After attempting to attack the rim and being contested by Marc Gasol, the superstar big-man came down awkwardly. It turned out to be just a sprained left knee, according to Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com.
The injury occurred with approximately 1:30 remaining in the third quarter. It would be much more concerning if Griffin did not return to the floor later that night.
Fans could breathe again when he came back on the court in the fourth and remained for most of the remainder of the period.
Arnovitz is reporting that Griffin will undergo an MRI in L.A. at some point today and it seems highly unlikely—barring a setback—that Griffin will be forced to miss any time.
When the media asked Griffin about the injury, he didn’t reveal much more than we saw.
"It was just kind of a weird play," Griffin said, according to Arnovitz. "My foot got caught under me and I kind of came down wrong. It was scary at first."
Plenty of players have dealt with minor knee issues and have managed to play through them just fine.
He was still able to see some more PT in the second half and log 36 productive minutes in Game 5.
One thing Griffin may have to worry about more is how his sprain will impact his explosiveness and leaping ability. There is perhaps no player in the league that relies on his ability to defy gravity more than the Clips PF.
If Griffin cannot get as much lift on his vertical in Game 6, the young star will have to rely on fundamentals and positioning.
While those don’t sell tickets or get YouTube hits, they are something the big man must learn during his career.
What better time than now?