On his way back from recovering from a quad injury that put him out of commission for the past month, Blake Griffin now has to deal with a hand injury that will put the Los Angeles Clippers forward out for a few more weeks.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, Griffin suffered a fracture in his right hand in an “undisclosed team-related incident”.
ESPN sources tell @ramonashelburne and I that Blake Griffin has suffered suspected broken hand in undisclosed team-related incident
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 26, 2016
The 26-year-old forward, who is a vital part of the team’s rotation this season and in previous years, was scheduled to rejoin the team later this week with reports that he is nearing full recovery from his quad injury.
However, the new injury will now assure that athletic power forward will miss more games and won’t rejoin the Clippers this week as he initially speculated as his date of return.
The Los Angeles squad has actually played better with Griffin out of the line-up in the past 14 games going 11-3 in this stretch.
The nice run has improved the Clippers’ win-loss record to 28-16 for fourth place in the Western Conference; just four games back the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-13) and three games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies (26-20).
The Clippers are just 3-3 in their last six games and a Griffin return could have helped the team this week when they face the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks on the road.
Griffin, who is known for his athleticism and versatility, is the team’s scoring leader averaging 23.2 points per game in 30 outings in the 2015-2016 season. He also averages 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.
The Clippers are expected to update the status of Griffin’s injury on Tuesday.
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