Report: Clippers suspect Blake Griffin could miss two months
After originally suggesting that Blake Griffin would only miss 4-6 weeks as a result of suffering a hand injury in an altercation with a team staffer, the Los Angeles Clippers believe their superstar player could miss upwards of two months.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported the news of a lengthier recovery period in a wider discussion of whether or not the Clippers should trade Griffin after he broke his hand when punching Clippers assistant equipment manager Matias Testi multiple times during an argument in a Toronto restaurant that spilled out into the street earlier this week.
Should Griffin end up missing as much time as now expected due to the embarrassing incident — for which he has since issued an apology — it would mean he would be back in the lineup with about two weeks remaining in the regular season. It would be a tall order to expect the Clippers to be able to completely reintegrate Griffin back into the rotation in such a short amount of time.
One thing going for the Clippers is how the team has not only persevered throughout Griffin’s extended absence — he had already missed 14 games due to a quadriceps injury before the latest, avoidable setback — but actually excel. Since Griffin last played in a game on Dec. 25, the Clippers have gone 13-3, an indication that the team might be able to hold on over the next eight weeks, should Griffin’s return take that long.
But the notion that the Clippers can continue at this pace for another two months remains to be seen. And when he returns, will the team be able to turn it on and make a run in the postseason? Depending on which team they face in the loaded West, their foray into the postseason could be a short-lived experience.
And if that’s the case, Griffin’s future with the Clippers is at best a complete uncertainty.