Los Angeles Clippers beat Washington Wizards,114-109, as Blake Griffin from his quad and hand injuries.
Chris Paul led the Clippers with a double-double, 27 points and 12 rebounds while Griffin finally made his return having six points, five rebounds and four assists. Also a double-digit scoring was contributed by DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford to help the team achieve victory.
A huge dunk was made by Griffin in the middle of the first quarter to make a statement that he’s indeed back for the Clippers.
Blake Griffin missed 45 games of the season due to multiple injuries particularly a partially torn quad tendon that happened with their Christmas game with Lakers. Also, he suffered from a hand injury and a four-game suspension because of hitting a team equipment staff.
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said that he will be more careful with Griffin since he is still recovering from injury. Despite Griffin’s low-scoring performance, his comeback provided a spark for the Clippers.
According to an interview via ESPN, Griffin admitted to struggling initially and finding his game.
“It was a blast being back out there,” Griffin said. “My rhythm was pretty bad, conditioning was a little bit better than I thought it would be, but not great. I feel good now, but the key is the next few days.”
Griffin has six more games left to play with his teammates to regain his rhythm and conditioning.
The Los Angeles Clippers are still not seen as a top team at the same level as that of the West contenders Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder but with Griffin’s presence they could be the dark horse contenders for the conference title.
The Clippers will be facing Brooklyn Nets in their next game on April 6.
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