NBA injuries are never fun for players and basketball fans especially if they happen in the NBA Playoffs. After reports that Chris Paul is out for the rest of the postseason, new NBA rumors are coming out that Los Angeles Clippers teammate Blake Griffin could also miss the rest of the playoffs.
According to various NBA rumors on Monday, Griffin should be “50-50” for the next game against the Portalnd Trail Blazers, which is Game 5 set on Wednesday.
Doc Rivers on Griffin: "It doesn't look great for him either. He said he planted and felt something… I'd say he's 50/50 for next game."
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 26, 2016
Paul broke his right hand, his shooting hand in the third quarter of Game 4, where the Clippers lost, 98-94. Portland tied the series at two-all of the best-of-seven first round series in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
Meanwhile, Griffin is suffering from a quad injury and will be re-evaluated before Game 5. Griffin also sat out the final half of the fourth quarter in Monday’s loss and NBA rumors are in that Griffin may be out of the playoffs rather than risk aggravating the quad injury.
Is the Los Angeles Clippers’ curse true? The franchise has suffered enough losses, both injuries and actual deaths in the past for basketball fans to believe that something is wrong with the franchise in L.A.
Here’s a list of former Clippers that suffered ill fates in the past; center Lorenzen Wright (alleged murder), Malik Sealy (killed in a car accident) and Brian Williams (presumed killed). For injuries, they lost both Shaun Livingston and Elton Brand to season-ending injuries which changed both players. Earlier in 1997, they also lost their leading scorer and rebounder in Lloyd Vaught with a season-ending back surgery.
Even Blake Griffin is not spared in the modern era in the Clippers curse history as he missed his entire rookie season in 2010 because of a knee injury in the preseason. NBA rumors of Griffin’s latest setback and him being out of the playoffs will just add more to the Clippers curse drama and history.
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