Blake Griffin Has Sprained MCL, Will Be out 'A While' with Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 28, 2017

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after a collision during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a knee injury during Monday's 120-115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers that has been diagnosed as a sprained MCL, the team announced.

TNT's David Aldridge first reported the injury.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported there's no structural damage in Griffin's knee, and he's expected to miss two months.

Griffin was injured late in the fourth quarter against the Lakers when teammate Austin Rivers accidentally ran into his left leg while trying to recover a loose ball, pinning Griffin's leg to the floor and causing his knee to bend awkwardly.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers didn't have much information to offer on Griffin's status after the game. 

"It didn't look good," Rivers said, via ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz. "But we'll just have to wait and see."

Injuries have been a problem for Griffin throughout his career. The 28-year-old missed the entire 2009-10 season after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2009 with a stress fracture in his left knee. He hasn't played more than 67 games in each of the past three seasons. 

After winning over 50 games in the five years prior to this season, the Clippers are off to an 8-11 start. Griffin leads the team with 23.6 points per game.

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