Blake Griffin Out 4-6 Weeks After Hand Surgery
The Los Angeles Clippers just got done surviving 14 games without superstar power forward Blake Griffin. It looks like they’ll have to do it again.
This time Griffin isn’t dealing with a ton quad and he won’t be out just a couple of weeks. Instead, an in-house physical incident with a team staff member has left Griffin with a broken hand and another 4-6 weeks absence from the team.
Per reports, Griffin got into a physical argument with a team staff member that lead to him striking another individual and in turn breaking his own hand. The specific injury, per Clippers owner Steve Ballmer via a team press release, is a spiral fracture in the fifth metacarpal in Griffin’s right hand.
Griffin has already undergone successful surgery and will sit out the next 4-6 weeks. In addition, Ballmer and the Clippers have already stated that they will investigate Griffin’s altercation and upon conclusion of an inside investigation, the team and possible the NBA will inflict the necessary punishment.
Needless to say, the Clippers will be without their best player for at least another full month and possibly longer, depending on who his own team or the league dishes out in terms of a potential suspension.
The details remain fuzzy on precisely what happened, but Griffin is still lost for 4-6 weeks and the Clippers will have to hold on as best they can without him. Los Angeles found a way to go 11-3 without Griffin in the starting lineup through the last 14 games, but could find it more difficult to sustain such success as the season moves on. The Clippers have no hope in catching the Golden State Warriors for the the Pacific Division title, but at 28-16 are very much in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.
The Clippers will be shaky bets on a daily basis moving forward without Griffin, but they could be a sneaky bet in the playoffs if you put money down before the playoff field is set and Griffin returns.
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