Blake Griffin Injury: Updates on Clippers Star's Hamstring

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIFebruary 4, 2013

Los Angeles Clippers superstar Blake Griffin could miss a handful of games, but is expected to avoid any serious injury.


UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 8, at 6:45 p.m. ET by Joseph Zucker

The Clippers are getting a huge boost before their game with the Miami Heat. Brian Windhorst of is reporting that Blake Griffin (hamstring) will be returning to action.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 9:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for Clippers fans as Blake Griffin (hamstring) is expected to return to action prior to the NBA All-Star break, according to Orange County Register's Dan Woike.

Griffin missed his second consecutive game because of a left-hamstring strain. He said he thought that he, Paul, Billups and Crawford would all return to action sometime before the All-Star break next Thursday.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 12:40 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

The Los Angeles Clippers are scheduled to play the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, but will reportedly be without star forward Blake Griffin.

According to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, the big man will not be active and will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury.

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Things just went from bad to worse for the Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin is out with a hamstring injury for the team’s Monday night matchup against the Washington Wizards in Washington, according to Madelyn Burke, a Clippers reporter (via Twitter):

Without Griffin in the lineup, Lamar Odom may be picked to fill his spot. Odom will have his work cut out for him, as will his team, if he thinks he will be able to fill the void left by the loss of another star player.

Griffin is currently averaging 18.5 points per game and is snagging 8.6 rebounds per contest. He’s doing it efficiently, too, by posting a 23.14 PER in 49 games this season. In 20 minutes per game this season, Odom is scoring 3.8 points and hauling in 5.9 rebounds.

The slumping Clippers have won just four of their last 10 games and have been playing without star point guard Chris Paul for the last couple of weeks.

It hasn’t been pretty for the now third-place Clippers in Paul’s absence, either.

On Feb. 1 the new-look but lowly Toronto Raptors took it to the Clips, beating the elite Western Conference team by 25 points. Griffin had 17 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

Overall, Los Angeles is not in any danger of slipping out of the playoff race as the Clippers are eight games ahead of the currently eighth-seeded Houston Rockets.

Still, the team is going to hope, and pray, that both Griffin and Paul can get back to action as soon as possible. The other Los Angeles franchise has a good thing going and don’t need any extended disruptions breaking up the momentum they were building.

Make sure to check back here for the latest on Griffin’s injury. We’ll let you know as soon as news breaks about his return to action.