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Blake Griffin, Clippers will decide Friday whether he’s ready to return to lineup

By in Press Enterprise on December 28, 2017

By Elliott Teaford

PLAYA VISTA — Blake Griffin couldn’t say for certain whether he would play in the Clippers’ game Friday against the Lakers at Staples Center. The All-Star power forward and the Clippers’ coaching and medical staffs will meet before the game to determine his availability.

“We’ll see,” Griffin said before practicing with the Clippers on Thursday, his third consecutive day of on-court activity after sitting out 14 games because of a sprained left knee, suffered in a Nov. 27 game against the Lakers. “We’re taking it day by day.”

Griffin participated in a hard workout before the Clippers’ victory Tuesday over the Sacramento Kings, then joined their G League team for their practice Wednesday before rejoining his teammates for their workout Thursday. If all goes well, and there are no setbacks, then Griffin will play.

The Clippers’ original estimate for Griffin’s layoff was up to eight weeks. If he plays Friday, he will have been sidelined for four weeks and three days. If he doesn’t play against the Lakers, then it’s likely he will play in Sunday’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets.

Griffin praised the team’s medical and athletic training staffs for his early return.

“I haven’t felt any pain or anything from any of the challenges or goals they have set for me at any point through this whole rehab process,” he said in his first public comments since he was injured. “As far as (Friday), that will be a decision we make as a team.”

Griffin was injured when teammate Austin Rivers fell on him in the closing minutes of the Clippers’ victory over the Lakers. Rivers and Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball chased a loose ball as it rolled toward Griffin. Rivers and Ball collided and Rivers fell over Griffin’s left leg.

After spending several moments on the court being attended to, Griffin rose and […]    

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