been spotted in public together at least three times. According to a gossip report from People, Jenner and Griffin are dating but things have not gotten serious.
“She’s seeing Blake romantically,” a source told People. “It’s nothing serious. She has been in L.A. a lot lately, and is having fun. … “Work will soon take over her life again, so who knows what will happen will Blake then. She is having fun right now and that’s all that matters to her. She takes her career very seriously and that’s her number one priority right now.”
For what it’s worth, fellow NBA star Chandler Parsons was with Griffin one of the times he went out with Jenner on what seemed to be a double date. There was speculation in the past that Parsons was dating Jenner, though he and Griffin are not the only NBA players she has been linked to.
Griffin plays for the Clippers and the Kardashian-Jenner clan is married to L.A. life, so is it possible the two are just friends? Sure. Probable? Nah.