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Blake Griffin Comments on Incident That Broke His Hand

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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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 12, 2016

Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin apologized Tuesday for his role in an incident that caused him to break his right hand.

Griffin took to Twitter to address the situation:    

On the team's recent road trip to take on the Toronto Raptors, Griffin was dining at a restaurant and allegedly punched a Clippers equipment staff member, according to ESPN's Michael Eaves.

Matias Testi, the man Griffin allegedly struck, is good friends with both Griffin and Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan. Per ESPN's Arash Markazi, Testi has even gone on vacation with the two Clippers big men.

The team announced Tuesday that Griffin would be out for four to six weeks. Griffin is averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and five assists per contest this season.

Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated detailed what could be on the horizon for Griffin as he recovers:

Since suffering a partially torn quad tendon in the Clippers' Christmas Day victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, Griffin has been out of the lineup. His hurt hand will only continue to sideline him.

The good news is L.A. has proved adept at adjusting on the fly, going 12-3 in his absence thus far. Having an elite point guard in Chris Paul has certainly helped the Clippers' cause.

But for head coach Doc Rivers' squad to have any hope of getting past the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs, it needs Griffin back in elite form. While the 26-year-old's decision to show remorse for his actions is a positive, his injury leaves the Clippers only one more injury away from a possible steep decline.

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