Blake Griffin Ruled Out for Rest of 2017 NBA Playoffs with Toe Injury

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2017

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Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the NBA postseason after he suffered a right big toe injury during the team's 111-106 Game 3 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears relayed the team's official statement:

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Clippers forward Blake Griffin to miss rest of playoffs due to toe injury https://t.co/ariIa2FKFu

Griffin appeared to injure the toe in the second quarter of Game 3 after he converted a layup in transition:

Griffin was in the same situation a year ago, when the Clippers ruled him out for the remainder of the postseason when he aggravated a quad injury in Game 4 of the team's first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Now the Clippers, leading 2-1 against the Jazz, will have to find ways to compensate for Griffin's absence as they hope to avoid a first-round exit for the second year in a row.

However, that could be a tall task, as ESPN Stats & Info illustrated:

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Clippers have dominated the Jazz with Blake Griffin on the court this season. That hasn't been the case when he's on the bench. https://t.co/iMPUcJHSwn

Based on the way head coach Doc Rivers distributed minutes Friday night, Marreese Speights should see a big bump in playing time in the Clippers frontcourt.

Rivers could also opt to slideLuc Mbah a Moute up to the 4 and move Paul Pierce into a bigger role at small forward.

The Jazz are also without a star in the frontcourt, as center Rudy Gobert missed Games 2 and 3 and almost all of Game 1 after suffering a left knee injury in the first minute of Game 1.

Game 4 tips off Sunday night in Utah at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.

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