Blake Griffin Injury: Sprained Knee Will Be No Problem for Clippers in Game 6

Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers goes up to the basket past O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Blake Griffin gave the Los Angeles Clippers a huge scare last night.

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

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.

Paul Pierce sprained his knee in shootaround before Game 4 of the Celtics' first-round series against the Hawks and reinjured the same area before halftime.

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?