Blake Griffin Sprains Left Knee, Memphis Fans Boo Loudly

Holly MacKenzie@stackmackNBA Lead BloggerMay 10, 2012

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 09:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers grabs a rebound against the Memphis Grizzlies  in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on May 9, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Scary moment for the Clippers in their 92-80 Game 5 loss against the Grizzlies in Memphis.

After coming down awkwardly near the end of the third quarter, Blake Griffin clutched at his left knee. With teammates and trainers coming to see if he was all right, the crowd in Memphis started to boo.

Eventually Griffin was helped off of the floor and did return, but after the game ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz tweeted that the status on Griffin was a sprained left knee.

There has been a lot of talk about Griffin and his flopping, and he certainly hasn't earned a ton of currency among NBA fans with respect to being tough and fighting through pain. Despite this, it is not a good look to boo a player who goes down with what could be a nasty injury.

We've seen more than our fair share of ugly knee injuries this postseason. Seeing Griffin—who missed his entire rookie season with a broken knee cap—on the ground with his teammates standing around him was not a pretty scene.

Hearing the crowd boo him as he made his way back to the free-throw line to shoot free throws was unfortunate as well. Sure, maybe you'll be faked out by the "boy who cried wolf." I'd rather be wrong a hundred times than end up being the jerk who booed a player who was seriously injured. 

The Clippers expect Griffin to be good to go when they take on the Grizzlies for Game 6 in L.A. Via CBSSports:

After the game, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said he expected both would be ready to go for Game 6, set for Friday night in Los Angeles.

"I expect them both to be fine," he said. "They were both able to go back in the game. They are going to be sore and injured and they are going to have to fight through it as best they can."

Check out the injury and crowd reaction for yourself:

When it comes to injuries, they're always awful to see, regardless of who you're rooting for. Basically, listen to everything that Chris Webber said in the clip above.