Blake Griffin Injury: Updates on Clippers PF's Quad, Hand and Recovery

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin dribbles against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin hadn't played since Christmas Day because of a quad injury when he broke his hand in an altercation with a team staff member Jan. 25. The injury required surgery, but the five-time All-Star is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Griffin Returns vs. Wizards

Sunday, April 3

Dan Woike of the Orange County Register revealed that Griffin is in the starting lineup against the Washington Wizards.

Griffin May Require Offseason Surgery

Saturday, April 2

Griffin said he might need surgery this offseason, per Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times. Griffin explained he still has a tear and that it's "just about managing the pain and getting through this," per Bolch.

Griffin spoke with the media ahead of practice April 2:

Griffin Medically Cleared, Will Serve Suspension

Sunday, March 27

The Clippers announced Griffin will start serving his four-game ban after he was cleared for all basketball activities.

Griffin's Quad Reportedly Responsible for Delayed Return

Saturday, March 12

Woike provided details on Griffin's lingering quad injury:

Griffin's injured quad, which kept him out since Dec. 26, is the main reason he's yet to be cleared to return, not his surgically repaired right hand.


The hand injury isn't serious enough to keep Griffin from practicing. But his injured quad hasn't responded to an increase in workout intensity.

Griffin's timetable to return has been pushed slightly back to late March.

While Griffin hasn't suffered a specific setback, he hasn't progressed in a way that matched [head coach] Doc Rivers' optimism earlier this month.

Griffin Undergoes Second Procedure

Friday, Feb. 5

Ramona Shelburne of reported Griffin underwent another procedure on his hand but that his timeline for return has not changed because it was part of the initial plan.

Photo of Griffin's Hand Emerges

Wednesday, Feb. 3

TMZ captured a picture of Griffin's hand for the first time since he broke it, per Fred Katz of Fox Sports:

Toronto PD Not Investigating Incident

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reported Clippers assistant equipment manager Matias Testi "downplayed the situation and told police on the scene that he was OK."

TMZ Sports reported Tuesday the Toronto Police Department won't investigate the incident because a police report was never filed.

Griffin Reportedly Consumed Alcohol Before Altercation

Wednesday, Jan. 27

TMZ reported Griffin "had been drinking in the hours leading up to the fight in Toronto." The report goes on to state Griffin and his group ordered a "couple rounds of drinks" at Coco Lezzone before spending two hours at Sotto Sotto.

TMZ added Rivers doesn't believe alcohol was a factor.

Griffin Comments on Incident

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Clippers Release Statement on Griffin Injury

Tuesday, Jan. 26

NBA Looking into Griffin Incident

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Shelburne reported the NBA will investigate the Griffin incident, with potential discipline possibly adding to the 26-year-old's time off the court.

Griffin Injured Hand in Altercation with Staff Member

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Sam Amick of USA Today first reported Griffin injured his hand in a fight with assistant equipment manager and good friend Matias Testi.

Michael Eaves of ESPN added that "the altercation started in a restaurant. It proceeded outside where Griffin hit the equipment staffer multiple times."

Eaves also reported the staffer suffered a facial injury in the incident and was sent home. Arash Markazi of reported Griffin is "good friends" with the staff member and that they "routinely hang out off the court at home and on the road."'s Marc Stein and Shelburne originally reported the altercation happened in an "undisclosed team-related incident."

Griffin's Absence Put Added Pressure on Clippers' Stars

While being without a player of Griffin's caliber for a long period of time isn't ideal for Rivers and the Clips, they have continued to thrive with him on the injured list. Though the Golden State Warriors have clinched the Pacific Division, the Clippers have won more than 40 games this season.

The likes of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan have played well in Griffin's absence, though L.A. never found a true replacement for what he brings to the table.

The Clippers proved capable of playing winning basketball without Griffin in the fold, but there was added pressure on frontcourt players such as Jeff Green, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Wesley Johnson and Paul Pierce to fill the gap during his prolonged absence. With Griffin finally returning to the court, L.A. presents a dangerous foe for any team it faces in the postseason.

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