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:
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:
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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